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GOP battle for Camp's Congress seat gets feisty

The attacks have stepped up the battle for a solidly Republican U.S. House seat that will be all but decided in the Aug. 5 primary. The two top candidates, who have low-key, nice-guy images, may slug it out mostly through ads and proxies. More

Gregory faces challenges from 2 state reps in Michigan Senate race

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A Democratic state senator is facing a primary challenge from two term-limited state representatives for the seat that represents southeast Oakland County. More

Obama to press for action on transportation funds

Washington — President Barack Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states. More

Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a meeting on jobs and education at the National Governors Association convention on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Mark Humphrey / AP

— Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided American families and politics for years. More

Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets' care

— Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals. More

Rep. Miller calls chance of child refugees housed in Michigan 'deeply troubling'

Miller Carlos Osorio / AP

Calling reports of refugee children from Central America possibly relocating to Michigan 'deeply troubling,' U.S. Rep. Candice Miller wrote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services department Friday stating her strong opposition. More

For GOP, Oakland Co. official, newcomer square off in Michigan's 38th House District primary


After nearly six years in office, Novi-area Republican state Rep. Hugh Crawford's run in Michigan's 38th House District will end, thanks to term limits. More

House GOP starts steps toward suing Obama

Boehner Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

House Republicans took the initial step on Thursday to sue President Barack Obama over the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate of the health care law. More

House chairman: $3.7 billion request for border 'too much'

Washington — President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won't approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday. More

House votes to make business tax break permanent

Washington — The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year. More

Obama asking companies to pay suppliers faster

Washington — Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday. More

GOP Senate majority leader supports anti-discrimination law to cover gays

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said Thursday he personally supports expanding Michigan's anti-discrimination law to cover sexual orientation. More

Snyder has 'serious concerns' about private food contract at state prisons

Lansing — A food contract for Michigan's prison system may be in danger after a Gov. Rick Snyder spokeswoman said Thursday ' More

Union pulls black college support after Koch gift

— A powerful government workers' union will end its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative powerhouse Koch brothers and the college fund's president appeared at a Koch event. More

Faster deportations of kids part of possible border deal

Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border. More

Tactics, style divide Democrats in 4th District state Senate race

Tlaib Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News

State Sen. Virgil Smith of Detroit is trying to fend off a Democratic primary challenge from Rep. Rashida Tlaib to represent a district including parts of the city and Downriver by criticizing her sometimes confrontational approach toward legislating. More

Boehner, McConnell blast Obama border request

President Barack Obama waves as he exits Air Force One on arrival to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday in Austin, Texas. Obama is spending the night in the Texas capital and on Thursday he will make a speech on the economy. Jack Plunkett / AP

Austin, Texas — Congressional Republican leaders on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border crisis, saying Obama caused the problem and now wants Congress to sign off on more of the same. More

Political Insider: In Democratic primary fight, Republican becomes a target

Brenda Lawrence is distributing a campaign flier that calls her the anti-L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County executive. Lawrence campaign flier

Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence is trying to raise her profile in the contested Democratic primary for the 14th Congressional District by dragging a Republican into the fray. More

Land contributes $1.2M to her campaign for U.S. Senate, outraises Peters

Terri Lynn Land Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

— GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land continues to outraise Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Gary Peters in Michigan's U.S. More

Snyder, Schauer campaigns ramp up TV ad buys

In a sign of the coming onslaught of political television advertising this fall, the campaigns supporting Republican Gov. More

Biden to speak at Netroots convention in Detroit

Washington — Vice President Joe Biden will be returning to Detroit next week to speak at Netroots Nation — a gathering of thousands of self-described progressive or liberal activists who will hear from several prominent Democrats. More

Obama: Congress must act on border

Immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. Eric Gay / AP

Washington — Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. More

Government made $100B in improper payments in '13

Washington — By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them — tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical More

Senate OKs San Antonio mayor as housing secretary

Julian Castro Lauren Victoria Burke / AP

Washington — The Senate easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Wednesday to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, boosting the national profile of a Democrat with a compelling biography who's considered a vice presidential con More

Farmington Hills residents take on mayor in 37th District race for Michigan House


Three Oakland County Democrats are vying to replace an outgoing Democratic state House incumbent in the Farmington area. More

Cleveland tops Dallas in bid to host RNC in 2016

Washington — Cleveland won the backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. More

Funding separates Dems in Oakland Senate primary


Birmingham attorney Ryan Fishman entered the 2014 campaign season with nearly $95,000 in his war chest and a slew of endorsements in the Democratic primary for a key Oakland County state Senate race. More

Obama seeks $3.7B to deal with southern border crisis

U.S. Border patrol agents keep watch outside the entrance to the U.S. Border Patrol facility in Murrieta during an anti-immigration protest in Murrieta, California, on July 7, 2014. Robyn Beck / Getty Images

Washington — President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border, where unaccompanied children have been showing up by the thousands. More

Obama to dine with woman helped by pay raise

Washington — President Barack Obama is calling attention to a Colorado woman who got a raise after Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage. More



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