Monday, November 12, 2012
The Oakland County executive proved he's a stand-up guy during an Election Night appearance in Royal Oak.
As Democrats celebrated election victories Tuesday in Michigan and across the country, the mood at the Emagine Royal Oak theater complex, where more than 200 Oakland County Republicans gathered, was a mixed bag. That is, until L. Brooks Patterson, 73, changed the energy of room. “He gave some remarks and then he told us he had a surprise for us – and then he stood up on his own,” said former Royal Oak Mayor Dennis Cowan. “Everyone burst into applause.” Patterson, elected to his sixth term as Oakland County Executive on Nov. 6, was injured in a crash in August that left him hospitalized at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac for five weeks after suffering almost a dozen broken bones. He returned to work in October using a wheelchair and …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Five of the six statewide ballot proposals were defeated, according to early results.
Voters throughout Michigan chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney for president, according to early results, and voted no on at least five of the six state proposals. Michiganders also chose incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow over Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra for Senate, according to early results. Voter turnout was reported to be high across the state. In 2008, 66.2 percent of Michigan's registered voters cast ballots, the highest number since 1968 when voter turnout was 66.8 percent. On Tuesday, many precincts were still taking ballots well after 8 p.m. to accommodate voters. 1:32 AM: U.S. Rep. John Dingell claimed victory and a record-breaking 30th term in Congress. 12:46 AM: Results are trickling in. Dexter Patch reports Gretchen …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Challenger Jane Boudreau said the incident is endemic of a bigger problem that voters should consider on Nov. 6.
A civil lawsuit filed against Oakland County Sheriff and Birmingham resident Michael Bouchard for actions taken by department helicopter pilot Bill Christensen to disperse a crowd during the Woodward Dream Cruise is now the focus of his challenger's campaign just two days before the vote. Democrat Jane Boudreau issued a series of press releases over the weekend to publicize the lawsuit and spark her campaign to unseat the incumbent Republican. The complaint, filed Friday before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot, alleges that the pilot acted under Bouchard's orders when he flew below the allowable height by the FAA to disperse a crowd during the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 18. Terry McIninch, the plaintiff, claims the …
Friday, November 2, 2012
This writer says there's much at stake on Nov. 6 and that Mitt Romney is the best choice. Do you agree?
Friday, November 2, 2012
Our country faces an important week ahead; one can vote for Mitt Romney or President Obama. I would like to voice my opinion on the President because I deeply care for the direction of this country. President Obama is a foul-mouthed liar, and he called Governor Mitt Romney a “bullsh-er.” What type of dishonorable speech is that? That is so unprofessional and non-presidential. That is not the end of Obama. In Obamacare, he is trying to mask up all the details. For example, if an individual has cancer and wants to go straight to chemotherapy, they CAN’T. They have to follow, step by step, the steps of cancer treatment THAT THE GOVERNMENT PRESCRIBES! Talk about freedom of choice. Would you want to decide you own treatment or have a bunch of …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The former presidential candidate is the latest Romney campaign surrogate to visit Michigan in hopes of winning the state on Nov. 6 for the Bloomfield Hills native.
Former Republican Party presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will visit Bloomfield Hills tonight to help rally support for current presidential challenger Mitt Romney and raise funds for victims of Superstorm Sandy. McCain is expected to arrive at the Oakland County Republican Party Headquarters at 426111 Woodward Ave., at about 6:15 p.m., according to an invite issued by the Romney campaign. Bloomfield Township resident Pamela Williams, vice-chair of the county party, said the visit coincides with a campaign-volunteer appreciation event and a collection effort for supplies and resources to help storm victims on the East Coast. "Just like the hurricane, John McCain believes it is time for the economic storm to be over and …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Watch the candidates forum for the 9th Congressional District. The forum was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area and Patch.
The League of Women Voters Oakland Area and Patch co-sponsored a candidates forum for Michigan’s 9th Congressional District on Oct. 9 at Madison Heights City Hall. Democrat Sander Levin, Republican challenger Don Volaric, Green Party candidate Julia Williams, Libertarian candidate Jim Fulner and U.S. Taxpayers candidate Les Townsend participated in the forum. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League never supports or opposes a candidate or political party. It influences public policy through education and advocacy, according to its website. To become a member of the League of Women Voters, click here. To contribute to the …
Monday, October 22, 2012
It's the final round of this fall's Presidential debates between incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Here are the details.
It all comes down to this. The final face-to-face showdown between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as both men, and the country, get ready for the stretch drive of this long presidential campaign. The last of three presidential debates takes place tonight at 9 p.m. in Florida, a key battleground state, but the candidates will try to make a last impression to millions of viewers (that aren't tuning in to Monday Night Football). Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak said Romney, who grew up in Bloomfield Hills, continues to show the stark differences between his vision for moving the economy forward and improving the country during the debates against the president. "He understands the issues, and the president has a …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Proposal 4 would also affirm limited collective bargaining rights for about 42,000 home health care workers.
Michigan's Proposal 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot pertains to home health care and the collective bargaining rights for thousands of workers. The proposal calls for the establishment of a "Michigan Quality Home Care Council" in the state constitution and would affirm limited collective bargaining rights for about 42,000 home health care workers. Those workers are hired and fired by the elderly or disabled participants of the Medicaid-funded Home Help Services Program, and are paid by the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Citizens Research Council states. The council would be the so-called public employer of home health care aides while the participants of the Home Health Care program would still have the right to choose, hire…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Nearly 200 people attended a town hall meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday at Liberty School.
While Michigan has been "going downhill since the ‘60s," Gov. Rick Snyder said he's proud of his record thus far and hopes to change the state's trend. He told a crowd of nearly 200 people at Saline's Liberty School on Monday night that he ran for governor “to fundamentally change how we are doing things" and has accomplished that by insisting the focus be on “relentless positive action." He said he is opposed to blaming, doesn’t care who gets credit for goals accomplished and believes the focus of government should be on problem solving rather than turf battles. The governor said his two goals are “to create more and better jobs in Michigan” and “to create a bright future for our kids.” Government should be looked at as “a customer …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debated for the second time Tuesday night. How do you think they did? Let us know by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.
The third of four debates heading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election was held Tuesday night, broadcast live from Hofstra University. In their second meeting of campaign season, President Barack Obama and Republican contender Gov. Mitt Romney went head to head on issues of foreign and domestic policy in a town hall format. Who do you think won the debate? Weigh in on our poll alongside other Michigan Patch readers, and tell us in the comments why you think Obama or Romney came out on top. There is one remaining presidential and vice-presidential debates are set for the following dates: There were two prior presidential and vice presidential debates.