The Senators, being appointed by the Governors, act as ambassadors for the state. They can’t be voted out, until there is a new governor, but they are sent to represent the interests of the governor’s office. Today, they are influenced SOLELY by special interests on both sides of the aisle.
The Senators, originally, in not having to campaign, could spend their time actually legislating. They could also afford to do unpopular but necessary things. More than that, they could be COMPETENT, rather than telegenic.
The 17th has been a killer, fiscally speaking.
While the calls for slant drilling under the great lakes grows louder in Michigan, Debbie Stabenow grows more strident in her opposition to it at the federal level.
I want my local control back.