Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The president unveiled a sweeping number of proposals Wednesday designed to curb gun violence. What do you think?
President Obama on Wednesday unveiled what is being called the most ambitious gun control agenda in decades, initiating 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” according to The Washington Post. According to the White House fact sheet, Obama’s plan includes: Michigan political reaction came quickly: Gov. Rick Snyder released the following statement: "It's a dialogue that's happening in earnest at the federal level. In Michigan, we are looking at the issue of violence from a holistic approach, examining the multiple causes and root of the problem. That's why I have ordered a multi-departmental assessment of the state's services and needs regarding at-risk children, school…
Friday, January 27, 2012
Obama says colleges must be held accountable for increased tuition.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Mark Bernstein is a candidate for U of M regent. ANN ARBOR — Following a whirlwind three-day tour across the country, President Obama told students at the University of Michigan on Friday that he will work with Congress and local colleges to keep higher education costs down. Addressing a packed house of 4,000 students and supporters at U-M's Al Glick Fieldhouse, Obama unveiled a Race to the Top initiative for colleges across the United States. "I don’t want to be in a country where we only are looking at success for a small group of people. We want a country where everybody has a chance," Obama said. Obama's plan proposes tying federal student aid to universities' tuition rates and…
Friday, November 4, 2011
Voting is a right, right?
Voter turnout isn't 100 percent, unfortunately. So, some of you aren't voting. In 2008, when record numbers of voters turned out for the Obama vote, 76.5 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in Macomb Township. But in our November election, the gubernatorial one that made One Tough Nerd (as in Rick Snyder) governor of Michigan, there was a much smaller 47.1 percent voter turnout. And in February 2010, when Chippewa Valley Schools was given the OK to borrow almost $90 million to issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, turnout was just 6 percent. So, who's not voting? Here are a few questions to answer: For you non-voters out there: Why don't you vote? And ... If I'm one of those non-voters, what would you tell me to get me …
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Miss some of last week's news? Look no further, we've rounded up the top headlines for you right here.
Some weeks pass excruciatingly slow, while others are over before you know it. Either way, it's no easy task to find time every day to check the news. To help you stay up-to-date, we've rounded up the most interesting and important news headlines you may have missed in Macomb Township this week: Government Schools Sports Community Business Deals Don't forget about Patch Deal's of the Day, too! These daily deals will help readers save up to 90 percent on local products and services from some of the best businesses in the area. They will appear at the top of our homepage, above the stories. You can sign up for the deals by going to the "Notifications Settings" in your profile and click Patch Deals. Or just sign up for our daily e-newsletter.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee will visit GM's Orion Assembly plant Friday.
As United Auto Workers President Bob King is touting the recent approval of a free trade agreement with South Korea, UAW Local 5960 Vice President Louis Rocha is preparing for a day he believes could be "history in the making" for the GM Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, MI. Friday, President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee will visit the Orion Township plant, which employs more than 1,700 workers. Many of the employees at the assembly plant are members of UAW 5960, which services the membership of the General Motors, Lake Orion Assembly Center, Jones Lang Lasalle, Eurest/Team and Linc Logistic Services, according to the union's website. "How exciting," Rocha said. "It's history in the making, if you will, not only to …
Visit comes days after Congress OKs free trade agreement with South Korea, which the president says will boost auto exports.
- Jen Anesi
Thursday, October 13, 2011
President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will tour the General Motors assembly plant in Orion together Friday, according to a press release from the White House. "(They) will be touring briefly a few of the operations, and then both presidents will be making remarks" on the recent trade agreement between the United States and South Korea, General Motors spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said. The tour is not open to the public. The plant tour comes just days after Congress approved the free trade agreement with South Korea. GM began producing the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic at the Orion Township plant a few weeks ago and will soon begin producing the Buick Verano. The plant, which was closed between 2009 and 2011 after GM …
Friday, September 9, 2011
Macomb Township resident Connie Cuellar urges fellow residents to show their support for the economic plan presented by President Barack Obama in his address to Congress Sept. 8
To the Editor, President Obama laid out an aggressive plan this week, calling for our elected officials to put aside the "circus" and start getting America back to work. The American Jobs Act is sound and deserves our support. While no plan can circumvent every economic problem Americans face today, Obama's plan creates jobs for rebuilding America's infrastructure. It provides fertile ground for economic growth, with incentives for companies to hire Americans. It provides tax relief for every American worker and their families. It helps Americans keep their homes. Since the plan is paid for as part of the long-term deficit reduction plan, there is no sane reason to block it. If the Republican Congress puts up another roadblock, it isn't …
Monday, September 5, 2011
What can be done to help Michigan? When Obama stopped in Detroit for his Labor Day speech, Patch talked to Michigan residents about what our national and local leadership can do to foster the state's turnaround.
DETROIT — Thousands of people from throughout Michigan gathered in downtown Detroit Monday afternoon to hear President Obama speak after the annual Labor Day parade. While the president spoke about jobs, labor and the importance of collective bargaining, Patch asked members of the audience to talk about what they would like to see our nation's leaders, as well as those in power locally, do to help the state. Obama teased the crowd about his upcoming speech on jobs, which is planned for Thursday, saying he would propose "ways to put America back to work that both parties would agree to." So what can our leaders in Washington do? Jobs, education: Those were the major themes these Michigan residents echoed. What do you think? Click through …
Here are a few of the sights from the day when President Obama visited Detroit Monday to talk about jobs. Patch will be updating throughout the day.
President Obama talked about jobs during his visit to Detroit on Monday. After a performance by Aretha Franklin, the president delivered a speech to metro Detroiters and labor leaders. "If you want to know who helped lay these cornerstones of the American middle class, you just have to look at union labor. That's the bedrock this country is built on: Hard work. Sacrifice. Looking out for one another. ...," he told the crowd gathered next to the GM headquarters. "These are tough times for working Americans, and even tougher for those looking for work. And a lot of folks have been looking for work for a long time," he said. The president then said he wants to "fully restore the middle class in America." The president's comments were pro-…
Saturday, September 3, 2011
President Obama will be at the Detroit Labor Day parade downtown on Monday. The Michigan Democratic Party will give away tickets to the event Saturday.
President Obama will speak to thousands of people in Detroit on Labor Day. The Michigan Democratic Party will give out hundreds of tickets on Saturday to Monday's event. The annual Detroit Labor Day parade starts 9 a.m. Monday at the Building Trades at Michigan and Trumbull or the AFL-CIO at 9:30 at Mack and Woodward. The president will speak at 1 p.m. just east of the Renaissance Center downtown. Aretha Franklin will sing before his speech. The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 10 am and the event is general admission. Tickets will be handed out from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, or until tickets run out, at the Oakland County Democratic Party 91 N. Saginaw Suite G-100 in Pontiac; and 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the 13th District …