East Texas officers shoot armed man fatally
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers are investigating the police shooting of an 18-year-old East Texas man whom police say raised and pointed a gun at officers.
House candidate’s ‘party before country’ gaffe appears in ad
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic congressional candidate in Michigan who blundered by telling thousands of supporters that she puts "party before country" will see her gaffe repeated in a weeklong TV ad backed by a Republican group that is hoping to tip the scales in the hotly contested race.
Pence campaigns in suburban Detroit for Bishop, Epstein
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has campaigned for Republican candidates in suburban Detroit ahead of next week's election.
Pence spoke Monday afternoon at an event in Oakland County for U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, who is facing a challenge from Democrat Elissa Slotkin, and Lena Epstein, who is running against Democrat Haley Stevens for an open congressional seat.
Democrats hoping to flip Michigan US House seats from GOP
DETROIT (AP) — Just as Michigan helped propel Donald Trump to the White House, the state could play a role in tipping the balance of control in the U.S. House back in favor of the Democratic Party from a Republican majority.
Republican incumbents face strong challenges in two congressional races, while a third open House district appears to be up for grabs.
Obama endorses Whitmer, other Michigan Democrats
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Gretchen Whitmer for governor, Garlin Gilchrist for lieutenant governor and 19 other Michigan Democrats running for Congress or the Legislature.
The twenty-one candidates in the state are among 260 nationwide who won Obama's backing in his second wave of endorsements Monday.
Major GOP group pulls support for 2 imperiled congressmen
DENVER (AP) — In an ominous sign for the GOP's bid to hold onto the House, the political group affiliated with Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday dropped its support of two incumbent congressmen, signaling how difficult November could be for the Republican majority.
Republican Bishop airs 1st ad in re-election for House seat
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Republican Rep. Mike Bishop is running his first TV ad in his bid for a third term in Congress.
The 30-second spot launched Thursday emphasizes Bishop's Michigan roots and his work in the House to protect the Great Lakes, fight the opioid epidemic and protect children.
Democrat Slotkin airs 1st ad in race against GOP Rep. Bishop
HOLLY, Mich. (AP) — Elissa Slotkin is up with her first TV ad in a competitive race in Michigan's 8th Congressional District.
Slotkin, who is running against second-term Republican Rep. Mike Bishop, launched a 30-second spot Tuesday. It touts her service as a CIA analyst in Iraq and her national security work during the administrations of Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in suburban Detroit was arrested during a community race after protesting and refusing to leave the roadway.
The Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV report Brian Ellison was arrested Saturday during Royal Oak Police Department's Run with the Police. Ellison, running for the 8th District seat held by second-term Republican Rep. Mike Bishop, was protesting two recent fatal shootings by police.
Washington — Female candidates running for Congress in Michigan started the year with a strong fundraising quarter, with Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ellen Lipton leading the early money race in their bids to succeed Reps. John Conyers Jr. and Sandy Levin, respectfully.
Democrat Elissa Slotkin generated more money than Republican Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester for the third quarter in a row, and Gretchen Driskell, another Democratic challenger, outraised GOP Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton.
Washington — Most of Michigan's House delegation signed onto a bipartisan resolution this week opposing the administration's detention of Iraqi Chaldeans and urging President Donald Trump to use his "executive authority and discretion" to defer the deportation of U.S. residents.
Kudos to U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, for his outstanding leadership on stopping wasteful government spending on outdated and inhumane dog experiments. Last month, President Trump signed a spending bill that includes language cutting funds for painful dog experiments at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Brighton — U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop emphasized his local roots and his track record in Washington, D.C., as he launched his campaign for re-election in Livingston County on Monday.
The Rochester Republican is seeking a third term representing Michigan's 8th District, a campaign that has been targeted by Democrats hoping to replace Bishop with Democrat Elissa Slotkin of Holly.
Washington — Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Democrat Elissa Slotkin in her bid to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester.
Her campaign said Slotkin often advised Biden on national security matters in her previous post at the Pentagon.
In a statement, Biden praised Slotkin's "dedication, integrity and commitment to service," having first met her when she was aiding the transition of then President-elect Barack Obama into the White House.
Washington — Republican Rep. Mike Bishop's support of the Second Amendment, right-to-carry legislation and his A/A+ rating from the National Rifle Association have been removed from his campaign website.
The change comes as Republicans are increasingly worried about casualties in vulnerable U.S. House districts in the fall midterm elections, and as student survivors of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, keep up calls for action on gun reform.
Washington — A Republican-aligned political group is spending $1 million to tout the GOP tax overhaul in new ads to help incumbents in 26 U.S. House districts, including two Michigan seats held by Reps. Tim Walberg and Mike Bishop.
The American Action Network, a political action committee, is spending six figures in Michigan on the digital and television ads, which encourage voters to thank Bishop or Walberg for supporting the new tax law adopted by Congress last year.
Washington — The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint against a fundraising committee formed by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, deeming the matter a low priority after the committee filed three missing disclosure reports.
The Detroit News reported in November that Bishop's leadership PAC, called the Making Bold Initiatives + Solutions to Help America, or M-BISH PAC, had failed to file any disclosure reports with the FEC since its creation in October 2016.
