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    Michigan GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon gave the media her definition of pornography during a bizarre press conference on Tuesday.  Dixon, 45, went on to offer to send some examples of pornography to the reporter.  Her remarks came amid a battle in Michigan over what texts are suitable for students in the state's public schools. The press conference was held on the steps of the Michigan Department of Education headquarters in Lansing. Dixon also said that she would be in favor of a statewide ban on books that were deemed to be pornographic.  The Donald Trump-backed nominee was asked by a reporter: 'Can you define what pornographic means for you in terms of books in K-12 schools?' The part-time actor answered: 'Do you need me to define pornographic?' According to her IMDb page, Dixon has appeared in several horror movies such as Buddy BeBop vs the Living Dead and Inception of Chaos.  She continued: 'So, there's two naked people and they are acting out a sexual act – multiple different sexual acts. Do you want me to send you some so...
    Michigan Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon attempted to explain what “pornographic” means to a reporter Tuesday, and offered to send some examples as references. The offer came as Dixon explained her issue with some books in the state’s schools that she has deemed inappropriate for children at a press conference on education. Eric Lloyd of 9&10 News in Michigan relayed Dixon’s remarks: We will ban school personnel from talking to young kids about sex and gender behind their parents’ backs. Leadership is being unafraid to say that if an adult is caught showing pornographic materials to young children and talking to them about sex in school without their parent’s consent, that adult will be prosecuted just as they would currently if they did that at a bus stop. During the event, the GOP nominee attempted to explain literature she said she would remove from schools, if elected. I did not expect to have a gubernatorial nominee define “pornography” at a press conference but nothing about this election cycle has made sense. pic.twitter.com/H3c8q8TuVB — Eric Lloyd (@EricLloyd) September 20, 2022 ...
    Incumbent Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is drawing support from Republicans in the state as Tudor Dixon's campaign lags far behind in fundraising. According to the results of a poll conducted late last month of Michigan voters likely to vote in the general election in November, incumbent Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is leading her Republican opponent, Tudor Dixon, 48%-35%. Election observers say the campaign of Dixon, who defeated a historically large crowd of primary challengers and was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is struggling. The database maintained by the website Transparency USA shows that whereas Whitmer, a seasoned politician, had garnered $26 million in campaign contributions as of late August, Dixon's campaign had raised only $2.3 million.   David Dulio, director of Oakland University's Center for Civic Engagement in Rochester, Michigan, told the American Independent Foundation that the Whitmer campaign has "clearly benefited from early spending from the DGA [Democratic Governors Association], which has really had an impact. They have been able to define Tudor Dixon as extreme on abortion before she was able to define herself." According to...
    Former President Donald Trump has endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon's pick, Shane Hernandez, over Ralph Rebandt, who was beaten by Dixon in the Michigan Republican primary. On Aug. 19, Tudor Dixon, the Republican nominee for governor of Michigan, announced former state Rep. Shane Hernandez as her running mate. "Shane Hernandez as lieutenant governor will help to improve our schools, create safer communities, and improve our economy. Like me, Shane is concerned about the impact rising prices are having on our families," Dixon said.   Hernandez, currently employed as a project manager in a construction company, was first elected to the Michigan House in 2016, serving as chair of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Fiscal Governing Committee. He spent four years in the legislature before running unsuccessfully for Congress in 2020,  losing in the Republican primary to Lisa McClain, the eventual winner of the seat in the state's 10th Congressional District. In a campaign video released in 2019 that stresses his conservative bona fides, including his support for reducing taxes and "defending the unborn," Hernandez says he stands for "Hard work....
    (CBS DETROIT) — Michigan GOP governor candidate Tudor announced on Friday that she has selected former state Rep. Shane Hernandez as her running mate for the November election. Hernandez, who was chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee, ran for the U.S. House in 2020 but was unsuccessful in winning the Republican primary against U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain. READ MORE: Belle Isle Park's Giant Slide Closes Down After Concerns Of SpeedThe husband and father of two served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2017 until 2021. “Shane Hernandez as lieutenant governor will help to improve our schools, create safer communities, and improve our economy,” Dixon said in a statement. “Like me, Shane is concerned about the impact rising prices as having on our families.” Dixon’s selection came one hour before the 5 p.m. deadline to submit her choice for a running mate ahead of the party convention on Aug. 27. READ MORE: Michigan Man Linked To Supremacist Group Gets 56 Months To 20 YearsShe won the Republican primary earlier this month, defeating four males candidates, now taking her campaign to...
