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, June 20, 2012
The presidential candidate is in town for a private event hosted by Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday night.
A crowd of about 200 people gathered Wednesday afternoon outside the Troy Marriott hotel on Big Beaver Road to rally in protest of visiting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Romney is in Troy for a private fundraiser hosted by Gov. Rick Snyder at the hotel. Protesters carried signs and waved at motorists along Big Beaver, many of whom were honking as they passed by. "We're here to support Barack Obama," said Jeff Klayo of Mt. Clemens, who attended the rally with two fellow UAW members. "He stands for the little guys... The working class." Liz Ratzloff of Ann Arbor attended the rally and wore the official "Pillamina" mascot costume for Planned Parenthood. "I'm here sporting Pillamina because Romney doesn't support low-cost …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Where, when and how to vote on Tuesday.
There are no local races in Rochester and Rochester Hills. This election is to choose the delegates for the presidential nominations. You can view your specific sample ballot by inputting your name, birth date and year, and ZIP code here. For the Republican delegates, 30 will be allocated according to each candidate's proportional share of votes. To be nominated Aug. 29 in Tampa, a candidate needs 1,114 delegates. So far, Romney has 105 delegates; Rick Santorum 71; Newt Gingrich 29; and Ron Paul 18. Any registered voter can vote in either party's presidential primary (President Obama is the only Democratic choice, aside from "Uncommitted.") Under a state law signed last October, each voter's choice of party -- not private candidate …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Eight presidential candidates talk jobs, housing, health care, taxes — and character.
Eight Republican presidential hopefuls took turns offering their thoughts on all aspects of the economy — and faith and trust — on the stage of a transformed O'rena on the campus of Oakland University on Wednesday night. In a nationally televised debate coordinated by the Michigan Republican Party, the university and CNBC, candidates Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum sparred on issues related to money, jobs, housing and taxes. One of them, Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak, said at the start of the two-hour debate, could likely be the "next leader of the free world." Outside the O'rena, about a hundred protesters gathered – far fewer than the thousands of …
Moss Cairns clickers allow participants to weigh in on how candidates performed during Wednesday night's event.
If those who attended a watch party at the Oakland University Oakland Center are any indication, Mitt Romney is going to win the Republican primary. In a survey taken at the close of Wednesday night's "Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate" at OU in Rochester, 82 percent of about 250 audience members said they expected Romney to get the Republican nod. And virtually everyone – 90 percent – thought the debate was a good thing for Oakland University. The results were collected through hand-held audience participation devices provided by Minneapolis-based Moss Cairns. Company principal Steve Moss said the firm has worked with Oakland University on other initiatives and was hired to make the watch party "a more enjoyable …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Demonstrators make their opinions known at protest Wednesday night at Oakland University.
There was chanting, drum beating, yelling through megaphones and plenty of political posters on the campus of Oakland University on Wednesday night. The demonstrators, from all over Metro Detroit, converged on the campus for the GOP presidential debate. At about 5 p.m., dozens of protesters had gathered along the entrance of Oakland University, as passers-by honked their horns and yelled out car windows. "Republicans: rich and rude, we don't like their attitude," a large group of the protesters yelled. Amy Murawka, of the North Oakland Democratic Club, was protesting Mitt Romney's campaign for president with the slogan "No Mitt in the Mitten." "He's not going to support the middle class," Murawka said. "We gotta stay with (President Barack…
Traffic picks up, 'Free Speech' zone fills up and audience for Republican presidential candidates face-off line up Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The wind picked up and large, dark clouds covered the sky over the Rochester area Wednesday afternoon as the eight Republican candidates blew into town Wednesday afternoon and evening for their debate at Oakland University. As audience members lined up for their tickets to tonight's debate, demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street/Detroit movement and others started to gather in the fenced off field designated as the "Free Speech" zone. Joe Michnuk and his daughter, Jacquie Pichet of Dearborn Heights, were among the first demonstrators to arrive. Pichet said she'd participated in the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Detroit demonstrations and wanted to have her voice heard at OU, too. "We came here to take a stand against these candidates," …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The mayor seems to have endless energy when it comes to promoting our city, letter-writer says.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Dear Editor, August 2nd is voting day here in Rochester Hills, and I urge voters to retain Bryan Barnett as our mayor. Mayor Barnett faces three opponents in the primary, and I truly feel he is, far and away, the most competent and experienced of the candidates. The mayor has put Rochester Hills on the map with our annual ﬁreworks show, the popular Recycle Bank, our strong financial position in these tough times and more. Our city has a growing reputation as a well-run, successful city, attractive to homebuyers and businesses. He handles the occasional controversial issue openly and honestly. His administration has followed through exhaustively on every assignment handed to them by the City Council. He makes himself available to the …
When a bloc of city council votes together all the time, it makes other members — and residents — irrelevant, letter-writer states.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Dear Editor, Sadly, since 2007, a bloc of our city council members (those endorsed by Mayor Barnett) have voted together in the majority over 95 percent of the time. This has rendered the remaining council members irrelevant and has created an atmosphere where citizen input is really not welcome or encouraged. This is contrary to the role of city council representing the citizens and providing independent oversight of the city administration. Now, the mayor is looking to maintain control by endorsing incumbent Michael Webber and has recruited a college buddy, Adam Kochenderfer, to fill an open spot. Mr Kochenderfer was a longtime Rochester resident who filed for residency in Rochester Hills within days of the filing deadline for this …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
City Council candidate forum begins at 7 p.m.; a mayoral candidate forum will follow at 8:30 p.m.
Candidates for Rochester Hills City Council and mayor square off tonight in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area at City Hall. Only one mayoral candidate will not be attending tonight, as far as League of Women Voters Coordinator Ann Edwards knew. All City Council candidates were expected to attend. The first of the two forums begins at 7 p.m. and includes a 90-minute question-and-answer session for Rochester Hills City Council candidates vying for council at-large and District 2 council seats. A one-hour session with four mayoral candidates will follow at 8:30 p.m. In Rochester Hills, there are two at-large council seats up for election; the top four candidates from the Aug. 2 primary will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. …