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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"White House chief of staff John Kelly has tapped Chris Liddell, a senior White House aide and former executive at Microsoft and General Motors, as his deputy." Prior to his appointment, Kelly had just one deputy: "Joe Hagin, who focuses on the day-to-day operations" in the White House. "Up until now, the White House had not named a deputy chief of staff for policy, though several aides, including [DHS Secretary Kirstjen] Nielsen, had informally played that role."
The Supreme Court on Monday "rejected a plea to undertake a historic reassessment of the constitutionality of the death penalty nationwide. The court denied certiorari in Hidalgo v. Arizona, which challenged the constitutionality of that state’s death penalty statute but also attacked capital punishment generally 'in light of contemporary standards of decency.'" The Court did not act on another case, Evans v. Mississippi, which would have prompted a broader review of the death penalty. "Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan issued a separate statement agreeing that the Hidalgo case should be denied because the record in the case was not fully developed, but hoping a future case would be a better platform for reviewing capital punishment."
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman begins his two-week visit to the U.S. this week, meeting with "political and business leaders in Washington, New York, Silicon Valley and elsewhere" in an effort to shore up financial support for his government and rehabilitate its image abroad. "The crown prince employed a similar public relations strategy on a three-day visit to the UK," where he met with "an array of British business and defense leaders." Bin Salman has been widely criticized for his alleged political chicanery in the Gulf, and for Saudi Arabia's devastating air campaign in neighboring Yemen.
A fourth package bomb injured two people in Austin on Sunday evening, "which the police chief says was caused by a tripwire and showed 'a different level of skill' than the package bombs used in the three prior attacks." The police are still searching for the perpetrator, and have warned residents to not pick up or approach suspicious packages. Previous explosions, which the police believe are connected, have killed two and wounded several others.
White House Lawyer Ty Cobb said that President Trump not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. Speculation swirled after Trump attacked the investigation on Twitter, and called out Mueller directly for the first time. “In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration," Cobb said, "...the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller." Several members of Congress, "including some top Republicans, warned Trump to not even think about terminating Mueller."