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Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin talks to voters at a town hall in Hartland in 2019, justifying the first formal impeachment inquiry into former President Donald Trump..
Tyler Scott

Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin said in a speech Wednesday evening that some of the biggest threats facing her Michigan constituents are domestic terrorism, environmental health, and the pandemic.

Slotkin said toxic political division in the U.S. fans the flames of violence and extremism – like the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. In her second State of the District address, presented virtually, Slotkin urged people to find political common ground with their neighbors.

Elissa Slotkin
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Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) was recently made the chair of the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence & Counterterrorism Subcommittee within the House Committee on Homeland Security. She says a crucial part of her work with the subcommittee will be focusing on the rise of domestic terrorism.

Prior to being elected to Michigan's 8th Congressional District, Slotkin worked as an analyst for the CIA. She calls herself a "militia and terrorism expert." She says she was surprised to have to use those skills to examine things happening in her own district.

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Southwest Michigan Volunteer Militia members training in 2010
Pete Tombers

Rick Foreman heard the news on Thursday like everyone else. A group of men, many with ties to Michigan’s militia community, many who’d stood side-by-side with Foreman at demonstrations this spring and summer, had allegedly plotted to overtake the state capitol and kidnap the governor.

“When I heard about it, I couldn’t believe it,” Foreman says.

profile shot of Gretchen Whitmer
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Federal investigators have foiled a domestic terrorism plot, hatched by an anti-government extremist group, to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer and take hostages at the state Capitol. That’s according to an unsealed criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.