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INTERVIEW: Democrat Kristy Pagan – This millennial is ready for prime time

This is the second in a four-part series with women who are running for the Michigan State House of Representatives. With your help and votes, they can win and change the face of politics in Michigan. I believe in all of them and I want you to as well.

When I hear names like Rashida Tlaib, Sarah Roberts, Gretchen Driscoll, and Debbie Stabenow, I think strong, independent-minded strategists. Political forces that have led by example and have bucked the system and the political will of mostly men to not only win in the elections game but also provide amazing insight, voice and SOLUTIONS to problems that have plagued us all.…

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Helped by Explainer-in-Chief Bill Clinton, Michigan Dems fire up at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

“Politics is all about power for them. Politics should always be about people for us.”

Michigan Democrats took over the newly-renovated Cobo Hall in Detroit last night in a show of forceful solidarity unlike anything I’ve seen in the recent past. A sold out crowd of over 2,200 packed the venue, over 700 more than attended the event in 2012 when Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker for their annual fundraising dinner. While the keynote speech by President Bill Clinton was certainly a major draw this year, the energy in the building went beyond just admiration for one our favorite Democratic presidents.…

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PHOTOS: President Obama signs historic bipartisan farm bill in East Lansing, Michigan

All photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

President Barack Obama traveled to East Lansing, Michigan yesterday to sign the federal farm bill into law. Last updated in 2008, the bill in its current form has been worked on for four years. Much of the wrangling was contentious and no topic was as contentious as its impact on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps. Republicans in Congress wanted to slash this essential program by $40 billion at a time when our national economy is still in recovery mode. Fortunately Democrats were able to reduce the Republican hit on SNAP benefits by a full 80%, a 1% cut overall.…

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The Obama administration in Detroit today, will announce $300 million in new investments

The cavalry is coming! The cavalry is coming!


[Image by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]

The Obama adminstration will be in Detroit today and bring with them $300 million in new federal and private investments, much of which is designed to eradicate blight and foster an environment of rehabilitation. The delegation is led by chief White House economic adviser, Gene B. Sperling, and includes three cabinet members: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; Shaun Donovan, secretary of housing and urban development; and Anthony R. Foxx, secretary of transportation and a former mayor of Charlotte, N.C.

This meeting is part of an effort by our two Democratic Senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, to harness existing federal grants and programs to help out Michigan’s largest city.…

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Michigan Democrats coalesce around Gary Peters for Senate and Mark Schauer for Governor

This is good. This is VERY good

Two Democrats first elected to Congress together in 2008 are rapidly becoming the unrivaled choices of the Michigan Democrats. This bodes well for uncontested primaries for both of them which will help them use their campaign treasuries for beating their Republican opponents and avoiding bruising primary races. Details on this exciting news after the jump.
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PHOTOS & QUOTES: Joe Biden rallies Dems in Detroit, “the figurative & literal engine of the middle class in America”

“[T]he grit and the determination and the confidence, the certainty, the absolute commitment that this country has…is more exemplified by Detroit, Michigan than any other state in the Union.”


All photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog. Not for reuse without permission.

Last night’s Jefferson Jackson dinner was a rallying point for Michigan Democrats and every speaker from former Congressman Mark Schauer to Vice President Joe Biden called out Republicans for the harm they are doing to our country, our state, and the middle class and called on Democrats to rise to the challenge of seizing back the reins of power in Michigan.…

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2012: The Year of Michigan Women in Politics

Chapeau: doffed

2012 was a year full of politics in Michigan. As a political writer, particularly one writing from the progressive side of things, I never had a single day where there wasn't something happening in Michigan worth writing about. We weren't far into 2012 before I realized that women were standing up and speaking out in larger numbers and with a louder, stronger voice than any other group of people in our state. So much so that I have taken to calling 2012 the Year of Michigan Women in Politics.
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Ignored and with a campaign in complete shambles at home, Hoekstra takes it on the road – to Israel

Down in the polls by 16 points against Senator Debbie Stabenow and rapidly running out of both time and money, Pete Hoekstra took his failed campaign overseas last weekend. To Israel. I don't get it either. Details after the jump.
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UPDATED: Pete Hoekstra gets and deserves no respect – down by 16 pts & Super PAC money gone

“We feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of Senate races.”

There’s been a lot of talk about “The Stench” surrounding Mitt Romney’s campaign. Pete Hoekstra’s campaign is in such a bad way, nobody is really even talking about it anymore. A campaign official actually told The Nation, “We feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of Senate races.”

There’s good reason for that: the Hoekstra campaign doesn’t get no respect because it doesn’t deserve no respect.

How little respect is Hoekstra getting? In addition to the big Super PAC money leaving the state, he’s now down by 16 points in recent polling. The Rothenberg Political Report has moved the race from “Democrat Favored” to “Currently Safe” for Democrats.…

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All The Money In The World Can’t Buy Sane Republicans

This is the ‘Party of Lincoln’ the same way the Honda Odyssey is the ‘Car of Homer’

Democrats are now favored to retain control of the Senate, according to ace poll guy Nate Silver. This is a stunning reversal. Just a few months ago, Republican control of the Senate seemed likely. Best-case scenario was a 50-50 split and prayer that the president would be reelected to send Joe Biden to upper chamber to break the tie.

But the Democratic National Convention not only boosted the president’s campaign, it consolidated Democratic voters behind candidates like Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin.…

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