Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Michigan's midterm elections see largest voter turnout in decades

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 2:22 PM

Michigan was energized to go to the polls yesterday – more than they've been in five decades, according to yesterday's voting numbers. According to preliminary numbers gathered by the Associated Press, more than 4 million voters cast their ballot on Tuesday, earning Michigan the largest turnout for the state's...

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Opinion: Reporter shouldn't have been fired for having opinion

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 12:29 PM

There is a Trump-led war on the media going on right now. The president routinely attacks reporters and media outlets, calling them "Fake News." All of this is against a backdrop of an endangered industry that has been badly wounded by the rise of the internet. Shamefully, one Michigan...

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Community delivers blow to Duggan-Gilbert axis in Detroit Charter Commission race

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 10:31 AM

Detroit Charter Commission candidates with ties to Mike Duggan and Dan Gilbert who were partly funded with Republican money failed to claim a majority on the nine-seat commission on Tuesday night. As Metro Times previously reported, the right-leaning Detroit Regional Chamber engaged in a disinformation campaign ahead of the...

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Dems will run Michigan Attorney General Office for first time in 16 years

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 9:46 AM

A Democrat will hold the Michigan Attorney General's Office for the first time since 2002. With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Dana Nessel leads Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard 48.5-46.8 percent, according to the Associated Press. Leonard refused to concede until Wednesday morning. She is the first openly...

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Michigan approves constitutional amendment that will strengthen voting rights

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:48 AM

Michigan voters have approved a measure to make it easier for the state's residents to vote. Proposal 3 — which enshrines in the constitution automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight-ticket voting — was approved with 67 percent support, according to WDIV. The move was...

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Michigan elects its first Democratic Secretary of State in 24 years

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:36 AM

A Democrat will hold Michigan's Secretary of State office for the first time since 1996. With 58 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Jocelyn Benson held a 52.9-43.9 advantage over Republican Mary Treder Lang, according to the New York Times. Benson declared victor earlier in the evening. Benson takes over...

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Gerrymandered no more: Michigan approves redistricting reform

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:10 AM

Michigan voters have approved Proposal 2, the first step in ending the shady political practice known as "gerrymandering," or rigging elections with unfairly drawn district maps. With 45 percent of precincts reporting, the measure had 60.5 percent support, according to the AP. In Michigan, those maps were drawn in 2010...

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Debbie Stabenow defeats controversial Republican John James

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:04 AM

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow held off a challenge from Republican candidate John James. With 49 percent of the vote tallied at 11:09 p.m., Stabenow had a 52.2-45.8 lead, according to the New York Times. Stabenow — the definition of a centrist Dem — led by as much as 23...

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Gretchen Whitmer defeats Bill Schuette in Michigan governor's race

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:03 AM

With 22 percent of the vote counted, the Associated Press is projecting Gretchen Whitmer to win Michigan's gubernatorial race. The former Democratic state Senate minority leader leads Republican candidate and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette by about 68,000 votes, according to the New York Times. Schuette was a Trump-style...

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Rashida Tlaib will be the nation's first Muslim woman in Congress

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:01 AM

Rashida Tlaib will be the nation's first Muslim woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Multiple outlets have called the race. She ran unopposed in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, easily surviving a write-in campaign from primary opponent Brenda Jones. “The first thing I think about when somebody says...

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