Advance Notice: Briefs

Sanders to stop in West Michigan Saturday

By: - April 12, 2019 8:51 am

Sen. Bernie Sanders exits the stage after addressing the New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont delegation breakfast at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on July 27, 2016 in Essington, Pennsylvania. | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has added a presidential campaign stop on Saturday in West Michigan.

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He is scheduled to hold an event at 1:30 p.m. at the United Association Local 174 in Coopersville, north of Grand Rapids, WWMT-TV reports. It will not be open to the public.

Earlier this week, Sanders announced a 5 p.m. rally on the other side of the state Saturday at Macomb Community College in Warren, as the Advance reported.

Sanders won Michigan’s 2016 Democratic presidential primary over eventual nominee Hillary Clinton.

Michigan already is a hotbed of 2020 political activity. President Donald Trump kicked off his re-election campaign in Grand Rapids last month. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) stopped by in March, as well.

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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.