Michigan congressional delegation marks anniversary of Jan. 6 riot denouncing violence, pushing for voting rights
Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation marked the one-year anniversary of a riot aimed at stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory with calls to protect voting rights and denounce political violence. Other representatives issued statements reflecting on their experience seeking shelter as a violent mob of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol. “Eight Republican senators still won’t admit that Joe Biden is our duly elected president.”Related: One year after Jan. 6 riot, Michigan election deniers hold more influence in Republican politicsStabenow also noted Republican efforts to block Democrat-backed voting rights legislation. The events of Jan. 6 show how disinformation through social media platforms can escalate into real-world violence, he said. One year after Jan. 6 riot, Michigan election deniers hold more influence in Republican politicsRead the lawsuit Black lawmakers have filed against Michigan’s redistricting commissionmlive.com
$1M funding boost awarded to Muskegon County Airport to deal with COVID impact
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – A $1 million funding boost was awarded to the Muskegon County Airport to help it deal with issues related to COVID. The airport can use the funding for operations, personnel, cleaning and other initiatives to halt the spread of pathogens. Muskegon County Administrator Mark Eisenbarth said the money will help the airport cope with the loss of passengers during the pandemic. “This will help Muskegon County’s economic recovery and help ensure our airport can maintain strong service for the community,” Eisenbarth said in a prepared statement. Also on MLive:New political maps chop Muskegon County into different state, Congressional districtsShare your expertise, serve your city by sitting on a Muskegon committeeMichigan man dead after crashing vehicle into statue on Belle Islemlive.com
Flint community gathers to pay respect, remember the late Dale Kildee
FLINT, MI -- U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow referred to Rep. Dale Kildee as “Mr. To pay its respects, the Flint community gathered with family, friends and colleagues of Kildee during a Sunday, Dec. 12 community memorial service held at the Flint Institute of Arts. Throughout his work, Dale was kind, humble and dedicated to his constituents,” his nephew and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee said after his uncle’s death. Born on Sept. 16, 1929, in Flint, Dale Kildee was the second-youngest of five children of Timothy and Norma Kildee. “As an educator, a state legislator and a congressman, Dale Kildee lifted up the students and families of his beloved hometown of Flint for nearly six decades,” the statement said.mlive.com
Stabenow, Peters address Oxford High School shooting on U.S. Senate floor
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michigan’s two U.S. senators addressed Congress this afternoon regarding the recent mass shooting at Oxford High School that left four students dead and seven other people wounded. Stabenow referred to the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School — the nation’s deadliest school shooting since 2018 — as “a heartbreaking tragedy that far too many American families and communities are familiar with.”Gun violence can happen anywhere at any time, Stabenow said. “A typical Tuesday in a typical high school in 2021 in America,” Stabenow said. Read more:Testimony: Teen took video about killing students night before Oxford High School shootingSheriff: Viral video doesn’t show Oxford High School shooter impersonating police4th victim dies in hospital after Oxford High School shootingWhat we know about the students killed in the Oxford High School shootingPolice release names of victims in deadly shooting at Oxford High SchoolHurting Oxford community comes together after school shootingPetition aims to rename Oxford High School stadium after shooting victim Tate MyrePolice deny existence of threats prior to Oxford High School shooting that left three students deadGov. Whitmer orders flags to half-staff in honor of Oxford High School shooting victims‘My heart goes out to the families,’ President Biden says of Oxford High School shootingmlive.com
Michigan automakers made 280K fewer cars due to semiconductor shortage this year
Raimondo is urging congressional support of the Chips Act, which would authorize $52 billion in subsidies for domestic semiconductor manufacturing and research. Despite arguments against proprietary information, 150 companies around the world submitted data on semiconductor supply and demand, Raimondo said. On a global scale, North America has 2.3 million unrecoverable vehicles compared to China at one million. This year, Ford will have an estimated 65,000 unrecoverable vehicles, GM will have 116,000 unrecoverable vehicles and Stellantis in Michigan will have 98,000 unrecoverable vehicles based on AFS data. Earlier this month, Ford announced a collaboration with New York-based GlobalFoundries Inc. to expand Ford’s semiconductor supply and engage in joint research.mlive.com
Michigan Moves To Fund Mental Health Like Physical Health
Starting this month, 13 mental health and addiction clinics across Michigan will receive the same Medicaid funding as any other health center in an effort U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says will help bridge the stigmatic and funding divide...detroit.cbslocal.com
Mental Health Initiative Will Help Fill Gaps in Treatment, Stabenow Says
A new mental health initiative in Michigan led by Sen. Debbie Stabenow is providing $26.5 million in funding to Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics across the state. “Both addiction treatment and mental health issues, they’re health care, and we need to treat them like health care.” —Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan)Stabenow says the initiative will allow community clinics to provide high-quality, 24-hour care for mental health and addiction separate from police entities. GuestU.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) says Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics provide continuous, non-police-oriented help for those affected by mental health and addiction. “Both addiction treatment and mental health issues, they’re health care, and we need to treat them like health care.”Despite these strides for health care in Michigan, Stabenow says she still does not support Medicare for All.wdet.org
Michigan to begin changing how it funds mental health, addiction services
“In our country, we haven’t been funding mental health and addiction treatment as healthcare,” Stabenow said. They are required to provide a comprehensive set of behavioral health services including 24/7/365 crisis services; outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services; immediate screenings, risk assessments, and diagnoses; and care coordination with emergency rooms, law enforcement, and veteran groups. The 13 clinics that will qualify for the new funding reimbursement include:Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph CountyCommunity Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham CountiesCommunity Network Services (Oakland County)Easterseals (Oakland County)HealthWest (Muskegon County)Integrated Services of KalamazooMacomb County Community Mental HealthSaginaw County Community Mental Health AuthoritySt. Clair County Community Mental Health AuthorityThe Guidance Center (Wayne County)The Right Door (Ionia County)Washtenaw County Community Mental HealthWest Michigan Community Mental Health (Lake, Mason, and Oceana Counties)Michigan isn’t the first state to recognize certified community behavioral health clinics. The lieutenant governor noted historical disparities in who could afford and/or access mental health services, as well as the associated stigmas. “The COVID-19 crisis has shown a spotlight on the urgent and continuing need to fund comprehensive community mental health and addiction services,” Stabenow said.mlive.com
Medicaid for pregnant women and children affected by Flint water extended for 5 years
FLINT, MI -- The Biden administration will extend Medicaid eligibility for thousands of pregnant women and children who were exposed to lead during the Flint water crisis -- a benefit that’s worth an estimated $27.5 million. In 2016, the three officials helped secure the expanded Medicaid eligibility for Flint children and pregnant women for five years. “Over the past five years, thousands of Flint children and pregnant women have received health care through the expansion of Medicaid. “While the national attention to this crisis has faded, we have not forgotten the people of Flint.”Read more on MLive:Lawmakers ask for Medicaid expansion for families recovering from Flint water crisisState health dept. looking to renew Flint water crisis-related Medicaid programEMs helped cause the Flint water crisis and changed other Michigan water systems, UM study showsmlive.com
Kildee, Stabenow: No apologies for proposing bigger tax credits for union-made electric vehicles
The Kildee plan would extend to five years the current $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, with another $4,500 if a car is made by union workers, and $500 more if it is powered by a U.S.-made battery. After five years, only cars assembled in the U.S. would be eligible for the tax credit. The idea has been opposed by Republicans and by non-union car companies including Honda and Toyota. It has been endorsed by General Motors, Ford, the League of Conservation Voters and others. Read more:Kildee says Flint can put the world on wheels again -- electrified wheelsWhitmer announces first round of grants to accelerate mobility, electric vehicle investmentsRandom drug testing for elected officials in Flint blocked until at least Octobermlive.com
Lawmakers announce $1.4 million in funding for Jackson Fire Department
JACKSON, MI -- U.S. senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced Friday that $1,468,390 in federal funding has been awarded to the City of Jackson’s fire department, according to a press release. The funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program, the release states, and aims to help the department recruit and retain additional personnel. “This grant will help our department increase staffing, which will allow us to function more effectively and be better prepared to address emergencies in our community,” said David Wooden, Jackson Fire Department deputy fire chief. “Our firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes and communities,” Stabenow said. “These new resources will help the Jackson Fire Department make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an emergency.”More information about the grants can be found on FEMA’s website.mlive.com
Northern Bay Ambulance in Pinconning to receive over $73K in federal funding to improve safety
PINCONNING, MI - An ambulance service in northern Bay County got a financial boost thanks to a new round of federal grant funding. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced earlier this month that Northern Bay Ambulance in Pinconning will receive $73,670 in federal funding to improve operations and safety. Buena Vista Charter Township Fire Department in Saginaw County will receive $66,667 and the Bay City Fire Department in Bay County will receive $41,318 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel, according to the announcement. Those federal funds come from the AFG Program and the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program, according to the announcement. Click here for more information about the grant program.mlive.com
Over $100K in federal funding awarded to mid-Michigan fire departments
BAY CITY, MI - Three fire departments in mid-Michigan will be getting a boost thanks to a round of federal funding. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced on Friday, Aug. 27 that over $100,000 in financial support was awarded to fire departments in Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties. Buena Vista Charter Township Fire Department in Saginaw County will receive $66,667 and the Bay City Fire Department in Bay County will receive $41,318 in federal funding to improve operations and safety for firefighters and personnel, according to the announcement. Jerome Township Hall in Midland County will meanwhile receive $6,800 to assist with fire prevention and safety efforts. “Our firefighters in Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities,” said Stabenow.mlive.com
Marshall, Saugatuck Township firefighters receive federal grants to support staffing, safety
Federal grants totaling $874,865 will support staffing and firefighter safety in communities in Allegan and Calhoun counties. The grants will aid local fire departments and support job safety. In Allegan County, the Saugatuck Township Fire District is set to receive $38,371 towards operation and safety efforts. “Our firefighters in West Michigan put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities,” Stabenow said in a statement. The Assistance to Firefighters grants aid first responders to acquire needed safety equipment and training.mlive.com
Massive infrastructure bill ‘great for Michigan,’ says senators celebrating likely passage
Michigan’s representatives in the U.S. Senate are celebrating the anticipated passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after months of bipartisan negotiations. The Biden administration is promoting the bill as the most significant infrastructure investment in nearly a century. Michigan is home to 1,219 bridges and over 7,300 miles of highway in poor condition, according to the White House. Peters and Stabenow also highlighted parts of the infrastructure bill focused on mitigating PFAS contamination, improving cybersecurity, replacing lead water pipelines and making communities more resilient to the effects of climate change. “The bottom line is, it’s great for Michigan,” Stabenow said.mlive.com
Kildee, Stabenow discuss expansion of child tax credits for mid-Michigan families
FLINT, MI -- U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow joined together Tuesday afternoon in Flint to discuss tax cuts for working families included in the American Rescue Plan. The expansion on Child Tax Credits, part of the American Rescue Plan, includes a new monthly payments for families with children starting July 15th. Families with children under the age of six will be eligible to receive up $3,600 per child, or $3,000 per child under the age of 18. “The tax credit amount has been expanded both in amount and also the way it will be provided,” Stabenow, D-Lansing, said. He added this tax credit is an opportunity for the policy to demonstrate those actions.mlive.com
Sen. Stabenow Addresses Confusion Over Expanded Child Tax Credit
When the American Rescue Plan passed, it included an increase to the child tax credit to $3,000 per child over the age of 6 for a year. This advanced tax credit could be a game-changer for many families in the United States. Debbie Stabenow, (D-MI)However, since the passage of the tax credit increases, there has been some confusion about the rollout, who is eligible, and for how much of the credit. Listen: Sen. Debbie Stabenow discusses the child tax credit. While the American Rescue Plan only temporarily increased the child tax credit, Stabenow expressed hope to make the enhanced benefit the new normal.wdet.org
Ann Arbor Veterans Medical Center renamed for Ypsilanti Medal of Honor recipient
ANN ARBOR, MI -- The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor has been renamed in honor of the late Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, a lifelong Ypsilanti resident. “One thing we strive to do well in Ann Arbor is to focus on those who give of themselves to this community,” Taylor said. During her speech, Dingell also called for greater respect for Vietnam veterans, a message which was met with applause. The bicameral legislation to rename the center was introduced by Stabenow and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township in June 2020. “I pray this medical center lives up to his expectations as caring for the veterans as he did,” Kinzinger said.mlive.com
Stabenow Says “Make It In America” Measures Would Be a Boon for Michigan Manufacturing
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)Unlike the creation of the Jan. 6 commission, which Republicans blocked using the filibuster, this bill has broad bipartisan support. Listen: Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Make It In America, the Jan. 6 commission and the filibuster. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is a Democrat from Michigan, and a sponsor of “Make It In America” provisions of the legislation. Stabenow also discusses the proposed Jan. 6 commission, which Republicans blocked in the Senate using the filibuster. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)Stabenow points out that the filibuster is a Senate rule, not something written into the Constitution.wdet.org
Stabenow Says “Make It In America” Measures Would Be Boon for Michigan Manufacturing
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)Unlike the creation of the Jan. 6 commission, which Republicans blocked using the filibuster, this bill has broad bipartisan support. Listen: Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Make It In America, the Jan. 6 commission and the filibuster. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is a Democrat from Michigan, and a sponsor of “Make It In America” provisions of the legislation. Stabenow also discusses the proposed Jan. 6 commission, which Republicans blocked in the Senate using the filibuster. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)Stabenow points out that the filibuster is a Senate rule, not something written into the Constitution.wdet.org
Stabenow Highlights Big Investment in Mental Health Coming to Michigan
But the legislation also made a substantial investment in behavioral mental health services. Listen: Sen. Debbie Stabenow on the importance of mental health services. Related: Michigan Gets Help for Mental Health Under Stabenow Bill (Detroit Today)The American Rescue Plan also allocates $4 billion toward mental health services, bolstering the push for more comprehensive coverage in Michigan. Another key element in the debate around public health and safety reform is the push for gun safety measures. Stabenow says the focus on infrastructure will not take away from the fight for gun reform.wdet.org
Flint Bishop Airport to receive $956K federal grant for improvements, snow removal
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- Flint Bishop Airport will be receiving a $956,449 federal grant to use for a variety of purposes at the facility. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will help with taxiway improvements and purchase snow removal equipment, according to a Tuesday, March 30 news release from Congressman Dan Kildee’s office. I am proud to announce this federal grant for Flint Bishop International Airport to provide much-needed improvements to our airport,” Kildee, D-Flint Township, said. “We look forward to receiving the grant dollars and putting it towards enhancing the quality service our passengers are used to at Flint Bishop,” Sapone said. Read more on MLive:Plans in works to use Flint Bishop Airport as mega COVID-19 vaccination siteSurprise parade sends off retiring Flint Bishop Airport Police Chief Christopher Miller‘It’s a long time coming:’ Real-life Rosie the Riveter in awe of new statue in Flintmlive.com
Mental health should be funded same as ‘health care below the neck,’ Debbie Stabenow says in Jackson visit
JACKSON, MI – As mental health officials in Jackson and Hillsdale counties await the opening of a 24/7 crisis service center, U.S. “When we talk about integrative care, we’re talking about what the reality is,” Stabenow, D-Lansing, said in a visit to LifeWays Community Mental Health in Jackson on Tuesday, March 30. It established quality standards and funding pathways for behavioral health clinics, and in 2020, Michigan began establishing “certified community behavioral health clinics.”Related: New 24/7 crisis services are alternative to hospitals for mental health needs in Jackson, HillsdaleCommunity mental health agencies are often funded through grants and voter-passed millages. “The goal is to create permanently funded, quality behavioral health centers in the community,” Stabenow said. She said behavioral clinics have contributed to the decline of emergency department visits for behavioral health, jail time and homelessness.mlive.com
Willow Run Airport awarded more than $15 million in federal funding for upgrades
Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Gary Peters (MI) announced on Tuesday that Willow Run Airport will receive $15,275,685 from the Department of Transportation. The airport will use the Federal Aviation Administration grant to improve its existing runways. “I’m pleased to announce this federal grant, which will help improve Willow Run’s daily operations.”“Investing in Willow Run Airport will support economic development in the region,” Senator Stabenow said in a release. “Willow Run Airport is a critical gateway for our local economy in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw, as well as throughout the entire tri-county area,” Congresswoman Dingell said in a release. “With more than $15 million in federal funds, Willow Run can make critical improvements to their runway that will keep pilots and passengers safe, while increasing cargo capability arriving at and departing from the airport.
How Michigan’s women lawmakers are breaking barriers
DETROIT – A group of Michigan women hold powerful positions in Washington, D.C., representing all of us in the House of Representatives and Senate. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. When it comes to Michigan’s voices in the halls of power, many of those voices are women. “I believe in listening to people, hearing what they really have to say,” Dingell said. “She said, ‘Make sure you always know that you’re representing women everywhere.’”And women everywhere now look to Michigan for their advice.
Two-time Senate loser John James is considering running for Michigan governor in 2022
Courtesy photoJohn James, center, who ran for U.S. Senate, was endorsed by Kid Rock, right, who didn't run for Senate but pretended to. Conservative radio host Tudor Dixon and metro Detroit businessman Kevin Rinke also met with representatives from the Republican Governors Association, according toIt would be another steep battle for James, though. According to a Feb. 3-6 poll by the paper, Governor Gretchen Whitmer had a 58% approval rating, with 39% saying they would support her for reelection and 20% saying their answer depended on the candidates. The James-Peters race was the most expensive in Michigan history , as both parties fought for control of the U.S. Senate in a national race that wound up being way closer than expected. James lost to Peters by just two percentage points, but outperformed Donald Trump in Michigan, including in the bellwether of Grand Rapids' Kent County, a typically Republican stronghold where people chose James over Peters, yet Joe Biden over Trump.Another businessman named Austin Chenge has also announced his intentions to run against Whitmer, but his campaign is kind of a hot mess , to say the least.metrotimes.com
Flashpoint recap: Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm, county leaders weigh in on crucial issues
DETROIT – From vaccine distribution to reopening the economy and fixing worn-out infrastructure, many major projects are county responsibilities. Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint included a conversation with the county executives from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. The leaders are Oakland County Executive, David Coulter; Wayne County Executive, Warren Evans and Macomb County Executive, Mark Hackel. Jennifer Granholm who currently serves on President Joe Biden’s cabinet as secretary of energy made an appearance. Segment OneOakland County Executive, David Coulter; Wayne County Executive, Warren Evans and Macomb County Executive, Mark HackelSegment TwoSecretary of Energy and former Michigan governor, Jennifer Granholm
Ford Field in Detroit to become mass vaccination site for Metro Detroit
“I’m pleased to announce the addition of a new FEMA-supported site in Detroit,” said White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients. “This site, located at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, has the ability to administer 6,000 shots per day.”UPDATE March 15: You can now register to get vaccinated against COVID at Ford FieldREAD: FEMA to convert Ford Field into regional mass vaccination siteIt was initially reported in February that officials from FEMA were touring Ford Field and were planning to turn the home of the Detroit Lions into a massive vaccination site. “Protect lives and move Michigan and Detroit forward.”The way forward, she said, is the the vaccination site at Ford Field. I am thrilled that the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act will deliver resources -- that I secured -- directly to the federal vaccination program at Ford Field. Having this new mass vaccination site operated by FEMA will be a significant step forward for our city and our region toward that goal.
Biden's $1.9T rescue signed, and now things get tougher
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Tough as it was for Democrats, passing President Joe Biden’s sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue package into law was the easy part. Biden’s signing of the American Rescue Plan on Thursday marks a milestone for his administration and for Democrats who have command of the House, Senate and White House for the first time in a decade. If Senate Republicans start blocking the legislation, Democrats are prepared to force them into long days and nights of dramatic floor filibusters, like the movie version in “Mr. The filibuster gives the minority enormous ability to halt action, and Senate Democrats used it plenty of times when they were out of power. Still, Biden's infrastructure package may be one bill that could win over Republican support.
Biden's $1.9T rescue signed, agenda now a slog in Congress
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Tough as it was for Democrats, passing President Joe Biden’s sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue package into law was the easy part. If Senate Republicans start blocking the legislation, Democrats are prepared to force them into long days and nights of dramatic floor filibusters, like the movie version in “Mr. The filibuster gives the minority enormous ability to halt action, and Senate Democrats used it plenty of times when they were out of power. Still, Biden's infrastructure package may be one bill that could win over Republican support. Doubting bipartisanship will emerge, there is growing support among Democratic senators to do away with the filibuster if Republicans use it to block Biden's bills.
Federal relief bill requires aid for schools to be released after Michigan delay
The state got nearly $1.8 billion to help schools under the package enacted in late December. Noting that GOP legislators had not negotiated with her, the governor vetoed $652 million in other aid, including $97 million in federal school funds, until a deal is reached. The House on Wednesday quickly passed bills to restore the $652 million that was vetoed, including $405 million in state funding for pandemic-affected businesses. But many Democrats voted no, pointing out — as the governor has — that GOP legislators did not include all federal funding for rental home and food assistance. Michigan is due to receive billions in additional funding under the package headed to Biden's desk, including $3.8 billion for schools.
When can you expect to receive the $1,400 stimulus payment? Who’s eligible?
DETROIT – The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill could be on President Joe Biden’s desk by the end of the week -- but when will the stimulus payments make their way to citizens? Local 4′s Hank Winchester spoke with Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Monday from Washington. READ: Stimulus check update: When to expect $1,400 payments and who’s eligible? The bill includes a $1,400 stimulus payment for individuals earning less than $75,000 and couples making less than $150,000. As the COVID-19 bill moves forward, citizens should update their information with the IRS.
Flashpoint 3/7/21: Reflecting on change 1 year after first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan
DETROIT – It has been a whole year since the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan. On Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint we took a look at what the country and world has learned throughout the year in addition to how to move forward from this point. A new study this week found the likely reason the United States leads the world in COVID-19 deaths is because the country has the world’s most overweight population. There was also a discussion on how stakeholders in the education crisis feel about in-person learning resuming. Related: Nearly 1 year since first cases of coronavirus confirmed in MichiganSegment OneLori Higgins, Bureau Chief for Chalkboard Detroit and Chastity Pratt, Education Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal.
'We can do big things,' Schumer says as Senate approves aid
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves the chamber just after the Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, March 6, 2021. Senate passage sets up final congressional approval by the House next week so lawmakers can send it to President Joe Biden for his signature. Ad“Lessons learned: If we have unity, we can do big things,” Schumer told The Associated Press in an interview after the vote. The outcome “gives us optimism about doing more big things in the future — because it worked,” he said. He and Schumer spoke often as the Senate leader steered the pandemic aid to approval.
Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill after "vote-a-rama"
Washington — The Senate approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package Saturday, over 24 hours after opening debate on the bill. The final vote was 50-49, with all Democrats voting in favor of the bill and all Republicans voting against it. Senate Democrats reached a deal to limit the eligibility for who receives direct checks earlier this week. On Friday evening, Senate Democrats reached a deal accepted by Manchin, after he had an extended meeting with Schumer. The Senate version of the bill differs from the House bill in several ways, including the amendments that passed on Friday and Saturday.cbsnews.com
Manchin, key Senate swing vote, boosts West Virginia's hopes
Scott Applewhite, File)CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has long proclaimed itself “Almost Heaven,” a nod to a song and soaring mountaintop vistas. But Manchin, who grew up in the mountain town of Farmington, has emerged as a key swing vote in a divided Senate. Not since Robert Byrd’s death in 2010 has a senator from West Virginia wielded this much influence. With his centrist instincts in such a red state, Manchin has occasionally been the subject of rumors he'll switch parties. “We're hoping Senator Manchin remembers that he represents some of the poorest people in this country,” Kerner said.
$10 million grant will go toward runway improvements at Willow Run Airport
YPSILANTI, MI — Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti and Van Buren townships is being awarded a $10 million federal grant from the Department of Transportation, officials announced. The Federal Aviation Administration grant is supplemented by funding that U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, helped enact through a government funding bill. The funding will go towards infrastructure improvements, including construction on a runway. The improvements include the decoupling of Runways 23L and 27, reconstruction of Runway 9/27 and the construction of Taxiway A parallel to Runway 5R/23L. Investing in Willow Run will support economic development in the region, Stabenow said.mlive.com
Flashpoint 2/28/21: Democrat Brenda Lawrence and Republican Lisa McClain debate pandemic relief bill
DETROIT – Everyone agrees that Americans need relief from the pandemic, but what kind of relief is right or might be too much? We talked about it Sunday on Flashpoint with Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan’s 14th congressional district and Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan’s 10th congressional district. The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday, 219-212, that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Both Lawrence and McClain talked about that and more. Segment OneDemocratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan’s 14th congressional district and Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan’s 10th congressional district.
LIVE STREAM: Michigan Gov. Whitmer testifies in Senate hearing on infrastructure
Potholes on Beech Daly Road just north of Warren Avenue in Dearborn Heights. (WDIV)WASHINGTON – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will testify before a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday about the need for investment in infrastructure. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing entitled, “Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation while Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity, and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation.”Whitmer will be joined by Maryland Gov. The hearing begins at 10:15 a.m. -- watch in the video player below:
AG Nessel’s Office Charges 2 Men For Threats Made To Public Officials
LANSING (CBS DETROIT) – Two men are facing criminal charges for reportedly making threats against public officials in the events leading up to and following the November general election according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. A third charge alleges Thompson made another threatening call to Rep. Slotkin from Livingston County on April 30, 2020. In an email to Stabenow’s office, he reiterated the threatening remarks and used vulgar language. The charges against Thompson involving the incident with Sen. Stabenow and an April 2020 call to Rep. Slotkin were filed in Livingston County District Court. The message was discovered by an employee of Judge Stephens’ office on Oct. 2, shortly after Stephens ruled in favor of plaintiffs in Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans v Secretary of State.detroit.cbslocal.com
Nessel’s office charges two for threats made to officials, including Stabenow
A third charge alleges Thompson made another threatening call to Slotkin from Livingston County on April 30, 2020. The voicemail message for Stabenow left by Thompson, who identified himself as a Republican, contained vulgar language and threatened violence meant to intimidate the public officials. In an email to Stabenow’s office, he reiterated the threatening remarks and used vulgar language. The charges against Thompson involving the incident with Stabenow and an April call to Slotkin were filed in Livingston County District Court. The message was discovered by an employee of Stephens’ office on Oct. 2, shortly after Stephens ruled in favor of plaintiffs in Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans v Secretary of State.arabamericannews.com
Local 4 News at 4 -- Feb. 23, 2021
Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at 4:Charges announced against 2 men accused of threatening public officialsMichigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced charges against two men accused of threatening public officials. One is accused of leaving threatening messages for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and making threatening calls to Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.
Michigan Attorney General charges two Trump supporters with threatening Democratic public officials
Michigan Attorney General's OfficeAttorney General Dana Nessel. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel charged two Trump supporters with threatening public officials before and after the November election.Daniel Thompson, 62, of Harrison, is accused of leaving threatening messages for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and making threatening calls to U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s office.In a voicemail for Stabenow on Jan. 5, Thompson identified himself as a Republican and threatened violence, saying he was angry about the election results and that he joined a Michigan militia and would engage in violence if the election results were not overturned, Nessel's office said. He made similar threats in an email to the Lansing Democrat.On Jan. 19, Thompson is accused of making violent references, including claiming people will die, in an hourlong phone call with a staff member for Slotkin. “To those who think they can do so by hiding behind a keyboard or phone, we will find you and we will prosecute you, to the fullest extent of the law. No elected official should have to choose between doing their job and staying safe.”metrotimes.com
Flashpoint 2/21/21: Detroit mayor steers city through pandemic; toll of COVID-19 on mental health of teens
DETROIT – After giving his two cents at the White House, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan returned to the city to continue steering it through the pandemic. Then the “other” pandemic -- the mental health struggles of young people after a year of COVID-19. From pretty much the beginning, we’ve wondered about the toll the pandemic has been taking on all of us from a mental health standpoint. Segment OneDetroit Mayor Mike Duggan. AdSegment TwoDr. Lynn Smitherman from Wayne State University and Mary Beth Garvey, a family therapist from Grosse Pointe.
$3.8M federal grant awarded to LifeWays for expanded crisis services
JACKSON, MI -- Nearly $4 million in new funding will help expand mental health and addiction treatment services in Jackson and Hillsdale counties. LifeWays Community Mental Health was awarded $3,886,311 and deemed a certified community behavioral health clinic through a federal law passed in late 2020. It also provides major momentum to fully fund certified behavioral health services across our country,” U.S. Related: New 24/7 crisis services are alternative to hospitals for mental health needs in Jackson, HillsdaleThe certified clinic designation requires LifeWays to provide 24/7 crisis services, mental health and substance abuse treatment services, screenings, risk assessments and diagnoses and care coordination between the clinic and other emergency services, according to a news release. LifeWays also is set to open its expanded 24/7 crisis services this spring.mlive.com
Flashpoint 2/14/21: What comes next for Donald Trump after former president is acquitted in historic second impeachment trial
DETROIT – Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint was live and included a roundtable discussion on the historic second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. On Saturday, Trump was acquitted in the impeachment trial. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, author of Medicare for All: A citizen’s guide, also made an appearance and discussed the Medicare for All movement. Segment OneA roundtable discussion with Zoe Clark, co-host of It’s Just Politics on Michigan Radio; Guy Gordon, host of The Guy Gordon Show on WJR; Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News and Stephen Henderson, host of WDET’s Detroit Today show, on the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. AdSegment TwoDr. Abdul El-Sayed, author of Medicare for All: A citizen’s guideSegment ThreeHost Devin Scillian wraps up this week’s episode remembering prominent self-defense attorney, Cliff Woodards.
Michigan lawmakers react to Trump’s historic 2nd acquittal
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. Former President Donald Trump is welcoming his second impeachment acquittal and says his movement “has only just begun.”Democratic senators from Michigan were among the U.S. lawmakers who cast “guilty” votes on Saturday in hopes of charging Trump with incitement. “Former President Donald Trump spent months pushing a big lie – that the November election was stolen from him. Today, 57 Senators – including a record 7 Republicans – voted to find former President Trump guilty for inciting that deadly insurrection on our very democracy. The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives.
‘This will go down in history’ -- Michigan Senators react to impeachment trial
Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Gary Peters sat through hours of testimony during the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump and they have hours more to go. READ: ‘It was disturbing in a major way’ -- Michigan Senators respond to testimony from Impeachment trialThe two Michigan Senators said watching the videos from inside the U.S. Capitol Building over the past few days has been disturbing. WATCH: Live stream: Trump impeachment trial in Senate (Day 3)AdStabenow and Peters were both inside the Capitol Building during the deadly siege that forced them to hide from those looking to harm or kill lawmakers. Both have called for the impeachment of Trump, but they said they weren’t sure where some Republican colleagues would change their mind and join them. “This will go down in history as the largest bipartisan vote to convict a president of the United States.”It appears Trump’s defense team plans to wrap up sometime Friday, which means the Senators’ vote will be sooner than expected.
‘It was disturbing in a major way’ -- Michigan Senators respond to testimony from Impeachment trial
Dramatic video and audio from the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building were presented Wednesday during the second day of the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. WATCH: Live stream: Trump impeachment trial in Senate (Day 3)U.S. House of Representatives manager Madeleine Dean became emotional as she recounted the moment the rioters tried to enter the House Chamber. AdREAD: Trump can’t hang on to lawyers after false election claimsMichigan’s two Senators said it was difficult to relive the day of the deadly insurrection. They said the footage during Wednesday’s trial shocked them and they were disturbed by how violent things became inside the U.S. Capitol Building. Ad“Their language about wanting to kill people, wanting to kill Mike Pence and the Speaker but also saying over and over again just whoever they saw they wanted to kill,” Stabenow recalled.
Flashpoint 2/7/21: SOS puts forth her prescription for strengthening Michigan’s elections
DETROIT – A million vaccines have been distributed in Michigan, which sounds like a lot, until you realize it isn’t nearly enough. On Sunday’s episode we turned to one of the leading authorities on vaccines. Dr. Arnold Monto, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health spoke about where we stand on vaccine distribution. And Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson puts forth her prescription for strengthening Michigan’s elections. The state leader spoke about the issue more on Sunday.
Biden, Yellen say GOP virus aid too small, Democrats push on
From left, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen joined the Democratic senators for a private virtual meeting, both declaring the Republicans' $618 billion offer was too small. “President Biden spoke about the need for Congress to respond boldly and quickly,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the lunch meeting. The president made it clear that he won’t delay aid in hopes of winning GOP support. Biden proposes $170 billion for schools, compared to $20 billion in the Republican plan.
Flashpoint 1/31/21: Sen. Debbie Stabenow talks 2nd Trump impeachment trial; new Washtenaw County prosecutor shaking things up
DETROIT – The United States Senate is preparing for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Several Republican lawmakers say the proceedings are at odds with now-President Joe Biden’s articulated desire to bring the nation back together. On Sunday, we discussed the impeachment trial with U.S. We also heard from Washtenaw County’s new prosecutor Eli Savit, who has decided it will not be business as usual in the prosecutor’s office. AdSegment OneInterview with U.S. Sen. Debbie StabenowSegment TwoInterview with Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli SavitSegment ThreeHost Devin Scillian wraps up this week’s episode with a round of “3 and Out”Watch Flashpoint live every Sunday at 10 a.m.
Democrats to 'act big' on $1.9T aid; GOP wants plan split
In this Jan. 27, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Democrats in the House and Senate are operating as though they know they are borrowed time. Schumer said he drew from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's advice to “act big” to weather the COVID-19 economic crisis. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a former White House budget director under George W. Bush, wants a deeper accounting of what funds remain from the $900 billion coronavirus aid package from December. “The risks of going too small dramatically outweigh the risks of going too big,” said Gene Sperling, a former director of the White House National Economic Council, who signed the letter.
‘Our democracy has survived’ -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow reflects on unique, historic inauguration
WASHINGTON – Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) had a front-row seat to Wednesday’s inauguration festivities on the Capitol steps. Stabenow said on Wednesday, there was a tremendous sense of hope and optimism from her and her colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and her grandson Walter on the Capitol steps on Jan. 20, 2021. (Debbie Stabenow)Stabenow and Walter took a picture on the Capitol steps with their Aviator sunglasses -- a nod to the newly sworn-in President Joe Biden. And so a number of the senators, we all showed up with Aviators on is a salute to Joe,” Stabenow said.
Democratic Michigan leaders eager to ‘get to work’ with Biden, Harris sworn in
Senator Debbie Stabenow, from Michigan“It was such an honor to witness history today as President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn into office. More than a trailblazer and trusted voice for President Biden, Vice President Harris will fight for justice and equality in this nation. And I look forward to getting the job done with President Biden and Vice President Harris.” Rep. DingellU.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib, Michigan’s 13th district“I congratulate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their historic inauguration. The inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris completed the peaceful transfer of power as required by our Constitution. The success of President Biden and Vice President Harris will be a success we all share.
Michigan Democrats see hope in Biden presidency as inauguration dampened by unrest
Michigan Democrats hope the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris signals the start of better times, as civil unrest and the coronavirus pandemic force unique circumstances on Wednesday’s ceremony. The inaugural ceremonies will begin around 11:30 a.m. Harris and Biden will be sworn-in as the next vice president and president around noon, then Biden will deliver his inaugural address. Brander, who visited the Capitol four years ago during the Women’s March on Washington, said the restrained inauguration ceremony is one more disappointment added to the heap of 2020′s frustrations. Dingell expressed optimism Biden can unite the country as it deals with an economic downturn and surge in COVID-19 deaths. Gretchen Whitmer to attend Biden inauguration in D.C.mlive.com
5 things Michigan could expect from Biden administration
“The current Michigan administration and the incoming presidential administration see eye-to-eye on lots of issues; employment, environment, infrastructure, and healthcare.”David Dulio, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University, said the Biden administration demonstrated respect for Michigan’s leaders during his transition. Responding to COVID-19Reigning in COVID-19 is one of the top goals of the Biden administration, which will take power as vaccines distribution is ramping up across the nation. State officials also cited reporting problems leading to a lag between doses received and doses injected. During his campaign appearances in Michigan, Biden stressed that economic recovery can only occur after the public health threat is mitigated. “I am still focused on the searing experience we had in Michigan with basic things like medical supplies, gloves, the basics we couldn’t get our hands on.”On the campaign trail in Michigan, Biden unveiled a proposal to tax businesses that move manufacturing jobs overseas.mlive.com
‘They didn’t care if they hurt people’ -- Michigan lawmakers react to deadly DC riots
DETROIT – Michigan members of Congress shared details of the violent and deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday. READ: Michigan lawmakers respond to deadly siege on US Capitol BuildingMembers of Congress continue to reel from the insurrection on Capitol Hill as stories of fear, chaos and bravery have come out. Bill Huizenga was one of them trying to take benches to try and secure the chamber,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell. “I started seeing clips and began to realize that there were mobs that didn’t care if they hurt people or damaged people,” Dingell recalled. Michigan officials are calling for the removal of Maddock and any representative who participated in the violence.
Michigan lawmakers respond to deadly siege on US Capitol Building
DETROIT – Some Michigan lawmakers are calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office as they recount the terrifying moments when they were told to hide and find shelter. READ: Michigan lawmakers call on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump from officeThe deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building took place while the entire Congress was on their respective floors. Sen. Debbie Stabenow described the chaos and confusion Thursday morning and said many staffers were visibly upset after reaching a secure location. Related: Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell on Capitol riot: ‘They were attacking what is the symbol of our country and our democracy’“They opened some back doors and -- without telling us exactly what was happening -- they started yelling ‘Go go go go go!’” Stabenow recalled. Related: Michigan GOP Rep. Lisa McClain describes situation inside U.S. CapitolMore coverage
Michigan representatives react to riots as pro-Trump groups storm US Capitol, force lockdown
READ: Pro-Trump groups storm US Capitol, force lockdown: Follow live coverageAt about 2:15 p.m., the U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown as groups breached the Capitol steps. https://t.co/iKYIGCvFk1 — Rep. Debbie **Wear A Mask** Dingell (@RepDebDingell) January 6, 2021I am safe in a secure location. — Rep. Debbie **Wear A Mask** Dingell (@RepDebDingell) January 6, 2021We have been told the Capitol is now secure. — Rep. Debbie **Wear A Mask** Dingell (@RepDebDingell) January 6, 2021Haley StevensCongresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) released two tweets. @realDonaldTrump should demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately.
House votes to increase direct payments to $2,000 -- What’s next in Senate?
However, the benefits will be slightly delayed until Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency can update its system with the renewals. If this comes to a vote, Stabenow believes enough Republicans will join to get the 60 votes needed to pass it. House votes to override Trump’s veto of defense billThe Democratic-controlled House voted overwhelmingly Monday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense policy bill, setting the stage for what would be the first veto override of his presidency. House members voted 322-87 to override the veto, well above the two-thirds needed to override. The Senate, which is expected to vote on the override this week, also needs to approve it by a two-thirds majority.
Congress passes bill that includes $4.5 million for Flint Registry
FLINT, MI -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes millions of dollars for the Flint Registry to help families recover from the water crisis. The Flint Registry is a federally funded program that links victims of the Flint water crisis to programs and services. “I am proud that Republicans and Democrats came together to fund the Flint Registry,” Kildee said. To date, the Flint Registry has enrolled more than 10,500 people and completed over 13,500 referrals. The Flint Registry was created by Congress and signed into law in 2016 by former President Barack Obama.mlive.com
Congress approves major boost in Great Lakes funding
Stabenow co-chairs the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force with Ohio Republican Rob Portman. “We must protect the Great Lakes for future generations,” he said in the statement. The last time Great Lakes maps were updated was between 1985 and 1994. The Environmental Protection Agency celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in a virtual event Dec. 9. The crucial importance of our shared success cannot be overstated,” EPA Region 5 Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Kurt Thiede said.mlive.com
Bill passes to rename Ann Arbor VA facility after Lt. Colonel Charles S. Kettles
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Legislation passed to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Ann Arbor after Lieutenant Colonel Charles S. Kettles. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)Decades ago, Lieutenant Colonel Kettles courageously went back into enemy territory to save the lives of 44 of his fellow servicemen. It is a fitting tribute to rename the Ann Arbor VA hospital for a hometown hero. In 2015, Dingell led legislation to waive time limitations that deemed Lieutenant Colonel Kettles ineligible for consideration of the Medal of Honor. After the bill was enacted, President Obama awarded Kettles the Medal of Honor on July 18, 2016, nearly 50 years after his heroic actions.
University of Michigan alumna Rohini Kosoglu named to VP-elect Kamala Harris’ White House staff
University of Michigan alumna Rohini Kosoglu has been named to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ White House senior staff. Kosoglu will serve as domestic policy advisor to the Vice President. She previously served as a legislative aide to Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow. She also previously served as a legislative aide to U.S. Originally from New Jersey, Kosoglu is a graduate of the University of Michigan and George Washington University and is a mother to three young children.
Republican John James concedes to Democrat Gary Peters in US Senate race
DETROIT – On Tuesday, Republican John James conceded to Democrat and incumbent Gary Peters in Michigan’s closely watched US Senate race. In the statement James who previously ran for a seat on the Senate against Democrat and longtime US Sen. Debbie Stabenow congratulated Peters on his victory. Republicans including James had called for an investigation into the election results alleging potential voting fraud. Since the presidential election Republican leaders have made allegations of voter fraud without substantial evidence. “John James’ life of service sacrifice and selflessness has inspired millions of Michiganders.
Key departures signal agriculture shakeup for Capitol Hill
MINNEAPOLIS – The reelection defeat of U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson in Minnesota and some key retirements mean a shakeup is coming for the industry on Capitol Hill, with power likely to shift from the Midwest to the South and the coasts. Both the House and Senate agriculture committees will get new chairs, and there will be a new top Republican on the House panel. Fischbach plans to seek a seat on the Agriculture Committee, but she'll have to draw heavily on her legislative skills to have much of an influence as a freshman in the minority party. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is the only one of the top four agriculture committee leaders returning in 2021. Neither Roberts nor Rep. Michael Conaway of Texas, the ranking Republican in the House committee, sought reelection.
