Both major political parties have their state conventions this week. Republicans are meeting in Novi; Democrats in Lansing.
There’s always an element of the high school reunion about these conventions; people, including the press, look forward to them in part because they get to see old friends.
However, there are also squabbles.
Most of this year’s focus has been on the Republican gathering, where Tea Party insurgents are attempting to throw Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley off the ticket.
Democrats, however, have their own struggle behind the scenes.
In case you are new to this, these conventions actually nominate most of each party’s candidates for statewide office.