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Friday, October 24
   Oakland University takes part in "Take Your Legislator to Work" Day (Free Press)

Thursday, October 16
   State Rep. Tom McMillin protests Hillary Clinton at Oakland University (Oakland Press)

Wednesday, October 8
   Two Clarkston residents vying for 43rd State House seat on Nov. 4 (Oakland Press)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
   MDOT plans upgrade to the I-75, University Drive interchange (Noodls)

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
Oakland U. withholds documents on women's basketball scandal (Deadline Detroit)
Oakland University withholding documents about embattled former coach, president (Oakland Press)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
High Court to rule on affirmative action ban (Detroit News)
Michigan affirmative action ban back in national spotlight (Free Press)
Justices Weigh Race in College Admissions (Wall Street Journal)

Friday, March 8, 2013
Levin won't seek re-election after 6 terms in U.S. Senate (Detroit News)

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Former lawmakers to discuss fiscal cliff problem Thursday at Oakland University (Oakland Press)

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
Ads in last Michigan Supreme Court election were like a 'drive-by shooting' (Oakland Press)

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
ACLU sues secretary of state (Free Press)

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012
The irrational fear of for-profit education (Wall Street Journal)

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012
How Michigan's right-to-work law will impact faculty at Grand Rapids-area colleges (Mlive)

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
OU students mixed on state abortion bills (Oakland Press)

Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
How Calvin College edged out other Grand Rapids-area colleges to land most international students (Mlive)
Ferris State's outgoing board chair reflects on his tenure after Gov. Rick Snyder appoints new members (Mlive)
Obama nominates U-M education dean to serve on National Science Foundation (Free Press)

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
Michigan Senate once rejected one of Gov. Rick Snyder's new picks for GVSU board (Mlive)

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
Does President Obama have a mandate? (Detroit News)

Monday, Nov. 12, 2012
Advice from a Lonely College Republican (NY Times)

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
Election 2012: Will new Democratic regents challenge tuition increases at University of Michigan? (
Dems keep reins; voters help WCCCD (Free Press)
Passage of Prop. 30 hailed by educators (LA Times)

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012
Michigan helps propel Democrat Obama to victory (Detroit News)
Michigan fails to deliver for home son Romney (Detroit News)
Want to talk about Election 2012? Panel of Experts with convene at OU (Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch)

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
Dulio: The race to 270 (Detroit News)

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
3 races key to Mich. Congress delegation control (San Francisco Chronicle)

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
OU political science chairman: storm could affect election (Oakland Press)

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012
Experts: Debate evenly matched (Detroit News)

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
Impact of States' Voter Laws Can Be Difficult to Identify (Wall Street Journal)

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012
Debate a second chance for President Obama (Detroit News)

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012
Colleges Take a Leap Into Voter Registration (NY Times)

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012
Ryan: GOP has 'good chance' to win Mich. (Detroit News)
Ryan comes to raise cash, GOP's hopes (Free Press)
Ryan: 'I want to earn your support' (Oakland Press)
Ryan Addresses Thousands at OU Rally: 'Let's Go Out and Get This Done' (Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch)
Ryan promises opportunity, economic growth at OU visit (C and G News)
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan holds rally at Oakland University (Oakland Press)
Kid Rock supports Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Salon)
Kid Rock introduces GOP veep candidate Paul Ryan, says he's sorry Obama 'did not do better' (Fox News)
Levin urges legislators to prioritize higher education (Daily Staff Reporter)

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012
Kid Rock to join Ryan at OU campaign stop (Detroit News)
Romney, Ryan Supporters Get Ready for Rally at OU tonight (Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch)
Kid Rock Helps VP Hopeful Ryan, Risks Irking Fans (NPR)
Kid Rock & Paul Ryan? Rocker isn't worried about upsetting fans (Huff Post)
Anti-Obama tour to travel from Brighton to Paul Ryan rally (Livingston Daily)
Kid Rock not shy about supporting GOP's Romney and Ryan ticket, even if it irks a few fans (Washington Post)
Paul Ryan And Kid Rock Stir Up Crowd at Oakland University (CBS Detroit)
Kid Rock to team with Paul Ryan at rally in Detroit suburbs (Los Angeles Times)
VP candidate Paul Ryan scheduled to appear at Oakland University 'victory rally' (Michigan Radio)
Paul Ryan campaigns at Oakland University (The Michigan Daily)
Oakland University hosting Paul Ryan, Kid Rock at campaign stop tonight (Detroit News)
Kid Rock, crowd of 4,000 cheer VP candidate Ryan at Oakland University (Free Press)
Oakland University news (Forbes)
Ryan rallies crowd at Oakland University (Daily Tribune)

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012
Kid Rock to introduce Paul Ryan at OU rally (Lansing State Journal)
Kid Rock to introduce Congressman Paul Ryan at Oakland University (MLive)

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan to attend rally Monday at Oakland University (Free Press)
VP Hopeful Paul Ryan Headed to Oakland County (Patch)
Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan to hold rally on campus (Oakland Post)

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
College students learn the value of voting during rally (Free Press)

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
Mich. experts: Romney clear debate winner (Detroit News)

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012
Stakes are high as Obama, Romney kick off debates (Detroit News)

Thursday, Sept. 27
Students not as geeked about presidential race (Detroit News)

Thursday, Sept. 20
New round in U-M blog case: Lawyer seeks psych eval; Shirvell says he doesn't need it (Free Press)

Saturday, Sept. 16
Oakland County's electors part of the battle for the White House (Oakland Press)

Monday, Sept. 10
'Better off' question carries risk for GOP (Detroit News)

Sunday, Sept. 9
Private Sector Role Is at Heart of Campaigns' Split on College Costs (NY Times)

Thursday, Sept. 6
Democratic platform on higher education: University would lose federal aid if tuition soars (MLive)
Questioning Obamacare's critics (Detroit News)

Wednesday, Aug. 29
Obama tells students: Your vote is important (Free Press)

Wednesday, Aug. 22
Campaigns weigh in on college costs (USA Today)

Friday, Aug. 17
Jury awards $4.5 million to gay former U-M student body president (Detroit News)
Ex-assistant attorney general ordered to pay $4.5 million over blog attacks (Free Press)
Gilbert: Good old days of civility gone for lawmakers (Oakland Press)

Monday, July 30
Obama Gives It Another College Try (Wall Street Journal)

Wednesday, July 18
Some vets feeling shorted by the Army College Fund (USA Today)

Tuesday, July 10
Michigan could decide 2012 election (Detroit News)
Michigan needs educational leaders, transformers (Oakland Press)

Thursday, June 14
House passes bill named for student kicked out of EMU for refusing to counsel gay client (Ann

Wednesday, June 13
McHugh: A return to 'business as usual' in Lansing? (Detroit News)

Friday, June 8
Brian Dickerson: GOP shows universities who's boss (Free Press)

Wednesday, June 6
Michigan bill would protect passwords from prying employers (Detroit News)

Tuesday, June 5
Biden and College Presidents Talk About Paying the Bills (NY Times)

Monday, June 4
UM supports 2 suits backing grad student unionizing (Crain's)

Monday, May 28
U-M seeks to join lawsuit (Free Press)

Thursday, April 19
U-M grad students sue over law that blocks effort to form a union (Free Press)

Tuesday, April 17
Editorial: Michigan universities deserve better from Snyder, lawmakers (Free Press)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Michigan Sen. Gretchen Whitmer: Tuition grants are a good move for Michigan students, economy (Free Press)

Monday, April 9, 2012
Lawmakers, leave U policy alone (Crain's)

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Editorial: U-M regents overreach in legislative dispute (Detroit News)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Michigan Supreme Court to consider MSU rule (Lansing State Journal)
Global Oakland: Oakland County's European Adventure (Prosper)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Judge, U-M regents act to support efforts to organize grad students (Free Press)

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Forgiving student debt won't fix problem (Detroit News)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Oakland delegation meets with medical firms in Italy (Oakland Press)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Medical Main Street meets Italian life sciences firms; nabs Italian auto supplier (CBS Detroit)

Monday, March 19, 2012
Execs' ideas for state turnaround: Focus on investors, higher ed, Detroit (Crain's)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Snyder signs bill to bar U-M union (USA Today)
Students lobby Congress to stop interest hike (Detroit News)

Monday, March 12, 2012
Obama campaign courts young voters as way to recapture energy of '08 (Free Press)

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Meet the Republicans, Education Bashers (Wall Street Journal)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Court to debate Mich. affirmative action ban (Detroit News)

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time to end college race preferences? (Detroit News)

Friday, March 2, 2012
State House passes bill to keep grad students from unionizing (Free Press)

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
Harvard's latest assault on Israel (Wall Street Journal)

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Bill would prevent campus union effort (Free Press)
High court faces test on affirmative action (Tribune - Washington Bureau)

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Michigan key in GOP primary (Free Press)

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
Young voters getting engaged in politics (Detroit News)

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder: Let's build on successes in Michigan (Free Press)
What does Snyder want? SOS provides few clues (Free Press)
Snyder calls for continued reforms and focus on jobs (Detroit News)
Snyder sets right tone for 2012 (Detroit News)
Snyder: 'We cannot afford to slow down' (Oakland Press)
Improving education has to be Snyder's Job One (Free Press)
Michigan's economy starting to turn around, but experts say there's a long way to go (Free Press)
Guest column: Lawmakers low way on higher education (Bridge)

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
Michigan Legislature sets priorities in new session (Detroit News)

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012
Snyder tallies more ups than downs in opening year (Oakland Press)

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012
Michigan appears set for another good year (Detroit News)

Politics and Legislative Issues 2011

Saturday, Dec. 31
OU hosts GOP debate (Oakland Press)

Sunday, Dec. 18
Republicans still have a long road to picking a presidential nominee (Oakland Press)

Friday, Dec. 9
Domestic partners bill heads to Snyder (Free Press)

Saturday, Nov. 26
Auburn Hills cuts into barber's plan (Free Press)

Monday, Nov. 21
Mich. voters are backing Romney ahead of GOP primary, poll shows (Free Press)

Sunday, Nov. 20
Flub not to be forgotten (Free Press)

Thursday, Nov. 17
Oakland University shines in debate (Detroit News)
Debate echoes on talk shows, campaign trail (Free Press)

Monday, Nov. 14
'Oops' Moment Takes on a Life of Its Own (New York Times)

Friday, Nov. 11
Today's shout-out...goes to Oakland University (Detroit News)
Issues trumped attacks at local GOP debate (Detroit News)
Top GOP hopefuls stump in Metro area (Detroit News)
GOP candidates take on Oakland (Oakland Press)
Romney, Cain work to woo Mich. voters (Free Press)
The candidate who should be gone (The Virginian-Pilot)

Thursday, Nov. 10
Dems: Romney said 'let Detroit go bankrupt' (Oakland Press)
OU students react during debate watch party (Oakland Press)
Loyal Ron Paul supporters rally at OU (Oakland Press)
GOP contenders make their case (Oakland Press)
Economy takes center stage in Mich. debate (Free Press)
Gingrich, Romney win big with debate viewers at OU (Free Press)
Auto bailouts criticized (Detroit News)
Debate buries Perry, Romney aims low (Detroit News)
Cain is steadfast under pressure (Detroit News)
Oakland U. senior sings anthem at GOP debate (Journal Register)
Surveys Liven Up OU Presidential Debate Watch (Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch)
GOP economic debate sees Perry stumble (Detroit News)
Cain Says Thousands Back His Character (Wall Street Journal)

Wednesday, Nov. 9
GOP presidential debate at Oakland University tonight; events planned during the day (Oakland Press)
Democrats target Romney on eve of GOP presidential debate at Oakland U. (Oakland Press)
Mich. in spotlight as GOP debates economy (Detroit News)
GOP debaters should speak to Mich. issues (Detroit News)
An expert's advice: Stick to the issues (Free Press)
Watch Party Gives OU students a Chance to Weigh in on National Debate (Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch)

Tuesday, Nov. 8
OU prepares for national coverage (Oakland Press)
Debate has Oakland County in spotlight (Oakland Press)
Republican debate gives boost to local businesses (Oakland Press)
Controversy mounts for Cain days before debate (Detroit News)
OU president on GOP debate: 'This puts us on the map.' (Free Press)

Monday, Nov. 7
CNBC staging GOP presidential debate using OU stand-ins (Oakland Press)
GOP presidential candidates criticize auto bailout (Detroit News)
Substance please at Michigan GOP debate (Washington Post)
Saving Politics For After Class (Wall Street Journal)

Sunday, Nov. 6
GOP debate brings national attention to OU (Oakland Press)
Patterson to give opening remarks at GOP debate (Oakland Press)
GOP contenders to face off at OU (Free Press)
One debate after another, GOP video full of familiar faces (Free Press)

Saturday, Nov. 5
GOP debate coming to OU (Detroit News)

Friday, Nov. 4
8 Republicans to participate in GOP debate (Oakland Press)
Michigan issues key for GOP (Detroit News)
Herman Cain, Mitt Romney among Republican candidates to debate at OU (Free Press)

