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So what’s in a name?

Plenty, maybe, if it’s a roadside sign and it has your name on it in an election year.

DEBATE: Dem gov candidates Bernero, Dillon in second debate

  The two Democrats who want to be Michigan's next governor engage in their second debate at 7 p.m. tonight at WTVS television studios in Wixom.

ELECTION: Cox given 'no foul' on latest political ad




  The Michigan Truth Squad, a project of The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit group, seeks to "blow the whistle on false and misleading political ads in 2010."

ELECTION: Dem candidates for governor to appear before Oakland County Bar Association

   The two Democrats running for governor, Virg Bernero and Andy Dillon, will be appearing before the Oakland County Bar Association in the coming weeks.

ELECTION: Bouchard holds town halls in Oakland, Macomb

    Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, one of five Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor in the Aug. 3 primary, holds town hall meetings in Oakland and Macomb counties Saturday to discuss his “Blueprint for Prosperity.”

ELECTION: July 6 last day to register to vote in Aug. 3 primary

The Michigan Secretary of State is reminding voters that Tuesday, July 6, is the last day to register to vote in the Aug. 3 primary.

ELECTION: Hoekstra opens southeast Michigan campaign office

U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland, in west Michigan, opened up a campaign office in Macomb County Monday at 48711 Van Dyke in Shelby Township, his campaign announced.

ELECTION: Bouchard proposes consitutional amendment

Mike Bouchard, one of five Republican candidates for governor, is proposing a constitutional amendment to require government to mirror the private sector.

Tea party hosts 9th district congressional candidates today

The Lakes Area Tea Party hosts Republican candidates for the 9th congressional district in a candidates’ night at 6:30 p.m. today at Multi-Lakes Conservation Association, 3860 Newton Road in Commerce Township.

BALLOT PROPOSAL: Seeks to bar felons from public office

The Michigan House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution V Thursday to allow voters to vote to amend Michigan’s Constitution to keep certain convicted felons from holding an elected or appointed position or certain public jobs.

ELECTION: Bernero opens Detroit campaign office

The Virg Bernero for Governor campaign today officially opened a Detroit campaign office Friday to coordinate field operations and volunteers in southeast Michigan.

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin announces office hours

The staff of U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, holds office hours this week in Oakland and Macomb counties.

ELECTION: Hoekstra leads, Bouchard trails in Michigan governor's race

Mike Bouchard continues to trail three other Republicans in the five-way Aug. 3 GOP nominating race for governor but the Oakland County sheriff shows no sign of folding his campaign.

ELECTION: Hoekstra launches second ad in Michigan governor's race

HOLLAND, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, one of five Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor in Michigan, announced the launch of the second web ad Thursday titled “Idea Bus.”

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin holds office hours

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, holds office hours this week in Oakland and Macomb counties:

Dillon airs TV spot in Michigan governor's race

Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon of Redford has joined the candidates airing TV ads with his first spot "Growing Michigan's Economy."

Truth Squad ranks latest ads in Michigan governor's race

The Michigan Truth Squad, a group reviewing political advertising in this year's race for Michigan governor, has evaluated political ads since last Thursday from Republican gubernatorial candidates Mike Cox, Pete Hoekstra and Mike Bouchard.

Right To Life endorses Cox for Michigan governor

The Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee has endorsed Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox for governor in the Aug. 3 Republican primary citing Cox's defense of Michigan's ban on partial birth abortion before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cox is one of five Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor along with Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra and state Sen. Tom George. Democrats seeking the nomination are Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon of Livonia.

Snyder called the endorsement disappointing: "The decision by Right to Life to endorse just one candidate out of several qualifying candidates in a pro-life field is disappointing. I am firmly pro-life, but I made the decision early on in this campaign to run a campaign independent of special interests and political action committees. This reaffirms that I made the right decision," Snyder said.

