Some Michiganians got a close look at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz when he made a quiet swing though Michigan last summer, but it’s difficult to assess the Texas Republican’s presidential chances in the state. The 44-year-old Cruz, who Monday became the first GOP hopeful to announce his candidacy for the nation’s top office in 2016, has an enthusiastic online following but no formal Michigan political organization, according to former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis. (Detroit News)

As Gov. Rick Snyder touted the statewide ballot proposal in May designed to generate more money for Michigan's crumbling roads, he grasped chunks of concrete and what looked like asphalt. (Detroit Free Press)

(MPRN-Lansing) At the state Capitol, Democrats have called for a new statewide vote on Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. It was approved by voters in 2004. 

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission signed off on a resolution Monday night in favor of Michigan's Proposal 1 to support road funding. Commissioners voted 7-0 in favor of the resolution, which urges voters to support the proposal when it heads to the ballot on May 5. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

LANSING — At least three Michigan Republican Party activists have announced their candidacies for state national committeewoman, and two others say they are considering running. Kathy Berden of Sanilac County, Deb O'Hagan of Oakland County and Mary Whiteford of Allegan County have announced their candidacies. (Detroit Free Press)