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Tim Walberg
US House of Representative

Where is Tim Walberg? The Republican congressman from Michigan’s 7 th district is in a fierce battle for reelection, raising millions of dollars, and pouring huge amounts of money into a slew of attack ads against his Democratic opponent. You would not think he’d be an especially hard guy to reach these days. But as far as his campaign goes, Tim Walberg is an invisible secret mystery wrapped in an enigma, with strategists carefully guarding precious campaign secrets behind a wall of silence ...

Jack Lessenberry
Michigan Radio

Election Day is less than a week away, and one of the most competitive races in the nation is right here in Michigan. For our segment This Week in Michigan Politics , Jack Lessenberry and Doug Tribou talk about Democrat Gretchen Driskell's bid to win the state's 7th Congressional District over incumbent Republican Tim Walberg. They also talk about the race in the 1st Congressional District that could be important on a national level and whether third-party candidates stand a chance in Michigan.

Gretchen Driskell
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The race for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District is one of the most competitive in the country. The two major-party candidates have both raised more than $2 million for their campaigns. Gretchen Driskell , a former seven-term mayor of Saline and the a current member of the Michigan House of Representatives, is the challenger in the race. And although she’s running as a Democrat, she considers herself an independent.

Downtown Eaton Rapids, in Michigan's 7th Congressional District, a race that's become one of the most expensive in the state.
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So you’re flipping around TV one night, and this campaign ad comes up: “Walberg DID vote yes on every trade deal. And just last year, he voted to give Obama enhanced power to negotiate T.P.P .” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t2N1r9J0ZY Sounds typical, right? Until you see the ad is actually from a Democrat, trying to score points by linking her opponent – a Republican – to President Obama. Welcome to Michigan’s 7 th Congressional District, where it’s an all-out battle for blue-collar voters...

Gretchen Driskell got into politics by accident twenty-some years ago, when she was home with a toddler and a neighbor knocked on her door. He was running for city council and wanted her support; she was an accountant and an MBA who had taken a few years off to raise her three kids, and was happy to talk to another adult. This was in a town called Saline, which was in transition from an old farming town to a community that was somewhat trendy. She told him she’d read that a local company was...

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s sagging poll numbers in Michigan may be behind a surprising rise in TV ad buys in one state congressional race. Since actress Melissa Gilbert ’s stumbling exit as a Democrat congressional candidate, Republican incumbent Mike Bishop appeared to have a clear path to re-election in the 8th District. But then again maybe not. Substitute Democratic nominee Suzanna Shkreli is suddenly out spending Bishop on TV. During the week of October 3rd through...

Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Two U.S. representatives from Michigan announced at a farm near Monroe they plan to introduce legislation that would reduce pollution that causes harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes. Republican U.S. Rep. Candice Miller of Shelby Township and Tim Walberg of Tipton will sponsor a bill, the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act, that would reward farmers for voluntarily taking conservation measures.

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U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg says he can't support a new deal negotiated between Iran and six world powers – the U.S., the U.K., France, China, Russia, and Germany – because it gives Iran too much freedom to continue developing weapons and does not include a provision for the release of four U.S. citizens currently in Iranian prisons. One of those Americans is Amir Hekmati , a marine from Flint, Michigan, who has been in prison in Tehran for over three years on spying charges. Walberg cited a...

Catherine Shaffer / Michigan Radio

A veterans fair in Washtenaw County today offered one-stop shopping for employment, counseling, health, and other services. About 20 groups participated in the event at Scio Township Hall. Michigan U.S. Reps. Tim Walberg and Debbie Dingell hosted the event. Organizations on hand to offer help included the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, the VFW Department of Michigan Service Office, the Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs, Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program, Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors, and many more.

Democratic state Representative Gretchen Driskell’s nascent campaign for Congress relies in part on the assumption that Hillary Clinton will be at the top of the Democratic ticket next year.

Gretchen Driskell
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Just three months after the November elections, a Democrat has announced she’ll run against Republican Congressman Tim Walberg. Second-term Michigan State Representative Gretchen Driskell (D-52nd) is challenging Walberg in the Seventh Congressional District.

Thirty years ago, I was briefly involved in the dog show world, when we had a collie that went on to become a champion. That was during the long ago and now long-forgotten race in which President Ronald Reagan was running for re-election against Walter Mondale. Both offered vastly different views of America. There were a some people who were very passionate about that campaign, either because they loved Reagan, hated his policies or were excited about the first woman on a major party ticket, Geraldine Ferraro. But when I came off the campaign and consorted with regular humans, I learned that wasn’t true for most. The show dog people I knew, for example, were more bitterly passionate about their rivals and paid more attention to the idiosyncrasies of the various judges than most people did the election. Most of them could recite their dogs’ pedigrees at the drop of a hat, or point at a collie and say – “see, you can tell from his hindquarters that he’s out of Champion La Estancia Travolta.” The woman who told me that did ask me once “who’s that guy running against Reagan?” but I think she did so to be polite. What I took away from this is that America is a land of a million subcultures, and increasingly, politics is just one of those. There are big differences between the candidates for governor this time, and the candidates are spending tens of millions to try and get your attention in the hope that you might actually vote. But we know already that most people won’t. Apart from the candidates themselves, I’ve seen just two races this year where people seem energized and excited.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Time is running out before Election Day, and some groups think their money would be better spent elsewhere. The Associated Press reports Republican groups are pulling ad buys supporting U.S. Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land. The National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled nearly $1 million in ads for the weeks of Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, according to a political operative who tracks ad spending. Democrat Gary Peters leads Republican Terri Lynn Land in Michigan. Land and her allies spent $18...

