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  • Muslim woman elected to US Congress wraps in 'Palestinian' flag [Rashida Tlaib]

    11/08/2018 1:14:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    INN ^ | 11/08/18 11:29 | Mordechai Sones
    Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib, who won a seat in the US House of Representatives, wrapped herself in a “Palestinian” flag at her victory party. She is one of the two first Muslim women ever to be elected to the deliberative body, along with Somali Ilhan Omar from Minnesota. Daughter of Arabs who left Samaria for Nicaragua and later Detroit, Tlaib became the first Muslim female member of Michigan’s state legislature a decade ago. Tlaib is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and was arrested two years ago for disrupting a Trump speech in Detroit, reported Yeshiva World. Asked during...
  • CBS, NBC Celebrate Win for Dem Accused of Anti-Semitism, Downplay Diversity of GOP Winners

    11/08/2018 9:20:01 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 11/7/2018 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    In the midst of their midterm results coverage on Wednesday, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News touted the diversity of the Democratic Party’s field of winners. But in the process, they celebrated the election of Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The problem? She’s been accused of anti-Semitism because of her anti-Israel stance. In a November 2012 tweet, Omar lashed out at the Jewish state of Israel by playing on anti-Jewish tropes. “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel” she wrote. And in a...
  • GOP braces for potential wipeout in governors' races

    11/06/2018 12:42:37 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/06/18 | Reid Wilson
    The ranks of Republican governors are poised to thin after this year’s midterm elections, and some party strategists are bracing for major Democratic gains even in some of the most conservative states in the country. Voters in 36 states will elect governors on Tuesday, including 26 states where Republicans currently hold the top job. Democrats are defending nine seats, and both sides are fighting over Alaska, where independent Gov. Bill Walker dropped his reelection bid late last month. Virtually all of the most contested races are being fought on Republican turf. Democrats are overwhelmingly likely to pick up governorships in...
  • Sure, Why Not: John James Trails Debbie Stabenow By Two Points In New Michigan Poll

    11/06/2018 6:11:18 AM PST · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6 Nov 2018 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    James pulling the upset in Trump-friendly Michigan is a longer shot than Bob Menendez losing in Trump-hostile New Jersey. I wouldn’t wager on it even with someone else’s money. But I’m throwing this goofy poll at you anyway because: 1) It’s Election Day eve and goofy outliers are fun, like a suspiciously large present under the Christmas tree. What’s in that box? Probably it’s just a pair of socks placed in an oversized container as a gag gift. In fact, that’s definitely what it is. But there’s just enough doubt to create a bit of suspense. 2) I like James...
  • Tribune fires staff writer (Voicemail Lady)

    11/06/2018 7:01:46 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    The Huron Daily Tribune has issued a statement Monday evening after the newsroom management heard a voicemail left by one of its staff writers to Republican U.S. Sen. Candidate John James. In the voicemail, Brenda Battel requests an interview with James, who is running against Incumbent Debbie Stabenow. Battel then unsuccessfully disconnects the phone, and is heard saying inappropriate comments about the candidate and the race. "I have listened to the voicemail left by Brenda Battel to Mr. James' campaign, and find no reason to defend this behavior," said Kate Hessling, editor of the Huron Daily Tribune. "Brenda Battel's employment...
  • Voters turned away due to missing voting machines at precinct in Detroit

    11/06/2018 6:20:51 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 43 replies ^ | ^Nov 2018
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - At Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit, voters arrived shortly after polls opened ready to vote. However, they were shocked to find out that the precinct wasn't prepared – they had no voting machines. After speaking with election workers, we learned there was some sort of miscommunication about where those voting machines were left. It turned out they were locked in a closet on the other side of the school, a closet that election workers did not have access to. In the meantime, voters were turned away. The precinct now has the machines and is...
  • Fed up with Trump, a GOP women's PAC is backing Dems in two key Michigan races (Super Barf Alert)

