Fred Upton

Upton may face toughest race in decades, hasn’t ‘thought about’ endorsing Trump

BY: - March 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats have their sights on the seat of longtime U.S. Republican Rep. Fred Upton as a prime pickup opportunity this fall.  The 66-year-old St. Joseph lawmaker is the longest-serving member of the Michigan congressional delegation by a long shot. He’s also one of the most senior members of the U.S. House; he was […]


Susan J. Demas: Sanders’ biggest mistake was not backing Warren in 2019

BY: - March 11, 2020

It’s a despondent time for many inspired by Bernie Sanders’ progressive vision, as he lost Michigan big Tuesday night — four years after his surprise victory here gave birth to his theory of electability. Former Vice President Joe Biden took a buzzsaw to that idea, notching a 15-point victory and pulling what we like to […]

Young people gear up for the 2020 election, whether they can vote or not

BY: - March 7, 2020

Updated, 10:03 a.m., 3/9/20 Zion Helms, a 17-year-old senior at Cass Tech High School in Detroit, won’t be able to vote in Tuesday’s presidential primary, but that isn’t stopping her from getting involved in the political process. “I’m very, very passionate about the way that people are treated, and I’ve always been that way. I […]

To win in 2020, Gilchrist says Dems must ‘meet people where they are’

BY: - March 6, 2020

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist definitely got people’s attention by endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden just four days before Michigan’s presidential primary. Gilchrist, who voted in 2016 for Biden’s main opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on Friday joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and other top officials in backing Biden. “This […]

Warren had diehard fans, especially women. So why couldn’t she win? 

BY: - March 6, 2020

“Michigan needs a social justice warrior,” state Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) announced to a crowd of Elizabeth Warren fans at a Detroit rally on Super Tuesday. “Warren is a lot like Detroit. She is scrappy; she never gives up; she hopes for better things — and like the phoenix, she will rise.” And with that, […]

Whitmer: I know what it’s like to be ‘written off’ like Biden

BY: - March 5, 2020

Now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was endorsed in 2018 by both presidential frontrunners, former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  But on national television Thursday morning, Whitmer delivered a key endorsement for Biden, just five days before Michigan’s high-stakes primary. In a phone interview Thursday afternoon, the Michigan Advance asked the governor why […]

Breaking: Whitmer endorses Biden ahead of Michigan primary

BY: - March 5, 2020

After staying out of the Democratic presidential primary for more than a year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has delivered a key endorsement for former Vice President Joe Biden’s resurgent campaign. “I am going to be voting for Joe Biden,” Whitmer said Thursday morning. Whitmer made the announcement on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. She said that Biden’s […]

Slotkin talks prescription drug prices, PFAS at East Lansing event

BY: - February 22, 2020

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) held her first “State of the 8th District” event Friday night at East Lansing High School, where she recapped her first year in Congress and announced two bipartisan bills regarding border security and the cost of insulin. Slotkin was joined by state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Twp.) and East Lansing […]


Susan J. Demas: What the national media keep missing about Michigan in 2020

BY: - February 10, 2020

“So I should go to Macomb County, right?” That’s the blue-collar metro Detroit area many analysts credit for Donald Trump’s surprise 2016 Michigan win. Ever since then, it’s been the subject of endless diner safari stories from folks whose only previous time in Michigan was a 90-minute layover at Detroit Metro airport. As the 2020 […]

Klobuchar points to Whitmer in Dem debate as an example of women candidates who win

BY: - January 15, 2020

It was inevitable. After a torrent of stories about a 2018 conversation when presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said rival U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told her that a woman can’t win the nation’s highest office (which Sanders denies), the exchange became catnip for moderators in Tuesday night’s Democratic debate. Moderator Abby Phillip […]

Bloomberg stumping in Detroit Saturday

BY: - December 20, 2019

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg, a late entrant into the Democratic presidential race, is slated to campaign in Detroit on Saturday. He’ll be opening up his Michigan campaign headquarters in Eastern Market. Bloomberg, a philanthropist and former New York mayor, will be on Michigan’s March 10 presidential primary ballot. He has been blanketing the airwaves with TV […]

New report blames gerrymandering for stalled gun-safety bills in Michigan

BY: - December 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — Most Michiganders favor stricter gun laws, recent polling suggests, but efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the state Legislature.  That disconnect is likely due in part to partisan gerrymandering, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that advocates progressive policies.  […]