Sunday, May 22, 2005

Ingham County

Ingham County:
Location – Capitol Area
Population – 279,320 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 79.46% White, 10.86% Black, .55% American Indian, 3.68% Asian, 2.42% Some other Race, 2.99% Two or more races, 5.80% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Mason (pop 6,714)

Ingham County is located in Mid-Michigan. It is the home of Lansing which is the state capitol, and East Lansing, the home of Michigan State University. It is the 4th most democrat county in the state.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Mike Rogers (R) – 8th District
State Senators:
22nd District – Valde Garcia (R) – Bunker Hill Twp, Leslie, Leslie Township, Mason City, Stockbridge Township, and Vevay Township
23rd District – Virg Bernero (D) – Rest of County

State Representatives:
67th District – Dianne Byrum (D) – Rest of County (including Williamston City and Southern Lansing)
68th District – Mike Murphy (D) – Most of Lansing (approx north of Jolly Rd), Lansing Township
69th District – Gretchen Whitmer (D) – East Lansing, Meridian Township (Okemos/Haslett), Williamstown Township (NOT Williamston City)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 60.13%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 39.70%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 65.47%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 32.58%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 59.96%, John Smietanka (R) – 40.04%
Congress:
8th District – Debbie Stabenow (D) – 64.46, Susan Grimes Munsell (R) – 30.96%

State Senator:
24th District – Joe Schwarz (R) – 61.33%, Violet Hinton (D) – 38.67%
25th District – Dianne Byrum (D) – 66.04%, Pat Gallagher (R) – 30.89%

State Representatives:
67th District – Paul DeWeese (R) – 55.27%, William Keith (D) – 42.62%
68th District – Lingg Brewer (D) – 62.39%, Gary Smith (R) – 37.61%
69th District – Lynne Martinez (D) – 68.23%, Tom Rasmusson (R) – 31.77%
70th District – Laura Baird (D) – 58.77%, Virginia White (R) – 41.23%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate Debbie Stabenow (D) – 58.06%, Spence Abraham (R) – 39.36%
Congress:
8th District – Dianne Byrum (D) – 57.52%, Mike Rogers (R) – 40.11%

State Representative:
67th District – Paul DeWeese (R) – 55.54%, Tom Holcomb (D) – 42.84%
68th District – Virg Bernero (D) – 59.52%, Stuart Goodrich (R) – 40.46%
69th District – Mike Murphy (D) – 68.41%, Jeff Roth (R) – 31.59%
70th District – Gretchen Whitmer (D) – 56.59%, Bill Hollister (R) – 43.41%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 60.95%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 37.74%
Secretary of State - Butch Hollowell (D) – 49.28%, Terri Lynn Land (R) – 47.98%
Attorney General – Gary Peters (D) – 55.78%, Mike Cox (R) – 41.69%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 66.12%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 31.48%
Congress:
8th District – Mike Rogers (R) – 59.21%, Frank McAlpine (D) – 39.54%
State Senate:
22nd District – Valde Garcia (R) – 60.54%, Jim Swonk (D) – 39.46%
23rd District – Virg Bernero (D) – 53.36%, Paul DeWeese (R) – 46.64%

State Representative:
67th District – Dianne Byrum (D) – 58.94%, Don Vickers (R) – 41.06%
68th District – Mike Murphy (D) – 68.29%, Tim Havis (R) – 29.63%
69th District – Gretchen Whitmer (D) – 62.54%, Larry Ward (R) -37.46%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
8th District – Bob Alexander (D) – 49.16%, Mike Rogers (R) – 49.01%

State Representative
67th District – Dianne Byrum (D) – 54.80%, Beth Chandler (R) – 45.20%
68th District – Mike Murphy (D) – 68.29%, Mark Harm (R) – 29.63%
69th District – Gretchen Whitmer (D) – 62.54%, Angela Lindsay (R) – 37.46%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

INGHAM COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 47314 (39.23%), Gore – 69231 (57.41%)
2004 – Bush – 54734 (41.14%), Kerry – 76877 (57.78%)

Alaiedon Township
2000 - 956 (53.32%), 779 (43.45%)
2004 – 1088 (56.08%), 838 (43.20)

Aurelius Township
2000 - 979 (55.22%), 746 (42.08%)
2004 – 1222 (60.68%), 771 (38.38%)

Bunker Hill
2000 - 427 (50.06%), 403 (47.25%)
2004 – 549 (56.31%), 417 (42.77%)

Delhi Township
2000 - 5309 (47.30%), 5632 (50.18%)
2004 – 6831 (52.25%), 6105 (46.70%)

