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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

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The University of Michigan will host the second of three presidential debates on October 15, 2020. 

The Commission on Presidential Debates made the announcement Friday. The debate format and moderators are yet to be announced. The other two debates will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on October 7 and Belmont University in Nashville on October 22.

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Republicans are stepping up their efforts to defeat two Democratic congresswomen who won formerly GOP-held seats in 2018.

Under brilliant sunshine Tuesday morning, dozens of sign-waving Michigan Republicans gathered outside Congresswoman Haley Stevens Livonia office to rally against the one term Democrat.    

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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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Michigan is taking steps to secure the state’s voting systems from potential cyberattacks during the 2020 elections.

Federal officials warn that hackers are targeting the upcoming elections — plotting everything from obtaining voter information to spreading disinformation by planting stories online that ballots had been changed.

To help combat that, Michigan has hired its first-ever election security specialist. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says it’s just one in a series of moves designed to safeguard the sanctity of the voting booth.

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Mark VanDeWege says as a boy, he always dreamed of running for President of the United States. That dream has become a reality.

VanDeWege, a father of two kids who works from home for an architectural design company, says he figured, "why not file with the FEC to run for President? After all, it's free."  

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Sep 25, 2019
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U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined the UAW picket line on Wednesday morning outside General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. 

Sanders' visit comes on the tenth day of the UAW's strike against GM.  

Speaking from the back of a pickup truck, Sanders noted the government's past bailout of GM, the company's record profits, and the nearly $22 million salary of GM CEO Mary Barra.

He said GM should start investing in its workers and stop closing U.S. plants.

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After months of expressing caution on a push for impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump Tuesday.

"The president must be held accountable," Pelosi said. "No one is above the law."

The landmark move comes after controversy over a phone call Trump had with the newly elected Ukranian leader in July and reporting that the president pressured him to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

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Three Michigan Congressional delegates are joining calls for an inquiry into the possibility that President Trump attempted to coerce a foreign government into investigating a political rival.

Over the weekend, reports emerged of a call Trump had with the Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky in July. A whistleblower claimed that Trump had suggested Zelensky investigate former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter, who worked with a gas company owned by a Ukranian oligarch.

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U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar visited Michigan on Thursday morning. Michigan was the second stop on her "Blue Wall" tour that started in Pennsylvania on Wednesday and was scheduled to move to Wisconsin on Thursday afternoon. 

Klobuchar said winning in these three states is key to winning the general election. She said as a moderate, she is the right person to do that.

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September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether.

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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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke met with Macomb County voters on Wednesday.

At a small diner, a group of ten Macomb County residents told O'Rourke their concerns about America. Education and health care were at the top of the list. The former Texas congressman says he wants to bring voters into the conversation.

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As a part of the Democratic National Committee’s Muslim Listening Tour, DNC Chairperson Tom Perez met with about 30 Muslim politicians, organizers, and leaders on Wednesday to discuss “The State of Muslims in Michigan” at Muslim Center Detroit.

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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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People packed the city blocks surrounding Detroit’s Fox Theatre Tuesday night to greet the opening of two nights of debates among the crowded field of Democrats running for president. The crowd included people demonstrating about climate change and income inequality. Also, supporters of the candidates came out. Many of the people chanted slogans and held signs to support a favorite candidate.

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Washington Governor and Democratic Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee visited the Islamic Center of Detroit Tuesday to speak with community members and listen to issues that matter to Muslim communities. 

Your Guide To Tonight's Democratic Presidential Debate

Jul 30, 2019

The Democratic presidential candidates take the stage for the second round of debates Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit. A lot is on the line for the candidates, who have been engaged in back-and-forths over race and health care coming into this round of debates.

On Tuesday, progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren face off for the first time in this campaign. And several other candidates will be scrambling for a breakout night to get back on voters' minds.

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It's Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that 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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Twenty Democratic presidential candidates are about to converge on Michigan for two nights of debates in Detroit.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be on hand to greet the candidates. Whitmer says she’s already spoken with most of them, and she says her advice is, don’t take the industrial Midwest or the state of Michigan for granted in the primary or next year’s general election.

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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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Ten presidential candidates, nine Democrats and one Republican, made their cases to voters at the NAACP’s national convention in Detroit Wednesday.

Senators Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar took the stage at a voter forum moderated by White House correspondent April Ryan. Former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and former Texas State Rep. Beto O’Rourke rounded out the Democrats in the field. Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld was the sole Republican there.

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Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williams says the country needs to atone for slavery and racist oppression, and she’s the person who could bring that about.

Williamson spoke at the NAACP’s national convention in Detroit Tuesday, telling the audience that her years as a spiritual speaker, activist and author have given her the tools to facilitate racial healing.

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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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Detroit is hosting the national NAACP’s 110th annual convention this week, and Democratic lawmakers are flocking there to address convention-goers ahead of the 2020 election.

This year’s convention motto is “When we fight, we win.” It’s heavily focused on engaging and mobilizing Black voter turnout next year, as well influencing policy on like voting rights, criminal justice reform, and other racial justice issues central to the historic civil rights group’s agenda.

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Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is campaigning in Michigan. The New York senator is on her bus tour called "Trump Broken Promises."

“I get why you might have voted for him, he said the system's rigged, he said no bad trade deals, he said health care for everybody that's better and cheaper, he really promised the world, but the truth is he never meant it.” Gillibrand says.

Stops are in Oakland County, Flint, and Lansing. Gillibrand's town hall in Oakland County focused on gun violence and getting money out of politics.

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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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