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Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a regular contributor to the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.

James, McDaniel address RNC, railing against ‘leftist’ and ‘radical’ Dems

By: - August 25, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate John James called for a “recovery of the American spirit that fuels our democracy” during a pre-recorded video aired ahead of the Republican National Convention on Monday. “In 2020, we have a choice,” James said. “To stand up and use our voices and our votes to defend our constitutional republic or to […]

Benson promotes absentee voting in DNC speech

By: - August 21, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson promoted absentee voting as safe and secure during a speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. “Secretaries of state are responsible for running fair, accessible, secure elections where every vote is counted and every voice is heard. We serve on the frontlines defending our democracy against any and all […]

Here’s where the 13 independent redistricting commissioners are from

By: - August 17, 2020

Thirteen commissioners who will serve on Michigan’s first independent redistricting commission were selected in a random drawing Monday afternoon. The commissioners – four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents – will be responsible for drawing district lines for the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives that will be […]

Tlaib and Jones split congressional elections in 2018. Now they’re squaring off again.

By: - August 2, 2020

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones have the distinction of both winning elections to represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional District in the 2018 midterms. Now, the two candidates are headed for a rematch in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Jones and Tlaib both ran for the seat after U.S. Rep. John Conyers […]

Sen. Gary Peters

Peters was locked out of Twitter account for more than 24 hours amid hack

By: - July 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) was locked out of his Twitter campaign account after a number of prominent accounts were compromised on Wednesday. The account is now back up. His Republican opponent, John James, was not locked out of his account and has been tweeting.  Some of the biggest Twitter accounts were compromised on […]

Republican compares Whitmer mask order to Soviet-era East Germany

By: - July 14, 2020

State Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) is the latest Republican to criticize Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to wear a mask in businesses or outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. Horn compared the order to East Germany, the former Soviet Union satellite state, and the Berlin Wall in a series of Facebook comments on Friday. […]

Dan Kildee is ‘only moving up the ladder.’ So what’s next?

By: - July 6, 2020

Dan Kildee is no stranger to leading during a crisis. After all, the Flint Democrat had been in Congress for just a couple years when the Flint water crisis began. “That was one of those moments where I knew why I was there. I knew exactly why I was in Congress,” Kildee said in an […]

Gov. supports ‘the spirit’ of defunding police, investing in social services

By: - June 10, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that she supports “the spirit” of calls to defund police departments and reallocate the funds to social services as cities across the country continue to protest the alleged killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Whitmer made the remark during an interview with The Root that was broadcast […]

Amash sings familiar tune in flirting with presidential run

By: - April 14, 2020

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) again flirted with the possibility of a third party presidential campaign Monday. Amash responded to President Donald Trump telling reporters he has “total” authority as president with a tweet, saying “Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option.” After one Twitter user encouraged him to be that other […]

Slideshow: A jam-packed final 4 days before Michigan’s primary

By: - March 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) invested heavily in Michigan during the weekend before the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday. Both campaigns scheduled over a dozen events throughout the state in the four days preceding Election Day. While Sanders participated in eight events by himself over four days, Biden relied […]

Sanders pulls out all the stops in Michigan before Tuesday’s primary

By: - March 9, 2020

After the most eventful week of the 2020 election reshaped the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, both remaining major candidates have turned their attention to Michigan. A win here could rejuvenate the campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the early leader with wins in New Hampshire and Nevada. But former Vice President Joe […]

Dem prez hopefuls haven’t been in Michigan for weeks — but that’s about to change

By: - February 29, 2020

After an early influx of campaign stops, several top Democratic presidential candidates have gone months without campaigning in Michigan as they shifted their focus to early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. However, that will change next week. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) […]