Michigan

  1. By Emily Morman for The 12 

    Vice President Joe Biden may have been laughing during his Oct. 11 debate against GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, but his behavior didn’t put a smile on the faces of some students at Wayne State University.

    Both candidates played offense during their first and only square-off, but WSU students said the candidates’ behavior and attitudes were what made the difference to them.

    Senior pre-med student Sai Dalavayi said he was “unimpressed” by Biden’s behavior, particularly his reactions to Ryan’s statements.

    “Vice President Biden was just flat-out laughing, and the lack of professionalism definitely impacted his performance,” he said. “He didn’t treat it with the same kind of respect that Paul Ryan was giving him.”

    Sophomore marketing student Richard Benoist also said he thought Ryan gave a stronger performance during the debate.

    “I think that Ryan had the upper hand because he can talk about what Biden and (President Barack) Obama haven’t done, and he can talk about what he will do,” he said. “I support Biden, but most of the time, he just sat there and smiled, and then giggled, but he didn’t really have as much to go off of.”

    The vice presidential candidates touched on a number of issues during the debate moderated by ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, including foreign policy, taxes, healthcare and abortion.

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  2. Sorry he didn’t do a better job.”

    - Michigan rocker Kid Rock on President Obama as he introduced GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, at a campaign rally at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. 

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  3. By Nicholas Pizana for The 12

    President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are both eager to draw in undecided voters as Nov. 6 draws closer.

    Wednesday’s debate gave both candidates the opportunity to discuss their views on domestic issues. Students at Wayne State University in Detroit chimed in after it with their reactions to the night’s performances. 

    “President Obama was a bit passive…Romney definitely was more aggressive,” said student Henry Mills. Although he felt Romney had a better stage presence, he wasn’t convinced that the candidate offered any solid explanations of his policy. 

    “I think he flat out lied about a majority of the things he said, and I think that took Obama a little bit off pace. Usually I wouldn’t think someone would go into a debate where they had a proven record of what they stand for, and then out right deny it… and then when Romney was asked ‘What are you going to do?’ He was pretty vague.” 

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  4. It is really a burden on the right to vote in terms of slowing things down, in terms of confusion.”

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    U.S. District Court Judge Paul D. Borman on Friday in a preliminary ruling about requiring citizenship checkboxes on the November voter ballot applications. A written ruling is expected Tuesday.

    Here’s what voters had to say before the ruling:

    "It makes no sense. In order for me to vote and receive a registered voter’s card, I have to be a U.S. citizen and have already passed other checks. So for them to do an additional check, I don’t think is necessary at all," said Tremiko Thweatt, a financier from Detroit.

    "If you are voting it should be assumed that you are a citizen. I haven’t heard of people who weren’t citizens trying to go out and vote," said Christian Black, a non-partisan 20-year-old Wayne State University student. Black says it is a problem that it has come to the level of asking people their legal status on an election voting application.

    "If you already have to show ID, there is no reason you should have to check off a box saying whether you are a U.S. citizen or not. I think that voting should be open to everyone who is allowed to vote; there should be no detriments or anything that stands in their way or intimidates them from voting," said Dr. Danielle McGuire, assistant professor of history at Wayne State University.

    "So all of these measures that are being proposed around the country to have strict voter ID laws or to ask people about their citizenship, I think are efforts  reminiscent of post-reconstruction era that work to disenfranchise legitimate voters in order to maintain power for certain parties. I don’t think it’s ethical, I think it’s wrong,” continued McGuire.

    "I think we should always lean towards accepting more voters and working on the back end to root out any fraud if it really does exist, which evidence shows it does not," said McGuire.

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  5. On Friday, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and civil rights organizations will present their case opposing the “citizenship box” that will appear on ballots in the upcoming election. 

    Voters will either have to check a box stating they are a U.S. citizen or hear a statement that only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote from a poll worker. But civil rights organizations say individuals must already be citizens to vote. The practice was first enforced during the primaries, where the question caused delays and even turned away voters.

    So far, Michigan is the only state that will include this question on the election ballot.

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  6. The ability to vote exists as one of our most cherished constitutional rights. We need to exercise our right to vote and make sure it continues to be the lifeblood of our democracy.”

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    Toine Murphy of the NAACP, speaking Tuesday at Wayne State University in Michigan during a Rock the Vote voter registration drive.

    The visit  was part of Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s 20-city tour of public universities and community colleges to get students registered.

    “Make a difference, make a decision and be a part of our democracy,” Johnson said.

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  7. The cast of The West Wing wants to remind you that checking the straight party ticket box will not cast your vote for every race on the ballot. Michigan is one of 15 states whose supreme court judges are placed in the nonpartisan section. 

    Bridget Mary McCormack, who is an associate dean at the University of Michigan Law School, is running for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court. Her sister, Mary McCormack, played Deputy National Security Advisor Kate Harper on The West Wing.

    “It takes like an extra 10 seconds to find it [nonpartisan section],” reminds series character Toby Ziegler, played by Richard Schiff.

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  8. On Wednesday, GOP super PAC Restore Our Future launched a $1.2-million ad buy focusing on the national unemployment rate. The PAC points to the Obama administration for the loss in job growth.

    The ad claims the real unemployment rate is around 19 percent when those who have stopped looking for work are included; the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the national unemployment rate at 8.1 percent as of August. 

    This is the first presidential campaign ad in Michigan since August. Neither of the presidential campaigns has released ads here since February.

    The ad also appears in Wisconsin.  

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  9. Michigan is just so critical. I mean there are just a handful of states that really, literally will determine the direction and the trajectory of America… for a long time.”

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    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan to Michigan volunteers Saturday, via conference call, as they prepared to rally support.

    Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, campaigned in three western Michigan cities over the weekend. Biden spoke at campaign offices in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek and students at Kalamazoo College.

    "Joe and Barack have our backs, and it’s time that we have their backs," Biden said at her campaign stop in Grand Rapids.

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