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Debbie Dingell

Debbie Dingell is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan's 12th District as the Democratic candidate.

(Scroll below to see all the Michigan Radio stories she's been mentioned in.)

As part of our election coverage, we asked all the major-party candidates running for Congress the same questions.

4 Questions for Debbie Dingell:

1) What is the most important issue facing your district?

Creating good-paying jobs and supporting manufacturing are among the top priorities facing our district, state and nation. We need to ensure U.S. companies and workers can compete on a level playing field by opposing unfair trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We also need to improve long-term care and work toward affordable, quality health care including mental health care for all Americans. And we need to work in a bipartisan way to fix what doesn’t work in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – repealing the ACA would be harmful, irresponsible and explode the deficit. With too many students saddled with massive student debt obligations, we need to extend low-interest student loans to borrowers and continue fighting for affordable early childhood education. Finally, protecting the Great Lakes and supporting conservation of our natural resources is a moral responsibility we have to the people we represent.

2) How do you plan to address it?

Two years ago, I first ran for Congress because I believe in getting things done. While I know one person can’t do everything, it is my belief that one person can make a difference. And if you don’t care who gets credit, you can get a lot more done. That’s the approach I’ve taken in Washington – whether it was fighting unfair trade deals so American workers can compete on a level playing field, protecting our state’s natural resources by helping to shut down the St. Clair pipeline, advocating for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund or finding ways to make health care more affordable and accessible by partnering to fight cancer and improve our mental health system.

But there’s more to do, and it’s important that we have people in Washington who aren’t afraid to build coalitions to get things done. The American people are tired of partisan bickering and want us to work together to find solutions.

3) What book or movie have you seen/read recently that you would recommend

The only movie I have seen recently is “A Few Good Men”, which was often recommended to me when I spoke of a constituent who died in the Marines. I knew something was wrong, and the movie contains troubling parallels to what he experienced. Books are my therapy. I read one every day or two. I love fiction and history, and if you read diverse authors you can learn much. Some recent favorites: “Home” by Harlan Coben, “The One Man” by Andrew Gross, “Woman of God” by James Patterson, and “The Crossing” by Michael Connelly

4) If you don't win the election, what will you do?

I’ve helped build coalitions all my life around issues that matter. That’s something I learned the importance of in high school when I helped organize the movement that gave 18-year-olds the right to vote in Michigan or when upon learning that women weren’t included in studies funded by the federal government, I founded the Women’s Health Resource Center. That’s what I’ve worked hard to do in Congress – bring people of diverse backgrounds together to address important issues, from jobs to health to trade – because that’s how you get results and find solutions.

I’m going to work hard for every vote this election. But whether I’m in the Congress or in Michigan, I will never stop working to bring people together to solve problems. That’s one of the reasons I’m running for office; I believe we need people in Washington who are committed to working together to get things done and make a positive difference in people’s lives. 

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Potential impact of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage yesterday won't have any immediate effects in Michigan, but they could impact the state in other ways.

"A federal judge says he’ll rule soon on a case dealing with same-sex adoptions in Michigan. But the decision could extend beyond adoption rights and address the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage...Gay rights activists in Michigan are also gearing up for a 2016 ballot campaign to overturn the state’s ban," Jake Neher reports.

Republican senators form Medicaid workgroup

"Six Republican senators will meet over the summer to consider ways to possibly improve Medicaid expansion legislation pending in the Michigan Senate. Governor Rick Snyder is traveling the state to pressure Senate Republicans to vote after they adjourned last week without voting...Snyder calls the workgroup's creation 'good progress,'" according to the Associated Press.

Wayne State University students face steep tuition hike

A budget passed yesterday by the Wayne State Board of Governors raises the tuition for a fulltime resident undergraduate at the university by $904 for the 2013-2014 school year. Wayne State Board of Governors Chairwoman Debbie Dingell says the state's failure to adequately fund universities made the increase necessary. The school says it will also increase financial aid by 11%.

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With the legislature set to go on winter break next week, there's a flurry of activity at the state capitol. 

In this week's political roundup we look at the state senate bill, which makes major changes to worker’s compensation, the bill to restrict public employers from offering live in and same sex partner benefits, and news about the emergency manager law.

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The legislature recently approved a bill that would impose a stricter four-year lifetime limit on welfare cash assistance. The new limits could affect 12,000 families in Michigan. Governor Snyder has yet to sign the bill into law.

In this week's political roundup we talk about the bill with Debbie Dingell, a Democratic Political Analyst and member of the Democratic National Committee and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow for Public Sector Consultants.

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