The Republican National Convention has been an ecumenical event, as people laid aside religious differences in the name of backing Mitt Romney and defeating President Obama.
On TV, radio and over the Internet, Michigan voters are getting a firsthand taste of the growing nastiness of the Republican presidential race as candidates and their PAC allies blanket the airwaves here with ads ahead of Tuesday's crucial primary.
Minnesota's Democrats would love to knock her off, but Rep. Michele Bachmann looks likely to win a fourth term in her redrawn district. But her failed presidential bid may have clouded the tea party favorite's hopes of moving up to higher office in the future.
Just as many voters were getting over a record-setting string of state Senate recall elections with the prospect of another against the governor, the parties are gearing up for what many are predicting will be a hard-fought race for the open U.S. Senate seat left by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, a Democrat.
The conservative "red" states should see their political clout enhanced as a result of the Census Bureau's announcement Tuesday that the nation's population grew 9.7 percent over the past decade to nearly 309 million, with the fastest growth centered in states that went Republican in the 2008 presidential election.
"One tough nerd." "One chance" to fix things. An invitation to "reinvent" Michigan — a state straining mightily against its manufacturing past and still firmly caught in the recession's coils.