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February 12, 2016

Gary Peters to Enter Michigan Senate Race #MIsen

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Gary Peters will announce his campaign for Senate on Wednesday, giving Democrats a top candidate to run for the open seat in Michigan.

Peters will make the announcement in his hometown of Rochester Hills, a top Democratic aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call. However, the surrounding area in Oakland County has also proved pivotal for victory in recent statewide victories.

Democrats have the advantage to hold retiring Sen. Carl Levin’s seat. Peters is not expected to face a primary, and Republicans are still looking for a candidate. CQ Roll Call Contributing Writer Stuart Rothenberg rates this race as Safe Democrat.

A spokeswoman for Peters, Haley Morris, denied the congressman has made a decision yet.

“Gary is grateful from all the encouragement he’s heard from folks around Michigan,” Morris said. “He’s weighing his decision with his family, and they will be letting everyone know soon.”

But all signs point to a Peters Senate candidacy. Last week, Debbie Dingell, the wife of longtime Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., announced she would not run for the seat. Additionally, 54 Democratic state lawmakers signed a petition urging Peters to run for the seat.

Republicans have yet to field a recruit for this seat. But former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Reps. Justin Amash and Mike Rogers continue to consider campaigns.

Peters’ announcement comes a couple of weeks after he posted a strong fundraising quarter — during which he raised more money than Amash and Rogers combined. (See how much other House members raised in Roll Call’s first-quarter fundraising chart).

National Journal first broke the news about Peters’ announcement.

  • Steve Banicki

    THis is the Senator who did not want the Boston bomber read his rights!

  • C R Ellsworth

    Why is this in Obama Care:

    They’ll take care of the ‘Health Part’ next year, But I bet they rush this part now:
    Keywords: Obama care, Obamacare, ‘0’Care, Civilian National Security Force
    (“We cannot continue to rely on our military to achieve our national security efforts. We’ve got to have a Civilian National Security Force that is just as strong and just as well funded.” ~ Obama (D) Illinois )

    From HR3590 Ready Reserve in 0 Care
    Section 5210 Establishing a Ready Reserve Corps
    There has been little recent discussion about this part of ‘0’Care since they debate over whether we are to be screwed by a ‘Tax’ or a ‘Fine’.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but this part seems to make Reserve Officers part of The Regulars and allows them to be called up by ‘The Surgeon General’ to command troops to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency
    response missions.
    Be sure to read the part under ‘Uses’.

    H. R. 3590—496
    Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204)
    is amended to read as follows:
    ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—There shall be in the Service a commissioned
    Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service
    in time of national emergency.
    ‘‘(2) REQUIREMENT.—All commissioned officers shall be citizens
    of the United States and shall be appointed without regard
    to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to
    the Classification Act of 1923, as amended.
    ‘‘(3) APPOINTMENT.—Commissioned officers of the Ready
    Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned
    officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by
    the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
    ‘‘(4) ACTIVE DUTY.—Commissioned officers of the Ready
    Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active
    duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the
    purpose of training.
    ‘‘(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.—Warrant officers may be
    appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support
    to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service
    and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered
    for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code,
    to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps
    of the Service.
    CORPS.—Effective on the date of enactment of the Patient Protection
    and Affordable Care Act, all individuals classified as officers in
    the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on
    the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving
    on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of
    the Regular Corps.
    ‘‘(1) PURPOSE.—The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps
    is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps
    personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed
    service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned
    Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency
    response missions.
    ‘‘(2) USES.—The Ready Reserve Corps shall—
    ‘‘(A) participate in routine training to meet the general
    and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps;
    ‘‘(B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to
    active duty during national emergencies and public health
    crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel;
    ‘‘(C) be available for backfilling critical positions left
    vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned
    Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to
    public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and
    ‘‘(D) be available for service assignment in isolated,
    hardship, and medically underserved communities (as
    defined in section 799B) to improve access to health services.
    ‘‘(d) FUNDING.—For the purpose of carrying out the duties and
    responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there
    are authorized to be appropriated $5,000,000 for each of fiscal
    years 2010 through 2014 for recruitment and training and
    $12,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014 for the
    Ready Reserve Corps.’’.

  • Sally

    Seems to me that they want a group ready to assist with a medical emergency like a pandemic, or the after-effects of a natural disaster like Katrina. Better a trained group than what Blackwater did in New Orleans, don’t you think? Besides, I don’t know that this has even been implemented yet, do you? I don’t see anything frightening here. But hey, Fox can always use it to prove that the NRA is right and we need to buy more guns!

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