States of the Union: Michigan

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Michigan has more electoral votes than Iowa and New Hampshire combined, but its upcoming January 15th primary has not gotten a lot of attention yet…and most of the Democratic candidates’ names won’t even appear on the ballot. We look into how the state has dealt with a faltering economy, a shrinking auto industry and job outsourcing. Chris Christoff Lansing Bureau chief for The Detroit Free Press.


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Comments [3]

Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

J.C.'s comment is absurd. So what about the chance of voters in Michigan making their voices heard? These people are being exploited. As usual, the powers that be refuse to grow up or maybe I'm being about naive. Maybe this "punishment" is being committed for more nefarious reasons.

Jan. 10 2008 01:39 PM
J.C. from Minneapolis

Sorry, Michigan Democrats, this primary schedule was out-of-control before you decided to screw it up even more, so, as a Democrat, you really should not have any delegates to the national convention. A January primary season is just ridiculous.

If you had just held the primary on Feb. 5th (or later), this wouldn't have been a problem, so don't give me your whining about how you "have no voice."

The same goes for you, Florida. In 2012, maybe you'll learn to behave.

Kudos to the Democratic National Committee for having the guts to cut delegates. Let's hope they follow through on the threat.

[by the way, I support having Iowa and New Hampshire go first because "retail politics" at the presidential is important. Michigan is too populous for that. That's another discussion, I suppose.]

Jan. 10 2008 12:53 PM
Leon Freilich from Park Slope


You're likable enough, Barack,

Although there's been a change:

You're now ungracious and you're strident--

Broadening your range?

Jan. 10 2008 12:13 PM

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