• Presidential Election 2012: Proposal Results For Detroit City

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    Voters reject Proposal 2, won’t guarantee bargaining rights

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters have opted not to guarantee union collective bargaining rights in the state’s constitution.

    Voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot measure that would have given public and private workers a constitutional right to organize and bargain through labor unions. It would have nullified current or future laws limiting workers’ ability to unionize and bargain.

    Opponents of the measure, including the pro-business Hands Off Our Constitution, contended it would make union leaders more powerful than elected officials and erase government’s ability to set employment terms and control budgets.

    Supporters of the measure, including the union-backed Protect Our Jobs, say they fear Michigan’s Republican lawmakers eventually will push for right-to-work legislation barring unions from collecting mandatory dues from workers. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder has said he doesn’t intend to do so.

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    No unionization for in-home workers as Proposal 4 fails

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters have turned down a measure that would have allowed in-home health care workers to unionize.

    Voters defeated the measure Tuesday that would have amended the state constitution to afford the workers limited collective bargaining rights.

    It called for additional training for care workers and the creation of a registry of those who passed background checks. It also would have provided financial services to help patients manage in-home care costs.

    Supporters say the measure would have improved the quality of and access to care for the disabled.

    Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republicans opposed the measure, saying its real purpose was to provide for collection of union dues from home health workers after GOP lawmakers outlawed the dues collection earlier this year.

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    Democratic Mich. Rep. Dingell wins 29th full term

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Michigan Congressman John Dingell has won his 29th full term in Congress.

    The 86-year-old Dingell is the House’s longest currently serving member. He defeated Republican Cynthia Kallgren and Libertarian Robert Secula in Tuesday’s general election for the redrawn 12th District.

    The district covers parts of southeast Michigan.

    Dingell is from Dearborn and has been in Congress since 1955. He had represented the 15th District.

    He sits on all six subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and votes on the Subcommittee on Health, the Subcommittee on Energy & Power, the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade & Manufacturing.

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    Democratic Rep. Peters wins in redrawn district

    BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Gary Peters has won another term in Congress, defeating Republican John Hauler in a redrawn southeast Michigan district.

    The Bloomfield Township Democrat ran in the 14th District after Republicans in the state Legislature redrew and divided his former 9th District. Michigan had to eliminate a congressional seat this year due to population loss reflected in the latest Census count.

    The 53-year-old Peters defeated another incumbent, Hansen Clarke, in the Democratic primary. He was supported by organized labor and was the first white candidate supported by The Black Slate, a Detroit activist coalition. He will fill a traditionally black seat in Congress.

    Peters has been a member of the U.S. House since 2009.

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    Michigan voters reject renewable energy initiative

    DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters have rejected a ballot initiative that would have ordered utilities to produce 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

    The requirement would have been added to the state constitution, preventing legislators from overturning it. Proposal 3 called for companies to generate more power from wind, solar, biomass and hydropower.

    Its defeat followed a vigorous campaign, with both sides accusing each other of misstating what it would do.

    Supporters included environmental groups and renewable energy companies. They say it would have created 100,000 jobs, protected the environment and put Michigan in the forefront of a fast-growing industry.

    Opponents say the measure was unrealistic and would sock ratepayers with high costs. They say the issue should be debated in the Legislature, not added to the constitution.

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    Voters reject raising stakes to hike Mich. taxes

    DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters have rejected a ballot proposal requiring a two-thirds vote of House and Senate lawmakers to raise state taxes.

    Voters on Tuesday rejected the initiative that would have prevented the state from raising more money for roads, schools and other programs unless a so-called supermajority of lawmakers agreed.

    Supporters argued that requiring a two-thirds vote would have stabilized the tax environment and helped the economy. Critics countered it would have created obstacles for future Legislatures and forced cuts to education, roads and public safety.

    Republican Gov. Rick Snyder opposed Proposal 5. It was one of six on the ballot and among five that sought to amend the Michigan Constitution.

    The measure also was among several challenged all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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    Stabenow rides moderate image to 3rd term

    Senator Debbie Stabenow speaks after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate (Credit: Fox 2 News)

    By LARRY LAGE
    Associated Press

    DETROIT (AP) — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow rode a message of moderate bipartisanship to a third term Tuesday, proving again that she’s tough to beat after more than three decades in Michigan politics.

    Stabenow easily defeated former Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra after running unopposed in the Democratic primary and building a fundraising advantage that allowed her to lock up commercial air time, which proved even more valuable after the candidates failed to agree on debates.

    “It certainly is always helpful to not have a primary so that you can focus your efforts and resources on the general election,” Stabenow said in a Tuesday night telephone interview with The Associated Press. “My work in the Senate getting concrete things done, though, was probably most important such as the bipartisan coalition I put together on the farm bill when nothing was getting done bipartisan.”

    Stabenow’s campaign relied heavily on her role as chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and touted how she won Senate approval of a five-year food and farm bill with a provision making growers of specialty crops such as Michigan cherries eligible for federal crop insurance.

