Monday, November 19, 2012
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) urges unity in op-ed for Patch.
Monday, November 19, 2012
In the wake of the 2012 General Election, there have been many calls for our state and our nation to come together in a renewed spirit of bi-partisanship. For all of us who attest to the wisdom in the phrase “united we stand, divided we fall,” it is clear that we all need to come together. We have a simple question to answer before this goal can become a reality, though. What are we to unify behind? Shall we unify behind an individual? How about a single political party? As a student of history, I would recommend that we avoid either of these approaches as they tend not to end well. In their stead, though, I would submit that the best choice would be to unify behind the core principles that all of us have unified behind since our …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher thanks the community for passing the proposal.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
To the Northville Community, On behalf of Northville Public Schools and its Board of Education, students, families and staff members, I want to express our gratitude to our community for its support of the Northville Public Schools Technology Bond Proposal. The fact that this issue was given such thoughtful consideration and support during an election with record turn-out and a great number of issues on a national, state, county, and local levels is truly a reflection of the work of a tremendous team and a community that cares deeply about educating our students for the 21st Century. Likewise, words cannot adequately capture our heartfelt appreciation for the tremendous work of an incredible team of students, parents, community members, …
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Oakland County executive proved he's a stand-up guy during an Election Night appearance in Royal Oak.
As Democrats celebrated election victories Tuesday in Michigan and across the country, the mood at the Emagine Royal Oak theater complex, where more than 200 Oakland County Republicans gathered, was a mixed bag. That is, until L. Brooks Patterson, 73, changed the energy of room. “He gave some remarks and then he told us he had a surprise for us – and then he stood up on his own,” said former Royal Oak Mayor Dennis Cowan. “Everyone burst into applause.” Patterson, elected to his sixth term as Oakland County Executive on Nov. 6, was injured in a crash in August that left him hospitalized at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac for five weeks after suffering almost a dozen broken bones. He returned to work in October using a wheelchair and …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
David Curson beat out Kerry Bentivolio to serve the rest of Thaddeus McCotter's term.
Republican Kerry Bentivolio may have won the general election Tuesday to represent Michigan's 11th District in Congress, but he lost the special election to fill the remainder of Thaddeus McCotter's term. Democrat David Curson beat Bentivolio and will serve the rest of McCotter's term, which ends Dec. 31. Bentivolio will take over in January for a two-year term. The vote to fill a partial term was added to the ballot when McCotter resigned from the position in July after it was discovered that his campaign failed to turn in the requisite number of signatures to run for re-election this past Tuesday. His seat has been vacant for the past four months. Curson received 159,267 votes, or 51 percent of the vote, and Bentivolio received 151,740 …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Oakland County voters elected an executive, clerk, sheriff and treasurer at the polls Tuesday.
5:30 AM: All precincts have been counted. Check the table above for final unofficial vote tallies. 1:20 AM L. Brooks Patterson kept his lead, with 499 of 522 precincts reporting. Also, Andy Meisner, Michael Bouchard and Jessica Cooper are continued to lead their opponents. Challenger Lisa Brown was stil leading incumbent County Clerk Bill Bullard. 11:52 PM With 75 percent of ballots counted, voter turnout looks to be about 65 percent in Oakland County. 10:40 PM: With more than half the precincts in Oakland County reporting, incumbents L. Brooks Patterson, Andy Meisner, Michael Bouchard and Jessica Cooper are continuing to lead their opponents. Challenger Lisa Brown is stil leading incumbent County Clerk Bill Bullard. 9:13 PM: Some …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Exit polls show voters backing Barack Obama; national media give the state's 16 electoral votes to the president.
The polls have not been closed long, but based on exit polls results several media organizations have declared President Barack Obama the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican and native son Mitt Romney. NBC, NPR, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all have declared Obama the winner. Media outlets also have called the overall race for Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and in recent elections has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Michigan. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key …
Michigan's voting goes until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close earlier.
Michigan voters have until 8 p.m. Eastern to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends as much as an hour earlier, and exit polling could provide an early clue whether President Obama or Mitt Romney is closer to the White House. The earliest key state to watch is Virginia, where polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern. Voting ends 30 minutes later in the swing states of Ohio and North Carolina. As Michigan's polls close, the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls, too. Nevada and Iowa, two other swing states that could prove pivotal in this year's presidential election, close voting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
Wayne County voters elected a prosecuting attorney, clerk, sheriff and treasurer at the polls Tuesday, as well as five charter amendments.
6:00 AM: Wayne County results have been updated as of 3:45 a.m. in the table above -- the most recent results available from the county. Stick with Patch as results continue to be tallied. 8:10 PM: The polls have closed in Wayne County. Check back here on Patch for more news and results on election night. While voters accross the state of Michigan will have their hands full deciding on who they want to serve as their next president and six ballot proposals, Wayne County voters will also have a number of countywide races and questions to grapple with. Among those races are Wayne County prosecutor, sheriff and clerk, plus a number of seats on the 3rd Circuit Court. The Wayne County Commission is also asking voters to approve five amendments …
Take a look at the Northville ballots and find your polling precinct before you go to the polls. Follow voting in the community all day here, and check back here after the polls close for results. Remember: the polls close at 8 p.m.
There are several local races Northville voters will weigh in on today. Some of the biggest ballot items include: Approval or rejection of the tech bond benefitting Northville Public Schools (NPS), selection of three Northville school board members and selection of four township trustees. Related: Check out our local races voting guide and cast your vote in our poll. 1 a.m. Wednesday After tallying the unofficial results shared by Northville township, city and the Oakland County clerks, here is a quick look at how the local races played out Tuesday night: Come back to Patch Wednesday for more election results updates. 8:02 p.m. The polls are now closed. Come back to Northville Patch for election updates. 3:10 p.m. At the township's 14th …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the general election.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Looking for your ballot before you hit the polls in Northville? Publius has it online. In its 16th year, Publius.org is a nonprofit, one-stop online voter education guide. “We designed it for voters who want to make sure there are no surprises at the polling booth” said Vince Keenan, creator and executive director of Publius.org. “Publius helps you familiarize yourself with the ballot before you hit the polls.” Also, if complicated redistricting has you confused, the site offers a 2012 district-mapping function with updated districts so you can easily check the boundaries of your U.S. congressional, state senate and house seats. Michigan voters can find: Publius.org is hosted at Wayne State University and is a non-partisan, non-profit 501…