East Lansing City
2000 - 4702 (28.83%), 10770 (66.04%)
2004 – 5119 (28.40%), 12647 (70.16%)

Ingham Township
2000 - 557 (53.97%), 434 (42.05%)
2004 – 734 (60.66%), 463 (38.26%)

Lansing City
2000 - 14075 (31.35%), 29340 (65.36%)
2004 – 16101 (33.03%), 32102 (65.86%)

Lansing Township
2000 - 1606 (40.59%), 2226 (56.25%)
2004 – 1707 (40.76%), 2436 (58.17%)

Leroy Township
2000 - 877 (54.92%), 671 (42.02%)
2004 – 1103 (61.28%), 674 (37.44%)

Leslie City
2000 – 343 (49.71%), 340 (49.28%)
2004 – 403 (51.93%), 363 (46.78%)

Leslie Township
2000 - 596 (53.74%), 479 (43.19%)
2004 – 808 (61.59%), 486 (37.44%)

Locke Township
2000 - 514 (58.68%), 345 (39.38%)
2004 – 657 (63.97%), 361 (35.15%)

Mason City
2000 - 1541 (46.80%), 1668 (50.65%)
2004 – 1989 (51.03%), 1880 (48.23%)

Meridian Township
2000 - 9202 (44.64%), 10756 (52.17%)
2004 – 9589 (43.25%), 12378 (55.83%)

Onondaga Township
2000 - 602 (53.99%), 477 (42.78%)
2004 – 768 (56.60%), 568 (41.86%)

Stockbridge Township
2000 - 753 (49.90%), 703 (46.59%)
2004 – 1000 (57.80%), 708 (40.92%)

Vevay Township
2000 - 1013 (54.96%), 789 (42.81%)
2004 – 1177 (58.70%), 816 (40.70%)

Wheatfield Township
2000 - 515 (54.79%), 390 (41.49%)
2004 – 624 (62.09%), 375 (37.31%)

White Oak Township
2000 - 291 (56.73%), 211 (41.13%)
2004 – 378 (59.62%), 247 (38.96%)

Williamston City
2000 - 873 (51.44%), 767 (45.20%)
2004 – 1065 (54.48%), 869 (44.45%)

Williamstown Township
2000 - 1583 (53.37%), 1305 (44.00%)
2004 – 1824 (56.56%), 1373 (42.57%)

Ingham County politics can be seperated into four regions as described below. What’s interesting here is that outside of the college influenced area, the county swung the same way towards Bush as most of the Southern Michigan areas in the 7th district region.

Lansing/Lansing Township/East Lansing – The most democrat part of the county, which has over ½ of the population. East Lansing is the only municipality which Mike Rogers did not carry in 2002 against Frank McAlpine (who cost votes every time he opened his mouth). Lansing Township and Lansing are solidly democrat outside of Rogers 02. Bob Alexander won both areas. East Lansing is home to Michigan State University, and Lansing is both a GM union town and the state capitol. Tax cuts are not popular in this area which is both economically and socially liberal.

Okemos/Haslett/Williamston/Williamstown Township – The blue is spreading to Meridian Township(Okemos/Haslett) which was competitive until recently, but is now almost solid democrat due to a large influx of MSU students(which don’t exclusively live in downtown East Lansing or the SE corner of Lansing anymore) and affluent state workers (lawyers). Williamston is the exurban fringe of the Lansing area and is more socially conservative, but it is not as Republican as it used to be, and may soon flip. Okemos is more fiscally conservative, but is as socially liberal as East Lansing.

Holt/Mason – A fast growing swing area which surprisingly (to me) flipped to Bush in 2004 and has taken a bit of a republican tilt in recent years. It will likely continue to be competitive in future elections. It is more populist and socially conservative than the rest of the Lansing/East Lansing suburbs. I expected it to follow Okemos, but I think it is more GM centered than government centered. Delhi Township contains Holt and extends South just to the West of Mason.

Rest of the County – The rest of the county is rural and tilts Republican, although not as much as neighboring Livingston County. Dianne Byrum represented this area for years, so they are used to voting for democrats.

Redistricting hurt Ingham County’s representation. It used to have 3 ½ districts (sharing one with Livingston County), and now has 3. The Lansing and East Lansing based districts were changed little, and the Holt/South Lansing (Bernero/Brewer) and rural district (DeWeese) was merged into one district which will be very competitve in 2006 when Byrum is termed out. President Bush won the district in 2004, but I believe it went for Gore in 2000.

