Carol Cain Detroit Free Press Business Columnist Published 7:00 AM EDT Mar 16, 2019 It’s taken 100 years but American women are finally making a significant impact in politics. It was Aug. 18, 1920, when the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was ratified. Progress has been slow but the movement got an infusion in 2018 when women won top jobs in Michigan, including governor, as pink enveloped the nation. The momentum continues. Already six Democratic women have joined the 2020 presidential contest and there are more waiting to join local and statewide races. “Given the impact of women on the 2018 midterms there is no reason to think that trend will not continue with the 2020 election,” said Arnold Weinfeld, interim director of Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. The institute runs the Michigan Political Leadership Program, which had its annual … [Read more...] about Michigan’s political party chairs — both women— answer 6 questions
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Supporters of bills to fight opioid abuse and addiction think they have the votes at the Minnesota Legislature to pass a comprehensive response to the crisis. That, in itself, isn’t new. Back in 2018, a similar bill failed to get through the Minnesota House after easily making it through the state Senate, even though the basics of the legislation had widespread support. At the time, the measures included treatment, education and grants to local governments for expenses related to opioid addiction — provisions for which it is hard to find opponents. Yet lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry blocked passage of increased registration fees for drug makers and distributors that would have raised $20 million a year to pay for the programs. Those lobbyists argued that prescription drugs that are vital to many people in the state should not be taxed for health-related programs. Last year, such opposition mattered. This year, it likely does not. The politics of the issue … [Read more...] about ‘It’s time’: How the politics of addressing Minnesota’s opioid crisis changed at the Capitol
POLITICS 01/21/2019 02:52 am ET Marathon gamer Harry Brewis tells congresswoman: "Keep fighting. What you're doing is phenomenal." By Mary Papenfuss Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) stunned viewers when she called into a Twitch stream during a Donkey Kong 64 marathon game session Sunday to help raise money for transgender kids. British YouTube star Hbomberguy — nee Harry Brewis — aims to play the entire classic 1999 Donkey Kong adventure game in a session that began Friday to raise money for the charity Mermaids, which supports transgender young people. AOC pitched the fundraising game session on Twitter — then called in. “Thank you so, so much for calling in,” Brewis said. “How’s it going over there? The government is shut down?” Ocasio-Cortez explained that it was the “longest government shutdown in history” and that airport agents and food inspectors weren’t getting paid. … [Read more...] about Ocasio-Cortez Pops Up In Donkey Kong Twitch Stream To Raise Money For Transgender Kids
George H.W. Bush transplanted his Yankee family to Texas in 1948. Politically, his adopted state was about to start changing. Then he led the change. The former president, who died late Friday at 94, is remembered in that role not for a political program or manifesto, a walkout or a speech.Rather, associates and admirers recalled over the weekend, Bush applied a zeal for organization, a knack for names and a humble, boyish, indefatigable charm to building up the Republican Party of Texas.In his lifetime, it went from punching bag to juggernaut, producing two Republican presidents, including himself, an astonishing record of electoral success and an indelible mark on almost every facet of life in a state that some 28 million people now call home.“Without a charismatic leader like George Bush,” there’s no question the state’s transition to GOP dominance would have gone at a “slower pace,” said Kay Bailey Hutchison, the former U.S. senator who now … [Read more...] about ‘Unstoppable’ optimist George Bush aided Texas GOP’s rise. But is it still his party?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | How Michael Bloomberg Used His Money to Aid Democratic Victories in the House Supported by ByStephanie Saul and Rachel Shorey Nov. 30, 2018 A week before the Nov. 6 election, Kendra Horn, a Democratic House candidate in Oklahoma, received unexpected good news from her television consultant: Michael R. Bloomberg’s political action committee, a leading supporter of Democratic candidates, had purchased more than $400,000 in advertising on Oklahoma City television. Still, Ms. Horn’s campaign did not realize just how big a boost it was receiving. The ad was not just a general get-out-the-vote message supporting Democrats, as they had assumed. Instead it attacked her Republican opponent, the incumbent Steve Russell, on his education record. Ms. Horn’s campaign manager, Ward Curtin, said … [Read more...] about How Michael Bloomberg Used His Money to Aid Democratic Victories in the House