'Should Read' looks at Michigan races for governor, U.S. Senate and Supreme Court

  With the Nov. 4 election just around the corner, there's a couple 'should reads' out there for people trying to decipher Michigan's high-profile and tight races for governor and U.S. Senate,  and a terse look at TV ad spending in judicial races for the state's highest court.

Bowzer for Peters in Michigan Senate race

Jon "Bowzer" Bauman
  Finally a bit of a break in the months of negative advertising on behalf of candidates in Michigan's high-profile U.S. Senate race.
  In that race, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a Bloomfield, Mich., Democrat, is running for Senate against former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.
  Peters' campaign announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, that Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman, former member of the band Sha Na Na, will campaign for Peters Wednesday at two Senior Votes Count! events in Flint and Lansing.
  Bauman, now 67, is an advocate for seniors issues.
  Peters has been, by far, the more physically visible of the two candidates.
  With seven weeks until the Nov. 4 election, it's unlikely that Land won't agree to debate Peters, despite numerous invitations that Peters has accepted. That's because she likely afraid she wouldn't fare well in a head-to-head debate with Peters that voters deserve to see.

Now, Land's and Peters' campaigns have been tit-for-tat when it comes to advertising and social media presence, but that's about all. Land is essentially running a "stealth" campaign for the statewide federal office.
  So she needs a musical act to balance out Peters' use of Bowzer in his campaign, one that reflects her current lack of visibility before the public.
 Someone like .... Elvis.

Michigan race for governer may be a nailbiter to the end

The latest poll indicates it's going to be a possible photo finish in the horse race for Michigan governor between incumbent Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer.

IMP says poll has Lawrence ahead in Michigan 14th Congressional race

  A poll obtained by Inside Michigan Politics says Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence is the leader in the Democratic primary in the 14th Congressional District to replace U.S. Rep. Gary Peters.
  Here's what the poll by Lake Research had to say:

Congress shows its divide on medical marijuana amendment to spending bill

  If there's any doubt that Michigan is divided over medical marijuana, just take a look at a vote in Congress Friday.
  The U.S. House passed an amendment to a spending bill that restricts the Drug Enforcement Administration from using money to target medical marijuana businesses that comply with their states' laws.
  Michigan's 14 members were evenly split on the amendment, with two not voting. The House was also split, passing the amendment 219-189. Here's how the Michigan voting shook out:

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