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Washington — Democratic challenger Elissa Slotkin outraised U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop for the second quarter, bringing in more than $440,000 and ending the year with $711,000 in the bank.
Bishop, a Rochester Republican seeking his third term, topped Slotkin in cash reserves – more than $971,000 after taking in about $306,500 in the last quarter, according to campaign finance reports.
Washington — Six Michigan House Republican lawmakers were on an Amtrak train that collided with a garbage truck Wednesday while they were en route to a Republican retreat.
Two Amtrak crew members and three passengers were transported to a local hospital, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury, according to a U.S. Department of Department statement.
Washington — Several Michigan Democrats are making statements against President Donald Trump's policies by their choice of guests for Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Among the announced guests for the speech are the wife of a deported Lincoln Park man, a labor union official and the spouse of a detained Iraqi Christian.
Washington — Michigan lawmakers are seeking congressional probes into the sexual abuse of collegiate and amateur athletes in the wake of Wednesday's sentencing of Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar.
Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, are asking congressional investigators to open investigations into the U.S. Olympic organization, USA Gymnastics and MSU.
Washington — Republicans are trying to cast doubt on whether a Democratic challenger to GOP U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop is properly registered to vote Michigan, going so far as to file a complaint with the state.
But state law requires that, to register to vote, an individual must be a resident of Michigan, and Democrat Elissa Slotkin has lived in Holly Township in Oakland County since the spring of 2017, according to her campaign.
The super political action committee with ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan has opened a field office in Michigan's 8th District to help defend the seat of GOP Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester.
Bishop is facing a challenge from Democrats such as former defense official Elissa Slotkin of Holly, as well as Christopher Smith of East Lansing, a Michigan State University professor.
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has extended the deadline to March 1 for victims or their family members to apply for compensation related to the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.
The office of U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, said the Massachusetts AG recently extended the deadline for applications from Dec. 15 to March 1.
After the AG's office verifies a case, victims are eligible to receive $25,000 with the option to submit additional documents to receive more.
GOP clash with Democrats on tax compromise benefits
Washington — An average single Michiganian will save about $1,200 per year and a typical family will save around $3,000 under a tax reform bill that is heading toward passage in Congress, according to Republican U.S. House members from Michigan.
Washington — The U.S. House is poised to vote Thursday on the GOP tax reform plan as Michigan Republicans are aiming to overcome Democratic objections and deliver the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years.
The legislation would cut tax rates on corporations and pass-through businesses such as partnerships; eliminate the estate tax, and collapse the current seven personal income tax brackets to five. It doubles the standard deduction and includes a larger child tax credit.
A county-level Democratic Party official has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday over the alleged failure of a political action committee affiliated with Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop to file campaign finance disclosure reports.
Washington — A fundraising committee formed over a year ago by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester has failed to file any disclosure reports whatsoever, risking federal fines and penalties.
The Federal Election Commission took notice and sent letters asking Bishop's leadership political action committee to file, but it still didn't do it.
When Isaiah Brock abruptly left Oakland University's basketball team in August, the question on everyone's mind was why.
ATV crash in Alabama leaves man dead, woman injured
An all-terrain vehicle crash in Alabama has left a 20-year-old man dead and a 20-year-old woman injured.
The Times Daily quotes Lauderdale County officials as saying the crash happened early Saturday.
Colorado fines oil and gas company $225,000 over 2016 spill
DENVER (AP) — Colorado has fined an oil and gas company $225,000 for a pipeline leak that contaminated soil and water on a hunting ranch in the western part of the state.
The Denver Post reported Monday (http://dpo.st/2wUUiYN) that the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission fined a subsidiary of Encana Oil and Gas over a June 2016 spill on the Bishop Ranch outside the town of Parachute.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Elissa Slotkin, who served as acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in the Obama administration, is running for a Michigan congressional seat.
The Democrat announced her candidacy Monday for the 8th District seat held by second-term Republican Rep. Mike Bishop. The GOP-leaning district stretches between Lansing and the northern Detroit suburbs.
DETROIT (AP) — Three Republican members of Michigan's congressional delegation were among lawmakers who were practicing baseball when a gunman opened fire at the field in suburban Washington.
U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop gave an eyewitness account Wednesday to Detroit radio station WWJ. He says many more people would have been shot if security staff hadn't returned fire.
Huizenga, other reps. send letter to Trump in attempt to protect Great Lakes
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Congressman Mike Bishop (R-MI), and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) are leading a bipartisan letter to President Trump requesting that he personally intervene to help protect the Great Lakes by releasing the first draft of the Brandon Road Report. The letter also respectfully requests President Trump to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to continue working with state and local officials, as well as Great Lakes stakeholders, to implement a long term solution for keeping Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three members of Congress are urging President Donald Trump to break a logjam on preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was scheduled this week to release a draft report on strengthening defenses against the carp at a lock-and-dam complex near Chicago. Instead, the Corps said it was delaying action indefinitely.
Elections board allows replacement candidate for Congress
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan elections board declined Monday to review former "Little House on the Prairie" actress Melissa Gilbert's withdrawal as the Democratic nominee for a congressional seat, allowing her to be replaced over Republicans' objections.