Sen. Jacobs endorses Dillon for governor

Term-limited state Sen. Gilda Jacobs, D-Huntington Woods, is endorsing state House Speaker Andy Dillon of Redford for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Dillon faces Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the Aug. 3 Democratic primary. Republican candidates seeking the nomination are Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and state Sen. Tom George.

Jacobs, the first female floor leader in the history of the Michigan Legislature, is a pro-choice advocate and liberal leader in the Senate.

She was scheduled to announce her endorsement at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hall of Fame Room of the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing.

County commission candidate holds fundraiser

Ron W. Harmon, one of three Republicans and one Democrat running for Oakland County commission in the 11th district, is holding a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 11, at 1842 Commonwealth in Auburn Hills. He's asking only that people bring "generosity and a dish to pass."

Other Republicans seeking the GOP nomination in the Aug. 3 primary are Bob Kittle of Auburn Hills and Angela N. River of Auburn Hills. The winner of the primary faces incumbent Democrat Tim Greimel  of Auburn Hills in the Nov. 2 general election.

The 11th District represents Auburn Hills, part of Rochester Hills, north part of Pontiac.

Michigan Truth Squad reviews accuracy of campaign ads

The Michigan Truth Squad is asking people to contact them this election cycle if they see or hear political advertising with content they consider to be exaggerated or inaccurate. They'll even reward tipsters with prizes.

The Truth Squad is looking at advertising in campaigns for Michigan governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state House and state Senate.

So far, the Michigan Truth Squad has reviewed advertising by Republican candidates for governor Mike Bouchard, Mike Cox and Rick Snyder, and Democrat Virg Bernero, plus Republican candidate for attorney general Bill Schuette.

The Michigan Truth Squad's website is www.michigantruthsquad.com.

Bouchard launches second ad in campaign for governor

 Mike Bouchard, one of five Republican candidates for governor, launches his second gubernatorial ad summing up Michigan’s frustration with the administration of Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat,  and the state’s record high unemployment rate.

The ad also focuses on Bouchard’s pledge to fight raising taxes and his experience as a leader in the state Senate. The ad, titled "Look," begins Tuesday and airs in targeted outlets statewide.



Script:

ANNOUNCER: Look around.

Under Jennifer Granholm unemployment’s jumped over a hundred percent.

Nearly half know a family member who’s jobless.

And Lansing.

More taxes, more spending, no solutions.

Now, look at Mike Bouchard.

He’s signed the pledge to fight any efforts to increase taxes.

In the senate, he authored one of the states largest tax cuts, saving us billions.

Now he’s ready to get us back to work.

Mike Bouchard. The conservative leader we’ve been looking for.

Other Republicans seeking the GOP nomination are Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra and state Sen. Tom George. Democrats seeking their party's nomination are state House Speaker  Andy Dillon of Redford and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

Hoekstra launches new web ad in campaign for governor

U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, one of five Republicans seeking the nomination for Governor in the Aug. 3 primary, has launched a new web advertisement titled “What’s Up With The Couch?”  The ad is the first in a series of web and television ads focused on Hoekstra’s record and leadership.

While serving in Congress, Pete Hoekstra opted to sleep on his couch in his office because he did not go to Congress to get comfortable.



Script:

CHRYON: What’s up with the couch?

HOEKSTRA: I didn’t go to Washington to get comfortable.  So when I’m there, I sleep on my office couch.

HOEKSTRA: I’ve been working for you in Washington, but Michigan is home.

HOEKSTRA: In D.C., I’m watching your pennies and mine.

HOEKSTRA: It’s why Newt Gingrich once told me: Pete, you could make a penny squeal.

CHRYON: “Pete, you can make a penny squeal.” – Newt Gingrich

HOEKSTRA: Every night I sleep well because I know I’m there to serve you; that I’ve done my best to do the right thing.

HOEKSTRA: I’m Pete Hoekstra, I’m ready to go to work as your next governor, and to make a few pennies squeal in Lansing.