    (CBS DETROIT) — Michigan GOP governor candidate Tudor announced on Friday that she has selected former state Rep. Shane Hernandez as her running mate for the November election. Hernandez, who was chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee, ran for the U.S. House in 2020 but was unsuccessful in winning the Republican primary against U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain. READ MORE: Belle Isle Park's Giant Slide Closes Down After Concerns Of SpeedThe husband and father of two served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2017 until 2021. “Shane Hernandez as lieutenant governor will help to improve our schools, create safer communities, and improve our economy,” Dixon said in a statement. “Like me, Shane is concerned about the impact rising prices as having on our families.” Dixon’s selection came one hour before the 5 p.m. deadline to submit her choice for a running mate ahead of the party convention on Aug. 27. READ MORE: Michigan Man Linked To Supremacist Group Gets 56 Months To 20 YearsShe won the Republican primary earlier this month, defeating four males candidates, now taking her campaign to...
    (CBS DETROIT) — Michigan GOP governor candidate Tudor announced on Friday that she has selected former state Rep. Shane Hernandez as her running mate for the November election. Hernandez, who was chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee, ran for the U.S. House in 2020 but was unsuccessful in winning the Republican primary against U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain. READ MORE: Belle Isle Park's Giant Slide Closes Down After Concerns Of SpeedThe husband and father of two served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2017 until 2021. “Shane Hernandez as lieutenant governor will help to improve our schools, create safer communities, and improve our economy,” Dixon said in a statement. “Like me, Shane is concerned about the impact rising prices as having on our families.” Dixon’s selection came one hour before the 5 p.m. deadline to submit her choice for a running mate ahead of the party convention on Aug. 27. READ MORE: Michigan Man Linked To Supremacist Group Gets 56 Months To 20 YearsShe won the Republican primary earlier this month, defeating four males candidates, now taking her campaign to...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tudor Dixon wins Republican nomination for governor in Michigan primary election. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    It’s primary day in Michigan and all eyes are on the race for Governor.   READ MORE: Michigan SOS Predicts One-Third Of Voters To Show Up In-PersonIncumbent Gretchen Whitmer is running unopposed. Meanwhile, 5 GOP candidates are hoping to get the chance to face off against her.   As we await the official results from Tuesday’s primary, we spoke to political experts about the influence former President Donald Trump has on the race.   “The primary race is a microcosm of what’s happening nationally within the Republican Party,” said Ken Kollman, the director of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan   The legacy of former president Donald Trump versus the establishment in the Republican party.   Trump’s influence continues to play a role in this year’s elections. A strategy four of the five GOP candidates for Governor used to drum up support for their campaigns.   Tudor Dixon, Ryan Kelley, Garrett Soldano and Ralph Rebandt–all of them are closely aligned with Trump—and question the results of the 2020 election.   But, only one of them scored...
    Former President Donald Trump endorsed Republican candidate Tudor Dixon for the Republican nomination for Michigan governor on Friday. Ahead of one of the country's most-watched primaries, Trump touted Dixon as a "conservative warrior" ready to "save Michigan" from incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat whom Trump has criticized for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. MICHIGAN GOV. GRETCHEN WHITMER STRIKES FUNDING FOR PRO-LIFE PROGRAMS "She’s pro-God, pro-Gun, and pro-Freedom, and she won’t be stopped," Trump said of Dixon in a statement released by his Save America PAC. "She will stand up to the Radical Left as they try to indoctrinate our children and is ready to take on one of the worst Governors in the nation, Gretchen Whitmer, who is trying to destroy Michigan and our Country. Tudor Dixon will make a great Governor and has my Complete and Total Endorsement. She will not let you down!" Michigan Republican candidate for governor Tudor Dixon. (Michael Buck/WOOD TV8 via AP, File) Dixon is a conservative media personality who will face a handful of other...
    According to reports, an additional 1,100 Michigan families eventually declared bankruptcy after hiring attorneys and paying other court fees to fight the false charges. Others had difficulty finding employment or securing a home loan. There were also likely untold social costs. The faulty computer program operated while Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican and the predecessor to current Governor Gretchen Whitmer, was still in office, though the exact years are unclear. According to Lord, this computer program cost state taxpayers $46 million to purchase and yet "was wrong 93 percent of the time." The Unemployment Benefit Office has since admitted the error, but Lord said that her goal is to have the state admit the error on the record. Because of the Michigan Supreme Court ruling, the case will now go to the trial level. Class-action lawsuits are expected to be filed against the state soon. The Michigan Supreme Court decision was 4-3. Per the AP, all three dissenting justices were nominated by a Republican.
    While GOP candidates compete for Trump's attention, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enjoys a healthy lead. The four leading Republican candidates for Michigan governor are still jockeying for the endorsement of former President Donald Trump with less than two weeks to go before the state's Aug. 2 primary election. "No one is more popular with the Republican primary electorate than Donald Trump," Adrian Hemond, CEO of the political consulting firm Grassroots Midwest told the American Independent Foundation. "If he endorses, the race for the nomination is over." Retiring Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January 2021, expressed a similar sentiment. "Whoever gets Trump's endorsement for the gubernatorial nod on the Republican side is probably going to be the nominee," Upton said in a July 7 interview on NBC's Meet the Press. At least one candidate in the race has gone on the attack, accusing a rival of not being sufficiently loyal to Trump. In a recent campaign ad, Kevin Rinke, a Detroit auto sales executive, targeted conservative pundit and businesswoman Tudor Dixon, slamming...
