Republicans

flickr.com

A conservative group is organizing six protests across Michigan to criticize a dozen House Republicans who voted against cutting the state's income tax.

The Michigan Conservative Coalition said it was holding rallies Tuesday at six post offices to coincide with the tax filing deadline.

The protests were scheduled in Birmingham, Mount Clemens, Novi, Holland, Traverse City and Hudsonville - areas represented by some of the Republicans who voted no.

Michigan Capitol Building photo
Phillip Hofmeister via Wikimedia | CC BY 3.0 / wikimedia.org

A Republican-led House panel has voted to cut Michigan's income tax and eliminate it over a number of decades despite "serious concerns" lodged by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Supporters say the bill approved 7-4 Wednesday would fulfill a nearly decade-old promise to reduce the 4.25 percent tax to 3.9 percent after it was raised to balance the budget.

Opponents say the tax cut would cost the state $680 million next budget year and $1.1 billion in the first full year at a time general funds are tightening.

Governor Rick Snyder
Office of Gov. Rick Snyder / michigan.gov

Michigan lawmakers have commenced a new two-year term.

A veteran Republican senator on Wednesday planned to quickly propose eliminating the state income tax - a proposal that's unlikely to be embraced by Gov. Rick Snyder but which could prompt discussions about a cut in the tax. New leaders take the helm of the House, where representatives are taking the oath of office and picking seats.

Republicans will again control of the agenda in both chambers.

It's a day of pomp, swearings-in and proud moments for new House members and their families.

File photo of Tim Kaine
Hilary Farrell / WGVU

It’s the final push for presidential candidates before Election Day on November 8th, and Michigan has not lost their attention.

Senator Tim Kaine will be in Michigan on Sunday. The Democratic Vice Presidential nominee will make two stops in the metro Detroit area, one in Warren and one in Taylor.

Kaine is expected to give a speech in front of over 500 union members and their families at the Warren event.

Donald Trump campaign photo; Cheyna Roth / donaldjtrump.com; Michigan Public Radio Network

Democrats are throwing millions of dollars into TV ads tethering House Republican candidates to Donald Trump all around the country.

They say the strategy is bolstering their quest for big gains in the chamber in this November's elections.

Republicans discount the impact their presidential nominee will have on House races. They say voters distinguish between Trump's unconventional candidacy and local, familiar congressional hopefuls.

And they're firing back with ads tying Democratic House candidates to Hillary Clinton in Maine, Michigan and elsewhere.

www.newsnet5.com

GOP Presidential candidate front runner Donald Trump is making claims the delegate system is unfair as a part of the nominating process. The rules state the party nominee must reach 1,237 delegates to be the party nominee. WGVU spoke with a political strategist and a political commentator about Trump’s complaint and what it means heading into the GOP National Convention.

“The rules are the rules.”

That’s NPR and ABC News political commentator and author, Cokie Roberts, who was in Grand Rapids Wednesday commemorating first lady Betty Ford’s 98th birthday.

www.history.com

In tight races the Michigan Primary winners were Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump.  WGVU spoke with West Michigan voters and lawmakers for reaction and some analysis.

“It looks like the donkey and the elephant are very unhappy today.”

That’s Thomas Ojeda attending the Kent County GOP Primary Watch Party explain how the party establishments took a beating in Michigan. Ojeda leaning Donald Trump.

You may have heard by now this is Super Tuesday when voters in 13 states take part in primaries and caucuses. Michigan voters will need to wait a week until March 8th. How’s the Republican race shaping up here?

WGVU breaks down polling data from Lansing-based Target-Insight that shows Donald Trump with a commanding lead.

Michigan Republicans will vote in large numbers March 8th. Of the 400 registered Republicans surveyed by Target-Insyght, 90% said they are almost certain to cast a primary vote.

Lawmakers adjourning for week without road-funding deal

Aug 20, 2015

Michigan lawmakers are adjourning for the week without a $1.2 billion road-funding deal. The Republican-led House is unable to garner enough support for permanently dedicating $600 million in existing revenue for transportation infrastructure. Both Gov. Rick Snyder and Democrats are concerned about the impact on other budget priorities. And Republicans are balking at unspecified fuel and vehicle registration tax increases that would generate $600 million in additional money for roads.     The House and Senate sent bills to a conference committee in case an agreement could be reached.

Pages