Political campaign texting is annoying for those on the receiving end, but they’re a cheap way to reach potential voters. Michigan can’t eliminate them, but lawmakers and others can take steps to limit unwanted texts.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls national speculation ‘surreal’ but says she does not plan to run for president. ‘I love state government because the work that we do, you can see the results,’ she told Bridge Michigan.
Tuesday’s election put Democrats in charge of the state House, Senate and governor’s office. That could mean bonuses for teachers, more funding for vulnerable districts and an end to the third-grade reading law.
When Republicans lost control of the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday, they also lost the ability to enact voter ID and voucher-like scholarship petitions without a signature from the Democratic governor.
Campaigns are about vision. This current crop of Republicans lost sight of what brought them to power in the first place: fiscal responsibility; smaller government; and a strong focus on getting things done.
From the governor’s race to local school boards, the ‘parental rights’ movement has dominated debates on education policy this election year. But movement-backed candidates had limited success Tuesday in local school board elections.
Montcalm County voters rejected five renewable energy referendums and recalled several local officials who supported the plans. There is growing opposition to wind and solar farms as Michigan attempts to chart a green energy path.
Republicans framed the education debate in Michigan this year on culture war issues including transgender inclusion, diversity and critical race theory. But in statewide races, it was Democrats who emerged victorious.