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
Macomb County voters re-elected Democrats Eric J. Smith, Anthony Wickersham, Carmella Sabaugh and Ted B. Wahby as prosecutor, sheriff, clerk and treasurer, respectively, Nov. 6. The Macomb Community College millage proposal failed.
Incumbent Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis has won re-election, along with an all Republican Board.
Shelby Township swept red Tuesday with Republicans taking all seven open seats on the Board of Trustees. Shelby Township incumbent Supervisor Rick Stathakis will hold the township’s top spot for another four years. Stathakis beat Independent candidate David Erickson for the spot. The township’s new treasurer is Trustee Michael Flynn, who ran unopposed. Stan Grot also ran unopposed for clerk. The Shelby Township Board of Trustees appointed Grot to the position at the end of 2011. Trustees will include incumbents Doug Wozniak, Paula Calvaruso Filar and current Treasurer Paul Viar. Newcomer Nick Nightingale will join them. Voters were asked to choose four of the five candidates for the Board of Trustees. The lone Democratic candidate, …
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
Voters across Macomb County Tuesday returned incumbents to county-wide offices.
Voters across Macomb County returned incumbents to office Tuesday and voted down a millage for Macomb Community College. With 100 percent of the vote tallied, Democrats have dominated county races. Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric J. Smith received 65 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Michael R. Wrathell. Anthony Wickersham won his first run for sheriff as a candidate. The incumbent Democrat has a strong lead -- with 61 percent of the vote -- over his challengers, Republican Steve Thomas and Libertarian Scott W. Allen. Demcratic incumbent Carmella Sabaugh returned for another term as the county clerk/register of deeds race, with 65 percent of the votes over Republican challenger Debera Guenther. Ted B. Wahby received 58…
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.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Utica was one of the last stops for the state GOP's "Believe in Michigan - Jobs First" bus tour of Michigan.
Nearly a dozen Republican candidates arrived in an over-sized Mitt Romney bus Monday morning to fire up the volunteers who have been working at the Macomb-Utica Victory Center since the beginning of the campaign season. “48-hours ago we were down two points in the polls. This morning we’re up one. Keep working those phones and knocking on those doors and we’ll bring it home,” said Bobby Schostak, chairman of the Michigan GOP. Michigan has 25 Republican victory centers across the state. Between the GOP volunteers and candidates, Schostak said more than 1 million doors have been knocked in Michigan to convince voters to vote Republican. Since Friday, Michigan Republicans have been making pit stops around the state in the Romney victory bus. …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Consul General Roy Norton joined Gov. Rick Snyder in Sterling Heights last week to explain the reasoning behind his country's willingness to cover all costs and responsibility for a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor.
Although Canada does not make it a habit of "providing free infrastructure to developed countries," Canadian Consul General Roy Norton said when it comes to building a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, his country has no choice. Norton joined Gov. Rick Snyder's ballot proposal bus tour in Sterling Heights last week to clarify Canada's stance on the "new bridge to Canada" and urge Michigan residents to vote no this Tuesday on Proposal 6, which would amend the state constitution to require a statewide vote to build international bridges or tunnels. “Let me raise my right hand and solemnly swear for anyone who is paying attention that the government of Canada will pay for this bridge and guarantee all liability and the State of Michigan…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
On Nov. 6, Michigan voters will face yes or no vote on six statewide proposals ranging from a new bridge to Canada to the emergency manager law.
Michigan voters will have to make many decisions in the November election, including yes or no votes on six state proposals on issues that range from a new bridge to Canada to collective bargaining. Here are the six state proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot in Michigan. For a comlete list of all local races, click here. For more information on the state ballot proposals, go to Vote411.org and to Ballotpedia. How would you vote on these proposals?