Pete Buttigieg

How Biden could impact the Line 5 shutdown fight

BY: - May 19, 2021

With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel at the helm, the state of Michigan’s position on the embattled Line 5 oil pipeline is crystal clear as the Democratic leaders fight to shut down the Canadian pipeline in state and federal court. What remains a mystery, however, is the federal government’s position on the […]

Biden to unveil $2T plan to rebuild infrastructure, create jobs, move to clean energy

BY: - March 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday in Pennsylvania will unveil a nearly $2 trillion infrastructure package to rebuild highways and bridges, along with funding programs for housing, broadband and schools and increasing U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next eight years, an administration official told reporters on Tuesday night. Alongside the expansive infrastructure plan, the president […]

Peters to lead panel overseeing Line 5 regulators

BY: - February 25, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), who has come out in favor of shutting down the Canadian Line 5 oil pipeline in the Mackinac Straits, has been selected to lead the Senate panel responsible for overseeing the pipeline’s federal regulators. Peters was named chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and […]

Buttigieg puts greenhouse gas reduction at center of Biden transportation policy

BY: - January 22, 2021

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg offered an unapologetic defense of President Joe Biden’s vision for improved transportation and greenhouse gas reductions during a Senate hearing to consider Buttigieg’s nomination for U.S. transportation secretary on Thursday. “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central […]

Buttigieg to inherit a crumbling network of roads, subways and rails at DOT

BY: - December 28, 2020

Pete Buttigieg, as the incoming pick for U.S. transportation secretary, would take office at a time when both state and local officials are deeply frustrated that not enough is being done to maintain and improve the country’s transportation networks. But nobody seems to be able to solve the problem. For example, two presidents have vowed […]

Nessel ‘very confident’ Michigan will prevail in fight to shut down Enbridge Line 5

BY: - December 22, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel fully expects a favorable outcome from the state’s lawsuit against Canadian oil company Enbridge, she told reporters in a year-end roundtable on Tuesday, which she is ‘optimistic’ will mean that the controversial Line 5 pipeline under the Mackinac Straits will be decommissioned by late spring. Nessel also announced plans to pursue […]

With Buttigieg as Transportation secretary, Michigan enviros envision a ‘federal ally’ in Line 5 fight 

BY: - December 16, 2020

On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden made history in announcing former South Bend, Ind., Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg as his choice to head up the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). If confirmed, not only would Buttigieg be the youngest secretary of the department and the first openly LGBTQ cabinet secretary — he would […]

Sanders pulls out all the stops in Michigan before Tuesday’s primary

BY: - March 9, 2020

After the most eventful week of the 2020 election reshaped the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, both remaining major candidates have turned their attention to Michigan. A win here could rejuvenate the campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the early leader with wins in New Hampshire and Nevada. But former Vice President Joe […]

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 […]

Did you vote early for a candidate who dropped out? You can vote again.

BY: - March 2, 2020

Michigan voters have been casting ballots for the primary election since Jan. 25. Since then, seven candidates (six Democrats and one Republican) who were on the ballot have dropped out — and several did previously.  But don’t worry if you voted for a candidate who has taken themselves out of the fight. Because Michigan allows […]

Legendary newsman Sam Donaldson: Trump’s a ‘thug,’ Bloomberg can beat him

BY: - March 2, 2020

Sam Donaldson, the bushy-eyebrowed staple of ABC News for six decades, has taken on an unlikely role in retirement: volunteer campaign surrogate. Donaldson spent the weekend in Grand Rapids, Lansing and metro Detroit singing the praises of former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg — although the famously frank former network anchor didn’t shy away from […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: What Pete Buttigieg’s historic candidacy meant for LGBTQ kids

BY: - March 2, 2020

I feel like a jerk. Like a lot of people, I got caught up in the Democratic primary and whose plans I thought would be best for America at this critical time in history, given what Donald Trump has wrought. On one hand, there’s nothing wrong with that and it’s a fine way to choose […]