Obama wins 2012 Presidential election

President Barack Obama will get a second term. After a long, bitter and expensive campaign, Obama has won re-election by securing more than 300 electoral votes, defeating Republican Mitt Romney, a former Governor of Massachusetts. Obama also won the state of Michigan, despite the fact that Romney was born in Michigan and spent his school days in the Great Lake state. However, the President's path to victory was secured by winning key battleground states including Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Gov. Snyder and President Obama approval rating going up in Michigan

A new statewide poll says Michigan voters are becoming more optimistic, and both Governor Rick Snyder and President Barack Obama are benefiting. The poll, by Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group, shows Obama’s job approval rating going up from 42% in September to 50% today, in the state of Michigan. And his disapproval rating has dropped from 50% to 45%. Also Governor Snyder's approval rating of 38% in September has now hit 50% in the state. The Governor's disapproval rating is now down to 36%, compared to 46% in September. (MRN)

Republican front runner leading Obama in Michigan

A new statewide poll indicates the current republican frontrunner for President is leading president Barack Obama in Michigan. In a head to head matchup, a sample of 600 likely voters statewide shows Michigan native Mitt Romney leading Obama 46-to-41 percent.  While Obama had the support of independent voters three years ago, those voters now favor Romney in Michigan.  According to the poll, Obama would beat republican candidates Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain in Michigan.  The survey was conducted by Lansing-based Epic MRA. (MRN)

Levin supports Obama plan to withdraw troops

Michigan's senior U.S. Senator says he's supportive of an expected decision from President Obama to begin a draw down of U.S. troops from Afghanistan as early as next month. President Obama on Monday said that the U.S.has (quote) "accomplished a lot of what we set out to accomplish ten years ago" in Afghanistan, and that he will announce next month how many troops to withdraw from that country. Democratic U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Detroit, and chair of the senate armed services committee, is recommending a draw down of 15,000 U.S. troops by the end of 2011. (MRN

Obama back in MI

President Barack Obama will be back in Michigan today to talk about the auto industry. Obama will tour and speak to workers at a Chrysler plant in Detroit and a General Motors plant in Hamtramck. The visit comes just over a year after the President helped the two companies start returning to profitability by pushing the auto bailout package through congress. The Hamtramck GM plant is one of nine that the automaker recently kept open during a scheduled summer shutdown in production. The Jefferson North Chrysler plant just added a second shift bringing approximately 1,100 jobs to the facility.

Obama in West Mich.

The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama will be in West Michigan next week. Obama will join Governor Granholm, many other state elected leaders and auto executives in a groundbreaking ceremony at the LG Chem Battery Plant in Holland on Thursday. The Korean battery-maker says the $303-million dollar, 650,000-square foot factory will produce enough cells for 50,000 to 200,000 vehicle battery packs, including the Chevrolet volt.

Obama in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Central High School is moving its graduation ceremony next month to Western Michigan University. That's because President Obama will be the commencement speaker after the school won the nationwide "race to the top" high school commencement challenge. School officials say the graduation will be June 7th at 7:00 pm. At WMU’s university arena. The home of the broncos men's and women's basketball teams holds 5,000; 1,000 more than wings stadium, the original graduation site. Each of the 300 graduates will get eight tickets to the ceremony.

Health bill chatter

President Barack Obama has signed the $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and represents the biggest accomplishment of his presidency. In Washington, republicans remained firm in their opposition to the giant remake of the nation's health system, declaring it much too costly and unlikely to produce the results that Obama, and the independent congressional budget office claims.

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