• Michigan Candidates Earn Major Endorsements

    Two Michigan candidates for 2018 picked up big out-of-state endorsements today. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker endorsed Bill Schuette’s bid for Governor, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio endorsed John James in his bid for U.S. Senate. Both Walker and Rubio were Republican presidential candidates in 2016, and their name recognition and experience could help convince Michigan voters to support the candidates.

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  • Calley Enters Gubernatorial Race

    Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley announced this morning that he is running to be the next Governor of Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder is term-limited and cannot run again. His campaign is pledging to “Continue the Comeback” of the Snyder-Calley administration.

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  • Pence Backs Schuette in Governor Race

    Vice President Mike Pence signaled support of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s gubernatorial campaign by way of a campaign donation today. Great America Committee, a political action committee (PAC) run by Pence, is donating $6,800 to Schuette’s campaign.

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  • Sandy Pensler Joins GOP Senate Field

    Businessman Sandy Pensler announced this morning that he is running to unseat Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2018. This comes only three days after Congressman Fred Upton said no to a Senate campaign. Pensler said, “It’s time to make Michigan first in job creation, wages and opportunity.”

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  • Elections Don’t Have Consequences

    At CPAC 2013, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) stated definitively, “ObamaCare should be repealed root and branch.” Four years later, McConnell is now the Majority Leader, and Donald Trump is the President of the United States. We are seven months into this Congress, and 6 months into Trump’s Presidency. After several failed attempts in both houses of Congress to alter Obama’s signature bill slightly, ObamaCare still stands, root, branch, and even leaf.

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Glenn Announces Candidacy for State Senate

State Representative Gary Glenn announced his candidacy for the 31st state Senate seat today at the Bay County Republican Party headquarters. Current state Senator Mike Green is term-limited, and cannot run again. Glenn noted his use of the slogan “Make Michigan Great Again” beginning in 2014 (before Trump). He said that Michigan “ought to aspire to be the job-creating juggernaut that we have been in the past.”

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Leonard Announces A.G. Campaign

Michigan Speaker of the House Tom Leonard announced this morning that he is running to be attorney general. Sitting Attorney General Bill Schuette is term-limited and is running for governor. Leonard said, “I am running to be Michigan’s Attorney General to defend the innocent, the vulnerable, the hard-working people of this state, who aren’t looking for special deals or political favors—just their honest shot at living a better life.”

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Filling the Cabinet

Following the resignation of Tom Price, President Trump now has two vacant Cabinet positions—Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS). Of course, lower officials within the respective Departments are currently Acting Secretaries until Trump can fill the positions. So who will Trump select to replace Price and Kelly? Take a look!

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Mackinac Straw Poll Results

During the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference this weekend, MIRS News and Crain’s Detroit Business took a straw poll of the attendees. The poll included questions about candidate preferences (including undeclared candidates) and various ballot proposals. They released the results on Saturday evening, based on almost 700 respondents.

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