Michigan Democrats elect new leader, Republicans stay the course

Feb 25, 2013

At their annual convention, held in Lansing this year, Michigan Republicans reelected Bobby Schostak as their leader.
Credit Gabriela Saldivia

The state Republican and Democratic parties held conventions this weekend, and news was made at both.

After 18 years, Mark Brewer is out as leader of the Michigan Democratic Party, removing his name from consideration before the party’s chairmanship could go up for a vote. Lon Johnson takes over.

Meanwhile, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak faced a challenge from Tea Party nominee Todd Courser.        

The new head of the Michigan Democratic Party, Lon Johnson, shares his plan. And the Michigan Public Radio Network’s managing editor Rick Pluta and reporter Jake Neher break down the news out of both conventions.