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Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Detroit was widely expected to pit the two leading progressives in the field against each other. Instead, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts had each other's backs in fending off the other eight aspirants onstage.

They gave as good as they got, and emerged at least as strong as either was going in. That was particularly good news for Sanders, who had been perceived as ceding ground to Warren in recent months.

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EMILY’s List is planning to spend $20 million in Michigan and other states with the goal of flipping or retaining state legislatures.

The D.C.-based national group is primarily focused on electing Democratic women who support legal access to abortion. EMILY’s List calls this level of spending “unprecedented,” and cites the Supreme Court’s recent decision to not block partisan gerrymandering as a factor.

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Another Democratic presidential candidate spent a few hours this weekend shaking hands with voters in Michigan.

Julian Castro is one of nearly two dozen Democrats running to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. Castro was the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama. He is also the former mayor of San Antonio.

In Flint on Saturday, he toured the city’s farmers’ market and met with residents still struggling with the lingering effects of the city’s water crisis.

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The race to the 2020 presidential election makes another stop in Michigan this week.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the latest Democrat running for president to schedule campaign stops in Michigan. Warren will make appearances in Lansing and Detroit on Tuesday.

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Marianne Williamson is the rare presidential candidate a lot of people know, but many of them don’t know she’s running for president.

Williamson is a well-known author of best-selling books on spirituality, including her new book the Politics of Love. She has more than 2 million Twitter followers, but she is not yet showing up on presidential polls.

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State lawmakers are beginning what may be a contentious 100th legislative session. 

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen was busy Wednesday morning asking state senators, “Do you solemnly swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States....” as they were sworn into office.

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A new Michigan State University study confirms what most people generally assume: that today’s political divide is the worst it’s been in decades.