Elections

New: Former Dem presidential hopeful Richard Ojeda to headline anti-Trump rally

BY: - March 27, 2019

Retired Army Maj. Richard Ojeda, who briefly ran for president, will be the main speaker at the “Rise Above” rally on Thursday protesting President Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Grand Rapids. Ojeda, a Democratic former state senator from West Virginia who helped lead a teachers’ revolt, was defeated in his 2018 congressional race. He garnered […]

U.S. Supreme court justices seem split on redistricting case

BY: - March 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices appear divided over the role courts should play in cracking down on partisan gerrymandering states across the country. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday morning in cases alleging that state legislators in Maryland and North Carolina went too far when they used politics to redraw congressional districts in their […]

Patterson has ‘career-ending’ cancer, won’t run in 2020

BY: - March 26, 2019

Longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced Tuesday that he has “career-ending” stage 4 pancreatic cancer and will not be seeking an eighth term. Patterson, 80, has been in poor health since a 2012 automobile accident in which he was seriously injured. He said he intends to serve out the remainder of his seventh […]

Kamala Harris to keynote Detroit NAACP dinner

BY: - March 26, 2019

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

Benson lays out redistricting commission info online

BY: - March 26, 2019

Michigan’s top elections official is gearing up for the state’s new redistricting commission. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Monday launched a new portal, RedistrictingMichigan.org, to provide Michiganders with up-to-date resources and information on the yet-to-be-formed commission that will take over drawing political maps from politicians by 2021. More than 60 percent of voters last […]

Meet the ‘ridiculously well-sourced’ Michigan journalist at the heart of the Mueller investigation

BY: - March 25, 2019

While President Donald Trump falsely claims that he’s “totally exonerated” by a four-page summary saying there’s no evidence that his administration colluded with Russia, Michigan-based journalist Marcy Wheeler is far from done with her work. Wheeler, an independent journalist who tweets and blogs under the name “Emptywheel,” has been covering the Mueller investigation since its […]

GOP celebrates AG’s summary of Mueller report, Dems want full report released

BY: - March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON —  Attorney General William Barr’s conclusions of the long-awaited report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller have Republicans declaring victory for President Donald Trump, while Democrats demanded the full report see the light of day. Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s report into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was submitted on Sunday to […]

2020 organizing effort in Detroit looks to attract college Dems

BY: - March 24, 2019

The Michigan Democratic Party is recruiting college juniors to work this summer in Detroit to become field organizers for the 2020 presidential election. The program, which is called Organizing Corps 2020, is a national project created, in part, by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). It will be carried out in 10 other cities: Atlanta; Charlotte; […]

Dem SuperPAC spending $50M in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

BY: - March 24, 2019

American Bridge, a Democratic SuperPAC that’s chaired by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, has her old stomping grounds in its 2020 sights with a big ad buy in the Upper Midwest. That’s the group that released the infamous video of 2018 Michigan gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette telling a TV reporter, “I will do anything you want.” […]

$35M spent on 2018 state Senate races — the most in Michigan history

BY: - March 21, 2019

The 2018 campaign for the Michigan Senate turned out to be the most expensive in state history, clocking in at $34.5 million across the primary and general elections, according to the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network. The most recent record was $19.9 million in 2006, according to the MCFN, with spending increasing by 73 percent […]

Benson forms election security commission

BY: - March 21, 2019

In an effort to ensure the integrity of Michigan’s elections, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has named 18 people to a new Election Security Commission. The group will be made up of local and national experts in the fields of cybersecurity and election security, according to a press release. The commission will be co-chaired by […]

Gillibrand says water is a human right, touts Green New Deal

BY: - March 19, 2019

During two campaign stops in Oakland County on Monday, 2020 presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand argued that access to clean water should be a human right. The New York U.S. senator said that people affected by the Flint water crisis should have access to full health monitoring. She added that tracking the health of those affected […]