Hats in the Ring for Michigan Senate

Former Rep. Peter Meijer. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Happy Monday! At a time when partisan bickering dominates political headlines, we’ll try to highlight flashes of bipartisanship in Washington when we can. Last week, Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola announced that one of her former Republican opponents, Josh Revak, will join her Alaska office as state director. “We may have different party affiliations, but the job is about serving all Alaskans,” Revak said in a statement, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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  • President Joe Biden will deliver his second State of the Union address at the Capitol Tuesday night, in a speech that is expected to also preview the themes of his likely reelection campaign. 
  • The Democratic National Committee this weekend officially approved its new primary schedule for the 2024 presidential election—demoting the Iowa caucuses, moving South Carolina to the head of the queue, and shuffling a handful of other early states, including New Hampshire, Georgia, Nevada, and Michigan. As we wrote last week, some GOP-led states do not intend to comply with the new DNC calendar, setting up a clash between national Democrats and state parties in Iowa and New Hampshire. 
  • The Federal Election Commission (FEC) increased individual contribution limits for the 2023-2024 cycle, adjusting with inflation in accordance with the FEC’s two-year evaluation standard. Individuals can now contribute $3,300 per candidate for the next two-year cycle and $41,300 per national party committee per calendar year, and political party committees can give $57,800 per campaign.
  • Two-term GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana said Friday that she will not run for reelection in 2024 or challenge Rep. Jim Banks in his bid for retiring GOP Sen. Mike Braun’s seat. “Being a working mom is tough, and I need to spend more time with my two high school girls back home,” Spartz said in a statement, “so I will not run for any office in 2024.” 

Former Congressman Peter Meijer, GOP Rep. Bill Huizenga Signal Interest in Michigan’s Open Senate Seat  

Just a month after Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan formally announced she will retire in 2024, the Republican primary contest to flip her seat is already heating up. 

Former GOP Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan—an Iraq veteran who lost his primary last year after voting to impeach former President Donald Trump—confirmed in an interview that he’s exploring a run for Stabenow’s seat. GOP Reps. Bill Huizenga and Lisa McClain of Michigan are also strongly considering throwing their hats in the ring for Senate, The Dispatch has learned.

It’s early in the cycle for so many candidates to be openly mulling Senate bids. But Republicans are enthusiastic at the prospect of flipping a rare open seat in Michigan, a blue-ish swing state that hasn’t elected a Republican U.S. senator since Spencer Abraham in 1994. 

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