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Night 2: Every time candidates brought up Michigan in the debate

BY: - August 1, 2019

“All politics is local” is one of the biggest maxims in the business — and it remained true on Wednesday evening as the second set of 10 Democratic presidential candidates took to the debate stage at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The contenders were: Former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), U.S. Sen. Cory […]

With Biden at center of 2nd Detroit Dem debate, the conflict wasn’t right vs. left, but past vs. future

BY: - August 1, 2019

The Democratic Party brought its two night of debates in downtown Detroit to a close Wednesday, as frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden fended off challengers trying to gain a foothold in what has so far been a mostly static primary since his entrance in April. Tuesday’s debate with the 10 other qualifying candidates in […]

Harris, Biden, Castro and more: Where round 2 debate candidates have been in Michigan

BY: - July 31, 2019

Updated, 9:23 p.m. with new events Thursday from Harris and Biden It’s round two of the Democratic presidential debates in Detroit, so the Advance has rounded up all the contenders’ previous trips to Michigan. The lineup Wednesday night is: Vice President Joe Biden, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), […]

Every time Michigan was mentioned in the 1st Democratic debate in Detroit

BY: - July 31, 2019

Given the Democratic Party’s fall from grace in the Upper Midwest in 2016, when they lost the crucial electoral votes of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, you’d imagine there would have been plenty of talk about policies affecting the region during the first night of this week’s debates in Detroit. And you’d be right. The contenders […]

State recommends shrinking Caro mental health facility 

BY: - July 31, 2019

After months of debate and uncertainty over the future of a mental health facility in rural Caro, the state has officially recommended that it shrink its number of beds and move some residents to other state facilities. The Caro facility, which currently has roughly 150 beds, will have 84 under the plan recommended by the […]

Moderators try to pit Warren, Sanders against moderates in 1st Detroit Dem debate

BY: - July 30, 2019

Ten candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination argued Tuesday night that they represent the best chance to deny President Donald Trump re-election, with their approaches spanning the ideological spectrum as the party moves forward from its 2016 surprise defeat. CNN moderators Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, and Dana Bash attempted to draw out sharp contrasts between […]

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee and DNC Chair Tom Perez

Dems, GOP offer contrast on trade ahead of debates

BY: - July 30, 2019

Both the Democratic and Republican parties held sparring press conferences just hours apart in Detroit Tuesday morning ahead of the Democratic primary debates, offering a stark contrast on the economic issues they both believe will be crucial to winning the 2020 presidential election. At the Michigan Carpenters Union Hall in Warren, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee […]

Stevens delivers weekly Democratic address after 2 bills clear U.S. House

BY: - July 27, 2019

Freshman U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester) was tapped to deliver the Democratic Party’s weekly address Friday, and took the opportunity to point out the party’s legislative efforts in their first 200 days in power. Stevens discussed bills passed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House on retirement benefits, prescription drug costs and a $15 an hour minimum […]

Rust belt leaders rip Trump for ‘selling out’ workers

BY: - July 25, 2019

Labor allies from Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on Thursday pushed back hours ahead of against President Donald Trump’s afternoon event celebrating the one-year anniversary of his executive order establishing the National Council for the American Worker. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint ); U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.); Sylvia Wilson, executive vice President of the Allegheny […]

Most Michigan reps. vote to protect union pensions

BY: - July 25, 2019

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at salvaging union pensions, an issue close to the hearts of many Michigan lawmakers. Known as the “Butch Lewis Act” in honor of a retired Ohio Teamster, H.R. 397, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), would impact roughly 43,000 workers in Michigan and 1.3 million […]

Kamala Harris at SEIU rally: ‘Detroit was built by workers’

BY: - July 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Wednesday became the first presidential candidate to rally with Detroit security officers who are trying to unionize.  Several presidential candidates – including Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) – tweeted their support of the security officers in June, […]

Harris to attend SEIU Detroit rally Wednesday

BY: - July 23, 2019

Updated, 5:11 a.m., 6/24/19 with new location for the rally U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is slated to be at a Wednesday rally in Detroit to support security officers trying to unionize. Officers have walked off the job to protest low pay. The SEIU Local 1 event for the One Detroit Security Campaign is at […]