Rallying in Michigan, President Donald Trump bragged about a surging auto industry that isn't surging, a Republican rescue for health care that has yet to take shape, a "total" exoneration in the Russia investigation that was not offered. And Trump, as he routinely does, took credit for a veterans health care initiative that his predecessor achieved and ignored the reality when veterans seek treatment — waiting times that still last for weeks. Here's a look at rhetoric from his Grand Rapids rally on Thursday night, as well as his remarks leading up to it: 2016 ELECTION President Donald Trump weighed in on the Jussie Smollett case before departing for Michigan. (Published Thursday, March 28, 2019) TRUMP, on electoral votes: "We won 306 to 223." — rally. THE FACTS: No. He won 304 to Hillary Clinton's 227, according to an Associated Press tally of the electoral votes in every state. He routinely misstates the result. ___ Trump Backs Off Proposal to Cut Special … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Trump’s Fabrications on Autos, Health Care
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By CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN Published March 28, 2019 Features Associated Press Facebook Twitter Comments Print Image 1 of 2 ▼ President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday, March 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Rallying in Michigan, President Donald Trump bragged Thursday night about a surging auto industry that isn't surging, a Republican rescue for health care that has yet to take shape, a "total" exoneration in the Russia investigation that was not offered. Continue Reading Below And Trump, as he routinely does, took credit for a veterans health care initiative that his predecessor achieved and ignored the reality when veterans seek treatment — waiting times that still last for weeks. Here's a look at rhetoric from his Grand Rapids rally, as well as his remarks leading up to it: 2016 ELECTION TRUMP, on electoral votes: "We won 306 to 223." — rally. THE FACTS: No. He won … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s fabrications on autos, health care
Ritu Sehgal Detroit Free Press Published 8:05 AM EST Feb 13, 2019 Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to give her first State of the State address in Lansing tonight. In it, she is expected to preview her plans to "build a better Michigan." Below is a a text of her prepared remarks. More: Five key takeaways from Whitmer's State of the State Acknowledgments Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist; Speaker Chatfield; House Democratic Leader Greig; Senate Majority Leader Shirkey; Senate Democratic Leader Ananich; members of the cabinet; my daughters, Sherry and Sydney; my husband, Marc; and my fellow Michiganders: Good evening. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak tonight about the growing challenges we face in Michigan, the steps we are going to take to address them, and my priorities for the next year and beyond. As you can imagine, over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten a lot of unsolicited input about what I should say tonight, and what I should focus on as … [Read more...] about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State: Full speech
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Firefighters union president Chris Steele, an enigmatic and disruptive political force like few others in San Antonio’s recent history, seemed ready for battle. In a starched white dress shirt with a fake-but-official-looking shoulder patch and badge — a policy violation for which he later was reprimanded — Steele thanked an energized crowd at the Bexar County Democratic Party’s cramped headquarters for supporting the union’s three proposed city charter amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. Steele targeted his nemesis, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, railing against “powers that be who try to keep the people from voting, from having a voice,” such as “a city manager who makes more than the president and governor combined.” “Shame, shame,” yelled the East Side activists and retired firefighters standing behind him. Sculley, who makes $475,000 a year, once accused Steele of declaring he would lie to win his union’s battles … [Read more...] about S.A. union leader, for all his impact, remains an enigma