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Mount Pleasant Public Schools board results not determined Tuesday night

(11/06/12 11:30pm)

Four challengers are still vying for two seats on the Mount Pleasant Public Schools board after polls closed Tuesday night. Patty Strong, Shelia Murphy, Jeffery Wigand and Wynne Winslow have different areas of experience and eclectic backgrounds, but all want the same thing: better education for the students and more community involvement. As of press time, the race was too close to call. Strong's main goal is securing more funding to meet the needs of all students and getting more parents involved in the progress of their children's education. A mother of three, Strong has been going to meetings and has been a "PTO mom" since her children began school.

COLUMN: Why we should re-elect Obama

(10/31/12 8:45am)

I’ve been asked why I’m supporting President Obama quite a few times during this election season. Surprisingly, it’s a complicated and a simple answer at the same time. I have a whole list of reasons: women’s rights, student loans, education funding, supporting middle-class families, LGBTQ rights, environment and energy reform, healthcare reform … and the list goes on and on. However, I’m an all-weather liberal, economically and socially.

Mount Pleasant School Board candidates vie for six-year terms

(10/28/12 12:22am)

Four candidates are vying for two spots on the Mount Pleasant School Board on Tuesday's ballot. The candidates, Sheila Murphy, Patty Strong, Jeffrey Wigand and Wynne Winslow, are looking to be elected to one of two six-year terms up for grabs. Murphy has been the owner of a small business since 1978, and has been involved with band boosters and volunteering at all levels.

Polls show presidential race tied nationally, Obama up six points in Michigan

(10/21/12 3:16pm)

Polls show President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney heading into a very close Nov. 6 election, and both campaigns are ratcheting up campaign spending in response. The Real Clear Politics average of national polls shows a virtual tie between the two candidates, with Obama holding a very narrow 47.1 percent to 46.9 percent lead over Romney. Two recent polls show Obama's lead in Michigan settling at a comfortable margin for the president after briefly becoming close following the first presidential debate. A Rasmussen Reports poll found Obama with a 52 percent to 45 percent lead among likely voters, while an EPIC-MRA poll conducted for the Detroit Free Press had Obama up 52 percent to 46 percent. “I think the (second) debate had a role,” EPIC-MRA pollster Bernie Porn told the Free Press.

Speak Up, Speak Out event focuses on political messages, public interpretations

(09/20/12 7:30pm)

[caption id="attachment_121107" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Philosophy and Religion professor Andrew Blom, facilitator for Speak Up Speak Out, listens to a student speak about the election during the current event series Wednesday evening in the auditorium of the Bovee University Center.

Muslim-turned-Christian pastor speaks on his conversion experience and Islamic extremism

(09/17/12 12:26am)

When it comes to relations between Christians and Muslims, Pastor Hicham Chehab has had an extensive history on more than one side of the religious spectrum. Now a pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Chehab gave a presentation titled “Testimony to Jesus: From a Muslim Extremist to a Christ Follower” to an audience of approximately 100 at Christ the King Lutheran Chapel on Sunday night. Raised a Muslim in Lebanon, Chehab was recruited by the extremist Muslim Brotherhood at the age of 13 and fought against Christian militias in the Lebanese Civil War in the 1970s.  His brother was among the war’s casualties.  While studying the Bible in a cultural studies college course, the message of peace and love in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount caught his attention and led him to study the Bible further on his own, eventually leading him to become a Christian and get involved with Lutheran ministry. “God has taken me by the scruff of the neck and has pushed me all the way,” Chehab said of his conversion experience.  “And he is still pushing me today … Islamic culture is like a brick wall, but Jesus removes the first stone.” Much of Chehab’s presentation consisted of a screening of a PBS documentary titled “The Road to 9/11,” which looked at the rise of radical Islam in the Middle East through the context of important cultural, religious and political events in the region.

EDITORIAL: Journalists need to hold politicians in check

(08/31/12 8:00am)

All politicians lie. Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives alike. At some point it would be nice if national news outlets, especially the major news networks, would acknowledge this. One of the many roles of the news media is to keep an eye on those in power and call them out for abusing that power or lying to the American people.

COLUMN: Seeing Red and Blue

(06/18/12 3:17pm)

The U.S. bi-party political system is about as American as apple pie. The last president to be anything but a Democrat or a Republican was Millard Fillmore, a Whig whose time in office ended more than a decade before Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The current Senate is two percent independent, and the House enjoys 0 percent deviation from the traditional red and blue. While the simplicity of the two-party system isn’t to be denied, its track record leaves room for doubt.

Poll shows Michigan residents prefer Obama, split on gay marriage

(05/14/12 9:33pm)

A new poll shows President Barack Obama leading presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Michigan by roughly five points. Obama has support from 45.1 percent of Michigan residents, while Romney has support from 39.5 percent of the state's voters, according to a poll conducted by Glengariff Group Inc., a Chicago-based marketing research firm. Another 15.4 percent are undecided. Obama won the state easily in 2008, beating Sen.

Author discusses woman's influence on moderate politics

(04/26/12 8:51pm)

Women's roles in politics has grown over the past few decades, but progress has been slow moving. Author Sarah Fitzgerald, who spoke Thursday to an audience of about 15 on Thursday in the Park Library Auditorium, discussed her new book, "Elly Peterson: Mother of Moderates." The book highlights the life of a woman whose life and work was a revolutionary force in Michigan politics during the 1960s.