Sunday, November 4, 2012
Even relatives are drawn into the mix of odd stories coming out of the district.
In the final days before the Nov. 6 general election, the 11th District Congressional race has taken more twists and turns than a Six Flags roller coaster. The race started out in strange territory, when a review of re-election petitions for former 11th District Congressman Thaddeus McCotter showed he hadn't gathered sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot. McCotter aides are facing trials in connection with the campaign scandal. Politico.com reported Nov. 1 that the brother of Republican candidate Kerry Bentivolio told Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), a subscription-based news service, that his brother is "mentally unbalanced". Phillip Bentivolio also claims his brother owes him $20,000; Politico.com quotes …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Canton Township, county, state and federal candidates attended a candidate forum Friday night at the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs (Canton Mosque).
Diversity was a key issue the candidates addressed at Friday night's forum at the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs (MCWS), or Canton Mosque. There were 10 township, county, state and federal candidates who spoke to a crowd of 125 to 150 people at the forum, which the Canton Mosque held in cooperation with the Michigan Muslim Community Council. The campaign manager for Syed Taj (D), running for U.S. Congress, spoke on his behalf, although he did make it at the end to hear his fellow candidates speak. Canton Trustee Michigan House of Representatives (21st District) Michigan House of Representatives (20th District) U.S. Congress (11th District) Wayne County Commissioner (10th District) Wayne County 3rd Circuit Judge Haaris Ahmad, vice …
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
Friday, September 28, 2012
David Curson, a Democratic candidate for a partial term representing Michigan's 11th Congressional District, explains what voters will see when they vote on Nov. 6.
Friday, September 28, 2012
To the Editor, My name is David Curson and I am a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 11th District, undoubtedly Michigan’s most confusing election. I am writing this letter to try and untangle the confusion. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-Livonia) has represented the 11th District since 2003. His current term of office expires on January 2, 2013. In May of this year in a stunning surprise, the election commission determined that McCotter’s petitions to validate his candidacy for the 113th Congress contained illegal and forged signatures rendering him ineligible to run for re-election. Then in yet another surprise move, on July 6, 2012, Congressman McCotter announced his resignation from the 112th Congress effective immediately leaving …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Plymouth Township reports low absentee numbers, while Canton reports moderate returns.
Despite public outcry over a Sept. 5 special election to temporarily fill former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's seat, at least one local township has seen high returns of absentee ballots, according to the Canton Observer. Clerk Terry Bennett told the Observer 4,754 absentee ballots have been mailed out, which about 32 percent already returned. She told the Observer, however, that she expected a low turnout on Sept. 5. Five Republicans are vying for the temporary seat: Kerry Bentivolio of Milford, Nancy Cassis of Novi, Carolyn Kavanagh of Livonia, Kenneth Crider of Livonia and Steve King — of Steve King and the Dittilies fame — of Livonia. The winner will face Democrat David Curson of Belleville on Nov. 6, the same day voters will elect either …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Investigations reveal McCotter did not have enough valid signatures to run in 2010, 2008.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Here's a round-up of what some of the candidates and others are saying about the 34 counts of election fraud charges announced today.
Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday 34 counts of election fraud in the now-defunct 11th Congressional District re-election campaign of Thaddeus McCotter. And social media is abuzz with all sorts of political reaction. Using Storify, we've compiled a list of some of the most interesting Tweets and Facebook posts about the election fraud probe. On his Facebook page, candidate Syed Taj of Canton – who won the Democratic primary Tuesday night – took jabs at McCotter and Taj's Republican opponent Kerry Bentivolio. "These indictments serve as reminder for the importance of representatives of the people to stay connected and in-touch with those they serve," he wrote. "It appears Mr. McCotter and his staff were so disconnected …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
LaRouche PAC-endorsed candidate Bill Roberts earned 41 percent of Democratic votes in Tuesday's primary.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
By the time the polls closed last night, 41% of Democratic voters in Michigan's 11th district, over 15,000 voters, decided to choose me as their candidate for United States House of Representatives. I congratulate and thank everyone who gave me their vote and supported the campaign. Not only did many people vote who probably would not have otherwise, but by supporting my campaign as part of a National Slate of Candidates, voters in Michigan were able to participate directly in catalyzing the fight to shape policy in the nation's capitol. Given the fact that my primary opponent made his support for President Obama's Affordable Care Act, and my desire to impeach Obama, the only issues in this race, (refusing to openly debate any policy …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
After Thaddeus McCotter decided to leave office early, voters are faced with a confusing voting season. Here's some basic info to help you sort it all out.
The timline, above, shows when the elections for the 11th Congressional District will be held and when the winners will take office. This year's election for a congressional representative for Michigan's 11th District is quite confusing. Not only will residents vote for a representative to start a new term in 2013, but they will also pick someone to serve the remaining few weeks of Thaddeus McCotter's 2012 term after he decided to leave office early. And they will vote for both on the same day. On top of that, the state has been re-districted based on the 2010 Census, which means some voters will cast their ballots for just one of these elections, while some will vote in both. Plymouth and Canton remain in the 11th District, and …