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The Looming Battle For Michigan’s Senate Seat – WKAR

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Another version of this story previously aired on Weekend Edition Saturday.

When Donald Trump won the state of Michigan in 2016, he did it by a narrow margin of just over 11,000 votes. The President’s victory in 2020 depends on voters in a coalition of battleground states, like Michigan, voting for him again.

While the top of the ticket race may be the marquee for politicos, it’s not the only one. The reelection effort for Michigan’s junior Democratic Senator, Gary Peters, will be hard fought between Democrats, who need the seat to maintain their foothold in the Senate, and…

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Former professor says 2020 will be most intense presidential campaign Michigan has seen in 50 years – ABC 12 News

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MICHIGAN (WJRT) (1/1/20) – Michigan voters, get ready for a big year!

Since the 2016 election, we’ve become a swing state, which puts us right at the center of it all.

Between presidential primaries, hosting a presidential debate, and a general election, there’s plenty to look forward to in politics this year.

“This is going to be the most intense and really the most exciting campaign we’ve seen in Michigan probably in fifty…

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Complaint alleges Peters solicited campaign ads from dark money group – MLive.com

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A complaint filed last week with the Federal Election Commission against U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, highlights how legal loopholes allow candidates to spread their message through political action committees.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) claims Peters’ campaign committee published talking points, stock photos and b-roll video to his campaign website to help outside organizations create positive ads for him. Its complaint alleges VoteVets.Org Action Fund, a political action committee that spent $1.45 million on pro-Peters ads so far this…

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Michigan Congressional delegation applauds deal to finalize USMCA – MLive.com

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Michigan’s representatives in Congress are optimistic about the prospect of a breakthrough in bipartisan support for the Trump administration’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced a vote will be held on the revised North American free trade pact by the end of the year, delivering President Donald Trump a victory on one of his top campaign promises the same day Democrats levied two impeachment charges against him. Republican members of Michigan’s House delegation celebrated the news, while Democrats expressed cautious hope that the…

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PFAS provisions included in new national defense bill – Michigan Radio

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Congress has reached a final agreement on the annual national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. This year’s bill includes a number of provisions to regulate the chemical family PFAS.

Provisions to regulate PFAS include the following:

  • A plan to phase out firefighting foams that use PFAS on military bases. By 2023, the Department of Defense will no longer procure any of these chemicals, and they will be completely phased out of use by 2024. A more immediate provision prohibits military bases from using these kinds of foams in…

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Peters, Stabenow sign letter telling Trump to fire Stephen Miller – Michigan Advance
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Peters, Stabenow sign letter telling Trump to fire Stephen Miller – Michigan Advance

oth of Michigan’s Democratic U.S. senators joined 26 of their colleagues on Monday demanding that President Donald Trump fire White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller. As the Advance reported last month, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) called for Miller to resign. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who dropped out of the presidential race last week, led this letter formally asking Trump to remove him.
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Peters introduces bill to combat spread of opioids through mail – HollandSentinel.com

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, introduced a bill in the Senate this week that would direct the U.S. Postal Service to create plans to combat drugs being distributed by its services.

The U.S. Postal Service Opioid and Illicit Drug Strategy Act was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The bill would require USPS to develop and publish a comprehensive organizational strategy to combat the use of…

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Michigan farmers, lawmakers seek tariffs on Turkish cherries – WXYZ

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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan farmers and lawmakers want the federal government to impose a hefty tariff on dried tart cherries imported from Turkey, arguing that a subsidy on the fruit is impeding American farmers’ ability to compete.

Cherry companies from Michigan and Utah on Tuesday asked the U.S. Commerce Department and International Trade Commission for a nearly 650% in tariff hikes on tart cherries imported from Turkey. The petition request would increase the price of $1 worth of cherries to $6.48.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters from Michigan also backed the petition.

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Lansing one of 4 cities nationwide to host rising drug cost town hall – WILX-TV

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Lansing is one of four cities that will host a town hall on the rising cost of drug prices.