    Chatter of a possible 2024 White House bid from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is gaining steam with voters in the battleground state of Michigan, according to a Tuesday poll - where more than four in 10 Republicans said they'd prefer him over Donald Trump. Winning Michigan was critical to President Joe Biden's 2020 victory, after the state narrowly went to Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016. And it appears the former president's influence over GOP voters there is continuing to slip, the new survey from WDIV and Detroit News suggests. Out of a choice between DeSantis and Trump in the 2024 Republican primary, 45.2 percent said they would back the commander-in-chief.  DeSantis is less than four points behind with a 41.6-percent share of support. Just over 12 percent said they were undecided. Florida's Republican leader has built a national brand for himself as one of the most vocal opponents of the Biden administration.  He's clashed with the president on a number of fronts, from refusing to implement COVID-19 measures to Florida's Parental Rights In Education law - which Democrats and other...
    By Craig Mauger | The Detroit News Ryan Kelley, a Republican candidate to be Michigan’s next governor, pleaded not guilty Thursday to four misdemeanor charges tied to his alleged actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. In a six-minute court proceeding that was held over video feed, Kelley’s charges were formally presented, and his attorney Gary Sprinstead said Kelley was pleading “not guilty to all counts.” The arraignment in federal court for the District of Columbia came a day after Kelley participated in a Republican gubernatorial debate in Grand Rapids and 26 days before the Aug. 2 primary election. Kelley, a real estate broker from Allendale, was arrested at his home on June 9, a development that has drawn new attention to his bid for the GOP nomination for governor. Federal court records have described Kelley as being an active participant in the Jan. 6, 2021 attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, encouraging yelling, gesturing to participants and removing a covering from a temporary structure outside the building. Prosecutors filed four charges against Kelley, making him...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party has resubmitted a list of three nominees to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to fill a vacancy on the state’s Board of Canvassers after the Democratic governor rejected an initial list due to one nominee, a current state representative, being deemed ineligible. The list, sent Thursday in a letter to the governor, includes Steve Yoder, Michael Hewitt and Richard Houskamp, according to Michigan GOP spokesman Gustavo Portela. READ MORE: Detroit Police Search For Former Officer Whose Vehicle, Weapons Were Used In Non-Fatal ShootingYoder and Hewitt both serve as congressional district chairs for the Michigan GOP while Houskamp is a third district committeeman for the party. Hewitt also hosts a conservative radio show. State Rep. Julie Calley was included on an initial list sent to the governor Wednesday, but the governor’s office responded by saying Calley was “prohibited from receiving an appointment to the Board of State Canvassers during this legislative term.” According to the Michigan Constitution, no elected member of the Legislature can receive “any civil appointment within this state, or to the senate...
    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer pledged to “fight like hell” to maintain access to abortions for women in Michigan, according to a release from her office. The statement follows a decision from the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which established a constitutional right to abortions. Because of the ruling by the group, each individual state’s leaders will determine all, if any, restrictions to abortion within their boundaries. Abortions are not completely outlawed throughout the country. “I want every Michigander to know that I am more determined than ever to protect access to safe, legal abortion. Now is the time to use every tool in our toolbox to protect women and reproductive health care. That is why I filed a lawsuit in April and used my executive authority to urge the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately resolve whether Michigan’s state constitution protects the right to abortion. We need to clarify that under Michigan law, access to abortion is not only legal, but constitutionally protected. In addition, my recent executive directive instructs all state departments and agencies not to cooperate with...
    Ryan Kelley, who is running in the GOP primary for governor in Michigan, got a boost in the latest polls after he was arrested by the FBI for his alleged participation in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The arrest “appears to have boosted his name recognition and favorability among GOP voters in Michigan, new polling conducted in the days following his arrest indicates,” wrote the Detroit Free Press on Thursday. The Detroit Free Press, with polling partner EPIC-MRA of Lansing, Michigan, released a new poll showing that Kelley is now the choice of 17 percent of GOP voters to take on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November. The poll was conducted between June 10 and the 13, Kelley’s very public arrest was on the 9th. The paper breaks down the rest of the field’s support: Other Republicans vying for the party’s nomination garnered varying enthusiasm — 13% of respondents picked Kalamazoo-area chiropractor Garrett Soldano as their preferred candidate, 12% named Bloomfield Hills businessman Kevin Rinke, 5% touted Norton Shores businesswoman Tudor Dixon and 1% selected Farmington Hills...
