opinion Nancy Kaffer Detroit Free Press Published 7:01 AM EST Jan 6, 2019 For Michigan women, the 2018 midterm elections were an unparalleled triumph. Women ran for office in record numbers. Organized, campaigned and voted in record numbers. And won, in record numbers. Michiganders elected women to the offices of governor, attorney general and secretary of state, and sent six women to the U.S. Congress. Michiganders elected a whopping 53 women to the state Legislature, enough to propel Michigan from the middle ranks of female representation to 12th in the nation, per the Center for American Women and Politics. These are remarkable victories, and after years of stagnation, it's real growth. And it's depressing. More: Election was slam dunk for women in MichiganKaffer: How they lost: What went wrong for Michigan GOP candidates in the 2018 midterm election Women are 51 percent of the state's population. Even after a … [Read more...] about 53 women in Michigan’s Legislature is alarming. Here’s why.
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“Our residents lose thousands of dollars a year and suffer from ruined credit scores, as well as a general sense of anxiety regarding their identity,” –Attorney General Paxton Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 state attorneys general urging the Social Security Administration (SSA) to comply with a new provision of federal law intended to protect Americans from the growing problem of synthetic identity theft. Such fraud occurs when criminals use real Social Security numbers along with fictitious names and birthdates to create fake identities, which are then used to apply for credit cards or loans. Earlier this year, Congress passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which includes a provision requiring the SSA to develop a database that allows quick verification of a consumer’s information when requested by a financial institution. The … [Read more...] about AG Paxton Joins 43-State Bipartisan Coalition Urging Social Security Administration to Fight Identity Theft
click to enlarge Rashida Tlaib/Courtesy photo In Michigan's 2016 Democratic presidential primary, progressive, populist candidate Bernie Sanders pulled off a stunning upset over establishment candidate Hillary Clinton. His win suggested enthusiastic support for economic ideas that are further left than those previously offered by state politicians and the political establishment. It also revealed that the fault lines running through the Democratic Party nationally exist here. In general, the entire party agrees on social issues like citizenship for DREAMers, access to abortion, and equal rights for LGBTQ people. However, the sides split when it comes to economic policies, with centrist Dems fighting for incremental changes to the status quo, and progressives pushing bold policies they say will make a real difference in the lives of the middle class and poor. As we approach the first big Democratic primary since 2016, evidence suggests — even if centrist newspapers … [Read more...] about Here are some of the most progressive Democrats running in Michigan’s primaries
Jonathan Oosting Detroit News Lansing Bureau Published 1:40 p.m. UTC Jun 21, 2018 Grand Rapids — Democratic hopefuls Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar stayed to the political left of Gretchen Whitmer on policy but shied away from direct attacks against the establishment favorite Wednesday night in the party’s first televised gubernatorial debate. Whitmer, the former state Senate minority leader from East Lansing, was the only Democrat in the debate who did not advocate for a single-payer health care system. It is a potentially expensive program championed by the progressive left and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won Michigan’s 2016 presidential primary. “I’m the only one on this stage that’s actually delivered on providing health care in this state,” Whitmer said, referencing her work to negotiate a bipartisan 2013 law that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. “We agree on a lot of … [Read more...] about Democrats split on health care in Michigan gubernatorial debate
Tresa Baldas and Niraj Warikoo and Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 1:47 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 A humanitarian crisis has landed on the doorsteps of a west Michigan foster care agency, where volunteers are scrambling to meet the needs of dozens of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents. Among the transplants are kids who ask for their mothers in Spanish — and babies and toddlers who can only cry about what's happening. The children need comfort, attention, and practically, diapers. "These children are scared and the people who are caring for them need help," Ali Van Overbeke, 24, of Grand Rapids wrote in a Facebook post after learning about the children in a Free Press article earlier this month. Her plea for help on social media produced results. On Monday, Van Overbeke delivered a carload of donated goods — Spanish children's books, toys, diapers — to a refugee center … [Read more...] about Babies torn from immigrant parents land in Michigan: ‘They need diapers’