Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R) is “launching his long-expected candidacy Tuesday and vowing to continue an economic rebound that has resulted in the addition of more than a half million jobs in Michigan.”
Calley: “I’m running for governor to ensure that we not only continue the comeback, but we capitalize on the strong foundation we’ve laid and make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation.”
“Calley downplayed [President] Trump’s backing of” state Attorney General Bill Schuette (R), “telling the AP that voters do not like to be told who they should vote for — ‘especially by politicians.’”
“Asked about Schuette’s call to lower the income tax, Calley said he supports cutting taxes and his agenda would ‘make that more possible and not just in a modest way’ by transforming the social services system into a pipeline to employment — which he said would free up revenue to reduce taxes, fix roads and bridges, and fund education.” (AP)
Term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder (R) headlined “a fundraiser Monday night for Calley at the Orchard Lake home of Mark Mitchell. … Mitchell is co-founder and managing director of the Birmingham private equity Lorient Capital LLC. … Calley is expected to raise at least $175,000 from the fundraiser’s event chairs and co-chairs, who pledged to donate or raise $25,000 and $10,000, respectfully.” (Crain’s Chicago Business)
Snyder on Monday “lauded the work done by Calley during his seven years as second-in-charge. Specifically, he complimented the work done by Calley in taking the lead on tax reform, mental health and the fight against opioid abuse.”
Snyder: “I’m proud to have such a wonderful partner.” (Detroit News)
GOT YOUR BACK. The Michigan Fair Tax Association and Southeast Michigan radio host Thayrone X endorsed state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) this week. (releases)
LINE 5. Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) and former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed (D) said “an agreement between Michigan and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. that sets a timeline for determining the future of twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge … includes temporary half-measures that leave the lakes vulnerable.” Schuette and OBGYN Jim Hines (R) “say the plan is a good first step.” (AP)
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"As Trump signed a joint statement with Kim Jong Un that offered few details on how the North Korean leader would make good on his vow to denuclearize, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that they want and expect the White House to submit any final agreement for their approval." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for any agreement to be in the form of a treaty.
President Trump announced that the United States will suspend "war games" with South Korea, which are "inappropriate" given his meeting with North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un. "We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money," said Trump, "unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should." The military exercises "carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by Pyongyang as a US rehearsal for war, and a reason it needs to build a nuclear arsenal."
President Trump "heaped praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, calling him 'a very worthy, very smart negotiator' and vowing to meet with him 'many times.' Speaking to reporters in Singapore after his landmark summit with Kim, Trump said that he found the North Korean premier to be a 'very talented man' who 'loves his country very much.'"