    11/04/2018 1:40:22 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 35 replies
    Detroit Metro Times ^ | Oct 17, 2018 | Violet Ikonomova
    A political action committee run by Republican women opposed to Donald Trump is getting involved in Michigan's most competitive Congressional races — and supporting the Democrat candidates. Republican Women for Progress PAC tells Metro Times it has taken out $50,000 television ad buys in Michigan's 11th and 8th Congressional District races. Both races feature a moderate Democrat against a Trump-aligned Republican. In MI-11, Democrat Haley Stevens is up against Republican Lena Epstein, the former Michigan chair for the Trump campaign. In MI-08, Elissa Slotkin is trying to unseat incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop.
  • UAW Scandals Show Why Michigan Needs to Keep Workers' Right to Work Protections

    11/03/2018 6:39:17 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 11 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | November 3 | Mark Mix
    According to the latest available U.S. Commerce Department data, the number of Michiganders employed in the auto and auto parts manufacturing industry is about half what it was at the turn of the millennium. United Auto Workers (UAW) union bosses, who for decades have wielded their government-granted monopoly-bargaining power to foist counterproductive work rules and inefficient benefit plans on unionized autoworkers and automakers, bear a large part of the responsibility. Of the roughly 170,000 remaining Michigan auto manufacturing employees, it’s likely that more than 100,000 are subject to UAW officials’ monopoly-bargaining power. In order to keep their jobs, employees must...
  • Bill Mitchell: ''Dem-run site' has 'Republicans winning EV in OH, WI, MI and PA.'

    11/03/2018 8:52:32 AM PDT · by rintintin · 63 replies
    Bill Mitchell Twitter ^ | Nov 3 2018 | Bill Mitchell has Republicans winning EV in OH, WI, MI and PA
  • MSU Flowchart Helps Students Decide if Costumes are Racist

    11/02/2018 8:02:25 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 25 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | October 30, 2018 | Sergei Kelly
    A Michigan State University department debuted Halloween posters titled, “A Culture is not a Costume" and included a guide called, “Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?” MSU’s Residence Hospitality and Services department featured the signs, which included a heavily detailed “Cultural Appropriation vs Appreciation” section, as spotted by Campus Reform. The boards are found throughout many of the university’s dorms. One poster brands the addition of a sombrero to a taco costume as “racist.” The poster contains a flowchart, which asks students whether their costumes use blackface, swastikas, or have “literally a name of a minority (that you are not) in...
  • Michigan GOP: Man threatens to blow up GT (Grand Traverse) County republican HQ

    10/31/2018 4:21:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    UpNorthLive/WPBN ^ | 10-31-2018 | by AnnMarie Kent & Brittney Buti|
    Law enforcement is investigating after someone threatened to blow up the Grand Traverse County Republican Headquarters. Deputies say it happened around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at the GOP headquarters in Cherryland Mall. Employees say the suspect had a sign that said "Trump is Satan" and started going off on a rant about Republicans. When he was asked to leave, employees say he made a statement about blowing the place up and took off. Investigators brought in a bomb sniffing dog as a precautionary measure and deemed the place safe just before 5:00 p.m.
  • Attacks on Mueller, rumors about Sessions and Rosenstein, need for congressional protection (tr)

    10/31/2018 12:04:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | October 31, 2018 | By Barbara McQuade and Joyce Vance
    FULL TITLE: "New attacks on Mueller, coupled with rumors about Sessions and Rosenstein, highlight need for congressional protection" New speculation that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will leave Donald Trump's administration after the midterm elections raises the stakes about the fate of the Russia investigation. This week, The AP reported that Sessions’ allies are hoping that the White House permits a graceful exit from the Department of Justice, indicating that they believe that his departure is inevitable. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s days also may be numbered. Congress cannot leave something as important as the special counsel’s investigation unprotected. Given Trump’s...
  • Yes, Michigan has many problems. But let’s talk Trump, voters say.

