(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 […]
Trump Wins March 8 Michigan Republican Presidential Primary Decisively, Cruz Edges Kasich for Runnerup, Rubio Fails to Register
(Reposted March 24) GOP Presidential aspirant Donald Trump didn’t win by the 20% margin most polls thought he would, but he did wind up with about 37% of the vote in the 3/8 Michigan Republican Primary election compared with Ted Cruz’s 25% and John Kasich’s 24%. Marco Rubio, who never really had a campaign going […]
Michigan Stunner! Bernie Sanders Defies All Polls, Beats Hillary Clinton in March 8 Democratic Presidential Primary
Feel the Bern! (Posted on March 9) Bernie Sanders put it all on the line in Michigan, but even he didn’t think he had a chance to win here March 8 after every poll, national as well as state-based, showed him getting creamed in the Great Lakes State by Hillary Clinton. One poll, taken just […]
THE ROMNEYS: Father and Son — The Same GOP Convention Strategic Mistake?
(Posted March 22) Ready for a “probability” theory? Walt DeVries, longtime executive assistant to former Michigan Gov. George Romney, Mitt Romney’s father, has responded to Mitt’s challenge in early March to replace GOP frontrunner Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee. DeVries, now retired in North Carolina, was a fellow delegate of George Romney at […]
Michigan’s Significance as Presidential Powerbroker Grows in Wake of Surprising March 8 Presidential Primary Results
(Posted March 9) It looked like Michigan would continue to get no respect in presidential politics. Before March 8, the conventional wisdom was that the Great Lakes State wouldn’t be a factor in determining whom the major parties’ presidential nominees were likely to be. After all, we never have been. This was despite the fact […]
China & Mexico Are in Trump’s Crosshairs — but is Japan, Too?
(Posted March 16) On global trade, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made it clear that he believes the USA is getting “a bad deal.” Most of his criticism has been directed at China and Mexico, but most recently he has also mentioned “the Japanese.” That may have made one foreign dignitary concerned, if not […]
Tell Bernie & Hillary!
(Posted March 16) The “Blame Game” over who is most responsible for the Flint “water crisis” reached a crescendo in the March 6 Democratic debate in Flint when Hillary Clinton finally echoed her rival Bernie Sanders’s demand made in January that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder should “resign” over the imbroglio. But Virginia Tech Professor Marc […]