Thursday, Nov. 3
GOP, OU gear up for next week's presidential debate (Oakland Press)
Oakland U. announces slate for GOP debate (Detroit News)

Friday, Oct. 21
CNBC's Maria Bartiromo and CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood to moderate "Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate" on Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 8 p.m. ET (New York Times)

Friday, Sept. 23
Governor heading to Japan, China and Korea to build business friendships for Michigan (Sentinel Standard)

Thursday, Aug. 11
Change in Mich. should be a guide for president (Detroit News)

Tuesday, Aug. 2
State to host GOP debate (Detroit News)
Presidential candidates to debate at OU (Free Press)
Republican presidential hopefuls to debate at OU (Oakland Press)

Tuesday, July 5
Legislation would allow discrimination in counseling (Michigan Messenger)

Thursday, May 26
State budget near finish line (Detroit News)

Wednesday, May 25
Welfare, university cuts OK'd by Senate (Detroit News)
Timely state budget needs some mistaken provisions stricken (Free Press)

Friday, May 20
Snyder, GOP get budget deal (Free Press)

Wednesday, May 19
Snyder; Legislature could reduce K-12 cuts (Free Press)
Workers sound off on Senate bill (Free Press)
Too much too quickly? (Free Press)

Saturday, May 7
Wrapping up state budget a tough task (Free Press)

Friday, May 6
House passes school cuts (Free Press)

Friday, April 22
Senate panel OKs cuts to universities (Oakland Press)
Senate panel slices budget (Detroit News)
Fix the structure (Detroit News)

Thursday, April 21
More fine-tuning in order for Snyder plans (Free Press)
Snyder unveiling education agenda, ready to tackle teacher tenure, merit pay (Detroit News)
Cuts to higher education don't reflect a "shared sacrifice" (Oakland Press)

Monday, April 18
Michigan lawmakers already eye 2012 bids (Associated Press)

Wednesday, April 13
Gov, GOP compromise on budget (Detroit News)
Fairness the focus of tax plan compromise (Free Press)

Wednesday, April 6
Funding formula idea worries leaders at state universities (Lansing State Journal)

Friday, March 25
U-M hosts talk on Detroit revitalization (Detroit News)

Thursday, March 24
Michigan college students protest higher ed cuts (M-live)

Thursday, March 17
U-M protest: No Snyder as graduation speaker (Free Press)

Tuesday, March 7
Most counties in region growing, U.S. census shows (Oakland Press)

Thursday, Feb. 17
Snyder keeps promises with budget (Free Press)
Gov seeks to cut aid for cities, schools (Detroit News)

Tuesday, Feb. 15
Snyder says no cut in Medicaid reimbursement (Detroit News)

Sunday, Feb. 13
Not so fast, bureaucracy says (Free Press)

Friday, Feb. 11
Snyder's budget will be a hard sell (Detroit News)

Wednesday, Feb. 2
County touts budget success (Detroit News)

Tuesday, Feb. 1
Students, athletes grapple with Egypt crisis (Detroit News)
Students, tour groups pulled out of Egypt (Free Press)

Wednesday, Jan. 19
A call to reality (Detroit News)
Specifics time (Free Press)

Sunday, Jan. 16
State of the State: Painful budget cuts coming (Free Press)

Politics and Legislative Issues 2010

Saturday, Dec. 25
Hackel taps Al Lorenzo of OU to fill assistant executive position (Oakland Press)
Hackel taps confidante to assist (Free Press)

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Census illustrates state's woes (Free Press)

Monday, Dec. 13
State Taxpayers can benefit from school, university and local government benefits reforms (

Friday, Dec. 3
Tim Skubick: Snyder's budget cuts could yield tent city of protesters (Daily Tribune)

Thursday, Dec. 2
Governor-elect's plant to revamp state government is just the beginning for needed reforms (Detroit News)

Tuesday, November 16
Ex-lobbyist is chief of staff for Snyder (Free Press)

Friday, November 12
GOP needs to satisfy an impatient public (Oakland Press)

Tuesday, November 9
Reform Corrections spending (Detroit News)

Wednesday, November 3
Peters holds lead on Rocky (Oakland Press)

Tuesday, November 2
GOP expected to make big gains in today's election (Oakland Press)

Thursday, October 27
Incumbents good choices for university, state boards (Free Press)