11 Michigan lawmakers vote for USMCA trade agreement

BY: - December 20, 2019

The long-awaited update to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took a big step forward on Thursday.  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) overwhelming passage in the U.S. House came one day after the chamber took the historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump, who was still reeling. Despite his support for the deal, Trump torched […]

Levin backs Trump impeachment, comes out against USMCA

BY: - December 16, 2019

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) on Monday said that he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump and does not support the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), an international trade pact. Both measures could be voted on this week. “I’m a no vote [on the USMCA],” said Levin, who serves on the U.S. House Education and […]

Dems, Trump declare victory on massive trade deal, but some Michigan reps. are wary

BY: and - December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats have worked out key differences with the President Trump administration over a massive trade deal, allowing both sides to declare a legislative victory on the same day the House unveiled articles of impeachment against the president.   If ratified, the deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which […]


Rick Haglund: Research shows trade, not automation, is killing manufacturing jobs

BY: - December 8, 2019

More than 5 million manufacturing jobs — almost 300,000 of them in Michigan — have been lost since the most recent employment peak in 1998. Many economists have attributed the huge loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs mostly to booming productivity, enabled by the increasing use of robots and other automated processes in factories. But Susan […]

USMCA trade deal presents political conundrum for swing-district Dems like Stevens, Slotkin

BY: and - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — With only a few legislative days left before Congress adjourns for the year, U.S. House Democrats are eager to show that they can legislate while also pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. A massive trade deal represents their best shot at showing they can do so — but passing it would […]

Whitmer takes Israeli trade mission trip as Legislature rests

BY: - November 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is spending the first week of a traditional hunting break for the state Legislature by taking a trade mission to Israel.  Whitmer flew to Israel over the weekend and will be in the Middle Eastern country until Sunday, making visits in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Bethlehem, Whitmer’s office announced on Sunday.  The […]


Column: Trump’s agriculture secretary conveys the administration’s contempt for rural people

BY: - October 4, 2019

You really have to hand it to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, he can callously joke about farmers being “whiners” and consistently show how out of touch with farmers he really is, but he still gets “the guest of honor” billing at a World Dairy Expo Town Hall in Madison, Wisc.  When asked what he planned […]

Tariffs causing heartburn for Michigan retailers, consumers

BY: - September 18, 2019

Customers at Great Northern Trading Co. in quaint downtown Rockford haven’t seen any price increases due to the trade war yet. But owner Barb Stein says that could likely change after the holiday shopping season.  With President Donald Trump expected to implement another $155 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods by mid-December, Stein says […]


Rick Haglund: Warning light is flashing for Michigan’s auto industry

BY: - September 1, 2019

It’s been a great decade for Michigan’s critically important auto industry, which almost died 10 years ago during the Great Recession. Annual U.S. sales for all automakers jumped from 10.4 million in 2009 — the lowest since 1982 — to an almost-record 17.2 million last year, a 65% increase.  Automakers and their parts suppliers in […]

Dingell hits Trump on trade on Fox News, so he obviously responds

BY: - September 1, 2019

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) has long been critical of the impacts of China and U.S. trade policy on workers — and she said this weekend that President Donald Trump’s “chaotic” strategy isn’t helping. “The problem is that the president’s trade strategy is chaotic. It’s more for headlines than for a strategic steady trade strategy,” […]


Susan J. Demas: Trump’s crazy 2 weeks underscore just how much we’ll lose if he wins in 2020

BY: - August 29, 2019

President Donald Trump is diverting disaster funds during hurricane season to his precious border wall. Migrant children are being raped, falling ill and dying in border concentration camps. His administration is planning to stop regulating the greenhouse gas methane as the Amazon is literally on fire. Trump has managed to unleash even more mad-king rantings […]

In Detroit, Pence touts Trump admin. economic gains as recession fears rise

BY: - August 19, 2019

Updated, 6:23 p.m. 8/19/19 with comments from Rep. Levin Vice President Mike Pence on Monday urged a group of Southeast Michigan business leaders to “reject the siren song of socialism” and reelect his boss, President Donald Trump, to a second term.  In a 25-minute speech to the Detroit Economic Club — his third appearance before […]