The event happens Monday and is co-sponsored by AARP.

“Don’t Cut Pills, Cut Profits” is expected to not only tackle the cost but also give people a chance to talk to elected officials. Among those scheduled to be at Monday morning’s meeting include U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, and others.

The event is happening at the…

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Unveiling new report on prescription drug costs, shortages, Sen. Gary Peters calls for more comprehensive approach – The Oakland Press

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U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) released a new report on prescription drug costs and shortages during a trip to Pontiac’s St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital on Friday, Dec. 6.

The report details findings from a recent investigation into the cost and U.S. supply chain of prescription drugs, as well as national security concerns surrounding foreign drug manufacturers. Peters is a ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“We need a comprehensive approach to drug shortages and the increasing prices of prescription…

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GOP set for all-out battle over Michigan Senate seat | TheHill – The Hill
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GOP set for all-out battle over Michigan Senate seat | TheHill – The Hill

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Michigan is headed for a hotly contested Senate race next year as Sen. Gary Peters (D) faces off against Republican John James, a 38-year-old African American military veteran who’s widely seen as a rising star within the GOP.

The Senate race will take place in a crucial battleground state that will be heavily fought-over in the 2020 presidential election after President Trump narrowly edged out Hillary Clinton in the previous contest.

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Michigan Democratic Party Bashes Black Senate Contender For ‘Far-Right’ Anti-Abortion Stances – The Daily Caller
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Michigan Democratic Party Bashes Black Senate Contender For ‘Far-Right’ Anti-Abortion Stances – The Daily Caller

A Michigan Democratic spokesman bashed GOP U.S. Senate contender John James for his anti-abortion stances and called James’s opinions on abortion “far-right.” Michigan Democrats have attacked James over his anti-abortion policies and launched a website titled “John James Revealed” that discusses “erasing his toxic record.” James is the top GOP recruit who is running for Senate in 2020, MLive.com reported Saturday, and Michigan is a vital state in deciding which party controls the Senate. James is running against Democratic Michigan Sen. Gary Peters.
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Federal officials to study port trade inequities – News – Monroe Evening News

Port director Paul LaMarre III and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., have met with Customs and Border Protections regarding their questions about Port of Monroe. When you’re not getting the answers you want, sometimes you have to ask to speak to the manager. In the Port of Monroe’s pursuit to more broadly handle international cargo, those managers are Customers and Border Protection’s Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan and Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez.
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Chad Wolf moves one step closer to becoming acting DHS chief – CNN

Wolf is expected to take the helm at the Department of Homeland Security following Kevin McAleenan's resignation last month. President Donald Trump abruptly named Wolf to succeed McAleenan this month after weeks of uncertainty and speculation over who would lead the third largest department in the federal government. Minutes before Tuesday's procedural vote, Democratic senators expressed their opposition to Wolf's nomination, noting that the vote carries additional weight given Wolf's expected ascension to the acting secretary role.
Bevin asks for a recanvass in Kentucky – Politico
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Bevin asks for a recanvass in Kentucky – Politico

NO CONCESSION — Bevin is not giving up without a fight. “Speaking before reporters Wednesday night in Frankfort, the state capital, Bevin said his campaign would be seeking an official recanvass of the results — but it is also compiling evidence of ‘irregularities’ in the voting process to be investigated,” Campaign Pro’s Steve Shepard reported. “Without providing details, Bevin cited ‘thousands of absentee ballots that were illegally counted,’ reports of voters being ‘incorrectly turned away’ from polling places and ‘a number of machines that didn’t work properly.’ He said his campaign would provide more information as it is gathered, and he did not take questions from reporters,” Steve wrote.
Liberal group sues to stop signature reviews in bellwether Michigan – The Fulcrum
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Liberal group sues to stop signature reviews in bellwether Michigan – The Fulcrum

