Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Representative David Curson was profiled in Politico on Tuesday.
Newly elected Rep. David Curson has been busy in Congress, according to a profile of him in Politico. Curson won the special election in November to fill the remainder of Thaddeus McCotter's term for Michigan's 11th District, which ends Jan. 2. In just the past few weeks, Curson has had sit-downs with Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, been assigned to the Science, Space and Technology Committee, and delivered his first House floor speech, the article says. What else would you like to see Curson accomplish before the end of term? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The newest representative for Michigan's 11th District will be meeting with the public.
In honor of his official swearing-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman David Curson will host a district office open house in Livonia this Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Livonia congressional office is located at 17197 Laurel Park Dr. N, Suite 216. This event is free and open to the public. Curson and his staff will be available to constituents, community leaders and media during the event. He will make brief remarks about the upcoming legislative session around 6:30 p.m. This event will serve as the official opening of a full-service office available to all constituents of Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. Curson won the election on Nov. 6 to serve the remainder of Thaddeus McCotter's term, …
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
Taj conceded the race Wednesday morning.
Some results are still trickling in, but Democrat Syed Taj conceded the race for Michigan's 11th Congressional District to Republican Kerry Bentivolio Wednesday morning. "It goes without saying that I am disappointed in last night's results. However, I am not disappointed in the campaign that we have ran in the 11th. We faced a tough map and in spite of this disadvantage worked our district hard and left nothing on the table," Taj said in a statement. Bentivolio spoke to a group of supporters just before midnight Tuesday at his election party at the Sheraton in Novi, thanking them for their support. "We're going to go to Washington, and we're going to represent the 11th District like it's never been represented before," he said. As of …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Lorianne O'Brady gets 20 days in jail or 20 days in work program.
Lorianne O’Brady, who worked as former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's scheduler, was sentenced Thursday to 20 days in jail or 20 days in a work program for her role in the petition fraud scandal that led to the Livonia Republican's July resignation. McCotter, who is not charged in the election fraud case, failed to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot after his signatures were deemed by the Michigan Secretary of State's office to be invalid, containing photocopied signatures from past elections. He quickly abandoned plans to run as a write-in candidate and ultimately resigned his seat in July. O’Brady, 52, of Livonia pleaded guilty Sept. 18 to five counts of falsely signing a nominating petition as circulator, a misdemeanor, the report said. O'…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Westland resident Michael Short resides in old 11th Congressional District.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Hello, I'm Mike Short. I live in the old 11th Congressional District of Michigan. I've posted a video to YouTube which may interest you. I'm writing you as a individual opposed to the election of Kerry Bentivolio and I created this video with that thought in mind. If elected, Mr. Bentivolio would be my representative for the lame-duck session of the current congress. The prospect of having a Tea Party advocate as my representative makes me unhappy. Unhappy enough to oppose Mr. Bentivolio's bid for the next full session of congress as well. I have friends in the new 11th who should not have to put up with Mr. Bentivolio's politics! Thanks for your attention, Michael E. Short Westland, MI
Monday, October 15, 2012
Former congressman testifies in petition fraud case that derailed his reelection efforts.
Former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter testified Oct. 11 that he was unaware that photocopied petition signatures for his reelection had been submitted until Secretary of State Ruth Johnson contacted him to inform him he would not make the August primary ballot, according to the Plymouth Observer. The scandal thrust McCotter's political career into a tailspin. He quickly aborted plans to run as a write-in candidate after the scandal first broke and resigned his seat in July. McCotter testified he was on a delegation trip to Hawaii when Johnson and his chief of staff each called him to report the irregularities, the report said. McCotter testified that Johnson told him many of the lines on the petition nominating forms appeared broken and …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Tell us your thoughts on the special primary for Michigan's 11th Congressional District.
The special primary election to fill Thaddeus McCotter's former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is Tuesday, and the entire process has left many voters confused and angry. After McCotter left the office early in July, the state must now hold an election to fill his seat until the end of his term in December. Meanwhile, the seat will have been vacant for four months. Since McCotter did not announce his resignation in time to add the vote to fill the rest of his term to the August primary ballot, the special primary had to be scheduled. The special election is estimated to cost the state $650,000, and municipalities in the 11th Congressional District will be tasked with footing the bill for having the special election.. One …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Residents in the current 11th Congressional District will be asked to vote Wednesday, Sept. 5, to pick someone to fill the remainder of Thaddeus McCotter's term. McCotter resigned from the seat earlier this year.
The much-anticipated special primary election to fill Thaddeus McCotter's (R-Livonia) remaining term will take place next week. The Sept. 5 election is happening on a Wednesday, not the usual Tuesday, after the state set the date in July. In Novi, Clerk Maryanne Cornelius said many people don't understand the difference between the August Primary and this special primary, "Turnout for Sept. 5 is likely to be low. I will be surprised if it's as high as 12 percent," she said in an interview with Novi Patch. In White Lake, Deputy Clerk Cathy Derocher said many people have come in seeking absentee ballots not realizing the notices they were getting were for the Sept. 5 election, not the upcoming November election. Derocher said the clerk's …
The retirement community's Political Awareness Committee organized Thursday's 11th Congressional District candidate forum.
The two candidates who will face off in November for the 11th Congressional District seat met on a stage in Novi Thursday, speaking to seniors at Fox Run about Medicare, Social Security, taxes and health care. While Kerry Bentivolio, a Republican from Milford, and Canton Township Democrat Dr. Syed Taj found a little common ground in their mutual desire to preserve Social Security, their positions on most issues were starkly different. But the point of the event, organizers said, was to make sure the retirement community's residents know what those positions are. Members of Fox Run's Resident Advisory Council, which works with administration and residents, recently formed a Political Awareness Committee because "it was important for our …