Advance Notice: Briefs

Stacey Abrams to keynote annual Mackinac Policy Conference

By: - March 13, 2019 5:15 pm

Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the national Democratic Party, will be in Michigan this spring.

Abrams, who narrowly lost her race for Georgia governor last year and delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last month, will be a keynote speaker at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference in late May.

She said this week that a 2020 presidential run “is definitely on the table.” Abrams also has been considering a U.S. Senate bid next year and has been a national voice for voting rights.

The annual business and political conference is hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber and held at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, a favorite of Michigan lawmakers and lobbyists. The Southeast Michigan business group announced Abram’s participation in the conference in a tweet on Wednesday.

Jeb Bush

Joining Abrams as announced speakers at this year’s Mackinac Conference are Republican former governors and presidential candidates Jeb Bush of Florida and John Kasich of Ohio.

A number of prominent political pundits also are slated to speak at the conference.

They include: Democratic former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile and Matthew Dowd, a Michigan native and former President George W. Bush adviser.

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.