    Hoekstra had questioned her cooperation and leadership abilities after the farm bill got hung up in the Republican-controlled House. But the Michigan Farm Bureau, which usually leans toward the GOP, gave her a prized endorsement.

    Domination of the air waves became crucial when the two campaigns couldn’t agree on televised debates. Stabenow insisted on two debates to be shown on public television and Hoekstra argued for as many as six running on network TV. The campaigns pointed fingers at each other when negotiations broke down.

    Stabenow enjoyed a huge advantage among women voters Tuesday, but also was supported by a majority of men, according to preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for AP and television networks.

    Her support was particularly strong among voters under age 40 but she carried every age group except those over 65, who were evenly divided.

    “I voted for her before,” said Rodney Allen, a 41-year-old information technology engineer from Wayne County’s Canton Township. “She’s done a good job.”

    Hoekstra drew criticism early in the campaign for a pre-Super Bowl commercial that featured a young Asian woman talking in broken English about China taking away American jobs, which even some Republicans said was racially insensitive. Hoekstra later failed to gain traction with a series of Web ads labeling Stabenow “the worst senator.”

    “I am proud that we stuck with our positive message about what we’ve gotten done for Michigan,” Stabenow said Tuesday.

    Hoekstra’s ads had accused Stabenow of supporting higher taxes and blamed her for Michigan job losses. He sought to link Stabenow to President Barack Obama in hopes of capitalizing on voter frustration with the economy, labeling her the “follower-in-chief.”

    Stabenow didn’t run from the president, trumpeting his administration’s financial assistance that helped the auto industry stave off bankruptcy — assistance that also helped propel Obama to a win in Michigan on his way to a second term.

    Hoekstra, of Holland, turned his sights on the Senate after running unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. He won the primary in a landslide after successfully deflecting claims by charter schools founder Clark Durant, who had tea party backing, that he was too moderate. But he faced a different challenge for the general election, needing support from beyond the conservative Republican base.

    “Although we were not successful (Tuesday), we must not let up as the challenges that face Michigan families remain real,” Hoekstra said in a statement. “I congratulate Senator Stabenow on her third term in the U.S. Senate and hope that she will listen to the ideas from the other side of the aisle to form policies that will get the job done for the people of Michigan.”

    He was the runaway winner Tuesday among self-described conservatives, but they made up only about one-third of the voters, the exit poll showed. Stabenow won easily among liberals and moderates. A majority of independents and even one in 10 Republicans went with Stabenow.

    “I know she tries to do good,” said Kimber Lawrence, 51, who voted for Stabenow in Lansing while also supporting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

    In 2006, Stabenow received the most votes of any individual candidate in the Michigan with 2,151,087 — or 56.9 percent of the votes cast in her race — to win easily over Republican challenger Mike Bouchard. In 2000, she defeated then-incumbent Republican Sen. Spence Abraham by a little more than 1 percentage point.

    Stabenow was elected to the state House in 1978, the state Senate in 1990 and the U.S. House in 1996. She failed to get the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1994, but ran as nominee Howard Wolpe’s running mate.

    Since then, she’s won every race. Will she shoot for a fourth term in 2018?

    “Let me get through the third,” she said with a chuckle. “But I do feel great and I’m looking forward to continuing to get things done for our great state.”

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    Republican Bentivolio takes McCotter’s old seat

    DETROIT (AP) — Reindeer-farmer Republican Kerry Bentivolio retained the GOP hold on Michigan’s 11th U.S. House district that was threatened when former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter failed to qualify for his primary.

    Bentivolio slugged it out most of Tuesday with Canton Township Democrat and physician Syed Taj before being declared the winner early Wednesday morning.

    “I’m going to do my best to have the best constituent services in the nation,” said Bentivolio, who added that he supported McCotter in past elections but never had his concerns addressed by the congressman. “Our staff will be well-trained. I’m going to test them … send somebody posing as a citizen to see how well our staff performs.”

    The GOP held an 8-6 majority in Michigan’s congressional delegation heading into the election, and state Republicans redrew the 11th District’s boundaries to make it even more friendly after the 2010 Census. But McCotter didn’t make the primary ballot after his campaign submitted bogus signatures on nominating petitions. He resigned this summer amid an investigation of his staff’s actions.

    Bentivolio, a tea party-backed rancher, military veteran and former teacher from Milford — the only candidate to make the Republican ballot — also defeated Democrat David Curson in a special election Tuesday to serve out the remainder of McCotter’s unexpired term.

    With both elections behind him, Bentivolio said he will work with Republican leadership in Congress to help solve the nation’s mounting debt.

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    Democratic Rep. Conyers wins 25th consecutive term

    DETROIT (AP) — Democratic Rep. John Conyers has defeated Republican Harry Sawicki to win his 25th term in Congress.

    The 83-year-old from Detroit had been expected to easily win the heavily Democratic district, though some experts had warned he could be vulnerable after staving off strong challenges in the August Democratic primary.

    Conyers had represented the 14th District for decades. He moved over to the 13th district after Republicans redrew district boundaries. The 13th District stretches from Detroit south to Ecorse and west to Westland, Wayne and Romulus.

    Conyers is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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