    10/30/2018 5:40:20 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 45 replies ^ | Oct 30, 2018 | Mike Wilkenson
    ... Battle Creek’s Lindsey, an African-American, felt the pain too. “NAFTA just ripped us apart,” she said. And though she voted for Obama both times, Trump got her support in 2016. She said she’ll continue to vote Republican. Lindsey was among Kellogg Co. workers who lost their job because the company had moved work to Mexico following passage of the NAFTA, the U.S. Department of Labor later concluded. Trump’s message was tailor-made to those workers: His first campaign stop in his 2016 candidacy was to Birch Run, a village in nearby Saginaw County (which also flipped from Obama to Trump),...
  • Trump plans nearly a dozen more rallies before midterms

    10/29/2018 5:43:20 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 64 replies ^ | October 29, 2018 | Nikki Schwab
    WASHINGTON – President Trump plans to hold 11 campaign rallies in seven states in the run-up to the midterm elections. The president’s schedule includes stops in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.
  • John James with Mike Pence in Grand Rapids, Michigan (twitter)

    10/29/2018 4:45:37 PM PDT · by MarMema · 25 replies
    twitter ^ | 10/29/2018 | John James website
  • General Motors proposed nationwide mandate for electric vehicles

    10/27/2018 8:38:11 AM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 26, 2018 | Joe Williams
    The Detroit-based company's proposal, modeled after a California program the Trump administration is seeking to undermine, would mandate that manufacturers garner an escalating percentage of total vehicle sales from automobiles powered by electricity or hydrogen fuel cells.
  • Report: Terrorists Exploit Food Stamps To Fund Domestic, International Attacks

    10/27/2018 8:10:44 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | October 25, 2018 | Luke Rosiak
    The report provided numerous examples of fraudsters exploiting the food stamp program to fund terrorist activities. A grocery store owner in Chicago was imprisoned in 2006 for stealing $1.4 million through food stamp fraud and aiding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In 2010, two Somali store owners in Michigan pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud and running an unlicensed money transfer business that sent money to “hot spots” in the Middle East and Africa. In Indianapolis, a ring of convenience stores bought food stamps from customers for 50 cents on the dollar. The ringleader was arrested on a return flight from...
  • Embattled Ellison launches counterattack on GOP opponent

    10/27/2018 3:46:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/25/18 | STEVE KARNOWSKI
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Days after a poll showed Keith Ellison trailing in the race for attorney general following allegations of domestic abuse against him, the Democrat went on the offensive against Republican Doug Wardlow on Thursday, saying his opponent's work for a conservative Christian legal advocacy group against gay rights shows that he has an agenda of discrimination. Ellison issued a statement pointing out that President Donald Trump's administration told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that a federal appeals court got the law wrong when it ruled last year against a Michigan funeral home that fired a transgender worker...
  • Kavanaugh Effect? Michigan Now In Play As Stabenow Lead Drops 16 Points

    10/25/2018 10:31:25 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 102 replies ^ | 10/25/2018 | ED MORRISSEY
    Time to take another Senate seat out of the safe column for Democrats? A month ago, incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow had a massive 23-point lead over Republican challenger John James in the EPIC-MRA Poll. RealClearPolitics wrote that “there is little evidence that [James] poses a threat to Debbie Stabenow, who holds double-digit leads and is at about 50 percent in the polls.” Today, the Detroit Free Press finds much more evidence of that threat — and perhaps for an across-the-board collapse for Democrats in Michigan: [I]n the U.S. Senate race, where the Democratic incumbent, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, has...
  • Poll: GOP challenger cuts Stabenow's lead to single digits in Michigan

    10/25/2018 7:47:48 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 25 Oct 2018 | John Bowden
    Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) now holds just a single-digit lead over her GOP challenger in a poll released Thursday that just last month showed her ahead by more than 20 points. An EPIC-MRA survey commissioned by the Detroit Free Press found that Stabenow now leads John James (R), an Army veteran and first-time political candidate, by 7 points. James previously trailed by 23 points in the poll, which was in line with others from the race that mostly show Stabenow with a double-digit lead. Just two polls recorded by RealClearPolitics over the course of the Michigan campaign show a...