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The Democratic debates took place at Detroit's Fox Theatre where candidates focused on manufacturing, jobs, and clean water.
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Ten Democrats showcased their plans to create jobs and ensure clean water as part of a televised presidential debate Wednesday night in Detroit.

This was the second group of hopefuls to appear in the CNN-sponsored Democratic debates in Detroit’s Fox Theatre.

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It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

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Another day, another Democratic presidential candidate comes to Flint to talk about water.

In recent weeks, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX) made campaign stops in the Vehicle City. Monday was Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s turn.

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A pair of Democratic presidential campaigns swung through Flint Wednesday.

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke spoke to an enthusiastic crowd at a downtown Flint office building.   

O’Rourke talked with the crowd about a variety of issues, including immigration and entrepreneurship.

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Environmentalists are calling on presidential candidates to commit to doing more to protect the Great Lakes. 

The "Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition" has a 5-point action plan they’d like to see candidates adopt. 

Democratic presidential hopefuls are meeting for the second time on the debate stage July 30 and 31. We want your input to help guide our coverage of the debates and the 2020 election. 

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West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash is the first and only Republican member of Congress to call for President Trump’s impeachment based on evidence presented in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

On July 4, Amash published an editorial in the Washington Post announcing that he would be leaving the Republican Party. So, what does a newly-independent Amash mean for his district? 

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Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan says he is leaving the Republican Party because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics.

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A scion of the Meijer family is running to unseat U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.

Thirty-one-year-old Peter Meijer, grandson of the late retail industry titan Fred Meijer, is the latest Republican to line up to challenge maverick Congressman Justin Amash.

On Wednesday, Meijer released a 90-second online video, highlighting his service in the U.S. Army (he served in Iraq), and going after trash-talking politicians.

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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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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) isn’t the only Democrat running for president campaigning in Michigan Tuesday.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is positioning himself as the climate change candidate. He toured parts of Detroit to promote his “evergreen economy” plan.

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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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On Tuesday, expanded voter access gets its first test as Michiganders go to the polls in local elections.

Last November, Michigan voters approved Proposal 3. The ballot proposal called for same-day voter registration, absentee ballots for any reason and other provisions designed to expand voter access.

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand keeps it simple.

“I’m going to give you just two minutes on why I’m going to win, and then you can ask me any question you want,” Gillibrand told a crowd of about 200 mostly white, suburban Democratic voters in Metro Detroit Monday night.

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Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke packed the Hometown Heroes coffeehouse in Centerline on Monday. 

O'Rourke was the first Democratic presidential hopeful to make a campaign stop in Michigan.

Some of those in the crowd had already decided that O'Rourke was their favorite candidate, like Barb Sudomier.

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Fresh off statewide defeats in 2018, Michigan’s Republican Party picked new leadership Saturday.

“Are you ready to win in 2020!” National Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney-McDaniel said as she rallied the state GOP convention in Lansing.

The party needs rallying after losing races for governor, attorney general, and secretary of state in 2018. Republicans held onto control of the state Senate and House but by slimmer margins.

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Organizers expect thousands of Michiganders will take part in rallies across the state tomorrow in support of President Trump.

Anti-Trump protests have dominated the news for months.

Michigan rally organizer Meshawn Maddock says this weekend’s events are intended to show the president is “loved."

“If you watch nothing but mainstream media, it does feel like overwhelmingly people are dissatisfied,” says Maddock, “and those of us who support the president, and walk every day among each other, know that that’s not true.”

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Michigan Democrats will hold their state party convention in Lansing on Saturday.

This weekend’s convention may end up reflecting former presidential candidate’s Bernie Sanders' policies as much as party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.