Michigan

Auto bailout a political issue in Michigan Senate race

Auto bailout a political issue in Michigan Senate race

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters sought to put his Republican opponent, Terri Lynn Land, on the defensive Monday by highlighting her 2012 opposition to the federal auto bailout, which is credited with saving the industry and is popular with Michigan voters. The third-term congressman and other Democrats drew attention to statements Land made at […]

For motorcycle riders, no helmets mean more injuries, deaths

For motorcycle riders, no helmets mean more injuries, deaths

The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory helmet use have been chipping away at state helmet laws for years while crash deaths […]

Democrats could be key factor in Michigan GOP primary

Democrats could be key factor in Michigan GOP primary

Republican social conservative Rick Santorum could see an uptick in support during Tuesday’s presidential primary in Michigan from an unlikely voting bloc: hardcore Democrats. Democratic activists and strategists have launched a campaign to push fellow Democrats and independents to vote for Santorum to try to derail the more moderate frontrunner Mitt Romney, a Michigan native […]

Pie in face for Levin brings criminal charges

Pie in face for Levin brings criminal charges

An anti-war protester who hit Michigan Sen. Carl Levin in the face with an apple pie has been charged with assault. An indictment filed Thursday charges Ahlam Mohsen of Coldwater with two counts of assault against the Democrat while he was meeting with constituents in August in Big Rapids. Her friend Max Kantar of Big […]

Dems try new tact for unemployment bennies

Dems try new tact for unemployment bennies

Senate Democrats are working on a new way to jump-start their stalled election-year jobs agenda while saving unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of laid-off workers. The plan is to create one bill that combines the unemployment benefits with an extension of a popular tax credit for people who buy new homes. Under current law, […]

Right-wing extremists encourage violence, FBI says

Right-wing extremists encourage violence, FBI says

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning police agencies around the nation that an extremist right-wing group that calls itself the Guardians of the Free Republics is encouraging violence against sitting governors while claiming their mission is non-violent. On its web site, the group says it wants to “restore America” by dismantling parts of […]