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…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
First Lady's speech highlights how, in a 50-50 nation, the narrative that wins this fight may win the White House.
- John Ness
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC — President Obama "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care,” First Lady Michelle Obama said during her Tuesday speech to the Democratic National Convention. "That's what my husband stands for." It was a continuation of a consistent message from women at all levels the Democratic party: This election is about the government’s right to control your body. Earlier that day, just a few blocks away from where Mrs. Obama spoke, Gov. Nikki Haley made the Republican pitch. “Let me tell you about women. Women are extremely smart,” the first female governor of South Carolina said. “They care about a lot more than contraception.” Those two arguments — that the 2012 …
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…
Monday, January 23, 2012
President Obama is expected to touch on taxes, manufacturing, education and more. What do you think is most important?
President Obama promises his State of the Union speech Tuesday night will outline a lasting economic recovery that will "work for everyone, not just a wealthy few." On what issues do you want the president to focus when he addresses the nation? In a video preview sent to supporters Saturday, Obama said his election-year speech will be an economic blueprint built around manufacturing, energy, education and American values. He is also expected to announce ideas to make college more affordable and address the lingering housing crisis, according to an Associated Press report. Obama will also propose fresh ideas to ensure the wealthy pay more in taxes, reiterating what he considers a matter of basic fairness, the report said. The morning after …
Friday, October 14, 2011
During President Obama's visit to Detroit on Labor Day, Patch asked people how they'd like the government to help turn the state around.
President Barack Obama's appearance at the General Motors assembly plant in Orion today will be his second visit to southeast Michigan in less than two months. Obama, who will tour the plant alongside South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, spoke about jobs during his visit to Detroit on Labor Day. Patch took that opportunity to ask people attending the speech how they would like the government to help turn Michigan around. "I am hopeful that our leaders can inspire people and direct them to resources for employment and education," said Farmington Hills resident DiAnna Solomon. Plymouth resident Rachelle Marshill echoed that sentiment, adding that she hopes government leaders can help create jobs. “One of the ways that our leaders can help …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
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 …
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 …