CHRYON: Pete Hoekstra for Governor On the Job for Michigan

DISCLAIMER: Paid for and authorized by Hoekstra for Governor.

Also seeking the GOP nomination for governor are Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder and state Sen. Tom George. Democrats seeking their party's nomination are state House Speaker Andy Dillon of Redford and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

Hoekstra endorsed by Rep. Miller

 Republican gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra has announced the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township. Miller represents Michigan's 10th congressional district and is a former Michigan secretary of state.
Also seeking the GOP nomination in the Aug. 3 primary are Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and state Sen. Tom George. Democrats seeking their party's nomination are state House Speaker Andy Dillon of Redford and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. The winners of the Aug. 3 primary run against each other in November.

 

Bouchard gains west Michigan endorsements

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, one of five Republican candidates for governor,has gained the endorsements of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Friends of Housing PAC. Last week, Bouchard gained the endorsement of the Home and Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids.

Also seeking the GOP nomination in the Aug. 3 primary are Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and state Sen. Tom George. Democrats seeking their party's nomination are state House Speaker Andy Dillon of Redford and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

DeVos endorses Cox

Former Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos and former Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Betsy DeVos have endorsed Michigan Attorney General  Mike Cox in the 2010 race for governor:

Their endorsement comes the same day Cox received the endorsement of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and job makers across the state.

Also seeking the GOP nomination for governor in the Aug. 3 primary are Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra and state Sen. Tom George.

Seeking the Democratic nomination are state House Speaker Andy Dillon and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

The winner of the Aug. 3 Republican and Democratic primaries face each other on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Hockeytown is Rockytown?

Join Red Wings defenseman and three-time Stanley Cup winner, NHL All-Star, Olympic superstar and Michigan native Brian Rafalski for brunch on Saturday, June 12, as he endorses Rocky Raczkowski.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 East Maple Road in Troy. RSVP to Susan Emfinger at susane@rockyworksforus.com by 5 p.m. Thursday, June 10.

Individual admission is $50 and includes brunch with Rafalski. A Stanley Cup admission is $500 and includes VIP seating and a signed jersey. An Olympic Gold admission is $1,000 and includes a 9:30 a.m. private reception, VIP brunch seating, photo with Rafalski and a signed jersey.


Raczkowski is seeking the Republican nomination in the Aug. 3 primary for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township. His Republican opponents are Paul Welday, Anna Janek and Richard D. Kuhn. The winner of the Aug. 3 primary runs against Peters in November.

The seat held by Peters represents Pontiac, Lake Angelus, Auburn Hills, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Rochester, Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, and the townships of Southfield, Waterford, West Bloomfield, Oakland and part of Orion.

UAW Region 1 endorses Eric Coleman for state House District 35

SOUTHFIELD - UAW Region 1 announced their endorsement of Eric Coleman for State Representative of District 35, which represents Southfield, Lathrup Village, the Charter Township of Oak Park and portions of Oak Park. Coleman currently serves as an Oakland County commissioner representing the southern portion of Southfield.

Coleman claims endorsements from former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Southfield Treasurer Irv Lowenberg, Southfield President Pro Tem Sidney Lantz, Southfield Councilwoman Joan Seymour, Southfield Councilwoman Linnie Taylor, Oak Park Mayor Gerald Naftaly, Oak Park Mayor Pro Tem Michael Seligson, Oak Park Councilman Paul Levine, Oak Park Councilman Emile Duplesis, Lathrup Village Councilman Kyrian Nwagwu, Royal Oak Township Supervisor William Morgan, Rev. Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart III, Rev. Oscar King, the Greater Detroit Building & Construction Trades and the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers.

Also seeking the 35th District state House seat is Democrat Rudy Hobbs of Lathrup Village and Republican Michael Weinenger of Southfield.

The winner of the Republican and Democratic primaries on Aug. 3 run against each other in the Nov. 2 general election
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