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Posted on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 5:50 a.m. endorses Debbie Stabenow in U.S. Senate race

By Staff

Michigan’s U.S. Senate race features a two-term incumbent from East Lansing and a former U.S. Congressman from Western Michigan as Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is challenged by Republican Pete Hoekstra. Of the two, we believe Stabenow is the best choice for Washtenaw County voters.

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Hoekstra’s stance on fiscal responsibility and job growth will resonate with voters, who nationally are prioritizing economic issues as among the top concerns in this election.

However, Stabenow is the candidate who we believe will most effectively speak for the goals of most Washtenaw County voters as she makes decisions as a U.S. Senator.

Like Hoekstra, that includes support of key business concerns. Stabenow says she prioritizes the economy: Stabenow speaks of high-speed rail and clean energy manufacturing as areas of importance to the region. Also on her list: Education, the environment and equal rights.

During her current term, she said she’s been most proud of advocating for the American auto industry. The recovery of that industry includes job growth across Michigan, including in and near Ann Arbor — at the same time as it bolsters the entire U.S. economy amid ongoing concerns about the federal deficit, European financial problems and slow growth.

Auto industry growth from innovation continues to be among Stabenow’s goals, which she’s pursuing for Michigan via participation in the federal request for a new site for a National Advanced Battery Innovation Hub. The approval of that hub was among the key provisions of Stabenow’s Battery Innovation Act, initiated in 2011.

Battery innovation remains a target for the auto industry and offers ongoing opportunity to researchers in Southeast Michigan, particularly the Ann Arbor area. The recent bankruptcy of A123 Systems and,before that, Solyndra, brought into question the federal government’s role in financing the endeavors. We believe that’s appropriate, given the hundreds of millions in public money that backed the respective companies. However, theopportunity to encourage and find markets for alternative energy should still be a federal goal even as we encourage it to stop that degree of financing for single entities.

Stabenow’s committees also give her a key role in decision-making: She’s chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; and she sits on the Senate Budget Committee, Senate Energy Committee; and Senate Finance Committee, making decisions on issues like Social Security, Medicare and trade policy.

Many elected offices will be decided on Nov. 6 by economic concerns of voters. We find Stabenow’s stated concern for middle-income and senior citizen voters to be a balance with the business interests that have endorsed her, like the Detroit Regional Chamber, and environmental groups like Clean Water Action.

A politician will struggle to reflect the will of all voters, but the range of interest groups supporting Stabenow affirms our own decision that Washtenaw County will be well-represented if she earns a third term in the U.S. Senate. endorsements are the results of interviews with candidates and reporting. The endorsement team includes Laurel Champion, executive vice president; Paula Gardner, community news director; and members of Gardner’s staff, including Bob Needham, entertainment director and former Ann Arbor News editorial page editor; and Cindy Heflin, managing producer.



Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1:41 p.m.

Debbie you have my vote. I would never vote for a racist tea publican like Hoekstra. Remember those stupid debbie spend it now ads he was forced to remove from television. A vote for Debbie is a vote for the people.


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 4:49 p.m.

Debbie Stabenow's attack on the pharmaceutical industry resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of high paying Research and Development jobs in Michigan. She's now turned her attention to agriculture. If you're a farmer making good money off corn, beware! She's coming for your profits next.

Top Cat

Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 4:13 p.m.

Debbie wears her $1 trillion deficits as a badge of honor.

Dog Guy

Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 3:02 p.m.

It would be a shame for Senator Levin to have only one vote in the Senate.


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 2:03 p.m.

Yes, we are truly a one party town.

Great Lakes Lady

Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

Stabenow's Battery Innovation Act. A123: spend $1 million in lobbying, plus $6,000 in campaign contributions....and receive $249 million in government money.....declare bankruptcy......I would say that's a huge return on investment for A123 and a bad investment for us taxpayers. It's very lucrative to make large contributions to the Democratic party. Solyndra received $535 million of our hard earned tax payer money. Result: bankruptcy. I would say Solyndra earned an extremely high rate of return on their investment. Sounds like a similar situation with A123 Systems.


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 4:52 a.m.

Romney insisted he needed more and more money for the winter Olympics from the U.S,. Government. A lot of taxpayer money helped Romney organize the winter olympics (which have far fewer events as summer olympics).

Great Lakes Lady

Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 2:40 p.m.

"Solyndra small potatoes?" Not in my world. Furthermore, It's naive to thing the Obama's have not sheltered their incredible incomes as well. Yes, Romney and his wife could be retired and living very well, but instead chooses to serve his country. He took no salary as Gov of salary as Chairman of Olympics for 3 years.


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

Rmoney has a $100 million IRA and offshore tax havens to shelter his mulitmillions. Do you? KInd of makes Solyndra small potatoes when one man has a 13% tax rate, can hide his taxes in off shore tax havens and ships jobs overseas to the lowest bidder while one tries to help American companies invest in American jobs.

Great Lakes Lady

Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 1:43 p.m.

Agriculture: Over 50 nations including all of Europe label genetically modified food. Stabenow voted AGAINST it in the Senate in June, 2012. S.Amdt. 2310 to S. 3240 (Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 Given that a majority of the population wants to know what's in their food and where it comes from, she does not represent you....she represents corporations such as Monsanto, that push GMO agriculture.


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 1:34 p.m.

Go figure.....


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 1:29 p.m.

When you vote, ask yourself if you want a President who serves all the people or a Corporate Boss who likes firing them then ship their jobs overseas.


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 4:52 p.m.

way to go on reading comprehension spam bot! This is an article about a senator.


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 1:26 p.m.

It is a shame that AA News endorsed Senator Stabenhow. Under her watch of the economy we went from national debt of $5 trillion to $16.3 trillion. Her support from auto industry seems to come in the form of campaign commercials vs. real action. She supports the EPA 52 MPG mandate that will add $6,000 -$8,000 to price of a new car. The cost will not be recouped in 100,000 miles of driving. She refuses to think about a cap on spending. She also supports Eric Holders handeling of Fast & Furious. She says she supports US oil production but supported the killing of Keystone pipeline. Now that you mention it AA News is correct, she does support the majority of AA thinking.