The state senate districts were changed, and the republicans did a very poor job drawing it. The Republican leaning Southeast part of the county was placed in a Livingston County based district, while the rest makes the other district solid democrat (DeWeese was the only chance at all in 02). The Joe Schwarz sections bordering Eaton County were placed in Virg Bernero’s district.

We may have some special election here if Virg Bernero wins the race for Lansing mayor. If Bernero becomes mayor, a democrat would be strongly favored to win that seat. Gretchen Whitmer is term limited in 2006, and has almost already declared she will run. Mike Murphy is termed out, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he also runs. It will take a miracle for Republicans to win either district. Lansing is solid democrat, and a republican will have to run up huge margins in both democrat Meridian and marginal Williamstown Township in the other district to offset stronghold East Lansing.

Two likely candidates in 2006 for Whitmer’s state representative district are East Lansing Mark Meadows and Mary Lindemann(whose husband Pat is the drain commissioner). I would vote for Lindemann in the democrat primary just to stick it to Mayor Meadows if I still lived in that district(where I lived as an MSU Student and voted in Brighton). I have rarely seen a more fiscally inept board than the East Lansing City Council. I’ve rarely been more unimpressed with an individual in politics than Mr. Meadows. The council is made up of arrogant big government statists who are very unfriendly to MSU students. I moved to Howell while I was still a student there, partly due to the ineptness and hostility there. Why should I live and support a city where my kind are not wanted, even though we are the backbone of the community? East Lansing would be another Okemos if it wasn’t for Michigan State University.

Each year, in East Lansing, I received a flier in my mail saying the building cop was going to search apartments. They warned that tickets could be written to the residents for “fire hazards”, that include extension cords on the ground, empty beverage cans stored anywhere (10 cent deposits), and TV cords on the floor. Now I know how East Lansing’s government was able to be so fiscally irresponsible with their money. They can just write more tickets.

I had some good times in East Lansing and got along well with most of the students. That said, while it is a good place to visit, I wouldn’t want to live there as long as jokers like Mark Meadows, Bev Baten, and Vic Loomis are dominating their city council.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

After reading your comments here, I have no doubt that you are the most inept individual I have ever come accross. It's obvious that you allow your political affiliation to bias your opinions. I would agree that yes, Bev Baten is inept, but how about some of the other republicans (yes Bev Baten is a republican by the way) on the council? You give republicans a bad name.

I bet you were one of the idiots that participated in the riot. Good riddens, East Lansing doesn't need "jokers" like you anyway. Pull your bow-tie out of your ass and stick to Howell.

By the way, don't bother retorting with some crap about how I'm probably a city resident who is also against students, blah, blah, blah. I don't live in East Lansing, I'm a student and to top it all off I'm a fellow republican.

Republican Michigander said...

First off, It's a political blog so yes, my political affiliation (Republican - Conservative with libertarian streak) does bias my opinion. That said, I've taken both republicans and democrats to task at times. Baten may be a Republican. So what. She's still inept. I've taken Liddy Dole and John McCain to task numerous times.

Last time I lived there, Mark Meadows, Bill Sharp, Sam Singh, Bev Baden, and Vic Loomis ran the council. Sharp (who is no friend to students) and Singh I disagree with at, but I wouldn't call them inept, as I do the other three. I believe Sharp's Republican and Singh's a democrat so that evens out. Meadows is just a slickster. When he answers about wasting money by passing an illegal gun law which would land them in court and increase their debt - "We're in court all the time anyway." Real fiscal responsibility there at a time where its needed. They were already in debt. Bill Sharp, to his credit realized that. Court costs and attorney fees aren't cheap. That gets made up in tax increases, more fees, higher rents, and results in more money out of my pocket to bail out fiscal mismanagement.

And no, I wasn't a participant in the riot. Destroying people's property isn't my idea of fun. Neither is dealing with bureaucratic building code inspectors and being treated as a probable criminal when I have a clean record.

95% of the students there are good people. The worst thing they do is have a few drinks now and then. Big deal. They don't need to be treated as potential criminals by their government because of the 5% jerks who life there.

Now, the city there is trying to push the off campus students to Bath, Lansing, and Okemos. Bye Bye Cedar Village. Demonize the students, get the plan passed, sell the condos for $250,000, and rake in the tax windfall, and reduce the political power of students to vote the bums out.

As usual, it all comes down to money and power.

Frank Mcalpine said...

Frank McAlpine lost votes because he opposed the war in Iraq and the tax cuts only for the wealthy. Mike Rogers was a cheerleader for the war and refused to debate. Was it better that Rogers was elected than McAlpine.