Election 2014

Politics & Government
9:26 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Governor Snyder to air first ad of ’14 campaign

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The first campaign ad in the race for Michigan governor will start airing tomorrow (Wed.). In fact, Governor Rick Snyder is launching his ad campaign before he’s formally announced he’s a candidate.

The statewide ad buy is modest, but it comes as Snyder continues to insist he should not be treated as if he’s running for reelection.

“I’m not an announced candidate,” he says. “I’m happy being governor and I’m focused on being governor.”

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Politics & Government
3:52 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Does Snyder's economic record earn him the title 'One Successful Nerd'?

Left, Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson on The Colbert Report.
Detroit Free Press Detroit Free Press

The 2014 election season is warming up. In Michigan, we're moving from "One Tough Nerd" to "One Successful Nerd."

In an early bid to make his case for re-election, Gov. Rick Snyder released this video:

But critics say Gov. Snyder's record on the economy makes him vulnerable.

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Stateside
4:27 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Hundreds of Republicans flock to Mackinac Island to prepare for Election 2014

The Republican Leadership Conference was held in the Grand Hotel.
SteveBurt1947 Flickr

The co-hosts of It’s Just Politics were hanging out with lots of Republicans this weekend - around 1,500, in case you were wondering. 

Rick Pluta, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and our own political junkie here at Michigan Radio, Zoe Clark joined us today to talk about what they learned at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference that took place over the weekend.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Government
9:53 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Michigan's governor all but declares re-election bid

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio


MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder all but declared his re-election campaign Friday, telling Republicans they can be proud of his record even as he defended signing a key component of the federal health care law unpopular with his own party's base.

"We're going to keep going and we're going to reinvent our state," Snyder said to loud applause.

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Politics & Government
5:22 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

GOP-Tea Party battle becomes an uncivil war

It's Just Politics with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta

It's Just Politics with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta

“Screw you as far as weak Republicans, dude… I said, ‘screw you’ as far as calling me a weak Republican.”

“Quote of the week” goes to state Senator Howard Walker in a throw-down at a Republican luncheon in northern Michigan. The “screw you” was directed at a Tea Partier giving grief to Walker over the recent expansion of Medicaid to the working poor in Michigan.

Senator Walker, liberated by the fact that he is not seeking reelection, spoke his mind - and the mind of many establishment Republicans - who are getting fed up with a Tea Party that says “no” to everything.

"No" to a new international bridge in Detroit.

"No" to the Common Core student measurement standards.

"No" to more transportation funding.

And, the list goes on.

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Politics & Government
8:09 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Amash declines to run for Michigan US Senate seat

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) meeting with constituents in Battle Creek (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Republican congressman from western Michigan has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat opening with the retirement of Democrat Carl Levin.

Justin Amash of Kent County's Cascade Township confirmed on Twitter Tuesday night that he won't run. The libertarian conservative has gained a higher profile in the House with a challenge to the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone records.

Amash's announcement further clears the way for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to proceed with her campaign.

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It's Just Politics
2:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Can a bill collector beat a reindeer farmer in GOP primary?

It's Just Politics with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta

The theme of the 11th Congressional District Republican establishment for the past couple of years might be “I Hope That Somethin’ Better Comes Along.” (We have kindly provided a link to that tune from “The Muppet Movie” sung by Rowlf the Dog and Kermit the Frog here. But we digress.)

The usual poobahs and potentates of the Oakland and Wayne county GOP circles have had to live with Rep. Kerry Bentivolio as their Republican in Congress since November of last year. But, this week, to the surprise of absolutely no one who has been paying attention, that Establishment may have gotten its wish when businessman/attorney David Trott announced he will challenge Bentivolio in a Republican primary.

And, in this case, the challenger probably starts with the advantage.

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Politics & Government
7:04 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Tea Party activist to challenge Michigan's Lt. Gov. for Republican nomination

Wes Nakagiri
Wes Nakagiri/Facebook

Tea Party favorite Wes Nakagiri says he will challenge the re-nomination of Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley at a Republican convention next summer.

Tea Partiers have demonstrated their ability to dominate Michigan Republican conventions and cause heartburn for party leaders. Three years ago, they almost denied Rick Snyder his choice of Calley as a running mate after failing to stop Snyder from winning the Republican primary.

