Advance Notice: Briefs

Kamala Harris to keynote Detroit NAACP dinner

By: - March 26, 2019 12:13 pm

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris addresses the Detroit NAACP dinner | Andrew Roth

Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will headline an event for the Detroit branch of the NAACP on May 5.

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The Detroit News first reported that Harris will speak at the 64th annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner at Cobo Hall.

“It is an accomplishment to have her come,” NAACP President the Rev. Wendell Anthony told the News. “We are pleased she’s coming. It’s no secret she is one of several candidates running for president, but we don’t endorse candidates. She exemplifies a lot of what we’re hoping to cover this year with our theme and convention.”

Michigan is becoming a hotbed of 2020 activity.

Last week, two of Harris’ Democratic rivals, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (R-Texas), campaigned in Southeast Michigan. On Thursday, President Donald Trump is slated to hold a rally in Grand Rapids.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Clawson, March 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

Two other Dem contenders previously visited Michigan, former U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) and former technology executive Andrew Yang.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is slated to be in Detroit at a Michigan Democratic Party women’s caucus luncheon on May 18.

Stacey Abrams, who hasn’t decided on her 2020 plans, will keynote the Mackinac Policy Conference later that month. She lost her Georgia gubernatorial race last year. And former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has been talked about as a possibility to primary Trump, also will be at the conference.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.