Michigan Senatorial Candidates 2014
State Primary: August 5,2014
Michigan Senate Candidates - Announced, Potential, and Rumored Senatorial CandidatesGary Peters (D)
Terry Whitney (D)
Terri Lynn Land (R)
Matthew Wiedenhoeft (R)
Jim Fulner (Libertarian)
Paul Marineau (Independent)
MI Michigan Candidates for Congress 2014
See list of Michigan Candidates for Congress
Heritage Foundation Scorecard for Michigan Candidatesthe higher the score, the more conservative.
MI 3 Rep. Justin Amash R 91%
History of Michigan. Information that every Michigan Election Candidates for US Senate or Congress Should Know:
Thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans, eight indigenous tribes lived in what is today the state of Michigan. They included the Ojibwa, Menominee, Chippawa, Miami, Ottawa, and Potawatomi, who were part of the Algonquian family of Amerindians, as well as the Wyandot, who were from the Iroquoian family and lived in the area of present-day Detroit. It is estimated that the native population in 1500 was about 15,000.
The first white explorer to visit Michigan was the Frenchman Étienne Brûlé in 1620, who began his expedition from Quebec City on the orders of Samuel de Champlain and traveled as far as the Upper Peninsula. Afterward, the area became part of Louisiana, one of the large colonial provinces of New France. The first permanent European settlement in Michigan was founded in 1668 at Sault Ste. Marie by Jacques Marquette, a French missionary.
The French built several trading posts, forts, and villages in Michigan during the late 17th century. Among them, the most important was Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit in 1702; it became Detroit. Up until this time, French activities in the region were limited to hunting, trapping, trading with and the conversion of local Indians, and some limited subsistence farming. By 1760, the Michigan countryside had only a few hundred white inhabitants.
Michigan Senator Candidates Election Race 2014 And The Michigan Democratic Party's Fear Of Democrats
April 9th, 2013, 12:15 PM
The hacks at Politico, as the hacks at Politico are wont to do, got very excited about a possible Debbie Dingell 2014 Senate run.
Most normal human beings in April 2013 probably couldn’t care less about 2014’s pre-campaign campaign, but Politico exposed why we (unfortunately) should pay attention to a primary that’s 17 months away - Democratic insiders don’t want Democratic voters selecting their U.S. Senate nominee.“This is an ongoing discussion with the various . . . constituencies that make up the Democratic Party. The goal is to reach consensus on a candidate,” said David Hecker, vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and president of its Michigan branch. “I think this will come to a conclusion somewhat soon and we’ll move on with whoever the candidate is, Debbie [Dingell] or Gary [Peters].”
Hecker added: “I think both candidates are clearly in play and I wouldn’t say one is in the lead and one is not.” Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who passed on the Senate race earlier this year, also wants her party to avoid a primary, according to an aide. “Governor Granholm is very excited about the names she’s heard so far and believes it would be wisest if Democrats could coalesce around the person that research shows is the best candidate,” spokeswoman Carole Polan Love said.In 1978, constituencies that make up the Kentucky Derby establishment came to a research-based consensus that they should coalesce support around Alydar but it was Affirmed that won the Derby and the rest of the Triple Crown. Contested primaries really shouldn't be this controversial. Like horse races, elections should be decided on the track, instead of inside a (smoke-filled) stable. The stupidity from Democrats, it burns.
Granholm's Selective Memory
Granholm's aversion to rank-and-file Michigan Democrats selecting the party’s Senate nominee is particularly baffling. Maybe it's too much California sun, but Granholm shouldn't forget she won one of the most competitive primaries in Michigan history in 2002 to become governor. Her primary battle with David Bonior and James Blanchard didn’t weaken her chances that November. If anything, it made her a stronger candidate. She wiped the floor with Dick Posthumous in what was otherwise a Republican year locally and nationally.A contested primary serves two purposes:
Looking at the list of possible Democratic Senate candidate, they could all benefit from an electoral dry run and statewide exposure. Rep. Gary Peters has shown he can win tough elections. He beat longtime incumbent Joe Knollenberg in 2008, won a tough re-election race amid the 2010 GOP sweep, and then dispatched fellow Congressman Hansen Clarke in the 2012 primary. But he isn’t a statewide name. Peters lost to Mike Cox in the 2002 attorney general race - the first Democrat to lose that in two generations. Peters, well-suited for the 14th District, still needs to prove he can win statewide. Debbie Dingell may be a consummate smoke-filled room power broker with a name that rings out beyond her husband’s congressional district, but her forays into non-John Dingell electoral politics have been unmitigated disasters.
Dingell chaired the 2006 “One Michigan” campaign to defeat an anti-affirmative action initiative. That campaign was backed, not only by Democratic core constituencies in a year dominated by Democrats, but by Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos and local celebrities like Tom Izzo. Despite the bipartisan and nonpartisan backing, Dingell’s One Michigan effort didn’t win heart and minds. Voters beat on affirmative action like it was Gene Krupa’s snare drum. Other possible Senate candidate like former one-term Congressman Mark Shauer, ex-Rep. Bart Stupak, and Rep. Dan Kildee could also benefit from a vigorous primary to test their statewide electoral mettle.
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