Politics

The state committee of the Michigan Republican Party elected Kathy Berden as the party's new national committeewoman at a meeting in northern Michigan on Saturday, a party spokeswoman confirmed. Berden, of Snover in Sanilac County, needed two ballots to defeat Mary Whiteford of South Haven in Allegan County, because no one won a majority on the first ballot. (Detroit Free Press)

LANSING – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder sought to end weeks of speculation Thursday when he issued a statement saying he will not be a Republican nominee for president in 2016. "Michigan is America's comeback state," Snyder said in the statement. "Unemployment has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years, nearly 400,000 private sector jobs have been created and for the first time in a long time, Detroit is on the path to becoming a great city again. (Detroit Free Press)

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Voters said no Tuesday to Proposal One by a margin of almost four-to-one. But, as unhappy as people were with the ballot question, they’re still unhappy with the state of Michigan’s roads. So Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers say they’ll go back to work on finding money for roads – and they will heed the lessons of Proposal One. As soon as they figure out what those lessons are. 


LANSING, MI — About one in every four registered Michiganders came out to vote for Proposal 1, which aimed to raise taxes to pay for road repairs. According to unofficial numbers, 24.9 percent, or 1,811,883 of the 7,273,685 registered Michigan voters cast a ballot on Tuesday. Of those, only 1,755,529 actually voted for Prop 1, according to unofficial election results. The ballot proposal was defeated in a historic manner: 80 percent of voters opposed the proposal. (MLive)

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Gongwer News Service Editor Zach Gorchow says placing Proposal 1 on the ballot has turned out to be "one the biggest political miscalculations in modern Michigan political history." 

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