Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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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 …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Obama spots add to TV blitz; Troy primary night party set; candidate's Brighton tale stars 'frugal dad.'
Patch presents a Michigan presidential campaign roundup. Mitt Romney earns a point for openness, but risks losing it for over-sharing. "I like the fact that most of the cars I see (locally) are Detroit-made automobiles," he told Detroit Economic Club members on Friday. "I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually." He was referring to his wife's 2007 and 2010 SRX models at their Massachusetts and California homes, aides explained. (Speech excerpt video embedded at right.) The off-script remark created a bull's-eye too inviting to ignore. "That's rich, literally," ex-Detroiter Charles Blow writes in his New York Times column. That was one poke among plenty, a headline sampling shows: Slate blogger …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stumped for votes in St. Clair Shores as the Michigan primary nears.
Rick Santorum took on his Republican challengers and President Obama during a primary campaign stop in St. Clair Shores. The former senator from Pennsylvania took on Michigan native Mitt Romney and told his supporters that the election has not been determined. "No one two weeks ago gave us any chance," said Santorum. "This race is close, this race is winnable." An estimated 350 residents and members of local tea parties filled the banquet room at Barrister Gardens for an early Saturday morning rally to hear his message and learn about his platform. During his nearly hourlong speech, he touched on a number of issues including: "Michigan is in the position where they have to decide between someone who supported everything Barack Obama …
St. Clair Shores will be hub of political activity Saturday with a visit by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum; the City Clerk's office will be issuing and accepting absentee ballots and City Council will be holding a study session.
Presidential politics and the local budget will be on the agenda today as Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum holds a rally in St. Clair Shores and City Council begins the planning process for 2012-2013 budget. Rick Santorum visit Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum brings his campaign to St. Clair Shores Saturday for an 8 a.m. rally with the Metropolitan Detroit Freedom Coalition Tea Party at Barrister Gardens. City Clerk offers extended hours The clerk's office will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to issue, and accept, absentee ballots for the presidential primary. If a voter utilizes an absentee ballot, it must be returned to City Hall by 8 p.m. Tuesday. A ballot mailed Tuesday will not be counted. City …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Romney gets lackluster endorsement from Free Press while Detroit News calls foul on editing of editorial by Romney staff; Paul reaches out with commercials and college campus visits.
Patch presents Michigan presidential campaign roundups before the Republican primary Tuesday. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has won the endorsement of the Detroit Free Press, but it's a reluctant one. The headline: "Mitt Romney is best – but we urge him to recapture collaborative spirit." After citing all the things about Romney it doesn't like, the Free Press says: "Romney, unlike the zealous Rick Santorum, the impulsive Newt Gingrich and the backward-thinking Ron Paul, is preferable to the rest of the field." A trio of statewide surveys gives cliché-cherishing writers a chance to reuse "razor-thin," "down to the wire" or "dead heat." We'll go with tight: "Michigan is neck-and-neck," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Leading Republican primary candidates are spending big money ahead of state primary Tuesday.
Patch presents Michigan presidential campaign roundups before the Republican primary Feb. 28. A new NBC News/Marist poll shows Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum locked in a statistical tie. In Michigan – which has turned into a make-or-break contest for Romney – the former Massachusetts governor gets the support of 37 percent of likely GOP primary voters, including those who are leaning toward a particular candidate, the poll shows. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, has 35 percent support, followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 13 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent. “Michigan is neck and neck,” said pollster Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion…
Michigan native Mitt Romney hosts town hall forum Tuesday at Shelby Township-based defense spending firm.
As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Shelby Township on Tuesday, he told a crowd of about 500 people at Eagle Manufacturing that his main goal if elected president of the United States would be to “cut the spending.” “We need to balance our budget and do more things to reduce our spending,” he started off by saying. Romney, who appeared relaxed in jeans, said he plans on achieving that goal by keeping taxes flat, or lower, cut government spending and end entitlements. The Michigan native said he chose to hold the town hall forum at the Eagle Manufacturing, a Shelby Township-based defense manufacturing plant, to drive home the notion that the private sector in America will be the key to job creation, not …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Michigan native and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has announced a stop in Shelby Township. This will be the second time in a week that a presidential hopeful has visited the Macomb County city.
Shelby Township has become a hot spot for presidential GOP hopefuls. Mitt Romney will host a town hall meeting Feb. 21 at Eagle Manufacturing at 11 a.m. The announcement was made just a day after GOP candidate Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum addressed more than 1,500 people Friday at Palazzo Grande, hosted by the Michigan Faith and Freedom Coalition. Tuesday will mark Romney's fourth appearance in Michigan ahead of the state's Feb. 28 primary elections. According to a Detroit News survey released Thursday of 500 likely primary voters, Santorum was leading in the Wolverine State 30 percent to Romney's 26 percent. Michigan's primary has become more important after Santorum won last week in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. Romney, whose …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Republicans praise GOP star-studded Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi.
Michigan Republicans who attended Thursday's Lincoln Day Dinner at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi lauded the star-studded lineup, which included surging GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Santorum spoke before 1,400 party supporters, and was joined by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Ann Romney — wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney — and other party leaders and political organizers.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Coverage excerpts show how the Romney-Santorum drama is being interpreted.
Michigan is the main stage of presidential politics now and today's headline events star Mitt Romney and Rick Snyder in Farmington Hills and Rick Santorum in Detroit. Here's a sampling of fresh national and local observations: