Michigan Republican Party remained optimistic

The main stage at the Michigan Republican Party watch event. Photography: Kara Albrecht

The Michigan Republican Party hosted a watch party event tonight in the Lansing Center. Watch party attendees were remaining optimistic for Hoekstra in the Senatorial Election. To view the full story, visit: http://storify.com/KaraMarie/s

Third of candidates on conservation group’s “Dirty Dozen” in Great Lakes states

Image: League of Women Voters of California
By Dmitri Barvinok, Jenny Kalish, Zachary Peña and Maranda Trombley

A non-profit conservation group lists nine candidates from the Great Lakes region among the 2012 politicians it says hinders environmental legislation. The two “Dirty Dozen” lists identify 12 federal and 12 state-level candidates that the League of Conservation voters say have the worst environmental records in close races around the country. The nation-wide group works toward environment-friendly public policies. A third of the candidates the league identified are running in the Great Lakes states. The lists are created with the help of more than 30 similar groups at the state level.

Farm bureau backs Stabenow for reelection

By Kellie Rowe

As MSU animal science sophomore Andrea Block gazed across her 160-acre farm in Davison, Mich. on her weekend visit home, she wondered just how long her childhood farm can stay financially afloat. After unusual weather caused an early thaw resulting in drought this past summer, the Block farm saw a number of damaging effects, including a dramatic increase in hay expenses from about $4 to $15 a bale. “It’s really expensive for farmers to keep their animals,” Block said. “That’s why so many people are getting rid of their horses.