Republicans keep majorities in Michigan’s House and Senate, despite Democrats’ gain

November 11, 2018

From the Arab American News

LANSING — Michigan Republicans will retain majorities in the Michigan House and Senate despite losing seats to Democrats in Tuesday’s election, stopping a blue wave that swept the state’s highest offices and setting the stage for a divided government that will be led by Democratic Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer.

Senate pickups included the Seventh District, where Democrat Dayna Polehanki of Livonia defeated Republican state Rep. Laura Cox (R-Livonia), and the 20th Senate District, where former Rep. Sean McCann of Kalamazoo unseated incumbent Sen. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage).

Democrats also gained Senate seats in Oakland County’s 13th District, where challenger Mallory McMorrow of Royal Oak defeated incumbent Sen. Marty Knollenberg of Troy; the 12th District where Rosemary Bayer of Beverly Hills beat GOP Rep. Mike McCready of Bloomfield Township and the 29th District, where Rep. Winnie Brinks of Grand Rapids thwarted Rep. Chris Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township.

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Oakland County's highest voter turnout in Rochester Hills and Huntington Woods among others

November 09, 2018

By Mark Cavitt, The Oakland Press

Oakland County saw a record number of people vote in Tuesday's mid-term election. Over 64 percent of the registered voters in the county showed up to cast a ballot, a record turnout for a mid-term election. In total, 609,099 of the county's 948,863 registered voters exercised their right. 

On Tuesday, the county precincts with the lowest turnouts, those under 35 percent, were all in Pontiac, which is usually the case no matter what election cycle we're in. The precinct with the lowest turnout was precinct 18 with 20.45 percent turnout with 345 of the 1,687 registered voters casting a ballot. 

On the other end of the spectrum, the precincts with the highest turnout, above 77 percent, were scattered across the county including Huntington Woods, Rochester Hills, Novi, Orion Township, Troy, Bloomfield Township, Royal Oak, and Southfield Township. 

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Pink wave hits Michigan from gov's office to Congress to Legislature

November 08, 2018

By Jonathan Oosting, The Detroit News

Detroit — The pink wave hit Michigan with force as female candidates swept statewide offices at the top of the ticket, flipped two U.S. House races, won both seats on the state Supreme Court and filled a record number of legislative seats.

Democrats helped build the wave by recruiting a roster of high-qualified female candidates and rode it to key victories in a midterm election marked by suburban female frustration with Republican President Donald Trump.

Michigan voters elected a record 53 women to the state Legislature. The previous high mark was 37, according to the MIRS subscription news service. Democrats will send 26 women to the state House, and Republicans 16. Eleven women will serve in the 38-member state Senate, including eight Democrats and three Republicans.

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Longtime Republican office holders Marty Knollenberg, Michael McCready lose election to Democratic political newcomers

November 07, 2018

By Anne Runkle, The Oakland Press

Two longtime Republican office holders lost their bids for election to the state Senate Tuesday to Democratic political newcomers.

Marty Knollenberg, who served one term as a Republican senator from the 13th District, lost his re-election bid to Mallory McMorrow, a former advertising executive and Royal Oak resident. Before his election to the Senate, Knollenberg served three terms in the state House.

Also losing Tuesday was Republican Michael McCready, who was running for the state Senate’s 12th District seat. McCready had also served three terms in the state House. He lost to Rosemary Bayer, a software engineer from Beverly Hills who runs her own business.

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Michigan Republicans keep control of state House, Senate

November 07, 2018

By Jonathan Oosting, The Detroit News

Detroit — Michigan Republicans will retain majorities in the Michigan House and Senate despite losing seats in Tuesday's election, preventing a major blue wave and setting the stage for a divided government that will test Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer. 

The GOP had a 22-16 edge in the Senate and a 58-52 advantage in the House, according to unofficial results. Democrats ended up adding five seats in the Senate — their biggest pickup since 1974 — and gaining five seats in the House.

Republicans have controlled the Senate since 1984, but a mass exodus caused by term limits and evolving dynamics in Oakland County fueled Democratic hopes of picking up the nine seats needed to win a majority. 

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Victorious Whitmer wants to bring Michigan 'back to building bridges'

November 07, 2018

By Chad Livengood, Crain's Detroit Business

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer captured the governor's office in Tuesday's midterm election, riding a wave of backlash against Republicans over the polarizing presidency of Donald Trump.

Democrats saw a surge of support in the Detroit suburbs of southern Oakland and western Wayne counties, helping Haley Stevens prevail over Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein in the 11th Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Dave Trott. Within that same swath of Oakland and Wayne counties, three female state Senate candidates — Rosemary Bayer, Dayna Polehanki and Mallory McMorrow — defeated Republicans for seats long held by the GOP.

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Stateside: Democratic women sweep top state seats;

November 07, 2018

By the Michigan Radio Stateside Staff

Today on Stateside, breaking down the results of the midterm elections, which saw record high numbers of voters participate. Plus, the leaders behind the ballot proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and change how congressional district lines are drawn talk about what comes next, after voters approved both measures. 

Michigan Radio's Program Director Zoe Clark weighs in on yesterday's election results — which marked the highest turnout for a midterm election since 1962 — and shares why she thinks Michigan voters were so fired up this time around.

