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 …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Shelby Township Clerk's Office will be open the Saturday before the Nov. 6 elections to accommodate last-minute absentee voters.
The Shelby Township Clerk's Office will remain open on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m to accommodate an influx of in-person absentee voters, in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 elections. The Saturday hours are in addition to the regular business hours. Clerk Stanley T. Grot’s office is located in the municipal building at 52700 Van Dyke Avenue, on the southeast corner of 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee voter ballot if you are: For additional information, visit shelbytwp.org.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Vote - Michigan is sponsoring the event.
Interested voters can meet and question candidates running for a number of positions at a Thursday political forum sponsored by Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Vote - Michigan. APIA Vote - Michigan is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes and provides civic participation, advocacy and education in the Asian Pacific Islander American community. The forum is at the Sterling Heights Lion’s Club, 12828 Canal Road, and starts with a candidate meet and greet at 6 p.m., followed by the forum itself from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Invited candidates include those running for the U.S. Senate, the 9th and 10th U.S. Congressional districts, the 25th and 30th Michigan House districts, State Board of Education, as well as those running …
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…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debated for the second time Tuesday night. How do you think they did? Let us know by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.
The third of four debates heading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election was held Tuesday night, broadcast live from Hofstra University. In their second meeting of campaign season, President Barack Obama and Republican contender Gov. Mitt Romney went head to head on issues of foreign and domestic policy in a town hall format. 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 is one remaining presidential and vice-presidential debates are set for the following dates: There were two prior presidential and vice presidential debates.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Vote in the poll and leave a comment below to let us know who you thought won the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
The second of four debates heading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election was held Thursday night, broadcast live from the Centre College in Danville, KY. In their only scheduled meeting of the campaign season—and with polls showing the race for the White House tightening—Vice President Joe Biden and Republican contender Paul Ryan went head to head. 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 Biden or Ryan came out on top. Remaining presidential debates are set for the following dates: RELATED: Who won the first presidential debate?
As Election Day 2012 draws closer, we want to hear from undecided voters around Michigan.
While most voters have already made up their minds whether they want to re-elect President Barack Obama or cast their ballots in favor of former Gov. Mitt Romney, about 7 percent of the likely voting population remains undecided, according to the Huffington Post. It’s that undecided group we want to reach out to in Michigan. We’d like to hear from those of you who remain unsure which way you’ll go on Nov. 6. Here are our questions for you: What has prevented you from making up your mind so far? Is there a particular issue or stand on an issue you’re waiting to hear more from the candidates about? What would make you favor one candidate over another? Maybe you're passionate about the economy and haven't heard a plan that resonates yet? …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Republican candidates, and one rock star, turned out in full force at Oakland University Monday night.
It was a message stated over and over by every politician, kid and rock star that took the stage Monday night at Paul Ryan's campaign rally at Oakland University. "This is the election of our lifetime." Read Ryan Addresses Thousands at OU Rally: 'Let's Go Out and Get This Done' A who's who of Michigan Republicans spoke for an hour before the guest of honor, Paul Ryan, came on stage. Here are the highlights: The Romney-Ryan supporter entered the Athletics Center O'rena as his "Born Free" blasted over the crowd. "You have to stand for something," the Clarkston rocker told the crowd of thousands in his speech introducing Ryan. "The No. 1 thing is for everyone to vote. So many great Americans gave the ultimate sacrifice for this right, so …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivers midwestern-flavored message at Monday's rally on Oakland University campus.
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan appealed to Michiganders on a very personal level Monday night on the campus of Oakland University. Speaking to an estimated crowd of 2,000 with another 1,000 in an overflow room, Ryan's 30-minute speech was peppered with the Michigan connections between the candidate and the crowd he was addressing. From references to Michigan State's "thumping" of the Wisconsin Badgers last year to the fact that "overseas means across Lake Superior to us," Ryan was clearly feeling neighborly. He even took credit for a certain Detroit Tiger: ("You got Prince Fielder from us," he said. "He's still a hero to us in Milwaukee.") "If you draw a line from Muskegon straight across the lake, that's where I'm from," Ryan said …