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 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Exit polls show voters backing Barack Obama; national media give the state's 16 electoral votes to the president.
The polls have not been closed long, but based on exit polls results several media organizations have declared President Barack Obama the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican and native son Mitt Romney. NBC, NPR, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all have declared Obama the winner. Media outlets also have called the overall race for Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and in recent elections has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Michigan. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key …
Michigan's voting goes until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close earlier.
Michigan voters have until 8 p.m. Eastern to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends as much as an hour earlier, and exit polling could provide an early clue whether President Obama or Mitt Romney is closer to the White House. The earliest key state to watch is Virginia, where polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern. Voting ends 30 minutes later in the swing states of Ohio and North Carolina. As Michigan's polls close, the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls, too. Nevada and Iowa, two other swing states that could prove pivotal in this year's presidential election, close voting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
Martinez-Kratz and Ping earn commission seats.
9:00 AM: The 2012 election was a big win for Democrats in Washtenaw County. In many county races, they won by more than a 2-1 ratio over their rivals. Winners included Brian Mackie for Prosecuting Attorney, Jerry Clayton for Sheriff, Lawrence Kestenbaum for Clerk, Catherine McClary for Treasurer, Evan Pratt for Water Resources Commissioner and Kent Martinez-Kratz for 1st District Commissioner. The 1st District race was the only close contest. Third District Commissioner Alicia Ping was the lone Republican to win a county race, easily defeating challenger Wesley Prater. Voters also selected Timothy Connors and Carol Kuhnke for Circuit Court Judge positions. Also, incumbents Diana McKnight Morton and Richard Landau won reelection to the …
With 100 percent of the precincts counted, Driskell had 26,646 votes and Mark Ouimet had 23,609.
10 a.m. After all of the precincts were counted, Gretchen Driskell wins Michigan's 52nd House District with 26,646 votes, beating Mark Ouimet who had 23,609 votes. 1 a.m. Gretchen Driskell calls the win for Michigan's 52nd House District. With 112 of the 169 precincts counted, Driskell has 14,583 votes and Mark Ouimet has 14,334, according to unofficial results from Washtenaw County. 9:20 p.m. Brian Marl wins the Saline mayoral race. The results from the precincts are: Marl had 1,844 votes and Glenn Law had 1,221. These results are unofficial until they're officially counted by the city's counting board. Marl said Law called him to concede and congratulate him on winning. "I really love Saline," Marl said. "I'm honored and humbled by the …
Friday, November 2, 2012
As the 2012 presidential election campaign winds to a close, reflect with us on the past year-plus of political cartoons on Patch.
The candidates have made their closing statements, and now it's your turn. Let everyone know who you're voting for and why you like your guy — but you can't go negative or attack the other guy. Please note, only positive comments will be published. We've had enough mud slinging.
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 …
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 …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debated for the third and final time on Monday night? How do you think they did? Let us know by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.
The fourth and final debate heading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election was held Monday night, broadcast live from Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. In their third meeting of campaign season, President Barack Obama and Republican contender Gov. Mitt Romney went head to head on issues of foreign policy. Who do you think won the debate? Weigh in on our poll alongside other Michigan Patch readers, and tell us in the comments why you think Obama or Romney came out on top. There were three prior presidential and vice presidential debates.