5 of 10 Republican candidates invited to gubernatorial debate at Mackinac Policy Conference
DETROIT, MI – Only half of the declared Republican candidates in the running for Michigan Governor were invited to participate in a GOP gubernatorial debate at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference next month. The five gubernatorial candidates who were not invited to participate includes Mike Brown, Tudor Dixon, Michael Markey Jr., Ralph Rebandt and Donna Brandenburg. They were invited to attend the Mackinac Policy Conference, but not to participate in the debate, the Chamber said. RELATED: Schools, COVID and Trump divide GOP candidates at Michigan’s first gubernatorial debateMichigan’s GOP primary election is scheduled for Aug. 2. More on MLive:5 takeaways from Republican candidates for governor in first 2022 debateWith Roe v. Wade at risk, Michigan LGBTQ community worried their rights may be nextUnemployment waivers bring relief to thousands.mlive.com
Michigan Matters: EV’s Supercharging Impact Across Metro Detroit
As the electric vehicle revolution unfolds, companies, suppliers and organizations are adjusting as Joseph Grace, Vice President, Head of Physical and Functional Design & Integration, Stellantis; Vuk Milojkovic, CEO, BASF Toda America...detroit.cbslocal.com
Mackinac Policy Conference 2021: Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah on Prioritizing Racial Justice
The Detroit Regional Chamber has been hosting the Mackinac Policy Conference for decades. Listen: Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah talks about the necessary changes to this year’s MPC . GuestSandy Baruah, CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber and host of the conference, says it was impossible to logistically conduct a live conference last year. He says the chamber waited until everyone could get a vaccine safely before deciding to make the 2021 conference live. Baruah also explains “racial justice and equity for all” needed to be one of the conference’s pillars this year.wdet.org
Vaccine mandates opposed by slim majority in Michigan, polls find
A slim majority of Michiganders don’t support vaccine mandates for employers or customers, although most people surveyed do support mask mandates and vaccines for children, per a survey commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber. But 74.6% of those who consider themselves “strong Democrats” support such mandates, while only 18.8% of “strong Republicans” support them. The Small Business Association of Michigan conducted a separate survey of 680 small businesses between Sept. 10 and 17. Vaccine mandates are especially unpopular among business owners, the SBAM survey found. “It’s not surprising that most business owners oppose the vaccine mandate, especially given the worker shortage,” said Brian Calley, SBAM president, in a release.mlive.com
Whitmer approval rating dips, voters split in latest poll
Whitmer’s strongest approval ratings come from strong Democrats (91% approval) and voters who lean Democratic (80% approval). Polling over time shows Whitmer’s support slipping, much of that due to lower approval ratings from independent voters, according to the poll. Support among lean democratic voters dropped 32% between a May poll and this one. The Detroit Regional Chamber released the results as it kicked off its Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island this week. The Detroit Regional Chamber PAC endorsed Whitmer in her 2018 run in both the primary and general elections.mlive.com
Michigan Senate GOP leader will skip Mackinac policy conference over vaccine requirement
LANSING, MI — Michigan’s top ranking Republican lawmaker will not be attending an annual policy conference on Mackinac Island over its vaccine policy. “It appears the Chamber cowed to political science rather than embrace actual science,” Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said Tuesday in response to the announcement that vaccinations will be required to attend the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference in September. In a statement Tuesday, the Detroit Regional Chamber confirmed its vaccine policy that participants in this year’s annual conference must be vaccinated. “Our COVID-19 immunity should be the sum of those who choose to get shots PLUS those who have been infected and developed natural immunity. There should be no discrimination or coercion of those with natural immunity.mlive.com
Detroit Policy Conference Returns In-Person as Region Faces Significant Challenges
The Detroit Regional Chamber will hold its first in-person Detroit Policy Conference in more than a year on Tuesday, July 13. “One of the primary tenets of the Detroit Regional Chamber is that progress is best made — in fact, maybe only better made — when people with disparate views … come together for a conversation … a civil conversation.” —Sandy Baruah, Detroit Regional ChamberListen: What to expect from this year’s Detroit Policy Conference. Jake Neher/ WDET Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy BaruahGuestSandy Baruah is CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. He says convening in-person for the Detroit Policy Conference is important for the region’s business and social well-being. There is not broad widespread agreement about how to pay for it.”He says the conference will feature a keynote on Proposal P, which the Detroit Regional Chamber is generally opposed to.wdet.org
67% of employers will encourage vaccines – but won’t mandate them – Detroit-area survey finds
Employers have varying views on vaccinations in the workplace, but a majority of business leaders in Southeast Michigan have decided to encourage – but not mandate – their workers get the shot, a new business survey indicates. Only 6% of employers surveyed planned on mandating their workers get vaccinated, while nearly 67% said they’ll encourage but not require their workers to get the shot. Other survey questionsHere’s a look at how business leaders answered other vaccine questions. Extending office ban 6 months would be bad for Michigan, business leaders sayMichigan’s coronavirus numbers are going up, but will vaccinations blunt the impact? Michigan vaccine expansion an exciting surprise to health departmentsmlive.com
Michigan businesses rethink political donations after deadly riot at U.S. Capitol
If it’s money that talks in politics, then Michigan businesses are speaking loudly. On Thursday, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce announced its political action committee (PAC) is reevaluating who it gives its money too. In 2020, the chamber gave more than $20,000 in donations to candidates on both sides of the aisle, including Rep. Lisa McClain, voted to object the election results in Pennsylvania and Arizona. All of the companies rethinking their donations don’t contribute on their own, rather through action committees or other subsidiaries, but it is their voice in politics. Other major Michigan companies like Lear, Whirlpool and Kellogg’s have not said whether they’ll be suspending donations or changing how they spend their political dollars, but pressure is on.
