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
Here are results of the local races.
Voters in Rochester and Rochester Hills went to the polls today to elect a president of the United States, a state representative and more than a dozen other offices. Here are results of the Rochester and Rochester Hills races, according to the Oakland County Clerk's office: Oakland County Commissioner, 11th District More election coverage: __________________________________________________________ UPDATE, 8 p.m.: The polls in Rochester and Rochester Hills are now closed. Check back for results; we will bring them to you as we get them! UPDATE, 4 p.m.: The votes are in and first-graders at Eagle Creek Academy have elected ... Mitt Romney! He won by three votes in a mock election at the Oakland Township school today. Read more about it …
Rogers is the projected winner of the 8th Congressional seat, according to unofficial results.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) was re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Democatic challenger Lance Enderle, according to unofficial results reported by The Huffington Post. Rogers, who has represented the district since 2001, is the projected winner with 58.7 percent of the votes and 80 percent of precincts reporting. Enderle received 36.9 percent of votes. Rogers is the current Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He recently discussed his cyber security bill, which would allow sharing sharing of covert intelligence information with the private sector to allow businesses to protect themselves against personal cyber attacks, with the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Oakland County voters elected an executive, clerk, sheriff and treasurer at the polls Tuesday.
5:30 AM: All precincts have been counted. Check the table above for final unofficial vote tallies. 1:20 AM L. Brooks Patterson kept his lead, with 499 of 522 precincts reporting. Also, Andy Meisner, Michael Bouchard and Jessica Cooper are continued to lead their opponents. Challenger Lisa Brown was stil leading incumbent County Clerk Bill Bullard. 11:52 PM With 75 percent of ballots counted, voter turnout looks to be about 65 percent in Oakland County. 10:40 PM: With more than half the precincts in Oakland County reporting, incumbents L. Brooks Patterson, Andy Meisner, Michael Bouchard and Jessica Cooper are continuing to lead their opponents. Challenger Lisa Brown is stil leading incumbent County Clerk Bill Bullard. 9:13 PM: Some …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Exit polls show voters backing Barack Obama; national media give the state's 16 electoral votes to the president.
The polls have not been closed long, but based on exit polls results several media organizations have declared President Barack Obama the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican and native son Mitt Romney. NBC, NPR, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all have declared Obama the winner. Media outlets also have called the overall race for Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and in recent elections has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Michigan. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key …
Michigan's voting goes until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close earlier.
Michigan voters have until 8 p.m. Eastern to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends as much as an hour earlier, and exit polling could provide an early clue whether President Obama or Mitt Romney is closer to the White House. The earliest key state to watch is Virginia, where polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern. Voting ends 30 minutes later in the swing states of Ohio and North Carolina. As Michigan's polls close, the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls, too. Nevada and Iowa, two other swing states that could prove pivotal in this year's presidential election, close voting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debated for the third and final time on Monday night? How do you think they did? Let us know by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.
The fourth and final debate heading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election was held Monday night, broadcast live from Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. In their third meeting of campaign season, President Barack Obama and Republican contender Gov. Mitt Romney went head to head on issues of foreign policy. 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 were three prior presidential and vice presidential debates.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The proposal is one of six on Michigan's ballot this Nov. 6, and it could play a key role in the fate of a possible new bridge to Canada.
Though the U.S. and Canada have continued to move forward with plans to construct the New International Trade Crossing—coloquially known as the new bridge to Canada—voters will decide if residents should have the final say on it. Opponents of the new bridge, led by Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel Moroun, spent millions to get the proposal on the ballot, aimed to put the bridge's future in voters' hands. Supporters of the bridge, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, say it will be a boon for international trade, and ease congestion on the Ambassador. According to HuffPost Detroit, the new bridge would cost about $1 billion, and would create 10,000 temporary construction jobs. Canada has agreed to foot $550 million of the bill, hoping to …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Proposal 5 will ask voters to amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state government.
Michigan's Proposal 5 on the Nov. 6 ballot would require state tax increases be approved by either a two-thirds majority in the Michigan Legislature or by a statewide vote. The proposal applies to new taxes, attempts to expand the tax base or attempts to increase the rate of tax. Michigan currently has a supermajority requirement to raise property taxes. Michigan has 110 members of the House of Representatives and 38 members of the Senate, which means 37 House members and 13 Senators could block a tax increase. The following language for proposal 12-5 will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot: This proposal would: Require a two-thirds majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Proposal 3, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, will ask voters to amend the Michigan Constitution to establish a standard for renewable energy.
Renewable, clean energy is the goal that most states strive for, but should it be included in a state's constitution? That's the question voters will answer at the polls on Nov. 6. Michigan is among 29 states with renewable-energy policies already in place, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Public Act 295, passed in October 2008, requires 10 percent of the state's energy to come from renewable sources by 2015. If passed, Michigan would be the only state to put a standard in its constitution. Opponents such as Consumers Energy and DTE say the move will cost too much money and that many smaller utilities may have trouble generating the 25 percent required to meet the new standard. The proponents biggest argument is that the …