After months of anticipation, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the launch of his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday evening. Schuette already expected by political analysts to be the Republican frontrunner.
Schuette made his announcement at the Midland County Fairgrounds in his hometown. He stressed his campaign will focus on income taxes, growing Michigan’s economy and helping the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
As the state legislature reconvened after their summer holiday, many congressmen expressed eagerness to implement new legislation. In the coming term, state senators and representatives plan to address Flint and the opioid epidemic as well as other issues like medical marijuana and auto insurance reform.
State Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Ottawa
Amber McCann, state Sen. Meekhof’s press secretary, said the Michigan Senate will be focusing on several local priorities from the senator’s district.
LSA Dean Andrew D. Martin confirmed faculty will place a special emphasis on ensuring professors hold their exams solely during the designated exam period in the upcoming academic year.
“For many years, the LSA Faculty Code—the governing document of the LSA faculty—has mandated that all faculty members refrain from having final exams on the last day of class or during an earlier instructional time,” Martin wrote in an email to the Daily.
Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates are leaning into campaign fundraising, with five declared or prospective candidates already backed by over $1 million in finances, according to the July finance reports, which were due Tuesday.
Eastern Michigan University junior Allen Maxson looked at a map of Michigan’s congressional districts and saw something “like a map of Europe in the middle of World War 2.” State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D–Southfield) saw “a squiggly mess." And Wayne State Prof. Kevin Deegan-Krause saw a “creepy lizard” in what is better known as Michigan’s 14th congressional district, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Candidates in Michigan may soon be able to bypass certain campaign finance limits according to bills being considered in the Michigan State Senate.
Senate bills 335 and 336 were approved Thursday by the Senate Elections committee. The bills, introduced by state Sen. Dave Robertson (R–Grand Blanc), would allow candidates to ask for unlimited funding for super Political Action Committees, which would use the money to support the candidate’s platform. However, super PACs cannot give money directly to candidates or parties: they can only fund campaign goals.
Inspired by political involvement on campus, LSA junior Alexander Forsyth has developed a website to help expedite the process of sending mail to politicians.
The website, called Going Postal Politics, aims to reduce the tedious process of sending mail to three steps: pick from pre-made postcards, choose which politician to send the postcard to and send it for 99 cents. Users also have the opportunity to upload their own photos for postcards.