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Fact Squad: Ad touts Elissa Slotkin’s work fighting PFAS chemicals

Feb 24, 2020
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A new television commercial praises U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Holly for fighting Michigan PFAS contamination in Washington, D.C.

The first-term Democrat is one of eight members of Congress highlighted in a new $1-million ad campaign by the League of Conservation Voters and House Majority Forward, a nonprofit with ties to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that is not required to disclose donors.

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Today on Stateside, Michigan is under the microscope this election year. We talk to a POLITICO reporter about why the state could play a key role in the rift among labor unions over Medicare for All. Plus, we talk to the hosts of Michigan Radio’s new political podcast. It focuses on a competitive congressional district where Republicans are hoping to hold onto the gains of 2016.

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The five Republican candidates vying to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin in November had their first major audition for likely primary voters Thursday night. And they knew the packed crowd at this Livingston County Republican candidate forum was looking for two things above all: fierce support for President Trump, and an aggressive attack on Slotkin. 

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“This is gonna be a really tough seat to win back,” Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett told four of the Republicans vying to take on Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin in 2020. This is going to be an expensive race, Barnett said, before asking the panel of four relatively unknown candidates about electability. “How can you win?”

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The U.S. Senate impeachment trial could affect the re-election of at least one Michigan congresswoman.

But she says her focus is elsewhere.

President Donald Trump's legal team is asserting that he did "absolutely nothing wrong" and is calling the impeachment case "flimsy" and a "dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The brief from Trump's lawyers was filed before arguments expected this week in the Senate impeachment trial.

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Two more Republicans have entered the race in the 8th Congressional District - which includes Ingham and Livingston Counties and part of Oakland County.

Kristina Lyke, an attorney, and Paul Junge, formerly an immigration official under the Trump administration, announced their candidacies Thursday.

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A group of anti-impeachment protesters, most from outside the 8th Congressional District, tried to derail Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin's health care town hall meeting on Friday night. 

For the most part, they failed.   

Slotkin urged people to be civil at the beginning of the town hall, and she asked people to write their questions about health care and other issues on cards.  But the protesters flouted the request, and frequently shouted over Slotkin as others shushed them.  

"Shut up," one man shouted at the protesters in frustration.

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Republican Mike Detmer has announced that he will challenge Democrat Elissa Slotkin to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. He joins Nikki Snyder in the Republican primary for the 8th district.

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Today, Stateside speaks with Michigan’s new Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer to discuss her top priorities when she takes office, the Line 5 pipeline, and her plans to work with the Republican leadership in the state Legislature. Plus, Tunde Olaniran, a Flint native and staple of the Detroit music scene, discusses his new album with us.

Elissa Slotkin for Congress

It's a congressional race that political pundits and prognosticators are watching closely, and it just so happens to be in our backyard. 

Michigan's 8th Congressional District represents Livingston and Ingham Counties, as well as parts of Oakland County. Democratic candidate Elissa Slotkin is challenging the incumbent, Representative Mike Bishop (R), who is running for his third term.

Suzanna Shkreli, the Democratic Party's candidate for Michigan's 8th Congressional District.
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The race in the 8th Congressional District has been interesting this year.

First, Melissa Gilbert, the former child star of TV’s Little House on the Prairie, became the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Mike Bishop. Then, Gilbert dropped out and the Democrats had to pick a new candidate. They chose a Macomb County assistant prosecutor, Suzanna Shkreli.

Shkreli joined Stateside to talk about her campaign and what she hopes to bring to the voters in the 8th District

"For Republicans who have not distanced themselves from Trump, it may be too late," Demas told us.
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It's the political roundup with Ken Sikkema and Susan Demas.

A new Detroit News and WDIV poll shows Republican candidate Donald Trump slipping and Democrat Hillary Clinton gaining in Michigan. Her lead has widened by nearly 12 percentage points.

This week Governor Snyder called the presidential election a “huge mess” and said Trump’s comments about women were “revolting and disgusting.”

While Republicans like Snyder - who never endorsed Trump - are speaking out, other Republicans have been defending Trump’s statements as merely “locker room talk.”

