GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 50 or so party faithful gathered at a western Michigan GOP headquarters prayed for President Donald Trump’s re-election and hummed with excitement about his upcoming visit — a meeting-turned-pep rally for the effort they’ll mount on his behalf in 2020.“Are we ready?” former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land asked the group assembled in Grand Rapids on Monday night.“Yeah!” the crowd cried back.The area around former President Gerald Ford’s hometown has been very good to Trump, helping deliver him to the White House in 2016 with a victory in a blue state he wasn’t supposed to win. But as he returns to Grand Rapids on Thursday night for a rally that will celebrate the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, there is cause for worry.The Democratic-leaning city and the historically Republican turf surrounding it in Kent County have seen a rise of … [Read more...] about President Trump’s return to west Michigan comes amid Democratic gains
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Brian Slodysko Associated Press Published 5:03 PM EST Feb 7, 2019 Washington – With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, one of the largest outside Democratic groups announced on Thursday a $30 million effort to register voters, push ballot measures that expand voter rights and fight Republican-backed laws in court that restrict ballot access. “At every stage of the game, Republican and conservative state legislatures around the country, when they are given the opportunity, make it more difficult for people to vote,” Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, told The Associated Press. “Essentially what you have are the descendants of Jim Crow who are trying to make it difficult for people to reach the ballot box.” Democrats have historically supported expanded voting rights, which helps turn out their base, while Republicans have enacted ballot restrictions, citing concern about widespread voter fraud without offering proof. But the new … [Read more...] about Democratic group to spend $30M on voting rights effort
Alan Suderman and Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press Updated 9:17 pm PST, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2018 file photo, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announces a new Clergy Abuse Hotline his office is launching as he addressed a press conference at his office in Richmond, Va. Herring admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. In a statement issued Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Herring said he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP, File) less FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2018 file photo, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announces a new Clergy Abuse Hotline his office is launching as he addressed a press conference at his office in Richmond, Va. ... more Photo: Bob Brown, AP … [Read more...] about Democrats mute calls for Va. resignations with power at risk
Sarah Hirshland, chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee, says a week of criticism and strife over how the committee will move past a sexual assault scandal boils down to one major problem: A failure to communicate.Athletes say they are afraid to speak out, and, when they do speak up, they are too often ignored. Critics, including the the Athletes' Advisory Council and the watchdog group Committee to Restore Integrity, say the organization is moving too slowly to fix the problems that saw hundreds of athletes sexually abused and harassed in gymnastics and other sports.Hirshland said she needs to do a better job of explaining what steps are being taken, and the structure of the Olympic Committee will need to better accommodate the views of those now in the games.“Clearly it isn't working,” she told The Gazette Friday night, the same day her critics issued a call for congressional intervention. Pressure is also building from within the movement.Han Xiao, … [Read more...] about USOC leaders, athletes and critics cite communication breakdown
Steve Peoples, Associated Press Updated 9:32 pm PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., listens during a news conference with members of the Progressive Caucus in Washington, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., listens during a news conference with members of the Progressive Caucus in Washington, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Photo: Susan Walsh, AP Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during a news conference with members of the Progressive Caucus in Washington, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during a news conference with members of the Progressive Caucus in Washington, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Photo: Susan Walsh, AP U.S. Senator-elect Jacky Rosen meets with Las Vegas reporters to discuss her win and priorities as Nevada's next senator on … [Read more...] about More races go to Democrats, including Senate seat in Ariz.