Tag: Whitmer, Gretchen

A Power Grab? Politics as Usual? Michigan’s Governor Will Decide

LANSING, Mich. — On both sides of Lake Michigan this month, Republican-dominated legislatures pushed forward measures aimed at hamstringing Democrats who will take over their statehouses in January. On the Wisconsin side, Gov. Scott Walker shrugged at accusations of dirty politics and partisan overreach and signed them into law. In Michigan, all eyes are on […]

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Michigan G.O.P. Starts Limiting Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans, following the tactics of conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin, moved on Thursday to start limiting the power of the incoming Democratic secretary of state and set the stage for additional curbs on the Democrats who will take over as governor and attorney general in January. The G.O.P.-led State Senate in Michigan, […]

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In Michigan, the Best Candidates Just Happened to Be Women

The first time I ran for office, for a seat on my county board of commissioners, I was 24 years old. I didn’t have a lot of political experience. What I did have was a cause I believed in — keeping the local nursing home open — and the willingness to work really hard. My […]

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Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan Was Overlooked. Not Any Longer.

LANSING, Mich. — There is a tendency for people to define Gretchen Whitmer by who she is not. Ms. Whitmer was not one of the surprising, insurgent Democratic nominees for governor this cycle, as her campaign for Michigan’s governorship was flush with money and key endorsements from the outset. She did not have the up-from-nothing […]

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DeSantis Takes Florida Governor’s Post for Republicans, but Kobach Loses in Kansas

Republicans fended off strong Democratic challenges Tuesday to hold on to the governorships of Florida and Ohio, maintaining their control of two states likely to be critical in the 2020 presidential elections. But Democrats seized governorships in three states now controlled by Republicans: Illinois, Michigan and, in a surprise outcome in a Republican stronghold, Kansas. […]

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G.O.P. Candidates Struggling in Key Battlegrounds, With House at Stake

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Republican leaders are increasingly worried that their candidates for governor and Senate are in political trouble across Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and other states that the party prizes, and that the difficulties could spill into House races that the G.O.P. needs to win in November to keep control of the chamber. Their […]

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A Cure for Political Despair

This week, a friend texted me, “I feel a panic that won’t stop.” I didn’t have to ask what she meant; we are, after all, less than three weeks from the midterms. “#MeToo,” I replied. Many women I know — though, of course, not only women — are walking around with a churning knot of […]

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To Recapture Michigan, Democrats Go Back to Square One: Union Voters

“I think she’s resonated because she’s invited labor to the table,” said Jon Brown, a construction worker and member of a local laborer’s union, citing Ms. Whitmer’s infrastructure plan. Kevin Hertel, a Democratic state representative leading the party’s campaign to retake the chamber, said that having credible female candidates dwell on practical economic concerns has […]

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