It’s hardly the first Trump-centric story we’ve seen throughout this election cycle, but according to Demas, this one is “kryptonite.”

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This Week in Michigan Politics, Jack Lessenberry and Doug Tribou talk about political pushback on Melissa Gilbert's request to get her name off the November ballot and whether enough justice is being done in a $2.7 million school supplies kickback scheme in Detroit.

Lessenberry and Tribou also discuss the latest news from Flint, including the lead crisis and a hometown hero who brought home her gold medal.  


Suzanna Shkreli will officially appear on the ballot

Aug 24, 2016
Suzanna Shkreli, the Democratic Party's candidate for Michigan's 8th Congressional District.
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She is the underdog in the eighth district congressional race, but Suzanna Shkreli is happy to be officially on the ballot. Shkreli will replace Melissa Gilbert as the democrat on the ballot. Gilbert dropped out of the race citing health reasons. Shkreli is running against incumbent Republican Mike Bishop. Shkreli says nothing will change in her campaign now that she's on the ballot.  "I'm excited to finally be officially announced, however, nothing changes," she says.

Suzanna Shkreli, the Democratic Party's candidate for Michigan's 8th Congressional District.
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The Democratic challenger in Michigan's 8th Congressional District may not be Melissa Gilbert, of "Little House on the Prairie" fame, but instead a 29-year-old assistant prosecutor from Clarkston. 

Suzanna Shkreli, who received her law degree from Western Michigan University and works in the child protection unit of the Macomb County Prosecutor's office, will take Gilbert's place and become the candidate to challenge Rep. Mike Bishop, a first-term Republican.

I assume there are probably some real issues facing the voters in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, which is anchored by Lansing in the bottom middle of the state.

After all, a lot of folks here used to work for Oldsmobile, which was, you may remember, a mighty division of General Motors before going extinct a dozen years ago.

Only about 10% of the population is black or Latino, which puts Democrats at a disadvantage, but there are a lot of government workers and suburbanites trying to put their kids through school.

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Can Democrats flip three Michigan districts in the 2016 election?

Nancy Kaffer tackled that question in her recent column for the Detroit Free Press.

In her column, Kaffer looked at the 1st, 7th, and 8th Congressional districts in Michigan. Voters in each of those districts elected Republicans in the last election, “by pretty narrow margins.”


The actress best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on “Little House on the Prairie” in the 1970s and early 80s moved to Michigan two years ago with her actor husband Timothy Busfield.

On Monday, she announced a run for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District. It covers cities like East Lansing, Howell, Fenton, Clarkston, Lake Orion and Rochester.

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Congressional candidates in mid-Michigan appeared together in a debate Tuesday night. The 8th District candidates were asked about the usual topics, and one very unusual topic.

Ebola.

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States turned up in Texas.   

The man flew to the U.S. from Liberia in West Africa before he was diagnosed with the deadly virus. Officials say the unidentified patient is critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday.

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There’s still more than a month before the November general election, but many Michigan voters are already getting their hands on the ballot.

Today, the Lansing City Clerk’s office mailed out 5,000 absentee ballots. The office sent electronic ballots to U.S. servicemen and women, and other overseas voters last week.

Clerk Chris Swope says demand for absentee ballots is bigger than normal, which he partially credits with the close race for governor.

Former state senate majority leader Mike Bishop easily defeated state representative Tom McMillin Tuesday, after a sometimes negative Republican primary campaign. “I’m sorry that it turned out that way," Bishop said after winning the Republican nomination Tuesday, "I certainly hope that folks weren’t turned off by it.”Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan RadioEdit | Remove

Mike Bishop has won the Republican nomination for Congress in Michigan's 8th District over a state lawmaker from Oakland County.

Bishop defeated Tom McMillin in the GOP primary Tuesday. The winner was endorsed by U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, a popular Republican who didn't run for re-election.

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Republican Congressman Mike Rogers’ decision to retire from his 8th congressional district seat is leaving a void that Michigan Democrats hope to fill.

The 8th congressional district stretches over parts of Oakland, Livingston, Ingham, Shiawassee and Clinton counties.   And since 2001, Mike Rogers has kept it safely in the Republican column.