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It's Just Politics
1:44 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

For politicos, Election 2014 isn't so far away

It's Just Politics with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta

It's Just Politics with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta

Tuesday’s local primaries have come and gone. The November runoffs are set. But don’t think people, political people, aren’t looking ahead even further… to next year’s primaries and beyond.  We have big statewide races for governor and an open U.S. Senate seat, and some big congressional races.

At this juncture, it still looks like Democrats are succeeding in their plan to avoid expensive, bitter primaries in their big, key races. In the “D” column, former Congressman Mark Schauer looks uncontested as the candidate to face Governor Rick Snyder. Congressman Gary Peters is in line to be the Senate nominee without a fight. And, this week, in northern Michigan, retired general and former Kalkaska County Sheriff Democrat Jerry Cannon announced his plans to challenge Republican Congressman Dan Benishek. The First Congressional District is one of the state’s very few true toss-up races and Democrats have big hopes to win it come 2014. In fact, the campaign arm of the House Democratic conference is already airing radio ads in northern Michigan. The First is considered winnable by the right pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, conservative Democrat. And, interestingly enough, Democrats think their chances in this seat will actually improve next year without President Barack Obama at the top of the ballot.

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Politics & Government
11:07 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Former state lawmaker to run for Michigan's 7th congressional district seat

The race in Michigan's 7th congressional district is off to an early start
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A former state lawmaker is launching her bid to challenge mid-Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg in 2014.

Pam Byrnes announced her campaign for the Democratic Party nomination today.

She is an attorney from Chelsea with a background in family law.    She is the former Director of the Washtenaw County Friend of the Court.  Byrnes was also the Executive Director of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute. 

Byrnes says Washington is broken and that is hurting middle class families. 

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Politics & Government
9:21 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Senate candidate Peters discloses investments

Rep. Gary Peters (D) (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area congressman who is running for U.S. Senate has a deep investment portfolio of large-company stocks and municipal bonds.

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters says he had assets worth at least $970,000 and possibly as high as $3.9 million at the end of 2012. He's not required to be specific, only to put values in certain ranges. All members of Congress must file annual financial disclosure forms.

Peters, a Democrat from Oakland County, is running next year for the Senate seat held by Carl Levin, who is retiring.

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

So you think you can't dance? This Michigan Congressman will teach you

Despite this stately image, Huizenga knows how to break it down on the dance floor.
Rep. Bill Huizenga Facebook

Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI 2nd) is hosting a ballroom dance class tonight in Washington D.C.

According to a story by Niraj Chokshi in the National Journal, Huizenga is charging $1,000 per couple and $1,500 for political action committees. Proceeds are going to his reelection campaign.

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Politics & Government
9:38 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Clinton supporters rally in Grand Rapids: 'Never too early' to start the 2016 election

Hillary Clinton supporters rally in Grand Rapids. Clinton spoke at a dinner that was closed to the press Monday night.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

The next presidential election is more than three years away. But supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered in Grand Rapids Monday night to encourage her to run.

Clinton headlined a big black tie dinner the Economic Club of Grand Rapids puts on every year. It was closed to the press.

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Stateside
5:18 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Terri Lynn Land joins the race for US Senate

Michigan Republican Party Facebook

Election 2014 is coming up, and the U.S. Senate seat will be open as Democratic Senator Carl Levin retires.

Michigan Congressman Gary Peters announced last month that he will run for the Democratic nomination, but there appeared to be some hesitation on the part of Republicans.

That is, until this week, when former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced she will run as a Republican in the race.

Terri Lynn Land joined us in the studio today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Culture
4:22 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

There's a growing push in Michigan to start exporting more food like soy beans, cherries, and blueberries internationally. We took a look at the consequences for farmers, consumers and the state economy if more Michigan-grown food leaves the state.

And, former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has thrown her hat into the 2014 Senate race, a seat open because of Carl Levin's retirement. We talked to Land about why she wants to be the Republican nominee.

Also, two native Ann Arborites have created a brand new social media website called Hubski. The two co-founders joined us today to tell us all about it.

First on the show, it seems there is at least one thing that we can agree on in our state: the need to fix our roads, potholes, crumbling bridges, and decades-old infrastructure.

What we can’t seem to agree on is how to pay for the fixes.