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Dems make gains in Michigan and Congress, but blue wave falls short

November 07, 2018

By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press

While final results weren’t available in many districts around the state, Democrats picked up at least four seats in the state Senate, including two in Oakland County and one in Wayne and were on the verge in two more districts. If the Senate picks up only the four seats, the GOP majority shrinks to 23-15.

Two incumbent Republicans — Sens. Margaret O'Brien of Portage and Marty Knollenberg of Troy — lost their seats to Democrats Sean McCann of Kalamazoo and Mallory McMorrow of Royal Oak and Rosemary Bayer pulled off a narrow win in the traditionally Republican district of Birmingham and the Bloomfields over state Rep. Mike McCready, R-Birmingham. And Dayna Polehanki, of Livonia beat state Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, to turn another red seat blue.

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2018 Election Results and Sticker Selfies

November 07, 2018

By Crystal A. Proxmire, Oakland County Times

Election results are coming in! The page will be updated as information becomes available and to see our collage of “I voted” sticker selfies.

And visit Oakland County Clerk election results page for the most up to date info.

The winners of each race are listed below…

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Free Press endorsements for the state House and Senate

November 02, 2018

Detroit Free Press Editorial Board

Oakland County

Senate District 12

Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Pontiac,  and the townships of Addison, Bloomfield, Independence, Oakland, Orion, Oxford and Southfield, and the Village of Clarkston 

State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Bloomfield Hills), 57,  has been one of the more pragmatic members of a hyper-partisan Republican caucus. He was among the minority of GOP senators who supported Gov. Rick Snyder's successful, bipartisan initiative to expand Medicaid eligibility in Michigan, and he has been more skeptical of efforts to weaken regulations that protect Michigan's air and water.  

Rosemary Bayer, a 59-year-old software engineer from Beverly Hills, is one of the most capable candidates among the large group of talented Democratic newcomers energized by the 2016 presidential election. Bayer's focus on best practices in other turn-around states is a refreshing alternative to the current Senate majority's ideological preferences, including charter schools, tax cuts and relaxed government regulation of everything but reproductive choice.  ROSEMARY BAYER will steer a more moderate course for the constituents of the Senate 12th.

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From pot to roads, Senate 12, 13, 40 candidates offer views on issues

October 29, 2018

By Brad Kadrich, Hometown Life

Hometown Life offered candidates in state House and Senate races the chance to offer their views leading up to the Nov. 6 general election.

State Senate, 12th District
Rosemary Bayer
Residence: Beverly Hills
Party: Democrat
Family: Husband, John Lisiecki; Daughter: Dr. Erin Mack
Education: Bachelor of Science, Computer Science and Math, Central Michigan University; MBA, Business, Lawrence Technological University.
Current/prior elected office(s): None; this is my first run.

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Democrats bet on women in quest to flip Michigan Legislature

October 25, 2018

By Jonathan Oosting, The Detroit News

Democrats are targeting GOP seats from Grand Rapids, to Kalamazoo to the Upper Peninsula. But Oakland County and Western Wayne are also "critical" areas, said Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. of East Lansing, campaign chairman for Senate Democrats.

"What we're seeing is that especially among women, there's been a dramatic shift towards our candidates," he said. "I think a lot of it has to do with Trump, but another part has to do with the fact that we've recruited strong female candidates in those areas."

Those dynamics are evident in the 13th state Senate District, where both parties are spending heavily as Democratic challenger Mallory McMorrow of Royal Oak takes on incumbent Sen. Marty Knollenberg of Troy, and in the 12th District, where Republican state Rep.Mike McCready of Birmingham is running against Democrat Rosemary Bayer in a district currently held by state Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion.

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Dems target Oakland County in bid to flip House, Senate seats to blue

October 15, 2018

By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press

In November’s topsy-turvey midterm election, a “blue wave” of liberal voters could unseat some Republicans, even in traditional GOP strongholds like Oakland County.

That’s the hope of a group of mostly women based in Bloomfield Township, called Fems for Dems. Their goal is to engineer upsets for Democrats in numerous political districts held by Republicans – a feat called “flipping” a seat -- for offices from county commissioner all the way up to U.S. Congress.

Founded in 2016 by self-confessed political neophyte Lori Goldman, the group boasts 1,000 activists and draws 20 to 70 volunteers each Wednesday night at Goldman’s house for “phone banking." They pick four to five races each time and make mass calls to voters in those districts, imploring them to study the issues and to vote, and of course to consider supporting the Democrat, Goldman said. "We work with the intention that every race can be flipped to a Democrat," Goldman said.

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M2 TechCast - Rosemary Bayer Interview

October 09, 2018

With podcast hosts Matt Roush & Mike Brennan

Rosemary Bayer, Chief Inspiration Officer at ardentCause, also is a candidate for Michigan Senate in District 12. She joins M2 Techcast to describe what she’ll do for Michigan technology should she win in November.

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Obama endorses Whitmer, Slotkin, Stevens, other Mich. Dems

October 01, 2018

By Jonathan Oosting, The Detroit News

Former President Barack Obama on Monday officially endorsed fellow Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for Michigan governor in her race against Republican Bill Schuette, who is backed by President Donald Trump.

Obama’s office also announced support for several U.S. House and legislative hopefuls in Michigan, including 8th Congressional District candidate Elissa Slotkin and 11th Congressional District candidate Haley Stevens.

“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas,” Obama said in a statement. “Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,”

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