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Election 2020

Find Michigan Radio's comprehensive coverage of the 2020 election here. 

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After a decisive victory at the Nevada caucuses over the weekend, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has emerged as the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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U.S. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-MI 8) recapped her accomplishments of her first year in Congress to a crowd in East Lansing Friday night.

Much of the crowd at East Lansing High School was there to support Slotkin for the event billed as a “State of the District” town hall. Slotkin also announced two legislative initiatives during her speech: a bill to lower the cost of insulin; and another bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan to implement “emerging technologies” to enhance border security.

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Today on Stateside, Michigan is under the microscope this election year. We talk to a POLITICO reporter about why the state could play a key role in the rift among labor unions over Medicare for All. Plus, we talk to the hosts of Michigan Radio’s new political podcast. It focuses on a competitive congressional district where Republicans are hoping to hold onto the gains of 2016.

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Medicare for All took second place to the dust-ups Wednesday at the Democratic debate, but it's still a prominent issue for a lot of voters. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren discuss it frequently on the campaign trail. But concerns are developing within some labor unions over the plan for a single-payer health care system. As primary momentum shifts toward Michigan, eyes are now on union leaders in the state.

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This primary season, absentee ballots are all the rage.

Michigan voters passed a ballot measure in 2018 that allows for no-reason absentee voting, and the March 10 primary will be a major test for the new policy.

The Secretary of State says absentee ballot requests are up more than 70% from the same time in 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidates are debating once again, this time in Las Vegas ahead of Saturday's caucuses in Nevada. Follow NPR's live analysis. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. 

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Today on Stateside, a super PAC funded by the DeVos family has raised $800,000 to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Gary Peters. We talk about how spending by outside groups could impact the state's most competitive 2020 races. Plus, an update on the Michigan family caught in a coronavirus scare on a cruise ship.

After Iowa's debacle, the Democratic presidential nominating contest has moved to New Hampshire.

Follow NPR's coverage for the latest updates and then, when the polls close in the Granite State Tuesday night, live results and analysis.

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Democratic presidential candidates are debating for the first time since the Iowa caucuses. There are seven candidates on the stage Friday night in New Hampshire, ahead of Tuesday's primary in the state.

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Today on Stateside, we spoke to two Michigan clerks about how the state can avoid an Iowa caucuses style castastrophe in November. Plus, a new play at Plowshares Theatre in Detroit tells the story of Broadway's first black megastar Charles S. Gilpin.

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As most Democratic presidential candidates scurried off to New Hampshire in the wake of the Iowa caucus debacle on Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg paid a visit to Detroit.

Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is only about two months old. This was his second stop in Michigan.

After nearly a day-long delay, the Iowa Democratic Party started releasing results from the Monday night caucuses. The party blamed a "coding issue" with the app for its inability to release results after the caucuses, as campaigns and voters waited in anticipation.

Only 41 delegates are at stake, but Iowa is known for helping to make or break a presidential candidates' momentum. Now, the meltdown over results is prompting renewed criticism of the state's process and first-in-the-nation status.

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“This is gonna be a really tough seat to win back,” Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett told four of the Republicans vying to take on Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin in 2020. This is going to be an expensive race, Barnett said, before asking the panel of four relatively unknown candidates about electability. “How can you win?”

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Saturday’s chilly weather was not enough to keep supporters and critics of the President’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate from holding rallies in Michigan cities.

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Michigan is seen as critical in this year’s presidential election.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, won Michigan by a narrow margin in 2016. He was the first Republican to win the state since 1988.

Nationally, Democrats were criticized for not paying enough attention to Michigan, Wisconsin and other battleground states.

In the lead up to the 2020 election, the national Democratic Party is investing heavily to win states they lost in 2016 that were formerly believed to be reliably ‘Blue.’   

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The U.S. Senate impeachment trial could affect the re-election of at least one Michigan congresswoman.

But she says her focus is elsewhere.

President Donald Trump's legal team is asserting that he did "absolutely nothing wrong" and is calling the impeachment case "flimsy" and a "dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The brief from Trump's lawyers was filed before arguments expected this week in the Senate impeachment trial.

Today on Stateside, we step back in time to the summer of 1963, to hear how Martin Luther King Junior set the stage in Detroit for the March on Washington later that year. Plus, we go over this year's list of Michigan Notable Books, which includes everything from new fiction to gripping history.

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Michigan’s presidential primary is just under two months away, but millions of dollars have already been spent on campaign ads.

It's safe to say Michiganders have gotten used to hearing “I’m Mike Bloomberg, and I approve this message” coming from their television. 

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Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa on Tuesday, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time. Watch below. 

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The wife of Flint’s mayor won Tuesday’s Democratic primary in a special election to fill his old vacant state House seat.

Cynthia Neeley was the clear winner in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in a special election to fill the vacant 34th District seat.

Neeley’s husband Sheldon resigned from the seat last year after being elected Flint mayor.

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A former Republican state lawmaker plans to challenge Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee this fall.

Tim Kelly says he plans to launch his campaign soon for the GOP nomination in the 5th Congressional District.  

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Democratic U.S. Senator Gary Peters has collected enough signatures to be on the 2020 ballot.

The Senator Peters campaign collected and submitted more than 24,000 signatures, which puts Peters on the ballot for re-election.

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Media billionaire Michael Bloomberg formally launches the Michigan phase of his presidential campaign Saturday.

The former New York City mayor is opening his Michigan campaign headquarters near Eastern Market.

Bloomberg launched his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination less than a month ago. Many of the other candidates have been actively running for the party’s nomination for a year. 

But Bloomberg is looking to level the playing field by spending $100 million of his own money on advertising.

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Seven Democratic presidential candidates are debating Thursday night, the smallest group yet. The December debate, hosted by Politico and PBS NewsHour, is taking place at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. NPR reporters are providing live analysis of the candidates' remarks.

Amid a slew of public impeachment hearings, Democratic presidential candidates are gathering in Atlanta to debate once again. This round also comes less than three months before the first primaries and caucuses.

Ten candidates made the cut, down from a record of 12 in October's debate.

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“I do solemnly swear or affirm…” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley repeated as he took his oath of office on Monday, before an overflow crowd at Flint City Hall.

Neeley defeated incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver last week in a very close election.

In his address, Neeley repeatedly stressed the need for unity going forward.

Neeley also urged Flint residents to take a similar oath.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied his supporters Sunday during a raucous campaign stop in Detroit.

But before many in the crowd got to hear Sanders’ usual political attacks on the nation’s billionaires and President Donald Trump, the rally paused for a somber reflection.

Shortly before the rally began, word started filtering into the auditorium that longtime Detroit Congressman John Conyers had died. Conyers represented Detroit in Congress for 53 years.

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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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