Politics + Gov

Stabenow ‘laser-focused’ on concrete policy, not Green New Deal

BY: - March 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow told the Michigan Advance that she’s focused on policies that would curb carbon emissions amid the “existential threat” of climate change — just not necessarily through the “Green New Deal.” In a nod to the massive Great Depression-era economic stimulus plan, progressives have unveiled a new social and economic Green New […]

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 […]

Rep. Justin Amash

Amash shuns presidential talk at town hall, says he irks both Dems, GOP

BY: - March 19, 2019

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.) on Monday evening sought to spell out his libertarian beliefs to constituents and show why those views so often put him at odds with colleagues on both sides of the aisle.   During an almost two-hour town hall meeting held in a Grand Rapids high school auditorium, Amash fielded […]

Slideshow: Gillibrand campaigns with Whitmer, Nessel in Oakland County

BY: - March 19, 2019

With memories of now-President Donald Trump’s 2016 win here still strong for many, Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) accepted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s invite to campaign in the state. Gillibrand held two events in the metro Detroit area on Monday: an MSNBC town hall, which aired at 8 p.m. Monday, and a meet […]

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Whitmer: ‘All roads to the White House lead through Michigan’

BY: - March 18, 2019

OK, we’re not saying that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reads the Michigan Advance every morning. But she was on the same page as our top story when she appeared on national TV on Monday. “The road to the White House runs through Michigan (so far)” was the column I wrote Monday morning ahead of visits from […]

AG, lawmakers stand against hate after New Zealand mosque shooting

BY: - March 18, 2019

Elected officials and faith leaders spoke out against anti-Muslim hate crimes on Sunday at the state’s largest mosque in Dearborn. Attorney General Dana Nessel spoke at the Islamic Center of America following a New Zealand terror attack, which left 50 Muslim worshipers dead on Friday. Other speakers were: New Attorney General Hate Crime Unit Director Sunita […]

O’Rourke: Shrinking middle class tied to attacks on unions

BY: - March 18, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke barnstormed through Southeast Michigan on Monday, making a play for union workers who could be decisive in both the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and the general election. “When I talked about this economy that has the greatest level of wealth and income inequality of our lifetimes, [that’s] totally correlated with […]

Slideshow: Beto O’Rourke at Michigan carpenters training center

BY: - March 18, 2019

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’ Rourke (D-Texas) made three stops in Michigan Monday after announcing his presidential bid last week. His swing came just after his campaign announced he raised $6.1 million on his first day — the most of any Democratic presidential contender so far. O’Rourke said that Michigan would be a key state […]

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Susan J. Demas: The road to the White House runs through Michigan (so far)

BY: - March 18, 2019

I cut my political reporting teeth on the Iowa caucuses a couple decades ago. And I’ll admit that I have a soft spot for a process that revolves around the next leader of the free world enjoying a bratwurst barbecue in a Clear Lake backyard, followed by voters lining up in middle-school gyms to announce […]

Stabenow courted by ‘5 or 6’ prez hopefuls, Schauer gets Trump impeachment gig

BY: - March 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) is a popular person ahead of 2020 and former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) may be the first lobbyist registered dedicated to impeaching President Trump. It’s all in the Advance‘s periodic roundup of Michigan in the national news. Stabenow, Michigan’s senior senator who just won a third term last […]

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Whitmer: Process ‘underway’ to ax marijuana convictions

BY: - March 17, 2019

As legalized, recreational marijuana takes hold in Michigan, forgiving the crimes of those convicted in the past remains a big priority for advocates. Expunging marijuana convictions came up on the day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s election last November — when about 56 percent of voters approved legal pot, too. She said then that she would […]

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Rick Haglund: Michigan’s auto industry faces historic changes

BY: - March 17, 2019

Who needs economic diversification? We’re the auto state, baby! That’s essentially the message Michigan has been sending to the world in the past decade since Detroit’s automakers roared back from their near collapse. Amplifying the message was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ stunning announcement in February that it intends to invest $4.5 billion to build a new […]