A Republican group is attacking Democratic congressional candidates, using online sites that resemble news websites. One of those 20 websites is called the “South Michigan Update.”

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Opponents of Obamacare turned out for a meeting in Jackson today. Congressman Tim Walberg is holding a series of town hall meetings this week on the Affordable Care Act. The Republican congressman is showcasing small business owners and patients who say they are paying more for health insurance under Obamacare . More than 100,000 Michiganders have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare , but Walberg says there's a problem with that statistic . “Many of those have tried to sign up or...

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Michigan’s congressional delegation had a mixed reaction to the president’s State of the Union address last night. Democrat John Dingell says Congress is capable of acting on the president’s call for a higher minimum wage and restoring federal jobless benefits. “Whether they will or not I don’t know because as you know, the Republicans run Congress,” Dingell said after the president’s speech. Republican Congressman Tim Walberg is skeptical of President Obama’s call for a “Year of Action” to...

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Last nights vote to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling divided Michigans Republican congress. The legislation reopens the government through Jan. 15 th and permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 th or perhaps a month longer.
Congress faced a midnight deadline Thursday. Thats when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations....

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The reelection chances of three Michigan congressmen might be hurt by the federal government shutdown. The poll numbers show Republican Congressmen Tim Walberg , Kerry Bentivolio and Dan Benishek all trailing significantly behind a generic Democratic opponent. Tom Jensen is with Public Policy Polling , the Democratic-leaning firm that conducted the voter surveys. The voter surveyed was commissioned by MoveOn.org. He says their data shows voter discontent over the shutdown may tip the balance...

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.

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...

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A new report from a Washington-based watchdog group finds Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun spending a lot of money to influence Congress. The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington--or CREW--tracked campaign donations from Morouns family, company, and associates. Their examination of campaign finance data found more than $1.5 million in Congressional donations from 2004 through the first quarter of 2012. Moroun has long opposed efforts to build a new, publicly-funded...

The budget President Obama delivers to Congress this week will spend about 8 billion dollars less on the Defense Department. Thats going to directly affect two Michigan Air National Guard Bases. Battle Creek and Selfridge Air National Guard Base officials learned earlier this month that the presidents proposed defense cuts would affect them . Selfridge would lose specialized fighter aircraft and Battle Creek will not become the home of some cargo planes. Republican Tim Walbergs southern...

The debate over how to extend a payroll tax cut is dividing Michigans congressional delegation. The U.S. Senate voted for a two-month extension over the weekend. But the U.S. House is expected to reject the extension this evening. Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow is among those who voted yes. What were talking about is a tax increase happening on over 5 million Michigan workers come January 1 if this doesnt get extended at least in the short run, says Stabenow. But GOP congressman Tim...

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Vice President Joe Biden will be in Michigan today to tout the Presidents Jobs Bill. But Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg says the $447 billion bill will hurt, not help the nations economy. Walberg is a Republican. He says the bill would increase spending and raise taxes. And he says thats not what the economy needs to create jobs. Walberg says the nation may be better off if Congress doesnt pass a jobs bill this year. At the very least, if we hold some things back that would be hurtful to our economy, thats getting something done. Maybe thats the process right nowif there isnt a willingness to negotiate, says Walberg. Walberg says he hopes a compromise can be reached which will reduce payroll taxes and spur job growth.

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About two dozen union members demonstrated outside the Jackson office of Republican congressman Tim Walberg. The protest was as much about the 2012 election as it was about the budget fight in Washington. Some passing motorists honked their horns, showing solidarity with protesters outside Congressman Tim Walbergs office. The protesters, like teachers assistant Glenda Wells, say Walberg has sided too often with special business interests at the expense of working men and women. He says hes...

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DETROIT (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek says he wont run for Congress next year. The Democrat made the announcement in an email sent to supporters on Wednesday. The decision means Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg will get a new Democratic opponent after facing Schauer for the past two elections. Last year, Walberg beat the then-incumbent Schauer in a contentious rematch of their 2008 race that saw Schauer unseat Walberg, who was then a freshman in Congress. In the email, Schauer writes that, despite his decision, he still sees south-central Michigans 7th District as winnable for a Democratic candidate in 2012. Schauer currently serves as national co-chair of the BlueGreen Alliance Jobs 21! Campaign.

Tim Walberg
US House of Representative

The divide over budget and debt ceiling talks continues between Congressional Republicans and Democrats. Within the Republican Party, the Tea Party Caucus is a prominent voice against any deal that contains tax increases. Republican Congressman Tim Walberg represents Michigans 7 th district and is a member of the Tea Party Caucus. He spoke with Michigan Radios Jennifer White about what he thinks it might take for both Republicans and Democrats to agree on a budget. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-977264.mp3

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

Michigan congressman Tim Walberg describes todays meeting between Republican lawmakers and President Obama as congenial. Walberg was among the GOP members of congress who outlined their concerns about the budget during the 90 minute meeting with the president at the White House. Im not sure there was ultimately much change. And we will wait now to see if the president follows through with proposals of his own. This week, Republican congressmen voted down their own proposal to raise the...