    'This problem is on a scale that I don't think we've seen before,' one Michigan voting rights advocate said. Following his arrest last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection, Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan D. Kelley appeared on a podcast hosted by former President Donald Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon to air his grievances with law enforcement and Democrats. On the June 11 episode of Bannon's "War Room" podcast, Kelley claimed his arrest was politically motivated and represented a "weaponization of the FBI." "This is the strong hand of the Democratic Party continuing this wild goose chase of this January 6 baseless claims of an insurrection, right?" Kelley told Bannon. "There's threats to our Supreme Court justices. That's the real insurrection, if you want to look at an insurrection." Kelley also claimed without evidence that because of his arrest, his support in Michigan had "tenfold grown," and that they had "just handed me the governor's seat in Michigan. Not only are some of these people going to go...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit police Chief James Craig filed Tuesday to run as a write-in candidate for Michigan governor weeks after being tossed from the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. Craig was among five Republican candidates deemed ineligible after the state elections bureau determined they fell short of collecting the necessary number of valid signatures. The elections bureau found last month that the candidates submitted fake signatures collected by paid petition circulators. READ MORE: Michigan Drivers Can Now Purchase Digital License PlatesCraig and his campaign also filed a complaint Monday in Kent County Circuit Court against a company hired to gather the signatures. The lawsuit, which alleges fraud and breach of contract, names In Field Strategies Inc. and about 20 hired circulators who “signed affidavits falsely swearing that they had obtained genuine signatures from among the thousands of voters who support Chief James Craig, the leading Republican gubernatorial candidate.” The Associated Press left a voicemail and email late Tuesday afternoon seeking comment from In Field Strategies. The elections bureau found that Craig submitted 10,192 valid signatures — well short of...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit police Chief James Craig filed Tuesday to run as a write-in candidate for Michigan governor weeks after being tossed from the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. Craig was among five Republican candidates deemed ineligible after the state elections bureau determined they fell short of collecting the necessary number of valid signatures. The elections bureau found last month that the candidates submitted fake signatures collected by paid petition circulators. Craig and his campaign also filed a complaint Monday in Kent County Circuit Court against a company hired to gather the signatures. The lawsuit, which alleges fraud and breach of contract, names In Field Strategies Inc. and about 20 hired circulators who “signed affidavits falsely swearing that they had obtained genuine signatures from among the thousands of voters who support Chief James Craig, the leading Republican gubernatorial candidate.” The Associated Press left a voicemail and email late Tuesday afternoon seeking comment from In Field Strategies. The elections bureau found that Craig submitted 10,192 valid signatures — well short of the 15,000 needed. It tossed 11,113...
    DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit police Chief James Craig said he will run as a write-in candidate in the Republican primary for governor after fraudulent signatures on petitions left him short of the minimum to get on the Aug. 2 ballot. “I’m not going to roll over,” Craig said Thursday night on WJBK-TV, known as Fox 2 Detroit. “This is not about me as a candidate. This is about the voters of Michigan.” Craig was considered a GOP front-runner with wide name recognition in southeastern Michigan before he and four other Republicans were scratched from the ballot because of phony signatures turned in by paid circulators. “I’m going to run as a write-in,” Craig said. “I’m going to be the next governor.” Wealthy business consultant Perry Johnson is asking a federal judge to revive his campaign, though his lawsuit is a long shot. Five candidates remain in the Republican primary: Tudor Dixon, Kevin Rinke, Ryan Kelley, Garrett Soldano and Ralph Rebandt. The winner will face Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November. Kelley was arrested Thursday and charged with misdemeanors for...
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Ryan Kelley, Republican candidate for Michigan governor, charged with misdemeanor for role in Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Ryan Kelley, a Republican candidate for Michigan governor, was arrested Thursday, the FBI said. Kelley was arrested in western Michigan. FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider declined to comment on the reason when reached Thursday morning but said court documents would be unsealed soon. Kelley is one of five candidates on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. He was in Washington during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — FBI says it has arrested Ryan Kelley, one of five Republican candidates for Michigan governor. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DETROIT (AP) — A judge declined to put former Detroit police chief James Craig on the Republican ballot for Michigan governor, the third candidate to lose a court challenge after election staff said campaign petitions were marred by fraudulent signatures. It’s a remarkable setback for Craig, who has high name recognition in Southeast Michigan and retired as Detroit’s top cop last year to make his first run for office. READ MORE: Biden Says He Didn't Understand How Big An Effect Abbott Plant Shutdown Would Have On Baby FormulaCourt of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher said she must abide by a Michigan appeals court decision released Wednesday that kept two other Republicans, Perry Johnson and Michael Markey, off the Aug. 2 ballot. Gleicher’s opinion, dated Wednesday but released Thursday, also cited other reasons. There appears to be no dispute that fraudulent signatures were turned in by paid circulators, though there’s no evidence that the candidates were aware of the scam. In a court filing, attorneys representing the Board of State Canvassers called it an “unprecedented situation.” The candidates were declared ineligible last week as...
