It’s Just Politics: Sec of State responds to Trump election commission, Stabenow’s newest challenger

Jul 3, 2017

July 4 is coming up, but it’s not here quite yet. As the grills are fired up and the fireworks prepped, the It’s Just Politics team of Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta join Stateside to catch up on what’s happening in Michigan politics this holiday week.

The Trump administration made recent headlines when it asked states to turn over extremely specific voter data, including names, dates of birth and party identifications. Today, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced Michigan would largely comply, but not without a touch of indignation.

The Republican Party’s bid to unseat Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018 is beginning to take shape. Last week, former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young officially added his name to the list of GOP candidates. But early blunders may already have harmed his chances.

Polls show increasing polarization among Americans nationwide. Michigan reflects that trend too, with mistrust of elected officials and other institutions on the rise. What will it take to halt this alarming pattern?

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