Flipping the primary script: GOP establishment candidate challenges tea party incumbent
August 5th, 2014
06:54 PM ET
4 months ago

Flipping the primary script: GOP establishment candidate challenges tea party incumbent

Updated 11:06 p.m. ET, 8/5/2014

(CNN) – The familiar 2014 narrative - tea party challenger takes on establishment GOP incumbent - was turned on its head Tuesday as Michigan voters headed to the polls in the state's Republican primary.

Challenger Brian Ellis, a wealthy businessman who has support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hoping to unseat two-term Rep. Justin Amash, came up short.

Amash will beat Ellis in the GOP contest for the state's 3rd Congressional District, CNN projects.

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Filed under: 2014 • Michigan • Republican Party
July 17th, 2014
07:25 PM ET
4 months ago

Biden applauds protesters at his own speech

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden appeared to embrace some protesters Thursday who loudly criticized the Obama administration's record of deportations.

About 20 minutes into his speech at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Biden was interrupted by demonstrators in the audience who repeatedly chanted “Stop deporting our families.”

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Filed under: Immigration • Joe Biden • Michigan • Netroots Nation
Netroots Nation's to-do list: Get Democrats to polls in November
July 17th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
4 months ago

Netroots Nation's to-do list: Get Democrats to polls in November

(CNN) - The spotlight will shine on the 2014 and 2016 elections as some 3,000 activists from the left gather in Detroit starting Thursday.

That's when the annual Netroots Nation conference, the largest gathering of progressive leaders and activists, kicks off. And two of the Democratic Party's biggest stars - Vice President Joe Biden and freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts - will give keynote addresses.

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Filed under: 2016 • Elizabeth Warren • Joe Biden • Michigan • Netroots Nation
Poll: Democrats with slight edge in two key Senate races
July 15th, 2014
11:54 AM ET
4 months ago

Poll: Democrats with slight edge in two key Senate races

(CNN) - The Democrats have a slight lead in two crucial Senate showdowns that could decide whether the party keeps control of the chamber this November, according to new polling.

And NBC News/Marist surveys released Tuesday also indicate that two important gubernatorial races are all knotted up.

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Filed under: 2014 • Colorado • Michigan • Poll • Senate Race
'War on women' rhetoric heats up in Michigan state politics
Michigan State Capital building is seen March 17, 2008 in Lansing, Michigan
June 6th, 2014
11:41 AM ET
6 months ago

'War on women' rhetoric heats up in Michigan state politics

(CNN) - The political back-and-forth over the recurrent "war on women" line is playing out again in Michigan politics.

A picture showing a trio of male GOP state representatives pretending to read women's fashion magazine has predictably caused a stir among Michigan Democrats.

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Filed under: Michigan • Republicans
Judge orders Michigan to place Rep. John Conyers back on ballot
May 23rd, 2014
05:25 PM ET
6 months ago

Judge orders Michigan to place Rep. John Conyers back on ballot

(CNN) - A federal judge has ordered Michigan officials to place U.S. Rep. John Conyers back on the state's primary ballot.

State election officials had said the Democratic lawmaker had fallen short of requirements to make the ballot because two people collecting signatures for him were not registered voters, as required by state law.

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Filed under: 2014 • John Conyers • Michigan
Longtime Michigan Democrat won't appear on primary ballot – but he can still run
May 13th, 2014
07:11 PM ET
6 months ago

Longtime Michigan Democrat won't appear on primary ballot – but he can still run

(CNN) – Longtime Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, will not appear on the state's August 5 primary ballot, a local county clerk said Tuesday.

Conyers, who's held the seat for nearly five decades, did not have enough signatures on his nominating petition for his name to appear on the ballot, though he can still run as write-in candidate.

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Filed under: 2014 • Michigan
Conservative group keeps spending big bucks to oust Senate Democrats
April 23rd, 2014
03:30 PM ET
7 months ago

Conservative group keeps spending big bucks to oust Senate Democrats

Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity is definitely putting its money where its mouth is.

The conservative non-profit political advocacy group backed by the deep pockets of billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch announced Wednesday that it will spend around $2.5 million over the next two weeks to run television commercials critical of the federal health care law in four states where Democrats face a challenge in keeping Senate seats in party hands.

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Filed under: 2014 • Americans for Prosperity • Colorado • Louisiana • Michigan • New Hampshire • Senate • Senate Race
High court upholds Michigan's ban on college-admissions affirmative action
April 22nd, 2014
11:03 AM ET
7 months ago

High court upholds Michigan's ban on college-admissions affirmative action

(CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's voter-approved law that bans use of racial criteria in college admissions.

In a 6-2 vote, the court ruled a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the law.

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Filed under: Michigan • Supreme Court
Obama takes minimum wage pitch to Michigan
April 2nd, 2014
08:50 AM ET
8 months ago

Obama takes minimum wage pitch to Michigan

Updated 3:49 p.m. ET, 4/2/2014

Ann Arbor, Michigan (CNN) – Having declared his signature health care initiative a success - at least for now - President Barack Obama headed to Michigan Wednesday to push another top domestic priority, raising the federal minimum wage.

Speaking to a rowdy crowd at the University of Michigan, Obama used much of his remarks to lambast Republicans who oppose such a hike, saying it amounted to giving working-class Americans "the shaft."
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Filed under: 2014 • Michigan • Minimum wage • President Obama
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