Politics & Government

Election 2010
9:00 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Supporters nervous as first results trickle in

"And now the hand wringing begins" said a nervous supporter at the Mark Schauer victory party. 

The incumbent Democratic congressman's party on the 16th floor of the McCamly Hotel is filling up.  People here are glancing more and more frequently at the TV monitors and lap top screens.   The race between Schauer and former congressman, turned challenger Republican Tim Walberg is expected to be close.   Very Close.

 

 

 

Election 2010
8:38 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Kent County GOP cheering republican wins so far

GOP faithful gather inside a downtown pizza parlor
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Roughly 80 people gathering with the Kent County GOP in downtown Grand Rapids cheered when local media called the governor's race for Ann Arbor Businessman Rick Snyder.

Jason Ellis is from the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood. Wearing a Justin Amash T-shirt and sipping a Heineken he says he's satisfied with the outcome. “I think Rick Snyder’s got a tough road ahead the next couple years in Michigan – a lot of big decisions will have to be made. But I think he’s got the right skill set and he’s the kind of guy we need in Lansing right now.”

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Countdown to Election Day
8:19 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

The waiting begins for candidates in the 7th congressional district

Victory parties are getting underway for candidates in Michigan's 7th congressional district.    On the 16th floor of the McCamly Hotel in Battle Creek, a spokesman for incumbent Democrat Mark Schauer says they are cautiously optimistic.   Republican challenger Tim Walberg's party is in downtown Jackson.    Two years, the race was not decided until well after midnight. 

Election 2010
8:15 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Freep says Snyder heading for lopsided win

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Rick Snyder is heading for a lopsided win "as GOP tidal wave looms."

Republican Rick Snyder headed toward a landslide victory in the race for governor over Democrat Virg Bernero, leading a possible Republican sweep of statewide offices, according to a Free Press automated poll of 2,000 voters statewide.

Election 2010
8:12 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Snyder says he would bring sense of "crisis" as guv

Rick Snyder says he's ready to start if he wins
Snyder's campaign website

By Rick Pluta

The candidates are waiting for the votes to be counted. Republican candidate for governor Rick Snyder says if he is elected he will not wait to begin planning for his administration. Snyder says he intends to bring a sense of "crisis" to Lansing:

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Election 2010
6:35 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Your election night mood in one word

How are you feeling on election night?
Screen grab New York Times

The New York Times is asking people about their mood on election night. They're asking people to enter one word that best describes how they're feeling. If this word tracker is any indication, the mood is not joyful.

Election 2010
4:15 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Top 10 states for voter turnout

Voter turnout is better when we're electing a new president. The best gubernatorial turnout rate in Michigan was 60% in 1962 (based on data starting in 1948).
user jaina Creative Commons

People in northern states may be cold, but they seem to vote in higher numbers than in some other states.

In the 2008 election, these states had the highest turnout rates from their voting eligible population according to Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project:

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Election 2010
4:04 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Expert says Michigan's 'optical scan' voting system is secure

Voters cast their ballots in Michigan
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Alex Halderman - the University of Michigan professor who successfully hacked into a test version of the Washington, D.C.'s computer voting system - says Michigan voters should not be worried that their votes will be tampered with on Tuesday's election. 

Haldermn says most of Michigan’s polling places use optical scanners: voters fill out paper ballots that get scanned into a computer.

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Election 2010
8:25 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Local election results

We've gathered up all the county election results sites in our listening area.

Click here to find your local election results

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Election 2010
7:09 am
Tue November 2, 2010

It's Election Day

It's Election Day. Voters in Michigan are set to choose many new candidates for top offices.

Voters are set to choose a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. Voters will also choose two state Supreme Court nominees. All of Michigan's fifteen U.S. Congressional seats are also up for election, as well as seats for the state Senate and House.

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Countdown to Election Day
11:24 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Tuesday's election will lead Michigan to lose 'Seniority' in Congress

Michigan will have at least 4 freshman members of Congress after November’s general election.

But all that new blood means Michigan is losing something special in Washington...seniority.