    DETROIT (AP) — A Republican candidate for Michigan governor lost a bid to get on the Aug. 2 primary ballot Wednesday in the first key court decision since election officials found campaign petitions rife with fraudulent signatures. The ruling affects Perry Johnson, a wealthy businessman considered to be a leading candidate for the GOP nomination. But the decision could also apply to three other candidates, including former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who also have scratched from the GOP ballot. READ MORE: Anita Baker Announces Homecoming Concert In DetroitSeparate legal challenges were pending. There seems to be no dispute that fraudulent signatures were turned in by paid circulators, though there’s no evidence that the candidates were aware of the scam. They were declared ineligible last week, the result of a tie vote by the Board of State Canvassers. State election officials said Johnson, Craig, Michael Markey and Donna Brandenburg didn’t meet the 15,000-signature threshold because of fraudulent signatures. READ MORE: Detroit Kicks Off Pride Month With Flag Raising In Spirit PlazaJohnson asked the appeals court to overrule the canvassers and put...
    DETROIT (AP) — A Republican candidate for Michigan governor lost a bid to get on the Aug. 2 primary ballot Wednesday in the first key court decision since election officials found campaign petitions rife with fraudulent signatures. The ruling affects Perry Johnson, a wealthy businessman considered to be a leading candidate for the GOP nomination. But the decision could also apply to three other candidates, including former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who also have scratched from the GOP ballot. Separate legal challenges were pending. There seems to be no dispute that fraudulent signatures were turned in by paid circulators, though there’s no evidence that the candidates were aware of the scam. They were declared ineligible last week, the result of a tie vote by the Board of State Canvassers. State election officials said Johnson, Craig, Michael Markey and Donna Brandenburg didn’t meet the 15,000-signature threshold because of fraudulent signatures. Johnson asked the appeals court to overrule the canvassers and put him on the ballot. He said he would meet the signature threshold if the state elections bureau would examine...
    Five Republican candidates for governor in Michigan will be kept off the state’s primary election ballot after the state Board of Canvassers deadlocked along party lines when determining the validity of the candidates’ signatures. The board’s two Republicans voted against the staff’s recommendations that the GOP candidates be kept off the ballot over allegedly fraudulent signatures on their petitions to get on the ballot. However, because the two Democrats voted in favor of the staff recommendation, it stayed in place due to the tie vote. Michigan law requires gubernatorial hopefuls to get at least 15,000 valid signatures to get their names on the ballot. The deadlocked vote keeps former Detroit Police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson off the ballot, two of the GOP’s top candidates in the race to replace Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Craig said he’s “disappointed” with the board’s decision and called it a “travesty” in a statement. “We are disappointed in the Board of Canvassers decision, but we are not surprised the partisan Democrats on the committee ruled against Michigan voters,” Craig said. “It is a travesty that partisans...
    (CNN)Five Republican gubernatorial candidates will be kept off Michigan's primary ballot for now after the state's Board of State Canvassers deadlocked along party lines on Thursday during consideration of whether they were ineligible due to invalid signatures.The two Republicans on the board voted "no" to uphold the staff recommendations that former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, businessman Perry Johnson, Michael Brown, Donna Brandenburg and Michael Markey be deemed ineligible due to invalid signatures on their nomination petitions. The two Democrats on the board voted yes.Because of the deadlock, Jonathan Brater, Michigan's director of elections, said during the hearing that the five candidates were "not going on the ballot" and "will need to file a lawsuit" to get their name put back on.All five Republicans are vying to take on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in what could be one of the most closely watched gubernatorial campaigns of the year. Both Craig and Johnson are considered top candidates for the Republican nomination.A gubernatorial candidate in Michigan needs at least 15,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.Read MoreIn a report released this...
    (AP) – Two leading contenders for the GOP nomination for Michigan governor could be ruled ineligible for the primary ballot on Thursday, after the state’s elections bureau said they didn’t file enough valid petition signatures to qualify for the August contest. In a recommendation that immediately shook up the governor’s race, board staff on Monday said former Detroit Police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson, along with three other lesser-known candidates, should be declared ineligible. A four-person, bipartisan Board of State Canvassers will vote on the recommendations Thursday, though candidates that don’t make the ballot could challenge the decision in court. READ MORE: Oxford Schools Superintendent Issues Statement After Tragedy In TexasThe candidates were among a 10-person field vying to take on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for control of the battleground state in November. Democrats challenged the GOP candidates’ petitions, alleging mass forgery and other issues. Another Republican candidate, Tudor Dixon, had also contested Craig’s voter signatures as fake. The bureau, however, said it discovered the fraud on its own review and didn’t process the challenges filed by the...
