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National Republican Party leaders say they plan to target three incumbent Michigan Democrats in next year’s Congressional elections.

The National Republican Congressional Committee helps elect GOP candidates with direct financial contributions, as well as technical and research assistance. The group also organizes voter registration and election turnout programs.

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A congressional committee will hear testimony next week on the need to speed up health care benefits for service members exposed to toxic burn pits overseas. 

Two Michigan representatives are behind the "Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act of 2021" to accomplish that.

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Two men are facing charges of  making election-related threats against three Michigan officials.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens received the alleged threatening messages.

The Michigan Attorney General’s office says 62-year-old Daniel Thompson of Harrison left voicemail and email messages with Sen. Stabenow’s office. He allegedly also made calls to Rep. Slotkin’s’ office.   Prosecutors allege Thompson used vulgar and threatening language referencing the 2020 election.

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..
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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.

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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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Today on Stateside, although the COVID vaccine has many excited for a brighter 2021, many people are still in desperate need of relief. We talked with two Congressional representatives about the COVID relief bill that so many are waiting on. Plus, a conversation with a radio news veteran about going the distance for broadcast.

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The Associated Press has called the race for Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s battleground 8th Congressional district.

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Two Democratic congresswomen with national security experience want Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to make a public commitment to upholding the military's apolitical role.

Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and New Jersey Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill said this is critical because President Donald Trump has used the military for partisan purposes and has suggested he might reject the results of the 2020 election if he loses. 

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Figurative knives were out in the third and final debate between Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and Republican Paul Junge in the race for the Eighth Congressional District Mondy night.

The debate took place at Cleary University just hours after news broke that President Donald Trump ordered his negotiators to stop working on a coronavirus relief package until after the election.

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The Republican challenger in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District repeated a misleading attack he’s used before, and danced around the accusation that his campaign has no real platform beyond criticizing the Democratic incumbent for frequently voting with her party’s leadership.

Former Lansing-area television news anchor Paul Junge debated first-term Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin Sunday morning on WDIV’s “Flashpoint” program.

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Today on Stateside, U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin discusses how Congress is still struggling to get a COVID relief package through before the general election. Plus, we’ll hear about the evangelical Christians making a case against President Trump.

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Today on Stateside, we talk to Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin about the future of emergency funds for businesses impacted by COVID-19 . Plus, what a federal appeals court decision in the so-called “right to read” lawsuit means for students in Detroit.

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How states have responded to the growing spread of COVID-19 has largely depended on governors' decisions. The result has been a patchwork of containment strategies across the country. Numerous officials have called on the federal government to create a more coordinated national response. That includes Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan's 8th Congressional District.

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Today on Stateside, we talk to Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin about her call for a more coordinated national response to the spread of COVID-19. Plus, we talk to the author of a novel, based on a true story, about a young teacher living alone in the Upper Peninsula during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

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Today, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Support Act, or the CARES Act. The $2 trillion stimulus is the third piece of coronavirus relief legislation passed by Congress.

The bill contained $150 billion in relief money for individual states. It is estimated that Michigan will receive $3.8 billion in aid from the bill.

 

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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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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.

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Less than six months into his tenure as Michigan State University President, Samuel Stanley Jr. is working with administrators and student government leaders to develop a “pilot” fall break program for MSU students.

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a resolution to limit President Donald Trump's ability to take further military action against Iran. U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat representing Michigan's 8th District, sponsored the measure. 

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Today on Stateside, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to take further military action against Iran. We talk to the congresswoman sponsoring the measure. Plus, the head of a Dearborn seminary talks about educating the next generation of Muslim faith leaders. 

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Members of Michigan’s congressional delegate want more information about what happens next after a military strike this week that killed a top Iranian general. 

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Michigan is going to be in the national spotlight Wednesday as President Donald Trump campaigns in Battle Creek, while at the same time the U.S. House of Representatives debates impeaching him.

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A few of the Republicans hoping to replace Elissa Slotkin in Congress were quick to condemn her announcement yesterday that she’s going to vote to impeach President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment.

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Update, Monday December 16 at 2:00 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI 8) told a large crowd of constituents at Oakland University in Rochester that she will vote to impeach the President Donald Trump on the two articles of impeachment drawn up by the U.S. House: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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Congress has reached a final agreement on the annual national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. This year’s bill includes a number of provisions to regulate the chemical family PFAS.

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Two more Republicans have entered the race in the 8th Congressional District - which includes Ingham and Livingston Counties and part of Oakland County.

Kristina Lyke, an attorney, and Paul Junge, formerly an immigration official under the Trump administration, announced their candidacies Thursday.

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A group of anti-impeachment protesters, most from outside the 8th Congressional District, tried to derail Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin's health care town hall meeting on Friday night. 

For the most part, they failed.   

Slotkin urged people to be civil at the beginning of the town hall, and she asked people to write their questions about health care and other issues on cards.  But the protesters flouted the request, and frequently shouted over Slotkin as others shushed them.  

"Shut up," one man shouted at the protesters in frustration.

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Under a new bill, Medicare Part B would pay for a routine eye exam and for contact lenses or corrective lenses every two years.

Currently Medicare covers screenings for people at high risk of getting cataracts or glaucoma. But it does not cover routine eye exams or corrective lenses.

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U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) is urging the Department of Defense to replace PFAS-foam at military bases faster.

She sent a letter to the head of Pentagon PFAS Task Force, Assistant Secretary Robert McMahon, earlier this week.

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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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