Obamacare is struggling to win people over

By: Halie Woody
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
GRAND LEDGE- An array of difficulties have emerged for those who are in the process of, or have already signed up for Obamacare. From technical difficulties to the decrease in coverage, Obamacares success could be in jeopardy. Those who have not signed up for coverage will face a penalty fine of $95 per adult or 1 percent of household income whichever one is greater, according to The Los Angeles Times. “It’s an absolute disaster,” said Darren Musolff, an independent health insurance salesman. “People don’t have the time to figure out how to work through the website.”

In addition to the technical problems on the website the plan itself is proving to be a recipe for disaster according to Musolff.

58,000 Michigan voters skipped presidential line

By CAMRYN GINSBERG
Capital News Service
LANSING — More than 58,000 Michigan voters didn’t mark their ballots for any presidential candidate Nov. 6, according to unofficial data from the Secretary of State. That’s twice as many as those who participated in the 2008 election but skipped voting for president. “There will always be those people who are hard to please or cannot make up their mind,” said Bill Ballenger, publisher of the newsletter Inside Michigan Politics. “Some people may have been disappointed in Obama but uninterested in Romney.”

Barack Obama received 2,560,015 votes in the state this year, about 300,000 fewer than in 2008.

Counties move to GOP despite Obama victory

By BECKY McKENDRY
Capital News Service
LANSING — Although Barack Obama won Michigan with about 53 percent of the vote, many counties shifted towards the Republican Party compared to the 2008 presidential election. Analysts often determine party preference by analyzing state Board of Education results. Because citizens tend to know less about those candidates, votes are often based on party label, indicating the voters’ own leanings. Distinctly Democratic and Republican counties can be defined as those where more than 52 percent voted for their respective parties’ Board of Education nominees. By that measure, there were 21 distinctly Democratic counties in 2008.

Stabenow outpaces Obama in most Michigan counties, analysis shows

By R.J. WOLCOTT
Capital News Service
LANSING — Newly re-elected Sen. U.S. Debbie Stabenow not only defeated Republican rival Peter Hoekstra, but she also outpaced President Barack Obama in nearly every Michigan county. Stabenow, D-Lansing, secured 58 percent of the vote to Hoekstra’s 38 percent in her campaign for a third term. She won 61 of 83 counties, according to the Secretary of State’s unofficial election results. Obama won 20 counties. Hoekstra is a former member of the U.S. House from Holland who lost an earlier race for governor.

Voters’ interests range broadly from jobs to education

Editor’s note: Reporters from Writing and Reporting News I fanned out across the area to talk to voters about the issues that are most important to them in this presidential election. Here’s a collection of their interviews:

MSU freshman Darren Weiss, who identifies as a Republican, said there are two issues for him: jobs and taxes. “I like Romney’s plan to bring back jobs,” said Weiss, of Birmingham, as he filled his gas tank recently at an East Lansing station. “Not taxing the rich as much will therefore create more money and jobs for the middle class, which I consider myself to be a part of.”

Then, as Weiss shook his head in confidence, he said, “You know, although it may have seemed like Obama would win this election in a landslide a few months ago, I think that Romney has snuck up on a lot of people, especially after that positive showing in the first presidential debate.”
— Max Gun
Alyssa Eastwood was at MSU’s Main Library studying economics — her major and the important issue to her in the presidential election. Eastwood, a senior, considers herself a liberal, but said that in high school she was more conservative.

Old Town residents see Obama and Romney equal after two

By Kara Albrecht
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Writer

LANSING, MI. – Old Town Lansing residents said President Obama has re-joined the presidential race after his performance in the first debate. According to CBS News,  many Americans said Mitt Romney won the debate. However, the second debate was a tie. Old Town Resident Amy Kwiatkowski said, “I think Obama represented himself better in the second debate due to his knowledge of the subjects discussed, his persona and he did not try to bash Romney as much as Romney did him.”

Old Town resident Ryan Hodges, who is not even an Obama endorser, felt Obama won the second debate against Romney. “I dislike him, but he represented himself better,” Hodges said.

MSU Students Talk Presidential Candidates in Advertising

By James Dau
MI First Election

Michigan State students talk about how they feel Romney and Obama convey themselves in advertising. The result was incredibly pessimistic, as most students felt both candidates were too concerned with attacking one another than addressing serious issues. A few students held a more nuanced view of the subject, but by and large this was the case. Here’s some of the best samples.

MSU Students and Faculty talk about Important Election Issues

By Rose Keane
MI First Election

With issues like abortion, the economy, the war, and the deficit polarizing voters across the country, Rose Keane asks the students and faculty of Michigan State University’s Lansing campus what issues are most important to them. Healthcare and the deficit were the most commonly given answers.

Pay As You Earn

President Obama recently signed a law to help college students pay off their student loans.  The Pay As You Earn proposal reduces the monthly loan repayment rate to 10 percent of an individual’s income and forgives all remaining debt after 20 years. The new proposal is an improvement from the previous student loan plan that had a loan repayment rate of 15 percent and forgave remaining debt after 25 years. Graduates must update their income every year through IRS tax forms or other credible documentation in order to maintain the new repayment rates. Graduates don’t have to choose the Pay As You Earn plan after graduating, but can instead start with a different repayment plan and switch between plans as they please.