    by Bruce Walker   Approximately $9.1 million in taxpayer-funded grants for business projects in Michigan expected to create 420 jobs are in three business expansions and a new semiconductor apprenticeship program. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the economic development, saying it would “build on our leadership in key industries, and support vibrant communities across Michigan.” Included are: A $2 million Community Development Block Grant through Calumet Township, and a $600,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant, for Calumet Electronics’ newly constructed, 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility for next-generation advanced electronic components in the Upper Peninsula. A $2.25 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for JR Automation in Holland. The city of Holland anticipates approval of a property tax abatement in support of the project. Funding of $1.5 million through CDBG-CARES Act to the SEMI Foundation to plan and develop the Semiconductor Apprenticeship Network Program. Funding of $1.5 million through CDBG-CARES Act for the Michigan Revolution for Electrification of Vehicles Academy/Academies initiative. A $1.24 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for Axiom Engineered Systems, LLC, to build its first U.S. plastic injection molding...
    (CNN)Five Republican candidates for Michigan governor could be deemed ineligible to appear on the primary ballot after the Michigan elections bureau found invalid signatures on their nomination petitions.The development could scramble the fast-approaching primary on August 2 and winnow the crowded field of 10 Republicans jockeying for the nomination to take on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.The elections bureau staff found that two leading candidates -- former Detroit Police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson -- had too few valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. The bureau staff also recommended that three other GOP candidates be excluded from the ballot -- Michael Brown, Donna Brandenburg and Michael Markey -- for a similar reason.A gubernatorial candidate in Michigan needs at least 15,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.Michigan's Board of State Canvassers -- made up of two Republicans and two Democrats -- is slated to meet Thursday to decide whether to adopt the election bureau's recommendations.Read MoreIn a report released late Monday, elections bureau staff said they had identified 36 petition circulators who submitted at least 68,000 invalid signatures...
    A bunch of defrauded Michigan Republicans. That's what they get for hanging out in a party of grifters. The primary race for governor in Michigan proves once again that if there’s going to be election fraud happening, Republicans are going to be doing it. In this case, it’s five—five—Republicans who have been found to have turned in enough fraudulent signatures for the primary ballot to be disqualified. Among them is presumed frontrunner and former Detroit Police Chief James Craig. When conducting a review of qualifying petitions, the state Bureau of Elections staff “identified 36 petition circulators who submitted fraudulent petition sheets consisting entirely of invalid signatures.” That leaves five candidates—half of the current field—without sufficient signatures to qualify for the Aug. 2 primary ballot, elections staff wrote. This is not a normal thing. At all. “[T]he Bureau is unaware of another election cycle in which this many circulators submitted such a substantial volume of fraudulent petition sheets consisting of invalid signatures, nor an instance in which it affected as many candidate petitions as at present.” That includes, again, petition sheets made up entirely of...
    by Bruce Walker   In April, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked the Michigan Supreme Court for declaratory and injunctive relief from the state’s 1931 law banning abortions, claiming the law violated the 1963 state constitution. She subsequently filed a motion to prevent anti-abortion groups from intervening in the case. On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court issued an order directing the governor to clarify her reasons for wishing to silence Right to Life Michigan and the Michigan Catholic Conference. Although Whitmer argued neither anti-abortion group “has demonstrated any cognizable interest at stake in this case,” the court order on Friday directed her “to file a brief with this Court within 14 days of the date of this order, providing a further and better statement of the questions and the facts.” Additionally, the order allows county prosecutors to file responsive briefs. It read in part, “Amici who have filed briefs with the Court to date are invited to file supplemental briefs addressing the questions identified in this order. Other persons or groups interested in the determination of the issues presented in this case may...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed a $500 tax rebate for working families, citing surplus tax revenues and the need to quickly help residents who are confronting high inflation. In a letter to legislative leaders, the Democratic governor said Michiganders “need real relief right now.” Specifics on eligibility for the proposed rebate were not immediately available. READ MORE: Ford Recalls SUVs Due To Engine Fire Risk, Owners Should Park Vehicles OutsideThe proposal builds on Whitmer’s calls to gradually repeal a tax on retirement income and fully restore a tax credit for lower-wage earners. In March, she vetoed Republicans’ plan to permanently cut the state income tax, make more seniors eligible for deductions and bring back a child tax credit, saying it would reduce funding for basic government services. READ MORE: Attorney General's Office Won't Upset Conviction In 1986 Port Huron MurderOn Friday, her administration and legislative economists will meet to forecast revised revenue estimates that are expected to be billions of dollars higher than what was released in January. The figures will help the governor and...
