How Democrats Can Take Back Michigan in 2020

Both nights of the Democratic debates in Detroit posed a fundamental question for the Democratic Party: How far left is too far left to beat President Trump? That’s especially relevant in the upper Midwest, where Trump managed to flip Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan in 2016.

Congressman Dan Kildee understands how to win in a red state. The Democrat represents nearby Flint, Michigan — a Democratic stronghold that Trump chipped away at in 2016, winning 42.59% of the vote versus Mitt Romney’s 35.24% in Genesee County. The water crisis made national news and hit residents of all races. In the past few months, the town has become a must-stop for presidential candidates like Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, Sen. Cory Booker, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who have all made visits in just the past few weeks.

Kildee came to Detroit to hear which of them has a plan that might galvanize voters in Flint and across Michigan. He told VICE News ahead of the Wednesday evening debate that candidates need to speak directly to voters’ anxieties.

“I think there’s a misperception about what’s happening in the economy. You know, we hear all this stuff about the economy is great, unemployment’s low, the Dow is at whatever. People are still afraid. They’re nervous about the job they might have now, but they don’t think they make enough money to support their families,” he said.

Kildee bluntly assessed that Michiganders “can see through bullshit really easily.”
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How nonprofit raised money for priests accused of sexual abuse

Since its founding in 2002, Opus Bono Sacerdotii, a Michigan nonprofit with the goal of helping priests accused of sexual abuse, has solicited help and spread its message through direct mail, its website and social media. It was able to raise more than $8 million between 2002 and 2016.

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Priests accused of abuse turned to Michigan group

A tiny Michigan nonprofit raised millions to support Catholic priests accused of sex abuse. Now, one of its founders has been accused. (July 29)

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How nonprofit raised money for priests accused of sexual abuse

Since its founding in 2002, Opus Bono Sacerdotii, a Michigan nonprofit with the goal of helping priests accused of sexual abuse, has solicited help and spread its message through direct mail, its website and social media. It was able to raise more than $8 million between 2002 and 2016.

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Trump attacks Rep. Tlaib as a ‘crazed lunatic’

President Donald Trump lashed out again at the “squad” of Democratic congresswomen of color as he addressed a conference of conservative students Tuesday. Trump criticized Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan as a “vicious” and “crazed lunatic.” (July 23)

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US President Donald Trump renews his verbal attacks on four Democratic congresswomen, all of whom are women of color, during remarks at a ‘Made in America’ event at the White House. “I’m saying that they’re Socialist definitely,” Trump says in reference to Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. “As to whether or not they’re Communist, I would think they might be.”

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Tlaib decries immigrant detention through tears

House Democrats on Wednesday decried President Donald Trump’s treatment of Asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, with Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib saying there were human rights violations happening in detention facilities. (July 10)

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Here’s the latest for Thursday, July 4: Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Southern California; Washington celebrates July 4 with a Trump twist; Michigan Congressman leaves the GOP; Joey Chestnut snarfs 71 hot dogs for win.

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Michigan Rep. Justin Amash quitting GOP

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan says he is leaving the Republican Party because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics. Amash was the lone Republican member of Congress to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump. (July 4)

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Viewers in four states review the debate

People attending watch parties in New Hampshire, Michigan, Louisiana and Colorado reviewed Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate. Many said Senator Kamala Harris had the best night and Joe Biden had the worst. (June 28)

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