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, November 5, 2012
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the general election. Fenton voters can see their ballots and find their voting location before they hit the polls.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Looking for your ballot before you hit the polls in Fenton? Publius has it online. In its 16th year, Publius.org is a nonprofit, one-stop online voter education guide. “We designed it for voters who want to make sure there are no surprises at the polling booth” said Vince Keenan, creator and executive director of Publius.org. “Publius helps you familiarize yourself with the ballot before you hit the polls.” Also, if complicated redistricting has you confused, the site offers a 2012 district-mapping function with updated districts so you can easily check the boundaries of your U.S. congressional, state senate and house seats. Michigan voters can find: Publius.org is hosted at Wayne State University and is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(…
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?
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
In a Blue Mitten survey of influential Michigan Democrats, most respondents felt more optimistic about Barack Obama's chances of winning in Michigan in the presidential election.
Democratic insiders feel more optimistic about President Barack Obama’s chances of winning Michigan in November's presidential election: that’s the finding of this week’s Blue Mitten survey of influential Democrats. Thirty-one Democrats from the southeastern Michigan area were asked, using an automated survey tool, their opinions about the presidential election following the Democratic and Republican conventions. Twenty-three responses were collected. Twenty-one influencers said they were more confident about Obama’s chances of winning Michigan then they were before the conventions. Two said their opinions had not changed since the conventions. But it may have been a former president who stole the show last week in Charlotte, NC. Eleven …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Current U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will face Pete Hoekstra in the November election after voters narrowed the field Tuesday during the August primary.
Former U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra has won the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate primary race after his main rival, Clark Durant of Grosse Pointe, conceded Tuesday shortly before 11 p.m. Shortly after midnight, the Secretary of State's office showed Hoekstra leading the way with more than 97,000 votes while Durant was trailing with almost 59,000. There are about 30 more counties whose results are not yet included in those figures as they have not reported final results to the Secretary of State's office. The race began with four men seeking the Republican nomination: Current U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, of Lansing, was the sole candidate seeking the Democratic nomination. Durant's concession Tuesday means Hoekstra and …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
'I was confident we could come together today and take a giant step toward a brighter future,' Bloomfield-area native tells backers after a tense primary day.
NOVI – Mitt Romney was looking for a little home cooking, and he got it. The son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney who was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills needed a win to stop surging opponent Rick Santorum and ease fears that he couldn’t take a state in which the economy is the issue. He ended up taking what many political pundits called a "must win" with 43 percent of the vote statewide and overwhelming support in Oakland and Wayne counties. “It’s a big, big win and I just wanted to come down here and join the rally and the celebration,” Troy resident Bill McNeil said after leaving the ballroom where Romney gave his victory speech at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. “I was a little worried earlier today when I saw the …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Watch and participate in a live chat throughout the day and night as voters head to the polls to vote on Republican presidential candidates and local issues.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Today is primary day in Michigan, when voters mark their ballots with their choice for who should run for president of the United States in November. Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum headed into Tuesday's primary race neck and neck, trailed by several other candidates on the GOP ticket. President Barack Obama is the sole candidate on the Democrats' ballot. The Dems will caucus for their candidate May 5. There are some local issues on the ballots, too, such as a school bond proposal in Ferndale and a millage request in Clawson. We want to know how you voted and why and what's going on at the polls, campaign headquarters and at results-watching parties. Give us your thoughts, talk amongst yourselves, share some photos in …