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Trump in Grand Rapids

Susan J. Demas: Michigan was the key to Trump’s 2016 victory. Now every House Democrat here backs impeachment hearings.

BY: - September 24, 2019

To say that Michigan Democrats were gun shy after Donald Trump’s 2016 upset here is an understatement. After Trump became the first Republican to win Michigan since 1988, albeit by 10,704 votes, the conventional wisdom was that the GOP would romp here in 2018, keeping the governorship and probably knocking out longtime U.S. Sen. Debbie […]

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Susan J. Demas: What the mean-girl, media-bashing GOP Mackinac confab tells us about 2020

BY: - September 22, 2019

If you wanted evidence that, despite beltway pundits’ plaintive claims, both parties are not the same, just compare the mean-girl rhetoric of the GOP Mackinac confab this weekend to the Democratic presidential debate wonkfest in Detroit back in July. The last two large-scale political party events in Michigan really couldn’t be more different. The first […]

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Column: Youth climate movement puts ethics at the center of the global debate

BY: - September 21, 2019

Even if you’ve never heard of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmentalist who crossed the Atlantic on a sailboat to attend a Sept. 23 United Nations summit on the climate, you may have seen the student-led Global Climate Strike she helped inspire on Friday, Sept. 20. People in all 50 U.S. states and more than […]

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Rick Haglund: Path to self-driving vehicles could be bumpier than a Michigan road

BY: - September 21, 2019

Electric self-driving cars and trucks promise to transform an auto industry that has relied almost exclusively on gasoline-powered vehicles for more than a century to produce jobs and profits. “I have no doubt that the automotive industry will change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the last 50,” General […]

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Julie Cassidy: New HUD rule would make it easier to discriminate in housing 

BY: - September 20, 2019

At a recent staff training on racial equity here at the Michigan League for Public Policy, we considered a question: If you threw a Frisbee and accidentally hit someone in the head, would your lack of ill intent absolve you of responsibility? Or would you recognize the impact of your action, though inadvertent, and apologize?  […]

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Susan J. Demas: Knowing what you don’t know is one of the best lessons for journalists

BY: - September 19, 2019

Last week marked the 18th anniversary of 9/11. I will never forget listening to a couple Iowa hard rock DJs try and figure out what was going on after the first tower was hit — it almost sounded like a bad prank. I was 24 and had just put in my two weeks notice for […]

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Noah Arbit: Why I founded the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus

BY: - September 15, 2019

American Jews have always excelled in community organizing. Some of the most prominent movement leaders of the past century have been Jewish: Saul Alinsky, Gloria Steinam, Harvey Milk and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Jews have become so skilled at organizing to fight the “big man,” because far too often in our history, the “big man” has […]

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Susan J. Demas: From Steve Bannon to Diamond & Silk, Trump ‘celeb’ surrogates traipse around Michigan

BY: - September 13, 2019

President Donald Trump may have only done one 2020 campaign stop in must-win Michigan, but a slew of D-List minions have descended upon the state in his stead. Sure, Vice President Mike Pence is busy charming the high-rolling donor class with a speech at the Detroit Economic Club and a closed-door Romulus event. And the […]

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Column: Michigan is failing children with tattered safety net 

BY: - September 12, 2019

As state legislators approve budgets for Fiscal Year 2020, it seems unlikely that anything will be done to rebuild the tattered safety net for children living in deep poverty.  Despite ongoing high levels of poverty, the number of children receiving basic income assistance through the Family Independence Program (FIP) fell from 151,000 in 2009 to […]

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Kara Hope: There’s no excuse for Michigan Republicans failing to act on common-sense gun reform

BY: - September 10, 2019

Many people are frustrated with the U.S. Senate for its failure to act on the expanded background checks legislation passed by the House. I share that frustration.  But if you are frustrated by inaction in Washington, you will find no comfort in what is going on in the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. My Democratic colleagues and […]

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Susan J. Demas: Dear Michigan Republicans: Your party never wins government shutdowns

BY: - September 9, 2019

Michigan is a mere 22 days away from a government shutdown (but who’s counting?) and you might be confused as to why. It’s actually pretty simple. From a policy standpoint, Michigan has chronically underinvested for decades — but most egregiously under the GOP in the last decade of relative economic prosperity — in core areas […]

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Told you so: Columnist floats Whitmer as Biden VP

BY: - September 6, 2019

I hate to say I told you so (OK, I so don’t), but an Insider NJ columnist this week is out with a column that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would make a fine running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020. Yes, it’s early. And sure, no one know who the Democratic nominee […]