    Two of Michigan’s top Democrats are neck-and-neck with Republican opponents in their races for reelection this year, according to a new GOP internal polling memo. The poll was conducted by ARW Strategies from April 18 to 20, and the results were released Thursday by Republican Matthew DePerno, who is hoping to unseat Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) in November. The poll found Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) one point behind a generic Republican candidate, receiving 45 percent to the GOP candidate’s 46 percent. Eight percent of respondents said they were undecided. Whitmer is expected to face a tough reelection race this year in the Michigan battleground. Cook Political Report shifted the race from “lean D” to “toss up” in December, and one recent general election poll found the governor just one point ahead of her closest opponent, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig. Craig is the current frontrunner in the Republican primary, but the primary field is packed with other candidates, including chiropractor Garrett Soldano, businessman Perry Johnson, real estate broker and activist Ryan Kelley, conservative commentator Tudor Dixon, and former car dealership owner Kevin Rinke. The ARW poll also...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a 5% increase in base funding for K-12 schools but pared back Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposals to recruit and retain teachers and did not include her proposed $1 billion fund for school infrastructure projects. The $17.8 billion school aid bill, which was advanced 20-15 along mostly party lines, sets the stage for broader budget talks with the Democratic governor and the House, where majority Republicans started passing their own blueprint Wednesday. READ MORE: Michigan Legislature Approves Crime Victim Fund ExpansionThe base per-student grant would rise by $450, to $9,150, under the Senate’s 2022-23 proposal — slightly more than Whitmer’s suggested $435. A $500 million grant program would be created to help combining districts retire some of their debt to avoid raising property taxes. Schools could get $50 more per pupil to address pandemic-related learning loss. Sen. Wayne Schmidt, a Traverse City Republican who oversees the school budget, called it a “very good first start.” Democrats unsuccessfully tried amending the bill so it would more closely align with what the...
    (WLNS) — Michigan State University hosted the ribbon cutting and grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The facility has been in the works since May of 2009 and is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, the state of Michigan, and Michigan State University to help evolve the state. READ MORE: Genesee County Clerk John Gleason Barred From Election Duties Following Criminal ChargesFRIB will serve as a scientific user facility for nuclear science research and engineering. Officials say the new facility will consist of four buildings and underground tunnels that are about 600 feet long. The opening of this facility happened at 10 a.m. with attendance and remarks from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, former Michigan Governor and current U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. and multiple other representatives. It will allow a community of 1,600 scientists from all around the world to conduct research and is equipped with the latest technology, allowing the team to create cures for diseases, better national security, and learn about...
    by Scott McClallen   The Michigan Democratic Party and another group are challenging the petition signatures of three Michigan GOP gubernatorial challengers. Lawyers filed challenges against former Detroit police Chief James Craig, conservative commentator Tudor Dixon, and businessman Perry Johnson. Candidates must turn in 15,000 valid signatures from registered voters to qualify for the August primary. Craig said he turned in 21,000 signatures, but Democrats challenged 9,652 signatures. Democrat Lawyer Mark Brewer filed a 145-page complaint alleging that 6,933 of Craig’s signatures were forged via “round robining,” a technique in which people sign names and addresses on multiple sheets to generate fake signatures. The complaint cites other problems, including 158 defective petition headings, 1,895 defective circulator certificates, and 311 duplicate signatures. Brewer’s complaint said that at least 30 signatures on Craig’s petitions belong to voters marked as dead in the Qualified Voter File. On behalf of Dixon, the Michigan Strong Political Action Committee also challenged thousands of Craig’s signatures. Michigan Strong PAC spokesman Fred Wszolek concluded that “the combination of incompetence, invalidity, unregistered voters, and apparent fraud means that there is...
    by Bruce Walker   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has withdrawn $5 million from the state’s new Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund to pay for three energy-efficiency projects. The EERF was included in the governor’s fiscal year 2022 budget recommendation and passed by the state Legislature. The $5 million will be used to: Install a solar array system in conjunction with the Lansing Board of Water and Light. The solar array is projected to produce 400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, which will power 100% of the State Administrative Facilities building. Upgrade all lighting in the General Service Building to LED in conjunction with Consumers Energy and Graybar. The governor’s office claims the conversion will net an estimated 50% utility rebate for the total cost of the project. Those rebated funds, in turn, will be invested by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget in additional LED and advanced lighting control projects. The governor’s office says the rebate from upgrading lighting in one building will provide funding for two additional buildings. Institute energy conservation measures at the St. Louis Correctional Facility Green...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ten Republicans filed petitions to run for Michigan governor by Tuesday’s deadline, a record number in recent history, creating a huge field for a primary electorate that will decide who challenges Democrat Gretchen Whitmer. Candidates include ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig, self-funding wealthy suburban businessmen Perry Johnson and Kevin Rinke, chiropractor Garrett Soldano and conservative former TV host Tudor Dixon, who are both from western Michigan. READ MORE: AG Nessel Renews Offer To Conduct Investigation Into Oxford School ShootingThe lineup for the August primary may shrink if election officials find problems with the 15,000 to 30,000 signatures that were submitted by each campaign, which can be flagged by rivals who must file challenges no later than April 26. As of now, however, the field dwarfs past ones. Whitmer won a three-person primary in 2018 on her way to the governorship of the swing state. Her predecessor, Republican Rick Snyder, emerged from a five-way primary in 2010. A 10-candidate gubernatorial primary would be the largest in recent history, said state archivist Mark Harvey, who noted the difficulty...