By January,  Republicans Pete Hoekstra and Vern Ehlers, and Democrats Bart Stupak and Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick will have packed up and moved out of their congressional offices in Washington. 

Hoekstra, Ehlers and Stupak voluntarily retired. Cheeks-Kilpatrick lost her party’s August primary.

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Election 2010
9:47 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Countdown to Election Day

Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder

With one day to go before Election Day, the candidates running for Governor will spend the day traveling around the state getting out their campaign messages.  Democratic nominee Virg Bernero will start his day in Detroit and end it in Lansing.  Republican candidate Rick Sndyer will make stops in Portland and Ann Arbor.

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Countdown to Election Day
2:38 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Tea Party Express rallies conservative voters in Michigan

Tea Party members attend a pre-election rally in Jackson, Michigan
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

The Tea Party Express roadshow is making several stops today in Michigan in hope of energizing conservative voters before next week’s election.

 About 500 people crowded a vacant lot in downtown Jackson for the event which was part political rally and part fundraiser.

The tea party vote could be critical in several close congressional and state legislative races next week.

Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kramer says establishment Republicans and Democrats are underestimating the movement.  

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Election 2010
8:39 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Statewide GOP candidates to rally in Oakland County today

Once Chance to Victory Rally Flyer
Photograph Courtesy of migop.org

Republican candidate for Governor Rick Snyder will campaign today at an Oakland County rally.  Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are expected to attend.  The Oakland Country Press reports other statewide Republican candidates including Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette, Secretary of State Candidate Ruth Johnson and Lt.

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Election 2010
8:27 am
Fri October 29, 2010

New Poll Shows Snyder Continues to Lead Bernero

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Snyder
Photo by MBisanz/Creative Commons

With four days to go before Election Day, a new EPIC-MRA poll shows continued support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder over his opponent Democrat Virg Bernero.  The poll shows 55% of those surveyed support Snyder to Bernero's 37%.  4% were undecided. 

Michigan Election
1:24 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Bernero tells Grand Rapids youth he's not giving up hope

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero is making a push to energize his political base as the general election nears. Polls show republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder around 20 points ahead of his competitor with less than a week before the election. That hasn't stopped Democrat Virg Bernero's enthusiasm. The Lansing Mayor peppered West Michigan with 7 campaign stops Wednesday - including Battle Creek, Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

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Schauer v Walberg (Round 2)
1:09 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

7th Congressional District race - familiar faces

Congressional Mark Schauer (D) talks with a constituent
(Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

Voters in the 7th congressional district will have two familiar choices on the ballot in November.  They faced each other before.  This time the result may be different.

 When you are congressman running for re-election you walk in a lot of parades.  Democrat Mark Schauer spent a recent September day walking in Charlotte’s Frontier Days parade.   The crowd lining the parade route was polite,  but several people like Liz Goble were not happy to see Mark Schauer. 

"I definitely wasn’t happy when he was voted in.  I will be happy to see him go," says Goble. 

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PPO request dropped against anti-gay blogger
1:32 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

U-M student leader drops request for PPO against assistant state attorney general

Andrew Shirvell, assistant Michigan Attorney General
(photo is a screen capture of a CNN broadcast posted on a Facebook page)

A University of Michigan student leader has dropped his request for a personal protection order against an assistant state attorney general.

Andrew Shirvell used his blog to attack Chris Armstrong for promoting what Shirvell called a radical homosexual agenda on campus.

Shirvell also protested at events where Armstrong was present.

Philip Thomas is Andrew Shirvell's lawyer.

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Countdown to Election Day
6:41 pm
Sun October 24, 2010

Tea Party Express rolling toward Michigan

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

 

The Tea Party Express is scheduled to roll into Michigan this week, just days before next month’s pivotal mid-term election.

The conservative voters group has been holding rallies across the United States for the past week. 

The Tea Party Express has two stops planned in Michigan this Friday, one for a rally in Jackson and the second in Troy.   Those rallies will both take place in the hearts of two heavily contested congressional races.

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