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Debbie Dingell
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Washtenaw and Wayne Counties were devastated by heavy rains and flooding during late June storms.  FEMA and the federal Small Business Administration are setting up camp in the area to help those in need. 12th District Congressional representative Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to highlight the  available assistance while pushing for approval of the federal infrastructure bill. 


Charles Griffith
The Ecology Center / ecocenter.org

The buses and heavy trucks that travel our towns and highway system contribute a significant part of the emissions causing climate change. We are in the midst of transition, as manufacturers are moving more toward electric vehicle production. WEMU's David Fair and Charles Griffith, the director of the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center's climate and energy program, discussed the push for Michigan to join others in a commitment to zero out emissions from heavy vehicles by 2050.  


Debbie Dingell
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Recent heavy rainfall brought significant flood damage to many southeast Michigan communities, including Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has declared a state of emergency, but, in order to get further aid, a state of emergency must be declared by Governor Whitmer, as she did in Wayne County. 12th District Representative Debbie Dingell spoke with WEMU's David Fair about the need for immediate help and a massive investment in new transportation and water infrastructure.

Debbie Dingell
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Michigan 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says her recent emergency surgery and eight-day hospital stay was a wake-up call for her and her inside view as a patient of our medical system.

She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry now that she is out of the hospital and on the road to recovery.


Debbie Dingell
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President Joe Biden visited the Ford production facility in Dearborn this week, where a new, all-electric pickup truck was unveiled. While in Michigan, there was ongoing conflict and violence between Israel and Hamas. On Thursday night, a cease-fire was agreed upon and has, so far, held up. Michigan's 12th District Congressional Representative, Debbie Dingell, joined WEMU's David Fair to share her thoughts and the work she is doing on these issues and more. 

Debbie Dingell
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President Joe Biden, this week, marked 100 days in office with an address to a joint session of Congress.  There, he laid out his arguments for passage of the American Jobs Plan and George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell attended and offered her thoughts to WEMU's David Fair from a Michigan-centered perspective.  

Debbie Dingell
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In the wake of the conviction of former Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, police reform is at the top of local and national discussions.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell weighs in on the opportunity to make meaningful change on that and other issues in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Deb Polich / Creative Washtenaw

What do you get when you connect 13 Michigan members of Congress with 40 Michigan arts + creative industries advocates on Zoom?  Find out as Creative Washtenaw's Deb Polich and WEMU's David Fair discuss the state of the arts + creative industries on this edition of "creative:impact."


Debbie Dingell
Rep. Debbie Dingell / Facebook

Longtime Congressman John Dingell was one of the architects of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.  His widow is the current 12th District Representative  from Michigan.  Debbie Dingell continues his mission to keep public broadcasting alive in this country.  She joined WEMU's David Fair and Molly Motherwell to discuss John Dingell's legacy and why WEMU is worth supporting on Public Radio Music Day.


Debbie Dingell
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President Joe Biden is preparing an extensive bill to improve infrastructure and create jobs.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell advocates passage of the plan.  The Dearborn Democrat joined WEMU's David Fair and also discussed proposed gun control measures and the alarming surge in the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. 

Debbie Dingell
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Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of attention on Washtenaw County--most of it positive, but not all.  WEMU’s David Fair and 12th District Congressional Representative Debbie Dingell discuss increased investment in combatting coronavirus in the area and at Willow Run Airport.  The Dearborn Democrat also explains why she has asked the federal Department of Education to look at Title IX allegations leveled against Eastern Michigan University.

Debbie Dingell
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In President Biden's first 58 days in office, approximately 100 million coronavirus vaccines have been administered.  In the meantime, legislation towards better access to medicare and more electric vehicle production is in the works.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell is in the middle of all of this and gives her perspective in a chat with WEMU's David Fair.  


Debbie Dingell
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President Joe Biden addressed the nation Thursday night shortly after signing a new, $1.9-trillion-dollar  COVID relief package into law.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell considers it among the most impactful pieces of legislation in U.S. history.  Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the package, the president's address, and what comes next. 


Debbie Dingell
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The latest COVID package is expected to pass the U.S. House, but with one omission.  The proposed increase to the federal minimum wage was removed from the package and will possibly be put forth as a separate bill.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell discusses her support for an increase to $15 per hour.  Dingell also discusses U.S. House passage of the  "Equality Act" in her conversation with WEMU's David Fair.


US Senate
US Senate / senate.gov

Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a US Senate committee Wednesday that the country needs a national strategy to tackle failing infrastructure and climate change.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Debbie Dingell
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

President Joe Biden is visiting Portage, Michigan today to tour a Pfizer facility that produces coronavirus vaccines.  Meantime, 12th District Representative Debbie Dingell is in Washington working on passing the Biden Administration's  COVID-19 relief and stimulus package.  Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair today to update progress on that and other federal initiatives.  