Michigan has become the latest battleground over state laws that allow local election officials to discard mail-in ballots when signatures aren't similar enough to the handwriting on file. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court by Priorities USA, a liberal super PAC, claims "the state's arbitrary and standardless signature-matching laws" have disenfranchised "hundreds of voters in recent elections for no other reason than an election official's subjective and arbitrary determination that a voter's signature on an absentee ballot (or ballot application) did not match a prior signature that the voter provided to election officials." Michigan has the potential to produce several pivotal contests next fall, underscoring the truism that every vote will count. President Trump won the state by fewer than 11,000 votes last time, the first Republican to carry it in seven elections. Democratic Sen. Gary Peters faces a stiff challenge and so do a pair of House members from each party.
Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries – Foodmarket
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries – Foodmarket

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation’s food supply and agricultural industries at the border. The Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 would ensure the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across our nation’s borders by authorizing U.S. Customs and Border...
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Government leaders praise legacy of former Congressman John Conyers – Southgate News Herald

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The longest-serving African-American lawmaker in U.S. history is being remembered for his dedication to civil rights and his passion for the city of Detroit.

John Conyers Jr., who for several years prior to congressional redistricting represented a large portion of the Downriver area, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, at the age of 90.

Conyers was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1964. Rosa Parks, the famed civil rights activist, worked in his Detroit office from 1965 until her retirement in 1988.

Conyers…

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AFGE Adds Members As It Battles Trump To Preserve Rights – The Chief-Leader

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Even as the nation’s largest union representing Federal workers battles with the Trump Administration to maintain collective bargaining, it is continuing to have success attracting new members.

The American Federation of Government Employees has won an election that cleared the way for the union to represent close to 600 civilian employees with the Michigan Air National Guard. The Federal Labor Relations Authority ordered the vote six months ago.

“The election solidifies AFGE as the exclusive representative for all Title 5 and Title 32 bargaining…

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While Trump rakes in cash, some Senate Republicans lagging – SF Gate
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While Trump rakes in cash, some Senate Republicans lagging – SF Gate

President Donald Trump is raising record amounts of cash for his 2020 reelection. But that fundraising might isn't spilling over to the most vulnerable Republicans fighting to hold onto their seats in a narrowly divided Senate. During the third quarter, former astronaut Mark Kelly took in $2.5 million more than Republican Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona. In Maine, state House Speaker Sara Gideon bested longtime Republican Sen. Susan Collins by over $1 million. And in Colorado, Cory Gardner, who led Senate Republicans' campaign arm in 2018, barely outraised former Gov. John Hickenlooper, who had been in the race just five weeks before the quarter ended.
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New federal rules target Michigan’s Line 5 safety concerns – Interlochen

The federal agency that regulates pipelines across the United States announced new rules Tuesday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) implemented regulations that increase inspections and leak detection technology on pipelines, while also increasing oversight on damaged pipelines.
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2 local lawmakers criticize decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria – WZZM13.com

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WASHINGTON — The White House published a rare Sunday night press release this week. It said that U.S. troops in northeast Syria will move out of that region, which opens the door for Turkey to launch an assault on Kurdish troops there. 

For years, American forces have worked alongside Kurdish fighters to defeat ISIS in the region. There are about 1,000 U.S. troops in northern Syria who were patrolling the Turkey-Syria border. 

U.S. troops “will not support or be involved in the operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area,”…

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Senator Tina Smith visiting the area Tuesday and Wednesday – KWLM (Willmar Radio)

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(Redwood Falls MN-) Senator Tina Smith will be visiting the area today and tomorrow. At 1:45 p.m. Smith witll be at Stoney Creek Farm near Redwood Falls to tour the operation, view it’s soil conservation practices, and meet with owners Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz, as well as other local officials and farm leaders about the impact of current farm policies. Smith, who says she pushed to get a strong bipartisan Farm Bill signed into law late last year, will take a driving tour of the cattle farm to view many of the farming practices employed in the operation….

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