    An FBI informant who made hours of secret recordings faces cross-examination by defense lawyers Monday after telling jurors that four men wanted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer before the fall 2020 election. Dan Chappel testified for the government Friday, explaining how months of training and scheming led to a road trip to Whitmer’s vacation home in northern Michigan to see how the group could pull off an abduction. The FBI, which had infiltrated the group, said it made arrests before an explosive could be obtained. The fifth day of testimony is set for Monday in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr., Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta are charged with conspiracy. They’re portrayed as antigovernment extremists who were willing to turn to violence after Whitmer and leaders in other states imposed stay-home orders and other restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chappel, 35, an Army veteran, explained how he went from simply looking for camaraderie among gun-rights guys to becoming an FBI operative winning the confidence of the men and recording their...
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The trial of four men charged with planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is resuming after a three-day break because of a COVID-19 case. U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker said testimony will pick up again Thursday. The trial was suspended this week because the virus had struck a key participant in the case. There have been “no further complications,” the judge said Wednesday. Jonker didn’t disclose the name of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 or their role. Masks are optional for everyone in court. Only one prosecutor and one juror wore a mask last week. Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr., Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta are charged with conspiracy. Prosecutors say they turned their anger toward government in 2020 into a plot to kidnap Whitmer because of the restrictions she imposed during the early months of the pandemic. Testimony in federal court in Grand Rapids began on March 9. The trial could last weeks. Jurors listening to social media videos and secretly recorded conversations heard Fox and Croft talk about taking action...
    By Michael Tarm, Ed White and Sara Burnett | Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A jury was selected Tuesday for the trial of four men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, extraordinary allegations of violence planned against an elected official that led the presiding judge to advise: “This isn’t your average criminal case.” Opening statements were scheduled for Wednesday in the federal court in Grand Rapids. Prosecutors have said the men were angry about pandemic restrictions the Democratic governor imposed, and that they will present secret recordings and other evidence against the men, including of a trip to check Whitmer’s vacation home and training with weapons and explosives. Defense attorneys say the men deny any conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer, and have signaled an entrapment defense, criticizing the government’s use of undercover FBI agents and confidential informants. Eleven women and seven men were selected to serve as jurors, with 12 who will decide the case and six alternates, though the court did not make clear Tuesday which jurors are alternates. Before they left the courtroom,...
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — With secret recordings and other evidence, prosecutors are pledging to show how four men were united behind a wild plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor in response to her aggressive steps to slow down COVID-19 during the early months of the pandemic. Jury selection begins Tuesday in a trial that could last more than a month in federal court in western Michigan. In 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, was trading taunts with then-President Donald Trump over his administration’s response to COVID-19. Her critics, meanwhile, were regularly protesting at the Michigan Capitol, clogging streets around the statehouse and legally carrying semi-automatic rifles into the building. During that turbulent time, when stay-home orders were in place and the economy was restricted, Adam Fox, Brandon Caserta, Barry Croft Jr. and Daniel Harris were coming up with a plot to snatch Whitmer, prosecutors say. They’re accused of taking critical steps over several months, including secret messaging, gun drills in the woods and a night drive to northern Michigan to scout her second home and figure out how to blow...
    by Bruce Walker   Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed into law two bills ostensibly aimed at assisting first-time homebuyers. House Bill 4290 and Senate Bill 145 will allow first-time homebuyers to save down payments and closing costs tax-free. The bills establish the Michigan First-Time Home Buyer Savings Program within the state’s Department of Treasury. Under the program, Michigan residents can open homebuyer savings accounts for the purpose of purchasing single-family homes. All contributions, accrued interest and qualified withdrawals up to $5,000 for a single return or $10,000 for a joint return, would be exempt from taxation. The bills are scheduled to sunset in 2026. Eligible participants must not have owned a home for three years. Critics of the bill include the Senate Fiscal Agency, which noted the Senate bill would only benefit potential homebuyers who don’t require the subsidy. “The temporary nature of the deduction, which would be available only through tax years 2022 to 2026, also could reduce participation, especially for taxpayers that would require a longer period of time to save for a down payment,” SFA analyst David Zinn wrote. “The...