Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Hannah Fingerhut Associated Press Published 8:22 AM EDT Apr 26, 2019 Washington – Americans are giving Democrats a clear edge on health care as the 2020 presidential race gears up, according to a new poll that also finds many Republicans backing one of their competitors’ top ideas: a government insurance plan people can buy into. But support for the plan that has attracted the most attention, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All,” is concentrated mostly among Democrats. Overall, The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds that Democrats enjoy a 17 percentage point advantage over Republicans in Americans’ assessments of whom they trust more to handle health care, 40% to 23%. That compares with a public more evenly divided over which party would better handle several other major areas of national policy, including the economy, immigration and foreign affairs. “As I look at … [Read more...] about Poll: Democrats have health care edge ahead of 2020
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 9:10 AM EST Nov 5, 2018 Headed into Tuesday’s midterm elections, a Morning Consult-Politico poll shows Democratic enthusiasm well ahead of Republican fervor but it is still far from certain if that will be enough to flip the U.S. House to Democratic control. Democrats need to net an additional 25 seats overall to reach a majority in the U.S. House, though that number is really 23 since two of the seats currently open — including the Detroit-based one vacated nearly a year ago by U.S. Rep. John Conyers — are almost certain to go Democrat. Meanwhile, Democrats — who have expanded the political battlefield nationwide — are hopeful of flipping at least one other seat in Michigan, the 11th district seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, and have their eyes on a handful of others, including the toss-up race between U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and Democratic … [Read more...] about Democratic enthusiasm up before midterms but is it enough?
John Wisely Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Nov 1, 2018 After eight years in the wilderness, Democrats in Lansing are promising an aggressive agenda if voters return them to power next week. "The very first bill that we will pass will be a repeal of the Right to Work law,” said Rep. Brian Elder, D-Bay City, one of three Democrats vying for the role of speaker of the House. “Then we’ll move to a repeal of the pension tax.” Those moves would mark an about-face from how Gov. Rick Snyder and his fellow Republicans have ruled Lansing while outnumbered Democrats have been powerless to stop them. Republicans vow to fight in the election and beyond. “The single most dangerous thing anyone could do would be to throw the certainty of our Right to Work law into question,” said Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “It would dry up investment capital in a minute. It would be huge mistake to even contemplate it.” And … [Read more...] about Michigan Democrats: Right to Work repeal tops agenda
Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 30, 2018 The Democratic candidates in Michigan’s attorney general and secretary of state races are maintaining healthy leads over their Republican opponents going into the last week of the campaign, according to a new poll. Democratic attorney general candidate Dana Nessel of Plymouth is leading Republican Tom Leonard of DeWitt 45 percent to 34 percent, with about 16.5 percent of the 600 likely voters undecided, The Detroit News-WDIV survey found. The prior poll conducted by the Lansing-based Glengariff Group showed the heated contest had tightened to a 7-percentage-point lead by Nessel, but the latest survey found renewed backing for the 49-year-old defense attorney and former Wayne County assistant prosecutor. The survey has a margin of error of plus-minus 4 percentage points. For secretary of state, Democrat Jocelyn Benson of Detroit has a more than 11-point margin on the GOP's Mary … [Read more...] about Poll: Nessel increases edge, Benson keeps lead in Mich. AG, SOS races
Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 12:06 AM EDT Oct 8, 2018 Lansing — With just a day left before Michigan’s voter registration deadline, Democrats are pushing to register more voters, while Republicans are focused on ensuring already registered voters make it to the polls. NextGen America, a liberal advocacy group started by California billionaire Tom Steyer, has registered more than 36,000 college students on Michigan campuses since January through its "Rising" program, said Jenna Chapman, an organizer for the group who is leading the voter registration drive at Michigan State University. “I like to say this is just part of adulting,” Chapman said. “… You don’t want all the old, retired people making all of the decisions for you.” Michigan residents 18 or older who are U.S. citizens have until Tuesday to register with their local clerk. But the Michigan Republican Party is not focusing on getting new voters signed up … [Read more...] about Mich. Democrats, GOP diverge on voter registration as deadline looms