They Said It:

“He is the antithesis of slick…He is such not a political animal…that we worry a little bit about his re-election.”
--- Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah on Gov. Rick Snyder (OZY, 3/10).

“Finally, I was able to get gas at a third [gas] station (by this time my wife and son were threatening to walk the rest of the way home). Now this is not a story of stubbornness in the face of obstacles, but a story of minimum wage.”
--- Hillsdale College Professor and former Gov. John Engler adviser Gary Wolfram arguing that the minimum wage is the reason he has to pump his own gas (Detroit News, 3/7).

2014 August Primary Winners, Losers and Surprises

2014 August Primary Winners, Losers and Surprises

Split Decision for Tea Party, Business Groups Rack Up Big Win with Prop 1

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More people appear to be talking about last night’s Michigan primary than actually voted in it. Inside Michigan Politics is here to cut through the clutter of who won, who lost and who stunned.

Winners

Exclusive: Internal Poll Shows David Trott Defeating U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio in MI-11 GOP Primary

Exclusive: Internal Poll Shows David Trott Defeating U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio in MI-11 GOP Primary

An internal poll shows attorney David Trott with a double-digit lead over U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) in the GOP primary for the 11th Congressional District seat.                          

The live-operator survey taken last week by North Carolina-based National Research Inc., was obtained by Inside Michigan Politics. IMP made the call to run the poll because of the lack of public polling in the race and the pollster’s record. Former New York Times analyst Nate Silver ranked National Research near the top his list of accurate polling firms in the 2012 cycle.

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Exclusive: Internal Poll Shows Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence with 8-Point Lead for MI-14 seat

Exclusive: Internal Poll Shows Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence with 8-Point Lead for MI-14 seat

An internal poll shows Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence at the top of the heap for the open 14th congressional district seat.

The poll by Lake Research, a Washington, D.C., firm headed by prominent Democratic strategist Celinda Lake, was obtained by Inside Michigan Politics. Given the lack of public polling done on the race, especially with the surprise, last-minute entry of former U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit), and the track record of the pollster, IMP made the call to report on another internal survey.

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BREAKING: Warren Evans Leads Wayne County Executive Poll, Incumbent Bob Ficano Dead Last, with 'No Viable Path to Victory

BREAKING: Warren Evans Leads Wayne County Executive Poll, Incumbent Bob Ficano Dead Last, with 'No Viable Path to Victory

Former Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans tops a five-way Democratic primary poll for Wayne County Executive obtained by Inside Michigan Politics. But the biggest news is the pollsters' flat-out declaration that the re-election campaign of the office's current occupant, Bob Ficano, is dead on arrival.

The survey was done for the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights by Washington, D.C.-based Democratic pollster Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. The union has not yet endorsed in the race.

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