As we’ve talked about before on Stateside, Governor Snyder says he wants more than a billion dollars just this year to fix the state’s roads and bridges.

The Governor floated the idea of an increase in the gas tax and drivers paying more vehicle registration fees. Neither of those proposals however, has gained traction in Lansing.

Now, the state budget becomes close to complete with only some $350 million in road funding.

So, all of this leads to the question: why is it so hard to find a way to fix our roads?

Craig Thiel is a Senior Consultant at Anderson Economic Group here in Michigan and he recently wrote a piece in Bridge Magazine titled, “Will there ever be a good time to fund road repairs?”

Craig joined us in the studio today.

Politics & Government
6:57 am
Mon June 3, 2013

In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion, race for US Senate seat, Lansing city budget

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Governor urging legislature to expand Medicaid

“Governor Rick Snyder is urging the Legislature to act on expanding Medicaid before the end of June and the beginning of the summer recess. The governor says the Medicaid expansion is a cost-saver for taxpayers, businesses, and hospitals because it would reduce expensive emergency visits by uninsured patients. Some Republicans are calling for time limits and benefit caps before they’ll consider the expansion. The governor says he’d like to wrap up the expansion in time to start enrolling new Medicaid patients in January,” Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports.

Terri Land expected to announce candidacy for Senator Carl Levin's seat

“Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is expected to announce today whether she intends to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Carl Levin. So far Democratic Congressman Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township is the only person who's announced his candidacy; Terri Land would be the first Republican candidate to formally step into the race. Land easily won two statewide elections serving as secretary of state from 2003 to 2011; before that she served as Kent County clerk,” Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith reports.

Lansing city council will respond to mayor's vetoes

The Lansing city council is expected to try to override the mayor’s budget vetoes tonight, but the council does not appear to have enough votes to do it. Six of the council's eight members would need to vote to override the vetoes, but as Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody reports, “that appears unlikely.”  

Stateside
4:55 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Mark Schauer talks about his run for Michigan governor

Mark Schauer announced he will not run for Congress. U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg will face a new opponent after running against Schauer for several years.
U.S. Congress

An interview with Mark Schauer.

It appears the 2014 race for Michigan governor has taken a big step toward being firmed up.

Former Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer has filed papers to run as a Democrat.

Other Democrats had tested the water, explored their chances and stepped off in favor of Schauer.

His political career began with the Battle Creek City Commission, then on to the State Legislature, and then to Congress, where he served one term representing the Battle Creek area before being unseated in a 2011 rematch with Tim Walberg.

Mark Schauer is at the Mackinac Policy Conference and he joined us from Mackinac Island.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Government
5:20 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Schauer to run for Michigan Governor, 2014 battle lines coming into focus

Mark Schauer filed papers today to run for Governor of Michigan
U.S. Congress

The field seems cleared for two sons of Battle Creek to face each other in the 2014 race for Michigan governor.

Former Congressman Mark Schauer filed papers today to run as a Democrat.

Other Democrats explored the possibility and dropped back in favor of Schauer, whose political career spans from the Battle Creek City Commission, to the state Legislature and Congress.

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson says the early start – the 2014 elections are 17 months away – will help Schauer challenge Republican Governor Rick Snyder.

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Politics & Culture
4:41 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

There are many ideas and strategies being talked about for how to keep young people in Michigan. On today's show:  we spoke with one young writer who says it's simply not enough.

And we heard about how refugees, having survived physical and psychological traumas in their home countries, are getting mental health services here in Michigan.

Also, Rick Pluta gave us an update on ex-Justice Diane Hathaway, who was sentenced for fraud in federal court today in Ann Arbor.

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Stateside
4:39 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

What's in store for the Michigan Republican Party in Election 2014

Bobby Schostak
migop.org

An interview with Chairman Bobby Schostak.

Focus is starting to turn to Election 2014 in Michigan.

Former Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer filed paperwork this morning to run against Governor Rick Snyder in 2014, assuming that the Governor does, in fact, decide to run for a second term.

And Democratic Congressman Gary Peters announced earlier this month that he’ll run for the U.S. Senate seat open in 2014 because of Carl Levin’s retirement. 

So, it appears that the Democrats are beginning to get their ducks in a row, but what about Republicans?

Bobby Schostak, Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, joined us today in the studio.

Listen to the full interview above.

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