Bob LaBrant, one of Michigan’s pre-eminent campaign finance gurus, has formed a new limited liability corporation (LLC) and launched a two-pronged assault on the Department of State’s Elections Division. After 40 years and two retirements, LaBrant has situated himself at Doster Law Offices in Okemos, Michigan, with what he calls LaBrant Strategies LLC. LaBrant served […]
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By Elizabeth Kolbert Modern Times/New Yorker Aug. 28, 2017, Issue On the night of November 7, 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes’s wife, Lucy, took to her bed with a headache. The returns from the Presidential election were trickling in, and the Hayeses, who had been spending the evening in their parlor, in Columbus, Ohio, were dismayed. […]
By ERIC FONER New York Times Aug. 20, 2017 Photo Credit: Edu Bayer for The New York Times President Trump’s tweet last Thursday morning lamenting that the removal of Confederate statues tears apart “the history and culture of our great country” raises numerous questions, among them: Who is encompassed in that “our”? Mr. Trump may not know it, […]
Former U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Menominee), the purportedly pro-life Congressman who in 2010 cast the critical vote in the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), has told Religious News Service that he isn’t happy with the leftward drift of his party. RNS reporter Charles Comosy writes on Aug. 16 that Stupak told him: “Recently, […]
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, right, is one of the nation’s richest elected officials. Forbes estimated his net worth at $2 billion in 2015. (Flickr/Andrew Steele) by Lou Jacobson Governing Magazine Aug. 18, 2017 In politics, they say, money talks. But rarely has that been as true as it is now, at least among the nation’s […]
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by Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor, Sabato’s Crystal Ball. August 17, 2017 One of the nation’s top election handicappers — Sabato’s Crystal Ball, headquartered in Virginia — tabs Michigan as one of the most uncertain targets for national Democrats aiming to making major gains in governorship races in 2018. Currently, Republican hold a modern record […]
Jason Willick “The Democrats’ Distorted Coalition” Politics and Power Aug. 16, 2017 Dave Wasserman of FiveThirtyEight yesterday offered up a striking statistic to illustrate the Democrats’ weakness heading into the 2018 Congressional elections: Even if Democrats were to win every single 2018 House and Senate race for seats representing places that Hillary Clinton won or that Trump […]