Detroit Regional Chamber PAC reconsiders support for politicians who pushed election lies
The Detroit Regional Chamber’s political fundraising committee is reconsidering its support for Michigan politicians who propagated false information about the 2020 election. Others decided to end support for members of Congress who voted against the lawful certification of state electoral college votes. The Detroit Chamber PAC endorsed all three candidates before the November 2020 election. The Detroit Chamber PAC endorsed all four members of Congress. Eleven Michigan state representatives, including Wozniak, signed a letter asking former Vice President Mike Pence to decertify the Nov. 3 election results.mlive.com
Survey: 58% of Michigan voters say COVID-19 is affecting household finances
Results from a survey of Michigan voters at the beginning of December suggest residents are terribly concerned about the state’s economy with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting their household finances. The Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) said it conducted this statewide survey of 600 registered Michigan voters between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4, 2020. 58% of Michigan voters say that COVID-19 is affecting their household finances. Gretchen Whitmer:63.3% of Michigan voters believe Gov. On Michigan Legislature:29.0% of Michigan voters say the state’s legislative leaders are doing everything they can to get the pandemic under control.
Survey: Michigan voters favor Whitmer while many believe COVID threat is being downplayed
Gretchen Whitmer -- 63.3% of Michigan voters believe Whitmer is aggressively working on getting the pandemic under control and protecting public health, according to the survey results. The Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) said it conducted this statewide survey of 600 registered Michigan voters between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4, 2020. 60.3% believe the threat of COVID-19 has been balanced or downplayed, compared to 33.8% who believe the threat has been exaggerated. On the economy:83.7% of Michigan voters believe the state’s economy is worse now than before the pandemic hit. Gretchen Whitmer:63.3% of Michigan voters believe Gov.
LIVE STREAM: Peters, James in Detroit Regional Chamber senate town hall
(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) The Detroit Regional Chamber will host a town hall for candidates in the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan. Incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and challenger John James will participate, separately, in a town hall event on Wednesday morning. Watch the event live at 11 a.m.:
Rescheduled Mackinac Policy Conference officially cancelled due to coronavirus
DETROIT Michigans biggest political event of the year, the Mackinac Policy Conference, is officially cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. The Detroit Regional Chamber announced Tuesday it will not convene groups of 50 or more people for the rest of 2020. Earlier this year, the Chamber rescheduled to annual conference for August, but it has not been fully cancelled. It draws the biggest political and business leaders in the state. Just like everybody else, we will find new ways to execute our traditional role, the Chamber said in an email.
New poll shows strong support for Michigan Gov. Whitmers handling of COVID-19 pandemic
Gretchen Whitmers handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state -- but most are ready to get back to work. Whitmers handling of the pandemic, including 44.7% who strongly approve. 42.8% of Michigan voters approve of President Trumps handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 50.4% who disapprove. Whitmer's handling of pandemic (WDIV)Michigan voters support gradual reopeningRespondents were read two different statements and asked which one more closely reflected their current position on COVID-19. The Chambers April poll indicated that 61% of respondents felt safe or somewhat safe returning to the workplace .
New poll shows how Michiganders feel about coronavirus measures, economy, Whitmer approval
DETROIT – A new poll released by the Detroit Regional Chamber shows how Michiganders feel about the ongoing coronavirus crisis. President Trump COVID-19 Approval at 44%Respondents disapprove of President Trump’s handling of COVID-19 (Approve 44% to Disapprove 50%)Republicans approve of his handling by a margin of 88% to 9%. Governor Whitmer COVID-19 Approval at 57%Respondents approve of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19: (Approval: 57% to Disapproval: 37%)Democrats approve of her handling by a margin of 89% to 8%. Poll results report 29% of respondents furloughed, laid off, or unable to work.