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Politics & Government
11:58 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Where do Michiganders go when they leave the state?

Are you leaving Michigan or coming to it?
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Approximately 1.7 million Americans moved to a different state in 2012. But from where are people leaving, and where do they go?

A recent infographic by Chris Walker visualizes American migration patterns. It shows Americans are flocking to Florida, and more people are leaving Michigan than moving to the state.

According to the Census data that informed the infographic, about 134,000 Americans migrated to the Mitten State in 2012. More than 175,000 left the state.

So where do Michiganders go when they leave the mitten?

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Law
12:35 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Group plans Detroit protest against George Zimmerman jury verdict

Zimmerman didn't talk to the media after his exoneration, but his lead lawyer said they were "ecstatic with the results."
NPR

DETROIT (AP) - Several groups say they're holding a rally at a downtown Detroit park to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida.

The Coalition Against Police Brutality says it and other groups are holding the rally at 6 p.m. Sunday at Grand Circus Park, which is near Comerica Park and Ford Field.

The group says the action is a protest against the "egregious jury verdict in favor of George Zimmerman."

Politics & Government
1:37 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Ryan sets the right "tone" for Michigan Republicans at the GOP national convention

Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan addressing the Republican National Convention last night in Tampa, Florida
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan’s delegates say they left the Republican National Convention last night with extra enthusiasm.

They say vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan set the right ‘tone’ for the fall campaign in his acceptance speech.

Michigan’s delegates liked hearing Paul Ryan attacking the ‘Affordable Care Act’ and President Obama’s economic and spending policies.

Tom Stroup is a delegate from Northfield Township.   He says the “tone” of Paul Ryan’s speech should connect with independent voters.

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Politics & Government
1:01 am
Wed August 29, 2012

At the RNC, a Michigan delegate questions if the Republican Party has room for Ron Paul supporters

The view of the main podium from where the Michigan delegation is sitting at the Republican National Convention
Steve Carmody/ Michigan Radio

More than 100 thousand people voted for Ron Paul in Michigan’s Republican presidential primary in February.    But after what happened yesterday at the Republican National Convention, it appears some of them may not be voting Republican in November.

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Politics & Government
11:42 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Jersey's Republican governor says Michigan is a 'State of Consequence' in November's election

Gov. Chris Christie, (R) NJ
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

The man in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention tonight took his star power to the Michigan delegation this morning.

It’s a staple of every morning at national political conventions: the big name breakfast speaker.    And there are few bigger than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.   The Garden State governor has a prime time slot tonight, delivering the convention’s keynote address. 

Christie told Michigan’s delegates about a conversation he had with Mitt Romney about the Republican nominee’s chance of winning New Jersey in November.

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Politics & Government
1:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Michigan GOP chairman expects Republican National Convention will end on time

Tampa International Airport decked out to greet delegates and others coming to town for the Republican National Convention.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The chairman of Michigan’s Republican Party says he does not believe Tropical Storm Isaac will hamper the work that needs to get done at this week's national convention in Florida.

National party leaders canceled most events for the first day of the Republican National convention because of the threat of  Isaac.   They hope to get back on schedule tomorrow.

National Republican leaders are not ruling out the need to add an extra day to the schedule.

But Bob Schostak says he doubts that will be necessary.   Schostak is the chair of Michigan’s Republican Party.

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Politics & Government
4:15 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

As Isaac gets closer, Michigan Republicans party in Tampa

The governor's reception at the Florida Aquarium drew more than 300 people on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Isaac is coming, but for Michigan’s delegation to the Republican National Convention the parties go on.

They used to call them ‘Hurricane parties’.  People getting together to have a good time as one of nature’s most destructive forces bore down on them.   They can now change the name to 'Republican Hurricane Parties.'

As  Isaac churned its way north, Michigan’s delegation to the RNC went ahead and held their planned governor’s reception at the Florida Aquarium.   

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Politics & Government
8:59 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Republican National Convention preps for Isaac

Republicans storm into Tampa, but make way for Tropical Storm Isaac which is expected to intensify today
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Tropical storm Isaac is bearing down on Florida.   But for now Michigan’s delegation to the Republican National Convention plans to keep to it’s pre-convention schedule.

Members of Michigan’s delegation had planned for a once in a lifetime experience in Tampa this week, but they didn’t expect it to be a hurricane. 

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Politics & Government
4:01 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Talking 'Positive' at the Republican National Convention

Banners hang in the main terminal building at Tampa International Airport greeting people coming to town for the Republican National Convention
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan’s governor says he’s bringing his message of “relentless positive action” message to this week’s Republican National Convention.

“Positive” is not usually a word associated the rhetoric at national political conventions.

But Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who’s made “relentless positive action” the mantra of his administration, hopes that’s not the case at the Republican National Convention which opens Monday in Tampa.

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Economy
4:26 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Population expert sees good news in state Census data

The man in charge of charting population trends for Michigan says he would not be surprised to see the out-migration of people from the state reverse course.

The new U.S. Census data says Michigan lost people over the last decade.

State Demographer Ken Darga says Michiganders left the state in droves over the past decade for places like Florida where jobs were more plentiful. Now, Darga says, they may be ready to come back -- Florida’s jobless rate is higher than Michigan’s.

Darga discussed the good news on the Michigan public TV show  “Off The Record.”

“The economy is starting to turn around. There’s a lot of good news about Michigan’s economy in the past year or so.”

“Michigan has lost a lot of young people to Florida – as well as senior citizens – because Florida used to be one of the big states that had low unemployment and it was a place you could go to find a job while Michigan was in a one-state recession. But now, Florida’s unemployment rate is higher than Michigan’s.”

“One of the things I’ll be looking for is to see if some of those Michigan natives who moved to Florida are going to start coming back.”

The U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics says Michigan added 71 thousand more jobs than it lost in the past 12 months and its unemployment rate fell more than any other state’s.

Also, the decline in Michigan’s jobless rate for the first two months of 2011 was due to more people working, and not to discouraged jobseekers checking out of the workforce.

Michigan and Kentucky are tied for the nation’s fifth highest unemployment rate.