Former U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, a Republican who served suburban Detroit's Oakland County for 16 years after a career in insurance, died Tuesday at 84.

A chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican policy retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck in a rural Virginia town on Wednesday. No lawmakers or aides were reported injured, but the White House said one person was killed and another was seriously hurt.

Michigan congressman Mike Bishop, John Moolenaar and Fred Upton confirmed on Twitter they were on the train but uninjured.

Facebook fan page of Kid Rock

Kid Rock has donated about $122,000 from sales of merchandise promoting his potential U.S. Senate campaign to a voter-registration organization.

Lena Epstein
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Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein announced Monday she will run for U.S. Senate in 2018, saying Michigan is ready for another outsider with business experience after its voters favored Donald Trump in the presidential election.


As Republicans navigate sharp divisions involving Donald Trump, one Michigan journalist says the party reminds him of K-Mart’s old “blue light special:” tainted and beyond the point of meaningful repair.

Current State’s Mark Bashore finds out why from Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley.