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
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.
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.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer makes pitch for federal funding to fix roads in testimony before US Senate
On Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer testified before the U.S. Senate regarding what she said is a desperate need for federal funding to fix Michigan’s roads. “I was known for running on and getting elected to ‘fix the damn roads’ in Michigan and I have to say that we need significant investments in our roads and bridges,” Whitmer said. READ: Michigan Gov. Whitmer to Senate: Investment in roads, bridges needed to remain competitive
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sen. Gary Peters sworn into second term as Congress starts new session
Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speaks during an event with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Beech Woods Recreation Center, in Southfield, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Sen. Gary Peters was sworn in to his second term in Congress on Jan. 3, just months after defeating Republican opponent John James. Senator from Michigan Gary Peters was sworn into his second term in Congress on Jan. 3, 2021. (Office of Sen. Gary Peters)After a contentious race, Peters was victorious over James in the November General Election by about 90,000 votes. Prior to his role in the Senate, Peters served as a representative in the U.S. House.
Michigan Republicans join last-ditch effort to overturn 2020 election results
The group says that if the 10-day audit isn’t granted, they will object to the Electoral College votes that have declared Biden the president-elect. Michigan Republicans are joining the last-ditch effort to overturn the election results. More than 100 Republican House members from the so-called Kraken Caucus are also expected to object to the presidential election results next week. This week, Democratic Senator Gary Peters called objections to the election results deliberate attempts to undermine trust in American elections. Trump and his allies have filed roughly 50 lawsuits challenging election results, and nearly all have been dismissed or dropped.
John James concedes to Gary Peters in Michigan Senate race, offers congratulations in video
DETROIT – In a video posted on Twitter, Republican John James concedes to Democrat and incumbent Sen. Gary Peters in the U.S. Senate race. The James and Peters campaigns spent millions of dollars in ads with James estimating about $150 million from both campaigns. He said his campaign has donated over $1 million to charity and then turns his attention to the election results. Speaking of political ads, by the grace of God and your generosity our campaign did something that has never been done. That’s a million dollars that could have been used for more ads on top of the god-awful $150 million spent by all sides in the Michigan senate race.
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.
With Peters ahead, John James says ‘ample evidence’ for investigation, but offers none
Michigan U.S. Senate candidate John James, who is currently trailing Democratic Senator Gary Peters in the 2020 election, is calling for an investigation into votes. The Associated Press called the Senate race on Wednesday night for Democrat Gary Peters, who has a nearly 90,000 vote lead over James. In a statement Thursday, James said, “While Senator Peters is currently ahead, I have deep concerns that millions of Michiganders may have been disenfranchised by a dishonest few who cheat.”James also said he will accept the results and the will of the people, “but at this time there is enough credible evidence to warrant an investigation to ensure that elections were conducted in a transparent, legal and fair manner.”The John James campaign has not offered any evidence to support a claim of cheating or evidence to support any investigation. It’s also unclear what they’re hoping to investigate, specifically. There is no evidence of any voter fraud or cheating tied to Michigan’s 2020 election.
Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice replacing liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before Election Day, handing President Donald Trump a political victory. She was confirmed to the Supreme Court with a 52-48 vote on Monday night. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox also released a statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Barrett. “President Trump promised Americans that he would appoint rule of law justices to the Supreme Court, who would protect and defend our constitution. Tonight’s confirmation of his nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a fulfillment of this promise.
U.S. Senate battleground: Peters, James in heated race for Michigan seat
Senator Gary Peters, 61, a Democrat, is facing a formidable challenge from Republican John James, 39, an Iraq war veteran who runs a logistics company in Detroit. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speaks during an event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. FILE - In this Monday, June 22, 2020, file photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James speaks at Weir Farms in Hanover Township, Mich. First-term Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is trying to hang onto his seat. Peters is finding it tougher to shake Republican John James. James is the GOP’s best hope to pick up a Senate seat in what is a battle for control of the U.S. Senate.
Poll: Peters boosts lead over James, but Michigan US Senate race remains tight
Senator Gary Peters has increased his lead over Republican challenger John James, but the race remains tight, according to a new WDIV/Detroit News poll. But Peters lead in the Detroit Metro region by a margin of 50.3%-33.2%, with 15.2% in Detroit metro still undecided. Among white voters, James leads 47.1%-39.1%. Among Black voters, Peters leads 75.6%-4.7%. Peters leads in early votingAmong those that have already voted, Peters leads 71.8%-18.3%.
Poll: Peters, James in tight race for Michigan US Senate seat
Senator Gary Peters is in a tight race with Republican challenger John James, according to a new WDIV/Detroit News poll. Sen. Peters is running for his second term in the U.S. Senate, while John James is making his second attempt at being an incumbent for the seat. Heading into the final stretch of the 2020 election, Peters holds a 3-point lead over James, which is in the margin of error for the WDIV/Detroit News poll. METHODOLOGYThe Glengariff Group, Inc. conducted a Michigan statewide survey of November 2020 likely general election voters. The 600 sample, live operator telephone survey was conducted on September 1-3, 2020 and has a margin of error of +/-4.0% with a 95% level of confidence.