Michigan Articles

Little Lien on the Prairie

Hollywood star-turned-politician owes gov't back taxes
5:11 PM, Aug 11, 2015

The Detroit Free Press is reporting:

Actress Melissa Gilbert, the “Little House on the Prairie” star who this week announced her candidacy for a Michigan congressional seat next year, expects to pay off more than $470,000 in federal and state tax liens by 2024, her campaign told the Free Press on Tuesday.

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Hair Trigger

Apr 20, 2015

The hot new word on campuses is “triggering.” The current generation of special snowflakes wants to be excused from discussing violence and other terrible facts of life, lest such discussions “trigger” a recollection of their own personal traumas (real or imagined is anyone’s guess).

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A Messiah for Michigan

11:42 AM, Dec 30, 2014

Not a lot of good news coming out of Michigan these last few years.  Detroit went broke, people left the state for Texas and other places where they could find jobs, and the University of Michigan football team could not seem to beat Ohio State.

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The Nastiest Race?

Terri Lynn Land’s uphill struggle.
Nov 03, 2014

Utica, Mich.
Kelly Ayotte, the Republican senator from New Hampshire, is normally quite composed, but she’s leaning forward on her folding chair completely slack-jawed, eyes bugging out. “What?” Ayotte finally says, barely above a whisper. “That’s ridiculous. That’s the most ridiculous thing I ever heard. Are we going backward?”

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New Super PAC Targets Michigan Dem on Foreign Policy, National Security

2:54 PM, Sep 23, 2014

A TV ad from a new super PAC targets Democratic congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters of Michigan. The 30-second ad's voiceover says that "for the last six years, we've had a president and a Senate who's divided us and fumbled foreign policy, leading from behind." The ad shows images of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, former IRS official Lois Lerner, and Islamist militants waving ISIS flags in the Middle East.

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Blue State Republicans Hit Dems on Immigration

1:01 PM, Aug 11, 2014

Two GOP Senate candidates in blue states are running new TV advertisementss knocking their Democratic opponents over immigration. In Michigan, Republican Terri Lynn Land's campaign has released an ad knocking Democratic congressman Gary Peters for "flip-flopping" on border enforcement and being "two-faced on immigration."

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Kristol Podcast: On the GOP Primaries

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:05 PM, Aug 06, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the Tuesday GOP primaries. 

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Steyer’s War on Carbon

Buying a Detroit Senate candidate.
May 19, 2014

Countering the free-market political activism of the Koch brothers, green billionaire Thomas Steyer has pledged to spend $100 million in 2014 to elect an anti-carbon posse to Congress. Steyer’s litmus test is opposition to the import of Canadian crude oil through the Keystone pipeline—an issue on which the former San Francisco hedge-fund manager won a victory this spring when the Obama administration further delayed the pipeline’s construction after six years of study. 

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Reid-Affiliated Super PAC: Female GOP Candidate 'Backwards'

9:23 AM, May 07, 2014

A Democratic super PAC affiliated with Senate majority leader Harry Reid has an ad accusing a female Senate candidate of being "backwards" on women's issues. The 30-second spot from Senate Majority PAC targets Terri Lynn Land, the likely GOP Senate candidate from MIchigan.

"Backwards: That's the direction Terri Lynn Land would take Michigan women," says the ad's voiceover. Watch it below:

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Colorblind Law

May 05, 2014

"As Justice Harlan observed over a century ago, ‘our Constitution is colorblind and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.’ .  .  . The people of Michigan wish the same for their governing charter. It would be shameful for us to stand in their way.”

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War on Women? 'Think About That For a Moment'

7:47 AM, Apr 22, 2014

Michigan Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has a new 30-second ad out taking on the Democratic line that Republicans like her are waging a "war on women." Land is facing Democratic congressman Gary Peters in November, and Peters has criticized Land's opposition to the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act.

"Congressman Gary Peters and his buddies want you to believe I'm waging a war on women," Land says in the ad. "Really? Think about that for a moment." Land gives the viewer some time. Watch the video below:

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Report: WH in Talks to Bail Out Detroit

7:40 AM, Apr 16, 2014

The city that President Obama was credited with “saving” – before it turned out that he hadn’t – is getting a little help from Washington as it struggles through the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

As reported by Reuters:

Michigan officials and President Barack Obama'sAdministration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit's retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday.

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Ad: Amash Voted With Obama 51 Percent of the Time

12:31 PM, Apr 08, 2014

A new ad from a Republican primary challenger to Michigan congressman Justin Amash notes he has voted for bills supported by Barack Obama more than any other Republican in Congress. Brian Ellis, a businessman from Grand Rapids, released the 30-second ad on Tuesday.

"Amash was the only Michigan Republican to vote against a balanced budget amendment, and Amash voted against banning gender selection abortions," says the voiceover. "The fact is, Justin Amash voted with President Obama 51 percent of the time." Watch the full video below:

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Dynasty on the Hill

Two generations of Dingells is more than enough.
Mar 10, 2014

In Washington, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose—it’s how long you play the game. Witness the reaction last week to the announcement that Michigan congressman John Dingell would make this, his 29th term in the House of Representatives, his last. The 87-year-old Detroit-area Democrat has been a member of Congress since the 1950s, serving alongside 11 presidents, 10 House speakers, and nearly 2,500 different representatives. 

