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Gretchen Whitmer
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President Trump delivered his latest State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was selected to give the Democratic rebuttal.  The governor delivered her response at East Lansing High School, which is attended by her two daughters.

Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered the official Democratic Party response to the State of the Union address.  Rick Pluta reports. 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer spent at least part of her weekend working on the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.  She will deliver the response Tuesday evening following the President’s speech.  Rick Pluta has more.

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Abortion has moved to the forefront of national politics.  Where lawmakers stand on the issue has become a litmus test when determining if someone is a Republican or Democrat.  But it hasn’t always been this way.  As part of a joint project with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Cheyna Roth reports, the political shift started around 1980...

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Some Democrats running for President say the last election wasn’t a fair contest and made that point at last night’s debate in Detroit.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Debbie Dingell
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10 of the 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls met in Detroit last night for the first round of debates.  They discussed topics, such as health care, immigration, water quality and race.  Dearborn Democrat Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to weigh in on what we've seen so far, what we should hear in round two of the Detroit debates tonight, and how the party has to move forward for the 2020 elections. 

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The Washtenaw County Democratic Party hosted a watch party Tuesday night for the first of two presidential democratic debates that will be hosted in Detroit.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the gathering and has the story.

Democrat Debates
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NPR News breaks down Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each tried to make the case that they should be the next president of the United States:

Barbara Lucas

Everyone wants clean water and clean air, and most agree that human life is dependent on a healthy planet. In this segment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” we hear about the beginning of the Earth Day movement in Ann Arbor.  And we explore possible reasons for the current lack of progress on environmental issues, nationally.

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Carbon taxes are a seemingly simple way to deal with the climate crisis. As the price of fossil fuels goes up, consumption goes down.   But fears of negative economic impacts have kept the idea from moving forward in the U.S.  Now, a group of leading Republican elders has a proposal that goes a step further.  They call it “Carbon Dividends,” because the taxes collected are returned to the public.  What is the local reaction?  In this installment of WEMU’s “Green Room” series, Barbara Lucas sets out to find out.

Debbie Dingell

The new year always brings new experiences, and this year includes a new president.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (Democrat) from the 12th district says, even with an unconventional Republican in the Oval Office, she will continue to fight for Washtenaw County residents.

Jennifer Granholm
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will have a key role in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential move into the White House.  The Clinton campaign announced Tuesday that Granholm is a co-chair on Clinton’s transition team.

Straight ticket voting
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken the first step to appeal a court decision that lifted the state’s ban on voters using the straight-ticket option to vote for an entire party’s slate of candidates on the November ballot. 

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Three Michigan politicians will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention this week.  

Hillary Clinton
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Hillary Clinton took a break over the weekend from stumping for support in New Hampshire to bring her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Flint, where the city faces a public health crisis due to lead in the drinking water.

County Dems Blast Right to Work Legislation

Dec 7, 2012

Washtenaw County Democrats are not happy with the way right-to-work legislation was rushed through the state house Thursday.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.