Peters, James make final cases in Michigan’s Senate race
Peters, the only non-incumbent Democrat to claim a Senate seat in 2014, is one of just two Senate Democrats running in a state Donald Trump won four years ago. Public polls have shown him extending his lead over James, a Black businessman and Iraq War veteran, but Republicans who see an opening insist James has a shot. He aims to be the first Michigan Republican to win a Senate seat in a quarter-century. James, unlike other Republican Senate candidates, has largely kept pace in fundraising with his opponent. Peters joined Biden and former President Barack Obama at events in the Democratic strongholds of Detroit and Flint on Saturday.
Jill Biden to campaign in Michigan today
DETROIT – Jill Biden, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, is scheduled to campaign in Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 29. She is expected to be joined by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Debbie Dingell and Westland Mayor Bill Wild. Jill Biden campaigned in Metro Detroit earlier this month as the Biden-Harris campaign aims focus on Michigan voters. Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris campaigned in Metro Detroit Sunday and discussed how a Biden-Harris administration could impact Michiganders. WATCH: Interview with Sen. Kamala Harris on hunger, job loss, Michigan
Low-key Democrat tries to hang onto Senate seat in Michigan
Peters was the only non-incumbent Democrat to win a Senate election in 2014, when he prevailed easily despite the GOP’s successes nationally and in Michigan. All largely back both Biden and Peters, but a bigger percentage remain undecided in the Senate race, according to some polls. He said he ranks as one of the most bipartisan Senate Democrats and, despite being a freshman in the minority, has written and passed more of his bills than any other senator. Before winning promotion to the Senate, Peters was a congressman, lottery commissioner and state senator and served in the Navy Reserve. Stu Sandler, a consultant for James' campaign, said support for Peters is “soft all around.
Joe Biden discusses blue collar workers, handling coronavirus
Biden sat down with Local 4′s Mara MacDonald for a one-on-one conversation. When asked why his poll numbers among that group were soft, Biden said, "I don’t know but my whole career, I’ve had the support of blue collar workers pretty coherent here in the automobile industry. But what would be different if it was a Biden Administration and not a Trump Administration in dealing with COVID-19? When asked why, Biden said, "It’s fundamentally what her judicial philosophy is. The issue is is her judicial philosophy going to prevent her from saying there is a right to privacy.
Democrats must ‘leave no doubt on Election Day,’ Kamala Harris' husband says in Michigan
Doug Emhoff, husband of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, visited three communities during a campaign swing through Michigan. “I should have been doing more.”Election Day is only three weeks away, but Michigan voters have been turning in absentee ballots since late September. “In 22 days, with your help, we’re going to leave no doubt on Election Day that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won a mandate that this president can not refuse,” Emhoff said. “Parachuting" Emhoff into Michigan with 22 days until Election Day won’t help, Gustafson said in a statement. Poll: Trump cuts into Biden lead in Michigan, Wisconsin as Election Day approachesmlive.com
James vies for 14th District Senate seat
A Republican in the 14th District seat in the U.S. Senate, paired with Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, James said, also would give Michigan a seat at the table regardless of who is in the majority or White House. From dumping in Lake St. Clair to algae blooms in Lake Erie, he looks forward to working with Stabenow from both sides of the aisle to secure adequate funding for the issues. He also supports non-partisan solutions to address climate change, including working with companies to integrate more sustainable solutions, as well as holding egregious polluters in the world accountable to make more environmentally friendly solutions. “Taking care of people and their benefits is something that’s very important to me,” James added. I’m actually here to protect it and come up with sustainable solutions to do just that.”grossepointenews.com
Michigan senators vow to oppose Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Shortly after President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court, Michigan Sens. “Amy Coney Barrett is an accomplished and well-respected legal mind with an objectively brilliant career. “Amy Coney Barrett has a proven track record of protecting our Constitution, honoring the sanctity of life, and fighting for the rule of law,” Cox said. “President Trump has made an excellent decision in nominating Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court,” Huizenga said in a tweet. Read more:President Donald Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme CourtMichigan Democrats push John James to clarify stance on Supreme Court vacancyTrump filling vacancy now could erode trust in Supreme Court, says Michigan AGmlive.com
Michigan Democrats push John James to clarify stance on Supreme Court vacancy
Michigan Democrats are pressuring Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James to state whether a vacancy on the Supreme Court should be filled before the Nov. 3 election. Republicans argue the president has a constitutional obligation to fill any vacancy on the Supreme Court. Votes to confirm Supreme Court justices have been more split along party lines since Ginsburg was appointed in 1993. James clarified in June that he was referring to Trump appointing "textualist” Supreme Court justices on the bench. Democrats said the Supreme Court vacancy carries high stakes because the court is set to hear a case seeking to end the Affordable Care Act.mlive.com
Peters makes his case for return to Senate
Facing contention for his Senate seat from Republican John James, who was defeated in his last campaign against Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Peters wants to continue serving his home state. Having served as a congressman, Peters became the only non-incumbent Democrat to win a Senate seat in 2014. Quality health care, skilled trades training and environmental quality are among areas of Peters’ focus that he recently discussed during a “motorcycle tour” across the state. Other initiatives Peters supports include affordable housing, which he called “incredibly important” to Michigan. Come Nov. 3, Peters said he’s ready to return to work with the support of Michigan residents.grossepointenews.com
House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown
The final agreement gives the administration continued immediate authority to dole out Agriculture Department subsidies in the run-up to Election Day. This is cash flow to mom and pop businesses all over rural America," said Texas Rep. Michael Conaway, top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee. Trump announced a new $13 billion allotment of bailout funding at a political rally in Wisconsin last week. But the financial fix had been passed before, and other Democrats, including endangered House incumbents in states like Iowa and Minnesota, pressed for it. In the past, both Democrats and Republicans have sought to use government funding deadlines and must-past temporary funding bills as leverage to try to win concessions elsewhere on Washington's agenda.
Sen. Stabenow calls Trump 'very unstable,' says a vote for Biden is 'a vote for sanity'
click to enlarge ShutterstockSen. Debbie Stabenow in Warren. ....to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that! No one would look at this and say that this is um, stable, stability. Gretchen Whitmer if she believed the president was insane. Whitmer, an attorney by training, responded that shes not a certified psychologist or psychiatrist.Im not going to weigh in, Tim, Whitmer said.metrotimes.com