Friday, December 28, 2012
A political expert said Michigan could be “ground zero for a recall vote” against Snyder in 2013.
Could the sudden passage of the highly controversial right-to-work legislation lead to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's name appearing on a statewide ballot for something other than his re-election campaign? One political expert thinks it's possible. Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, told Politico that Michigan could be “ground zero for a recall vote” against Snyder in 2013. “There doesn’t seem to be a specific goal of going after state legislatures or state governors in any significant way, though that might change in Michigan because of right-to-work (legislation),” Spivak said in the Politico story. Local recall elections, such as the one voters recently approved against Troy …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Five of the six statewide ballot proposals were defeated, according to early results.
Voters throughout Michigan chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney for president, according to early results, and voted no on at least five of the six state proposals. Michiganders also chose incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow over Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra for Senate, according to early results. Voter turnout was reported to be high across the state. In 2008, 66.2 percent of Michigan's registered voters cast ballots, the highest number since 1968 when voter turnout was 66.8 percent. On Tuesday, many precincts were still taking ballots well after 8 p.m. to accommodate voters. 1:32 AM: U.S. Rep. John Dingell claimed victory and a record-breaking 30th term in Congress. 12:46 AM: Results are trickling in. Dexter Patch reports Gretchen …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Search the latest Michigan data made available by the Federal Election Commission for contributions to President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are fueled with hundreds of millions of dollars donated by individuals in 2012. The watchdog Web site, opensecrets.org, estimates contributions nationally by individuals to Obama's campaign totaled $631 million. Romney's share of contributions by individuals was $384 million. The analysis is based upon the latest Federal Election Commission records released in late October. Closer to home, opensecrets.org reports that Michigan ranked 16th with $13 million contributed by individuals to both candidates, $7.8 million to Romney and $5.2 million to Obama. Curious which Michiganders gave to the major presidential campaigns? You can use the widget …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Both candidates agree, however, that higher education needs to be affordable to Michigan residents.
A disagreement over education funding is the latest topic pitting Democrat Gretchen Driskell verses Republican Mark Ouimet in the hotly contested race for the 52nd District Michigan House of Representatives. Driskell, the current mayor of Saline, held a press conference Tuesday to highlight the issue. “I want every child in Washtenaw County to get a great education, but that will only happen if we invest in our schools,” Driskell said. State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Saline schools employee Kimberly Van Hoek attended the conference to support Driskell. Irwin, Hoek and Driskell agree that companies that create high-paying jobs want to locate in places that they can find well-educated workers. Driskell demanded the restoration of …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Saline resident appreciates Marl's ability to "think outside the box."
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I support Brian Marl's candidacy for mayor of Saline. It is easy to say, "Brian is a great neighbor and good friend." He certainly is. But he is much more than that. It has been a pleasure to work with him on our church council. A church requires many of the same factors as a business: staff, budgets, meetings, and personal attention to members. His efficiency as President of our council was shown over and over. Meetings were run in a timely fashion and Brian always made certain that all voices were heard. We accomplished so much during his leadership. He spearheaded the effort to carefully examine the church' current position as well as its future. All council members were actively involved in the process. I find Brian's ability to think…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Michigan Democrats will rally supporters at the Circus Club in Ann Arbor on Oct. 28.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan College Democrats, along with Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, Democratic candidate for state representative, will host a "Get Out the Vote" rally at Circus Club, 210 S. First St. at 5 p.m. Oct. 28. The rally will feature U.S. Rep. John Dingell, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, state Supreme Court candidate Bridget Mary McCormack, state Sen. Rebekah Warren, Democratic House Leader Kate Segal, state Rep. Jeff Irwin, and Adam Zemke, candidate for the 55th House District. The event is an effort to boost voter turnout across Washtenaw County. The rally is open to the public and offers students and community residents the opportunity to meet legislators and state leaders at the event. Driskell is the …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Brian Marl and Glenn Law lay out their campaigns during forum sponsored by Saline’s Coalition for a Quality Community.
Saline’s next leader will soon be decided by voters. Mayoral candidates Brian Marl and Glenn Law faced off in a debate Monday addressing a host of local issues, including infrastructure, finances and creating a more diverse community. The debate was sponsored by Saline’s Coalition for a Quality Community and moderated by Scott Lemm. During the debate, Marl and Law talked about how best to tackle some of the town's needs. “The biggest issue facing Saline at this point is our financial situation,” Law said. “We need to keep our financial house in order.” He added that it’s important for the city to watch how taxpayer money is spent and urged officials to proceed carefully with future projects. Marl said he feels the biggest issue facing …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Here are details on the third and final debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
The third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is scheduled for 9 p.m. Monday. It will focus on foreign policy. Check below for more information on the debate, which is presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. FOX, which has aired the other two presidential debates, is not airing the third debate in light of game seven of the National League Championship Series. WXYZ-TV, the local ABC affiliate, also will not televise the third debate due to the Detroit Lions being on Monday Night Football. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Proposal 4 would also affirm limited collective bargaining rights for about 42,000 home health care workers.
Michigan's Proposal 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot pertains to home health care and the collective bargaining rights for thousands of workers. The proposal calls for the establishment of a "Michigan Quality Home Care Council" in the state constitution and would affirm limited collective bargaining rights for about 42,000 home health care workers. Those workers are hired and fired by the elderly or disabled participants of the Medicaid-funded Home Help Services Program, and are paid by the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Citizens Research Council states. The council would be the so-called public employer of home health care aides while the participants of the Home Health Care program would still have the right to choose, hire…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Nearly 200 people attended a town hall meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday at Liberty School.
While Michigan has been "going downhill since the ‘60s," Gov. Rick Snyder said he's proud of his record thus far and hopes to change the state's trend. He told a crowd of nearly 200 people at Saline's Liberty School on Monday night that he ran for governor “to fundamentally change how we are doing things" and has accomplished that by insisting the focus be on “relentless positive action." He said he is opposed to blaming, doesn’t care who gets credit for goals accomplished and believes the focus of government should be on problem solving rather than turf battles. The governor said his two goals are “to create more and better jobs in Michigan” and “to create a bright future for our kids.” Government should be looked at as “a customer …