(Reposted April 11) Michigan Republicans convened in the Lansing Center April 8-9 (well, some of the district caucuses huddled in the nearby Radisson Hotel Friday night) to select their delegates and alternates to the GOP National Convention in Cleveland this coming July; elect their National Committeeman and Committeewoman for the next four years; and approve […]
Huge Turnout in Michigan’s March 8 Presidential Primary: Which Party Drew More Voters?
(April 3) The votes have been certified from Michigan’s Presidential Primary Election nearly a month ago, and, as nearly everyone knows, voter participation set records. But which party actually drew the most voters? The Republicans, but it was close, and it would have been surprising if the GOP didn’t draw more registrants, because they had more […]
Term Limits Nepotism: New Highs This Year
(Reposted April 24) The April 19 filing deadline for state Representative has passed, and it’s already looking like the theme of this year’s contests may be “It’s a family affair.” Former state Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit), convicted of a felony and serving a 10-month jail sentence, resigned a month ago, precipitating a special election to fill the unexpired […]
Daughter of Syrian Refugees Made Good: Distinguished Michigan Career Public Servant Jamelia “Jimmie” Manson Dies at Age 95
(April 2) They don’t make ’em like Jimmie Manson anymore. Born in 1921 to Syrian-American parents, she was raised by her mother of eight children after her father died at the age of 34. She graduated from the old Lansing Central High School in 1939 (the first daughter in her family to do so), then […]
Michigan Supreme Court: Can Democrats Repeat Their 2008 Success?
(Posted March 31) Michigan voters won’t have as many Supreme Court justices to elect this year as was the case in 2012 and 2014, but November’s verdict could flip the partisan balance on the state’s high bench. That’s because the court is now five Republicans as opposed to only two Democrats, but both seats on […]
Straight-Ticket Voting Ban: Will It Help Michigan GOP Do Better in State Education Board Races This Year?
(Reposted March 31) “Make It Emphatic — Vote Straight Democratic!” That iconic slogan has been the Michigan Democratic Party’s campaign battle cry since the Depression, inciting voters to cast their ballots for every Democratic nominee on the general election ballot. Until this year, state law has made that easy for voters because all they had […]
Flint Water Crisis: A Broad View
(Posted March 24) The best overview of the Flint water crisis — what it means and what may lie ahead — is not to be found in anything produced by the so-called “mainstream media,” either in Michigan or elsewhere. Rather, it is a balanced, broadminded article in an obscure eight-page flier published this month in […]
Campaign 2016: Can Republicans hold on to Their 9-5 Edge in Michigan’s U.S. House Delegation?
(April 2) Do the impending retirements of U.S. Reps. Dan Benishek (R-MI 1) and Candice Miller (R-MI 10) really change the electoral outlook for the two major political parties come Nov. 8? Right now, the Michigan GOP enjoys a 9-5 advantage in its Congressional delegation (not counting the state’s two Democratic U.S. Senators). The likeliest […]
Michigan House of Representatives: Who Will Win?
(Reposted April 24) Now that the April 19 filing and April 22 withdrawal deadlines are both behind us, we know there will be 41 open seats in the state House of Representatives on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. In 2014, with fewer open seats, nevertheless 42 new members were elected, plus Holly Hughes (R-Montague), […]
Three Down, One to Go in Filling Michigan House of Representatives Vacancies
(March 9) The largest void in the state House in years — four open seats — was largely filled on March 8, the day of the Presidential Primary, when special elections in the 75th, 80th, and 82nd districts produced three new legislators. Two Republicans were chosen by voters to choose departed GOP lawmakers Todd Courser […]