Rick Haglund: Building fairer local economies is one tool to blunt right-wing extremism

BY: - January 16, 2021

Over the past several months, I’ve read articles in which the authors asserted that economic decline in small towns and old industrial cities has fueled nativism, populism and nostalgia for the past — the hallmarks of Trumpism. This is said to be especially true in Michigan and other upper Midwest communities that have lost thousands […]

Stabenow blasts Trump admin over GAO report showing southern advantage in trade deal aid

BY: and - September 17, 2020

The nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office this week reported that eight of the nine states receiving the highest trade-war aid payments per acre in 2019 were in the South. Michigan ranked 23rd. The GAO launched an investigation at the request of U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). The money from the Market Facilitation […]

Tough times on the farm: Why Midwest agriculture was on the ropes before coronavirus

BY: and - May 18, 2020

All in all, 2019 was a terrible year for farmers across the Midwest. And 2020 doesn’t look much better. Bad weather, trade wars and low prices due to oversupply all contributed to the grim economic news, even before the COVID-19 pandemic began wreaking havoc with export markets. “Agriculture has been in a pretty strong downturn […]

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Michigan manufacturing sees ups and downs on Trump’s watch

BY: and - February 25, 2020

In 2016, Donald Trump ran on “bringing back” manufacturing jobs to Rust Belt states like Michigan, which was one factor in his surprise wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (and less surprising victory in neighboring Ohio).  The results of that promise, however, have been quite muddled.  Michigan is down 5,300 manufacturing jobs since Trump took […]

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Why many organic farmers ‘didn’t notice the trade war’

BY: - February 19, 2020

Michigan farmer Joel Layman hesitates before he just comes out with it. “I feel a little bad saying this: My farm didn’t notice the trade war.” Layman grows certified organic vegetables, dry edible beans and grain crops on the organic portion of his 2,100-acre farm in Berrien Center, a township in Southwest Michigan. “We have […]

In Warren, Trump touts USMCA, vows to end Chaldean deportations

BY: - January 31, 2020

Hours before heading to Iowa for a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally Thursday evening, President Donald Trump made a stop to tour the Dana Inc. manufacturing plant in Warren and make a relatively quick 30-minute speech to supporters and plant workers. There, the newly impeached president boasted about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) he signed […]

Trump signs bipartisan USMCA trade deal, only invites GOP

BY: - January 29, 2020

President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Wednesday afternoon. Although the new trade deal had plenty of input from Democratic members of Congress, only Republican lawmakers were invited to the signing ceremony in the White House. The deal cleared the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 384-41 in December, and the […]

Pence to talk school choice Tuesday in Wisconsin

BY: - January 28, 2020

It’s a busy week for the Trump/Pence ticket in the Upper Midwest, with Vice President Mike Pence set to talk Tuesday about school choice in Madison, Wis., and President Donald Trump planning to tout his record on trade in Warren on Thursday. Next week, Pence is scheduled to stump in Cumberland County, Pa. Pence was […]

Trump set to talk USMCA in Macomb County this week

BY: - January 26, 2020

President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold an event Thursday at an auto supplier in Warren, where he’ll talk about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new trade agreement, a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), passed the Democratic-led U.S. House in December and was approved by the GOP-controlled Senate this month. […]

At Wisconsin rally, Trump’s facts launch flights of fancy

BY: - January 15, 2020

He promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions, while his administration pursues a lawsuit to throw out the Affordable Care Act that protects people with pre-existing conditions. He insisted unemployment had hit the lowest point in history at 3.3% — ignoring that it was less than half that toward the end of World War II. He bragged […]

From the UAW strike to Trump’s trade war: The Advance’s best economy and labor stories

BY: - December 26, 2019

Quotable of the Year: “You know, there are things that we can’t control, like the weather, but there are things we can. And when we see trade changes via tweet, it’s really concerning.”  — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on President Donald Trump’s chaotic trade policy In the last days of 2019, the Advance is running a […]


Rick Haglund: Don’t count on Trump losing Michigan in 2020 over the economy

BY: - December 22, 2019

President Donald Trump, who was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, is a bully and world-class vulgarian. Who else would come to Michigan, a state critical to his reelection, and suggest, as Trump did on the same day of his impeachment, that its late, revered native son U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) […]