Paul Mohai
University of Michigan / umich.edu

The concept of environmental justice can traced back to the 1970's.  But, it wasn't until the 1990's when the movement really began to take shape, thanks to the works of such scholars as Dr. Bunyan Bryant and Dr. Paul Mohai.  Dr. Mohai looks back at the work he and his colleagues have done over the last three decades in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.


Debbie Dingell
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Democrats in the U.S. House have stripped a freshman Georgia Republican of her committee assignments.  Michigan's 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell explains why she voted in favor of the disciplinary measure.  Meantime, final preparations for Former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial in the Senate are underway, and there's the COVID-19 relief package still to pass.  Representative Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to offer her view from the House floor. 


Gary Peters
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There has already been a far more progressive position on climate change and the environment in the new Biden Administration.  Michigan Senator Gary Peters has a new leadership role and will be pushing initiatives that could have specific benefits to the environment in his home state.  Senator Peters joined Lisa Wozniak of Michigan League of Conservation Voters and WEMU's David Fair to share his perspective on the environmental agenda and the importance of getting COVID relief into the hands of the people. 


Debbie Dingell
Rep. Debbie Dingell / Facebook

It's been a busy week in the federal goverment.  President Joe Biden has signed several executive orders.  The stock market has seen unusual gains, due to a group of online traders and Congressional hearings are on the way.  WEMU's David Fair caught up with 12th District Congressional Representative Debbie Dingell for her perspective on those issues and more. 


Debbie Dingell
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Earlier this week, former President Donald Trump left for Florida, while newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden got right to work.  WEMU's David Fair caught up with 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, after a whirlwind week, to reflect on the last four years and look at immediate priorities now. 


Debbie Stabenow
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Michigan US Senator Debbie Stabenow says her experience inside the US Capitol building, which was stormed by protesters Wednesday, seemed like something out of a movie.  She says they weren’t really aware what was happening outside, until they were ushered off the Senate floor through a tunnel into a different building on the Capitol complex.  She talks about the experience and the need to heal the country moving forward with WEMU's Lisa Barry.


Debbie Dingell
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During the certification of last November's presidential election, the United States Capitol came under siege by extremist supporters of President Donald Trump.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell was in Washington at the time and shares her her experience and her reaction to the chaos with WEMU's David Fair.


Donna Lasinski
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Changes are coming as we mark the start of the New Year.  A new presidential administration, Congress, and state Legislature will be sworn in later this month.  Democrat Donna Lasinski is the new minority leader in the state House.  The 52nd District Representative from Scio Township is the first guest of the New Year on "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."  Along with WEMU’s David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Lasinski discussed the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead in protecting our air, land, and water in a pandemic economy.


Debbie Dingell
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We are now in the final weeks of 2020, and Congress is on the verge of passing another COVID-19 stimulus package.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says she'll stay in Washington D.C. until the measure is passed.  The Dearborn Democrat joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the negotiations, President-elect Biden's cabinet nominations, and to reflect on 2020 and look ahead to 2021. 


Debbie Dingell
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A coronavirus vaccine is on the horizon.  President-elect Joe Biden is building his new adminstration.  And another COVID-19 stimulus package remains stagnant in Congress.  These are just some of topics discussed in a conversation between WEMU's David Fair and 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.


Allie Lyttle/Ji Hye Kim

Two Ann Arbor restaurant chefs say they plan to "pivot and roll with the punches" in light of the latest order by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to pause indoor restaurant dining for the next three weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Lisa Barry talks with Ji Hye Kim of Miss Kim's Korean Restaurant and Allie Lyttle of the recently opened Lala's Restaurant--both in Ann Arbor--about the impact of the pandemic and the recent decision and what the local community can do to support all restaurants in the area at this time.


Debbie Dingell
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Michigan's overall 2020 election results are still coming in, but the race for the 12th Congressional District has been decided.  Incumbent Debbie Dingell decisively won re-election in her district, and she joins WEMU's Lisa Barry for a conversation about plans for her next term and her predictions for further election results, including the yet-to-be determined presidential race. 


Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The 7th Congressional District in Michigan includes seven counties, including western Washtenaw County.  Republican Tim Walberg, who is currently in his sixth term in Congress, is being challenged for the third time by Democrat Gretchen Driskell, who served two terms in the state House and as the city of Saline's first female mayor for 14 years.  WEMU's Lisa Barry reached out to both candidates to talk about the election.  Only Driskell responded and talks about why she decided to run again and what issues she believes need addressing in Congress.


Debbie Dingell
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The pandemic isn't slowing down and is expected to get worse in the fall and winter.  That increases need on a variety of fronts, but there is no sign a divided Congress will pass a relief and stimulus package anytime soon.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says she is keeping the faith that a deal will get done.  She joined WEMU's David Fair with perspective on that and other issues of concern in the federal government. 


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