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An Ordinary Guy

But not an ordinary congressman.
Mar 10, 2014

Representative Kerry Bentivolio once said, “I have a problem figuring out which one I really am, Santa Claus or Kerry Bentivolio. All my life I have been told I’m Kerry Bentivolio, and now I am a Santa Claus, so now I prefer to be Santa Claus.” Bentivolio, a 62-year-old freshman Republican from Detroit, plays Santa in parades and shows for his business, Old Fashioned Santa and Company, back in Michigan.

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Ad: Obamacare 'Jeopardized My Health'

8:02 AM, Feb 19, 2014

Americans for Prospertiy, a conservative tax-exempt organization, has a new 60-second television ad running in Michigan that criticizes Democratic congressman Gary Peters for his vote and continued support of Obamacare. The ad features Michigan citizen Julie Boonstra, who describes how she was diagnosed with leukemia but lost her health insurance coverage this year because of Obamacare's regulations.

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Michigan Republicans Up in Senate, Governor's Races

12:01 PM, Feb 14, 2014

A new poll of likely voters in Michigan shows GOP candidates for U.S. Senate and the governorship ahead of their Democratic counterparts. According to the Detroit Free Press, the latest EPIC-MRA poll shows incumbent Republican governor Rick Snyder leading his challenger, Democrat Mark Schauer, 47 percent to 39 percent.

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Michigan Senate Poll: Republican Leads Democrat By 8 Points

9:04 AM, Jan 13, 2014

A new poll conducted on behalf of the Conservative Intelligence Briefing shows Michigan Republican Terri Lynn Land leading Democrat Gary Peters in the race for the U.S. Senate among likely voters. Here's more:

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The Congressman Who Says ‘No’

How many enemies does Rep. Justin Amash really have?
Dec 23, 2013

"Tables turn on the Michigan tea party”; “Business to tea party: Get out of our way”; “Donors Plot Against GOP Rebel”: Judging by the headlines, next year’s Republican primary in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District is shaping up as a referendum on the conservative incumbent’s dogged adherence to his limited-government principles—and a sign of gathering mainstream mobilization against the Tea Party. 

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Michigan School District Cuts Hours for Employees Because of Obamacare

9:06 AM, Sep 18, 2013

A Michigan school district has cut the hours of 15 employees due to Obamacare, according to a local report:

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Tempering the Conservative Outrage at Michigan State

10:13 AM, Sep 12, 2013

Hardly an academic semester goes by without a high-profile opportunity arising for the right to address pervasive, perennial anti-conservative animus on the American college campus. And hardly an academic semester goes by without the right, reflexively blinded by righteous indignation, blowing an opportunity to do so. 

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Obamacare Medical Device Tax Causes One Company to Lay Off Over 1,000 People

8:17 AM, Sep 10, 2013

A Grand Rapids, Michigan report on a company that had to lay off over 1,000 people due to the Obamacare medical device tax:

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10:24 AM, Jul 19, 2013


One would think that of all interested parties, the United Auto Workers would have something to say about the sad fall of the city of Detroit.  There is nothing, however, on the union's website.  Read more

Detroit Defies President; Declares Bankruptcy

5:02 PM, Jul 18, 2013

The CBS News headline from last October:

Obama: I "refused to let Detroit go bankrupt"

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Look for the Union Violence

Dec 24, 2012

If there are two things The Scrapbook has learned during the past two years, it’s that when the privileges of labor unions are addressed by democratically elected legislatures—usually during harsh economic times—you can be sure that the unions will descend on state capitals with marches, epithets, threats of violence, violence, illegal occupations, and vandalism. Call it antidemocracy in response to democracy.

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Pro-Union Activist Threatens the Michigan Governor: 'We'll Be at Your Daughter's Soccer Game'

4:04 PM, Dec 14, 2012

A speaker at a protest against Michigan's right-to-work legislation said that Republican governor Rick Snyder will "get no rest" from pro-union activists if Snyder signs the bill into law.

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Senator Stabenow on Union Protests: 'Keep Fighting!'

11:03 AM, Dec 12, 2012

Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, encouraged folks to "keep fighting!" after her side lost the labor dispute that will now give union members the right-to-work.

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Muslims in Michigan to Rally Against First Amendment

"We ♥ Prophet Muhammad"
2:46 PM, Sep 28, 2012

Muslim Americans in Michigan, including a local newspaper editor, will be rallying Friday in Dearborn to protest the YouTube film, "Innocence of Muslims" and advocate for blasphemy laws. Here's an image of a poster advertising the rally:

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Hoekstra Wins Michigan Senate Primary

9:21 PM, Aug 07, 2012

Former congressman Pete Hoekstra has won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Michigan, reports the Associated Press.

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Unemployment Drops in Only One Swing State

In the month of June.
10:16 AM, Jul 23, 2012

Of the ten swing states, unemployment dropped in only one--Ohio--in the month of June. And things got worse in 6 of the ten swing states, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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