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
Rogers is the projected winner of the 8th Congressional seat, according to unofficial results.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) was re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Democatic challenger Lance Enderle, according to unofficial results reported by The Huffington Post. Rogers, who has represented the district since 2001, is the projected winner with 58.7 percent of the votes and 80 percent of precincts reporting. Enderle received 36.9 percent of votes. Rogers is the current Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He recently discussed his cyber security bill, which would allow sharing sharing of covert intelligence information with the private sector to allow businesses to protect themselves against personal cyber attacks, with the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Livingston County voters will decide on a number of issues.
6:00 AM: All results are in. Republicans claim five top jobs in Livingston County. Check the table above for more complete unofficial results. 2:40 PM: 51.9 percent of the precincts have reported results. 8:20 PM: The polls are closed in Livingston County. Check back with Patch for results and news throughout the night. Livingston County voters will face many decisions today, from casting ballots for president to a number of state proposals. In Livingston, voters also will cast ballots for prosecuting attorney, sheriff, clerk, treasurer, register of deeds and drain commissioner, though only the race for prosecuting attorney is contested. Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. When you head out, make sure you grab a jacket. …
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
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.
Check out the results for a busy election day in Hartland.
LIVE 2012 HARTLAND ELECTION RESULTS The results are unofficial until confirmed by the county clerk. Cindy Denby, Republican Tuesday, 8 p.m. Hartland polls are now closed. Stay tuned to Hartland Patch as we update results as they become available. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. Voting numbers so far in Hartland: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. Parking may be an issue at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center as cars full of residents continue to flow into the lot as voters try to get into the building to vote. “Allow plenty of time,” is the advice Hartland voter Kim Griffin gives to any on their way to the polls. Griffin, who was waiting in line to vote in precinct 2, said she didn’t mind the wait saying that seeing so many people voting was a …
Friday, November 2, 2012
As the 2012 presidential election campaign winds to a close, reflect with us on the past year-plus of political cartoons on Patch.
The candidates have made their closing statements, and now it's your turn. Let everyone know who you're voting for and why you like your guy — but you can't go negative or attack the other guy. Please note, only positive comments will be published. We've had enough mud slinging.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debated for the third and final time on Monday night? How do you think they did? Let us know by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.
The fourth and final debate heading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election was held Monday night, broadcast live from Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. In their third meeting of campaign season, President Barack Obama and Republican contender Gov. Mitt Romney went head to head on issues of foreign policy. 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 were three prior presidential and vice presidential debates.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The proposal is one of six on Michigan's ballot this Nov. 6, and it could play a key role in the fate of a possible new bridge to Canada.
Though the U.S. and Canada have continued to move forward with plans to construct the New International Trade Crossing—coloquially known as the new bridge to Canada—voters will decide if residents should have the final say on it. Opponents of the new bridge, led by Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel Moroun, spent millions to get the proposal on the ballot, aimed to put the bridge's future in voters' hands. Supporters of the bridge, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, say it will be a boon for international trade, and ease congestion on the Ambassador. According to HuffPost Detroit, the new bridge would cost about $1 billion, and would create 10,000 temporary construction jobs. Canada has agreed to foot $550 million of the bill, hoping to …