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Meijer & Tlaib Grab High Profile Primary Victories before November Election

Two primary races had their answer early on primary election night, while the race that drew most attention across the state and nation required more time to settle over night.

In a battle to challenge Republican turned Independent turned Libertarian party congressman Justin Amash for his 3rd District house seat, Peter Meijer overcame state representative veteran Lynn Afendoulis.

Meijer, a veteran and member of the affluent Meijer family in West Michigan, announced his candidacy immediately following Amash’s decision to split with the GOP ticket. The bid was an apparent answer to Amash’s centrist track of governance, which has challenged both sides of the aisle on policy and excess. The role has often left him playing the foil in a lane that has brought him a cult following, but a lot of political rivals along the way.

Meijer’s announcement was a clear shot across the bow that sought to capitalize on discontent among GOP Trump loyalists and supporters who have grown weary of Amash’s criticisms of the president. He will no doubt try to amplify that chorus between now and November in a race that is sure to draw national attention and forecast the political climate in West Michigan.

Meanwhile, across the state, incumbent Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan’s 13th district had to wait until the next day for confirmation, thanks in part to the historically large numbers of ballots being cast by mail. The race showcased the challenges sure to be found this November, as well as some unique factors that may come into play with this season’s demographic turnout.

Tlaib bested longtime Detroit councilwoman, Brenda Jones, in a rematch of 2018. Unlike that race, this year pitted the two in a one-on-one matchup.

Political aficionados and twitter activists watched this race from across the nation. Tlaib has made a name for herself nationally in her inaugural term, even if at times for notorious reasons. She famously screamed to “Impeach the mother f——-!” in front of a raucous crowd of supporters and underwent an inquiry into potential ethics violations during her 2018 campaign. That inquiry ended this week after the investigation, dating to fall of 2019, concluded. The house ordered Tlaib to pay back over ten thousand dollars she had withdrawn from the campaign coffers for personal, but stopped short of leveling the congresswoman with any official indictment.

Whether in spite of these news items or perhaps because of the national recognition she has received from them, Tlaib walked away with a solid victory and will likely make her way back to the halls of congress for a second term this November.

Bernie Sanders to Return to Michigan Ahead of Primary

For Immediate Release via Bernie 2020
March 4, 2020
(Featured Image: Gage Skidmore)

WASHINGTON -Sen. Bernie Sanders will travel to Michigan this weekend to rally supporters in Detroit and Grand Rapids ahead of the March 10 primary. 

Sen. Sanders’ previous trips to the Great Lakes State include joining the picket line in solidarity with striking United Auto Workers (UAW) members in Hamtramck, as well as rallies at Macomb Community College in Warren and Cass Technical High School in Detroit.

Itinerary for both events:

Friday, March 6
7:00 p.m. Bernie 2020 GOTV Detroit Rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders
The TCF Center – Hall C & D, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Bags are prohibited. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. Entrance is provided on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available at the Washington, Congress, and Roof garages for $15 (credit card only); attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation. 

Sunday, March 8
12:30 p.m. Bernie 2020 GOTV Grand Rapids Rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders

Calder Plaza, 351 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Doors open at 11:00 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Bags are prohibited. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. Entrance is provided on a first come, first served basis. Parking garages are located off of Ottawa Ave, Monroe Ave, and Pearl Ave. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation.

Bernie Sanders to Open Five Campaign Offices in Michigan Ahead of Primary

Header Image by Matt A.J. via Flickr.com

Four years removed from an intense primary contest that catapulted him to national prominence, Bernie Sanders will once again plant roots in Michigan ahead of the state’s primary on March 10th.

Sanders, who won the state in 2016, edging out Clinton 49.8% to 48.3%, hopes to make the state a big piece of his delegate war chest going into the DNC convention.

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

Much has changed across the political and candidate landscape in the four years since the 2016 democratic primary. Probably the most glaring difference was the almost vacant field of challengers to presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. The field in 2016 more closely resembled the sort of field one would expect of an incumbent run for the nomination and less like a wide open primary.

In the context of the time, it made sense. Democrats were coming off of two terms of Barack Obama and felt confident they would capture a sweeping victory with their candidate of choice. The obvious choice among party insiders for the nomination seemed to be Clinton, who had stepped aside from her role as Secretary of State and began preparing for the campaign two years earlier.

The odds-on favorite was seemingly so presumptive that Sanders’ announcement appeared to be more rooted in the belief that the nominee should receive some modicum of competition during the primaries and less of a legitimate attempt to win the nomination. In short, perhaps Sanders would be able to use the platform provided to a candidate in such a sparse field to promote some of his priorities and shape the campaign platform to some degree, but the notion that a Sanders nomination was a possible outcome did not even register with the average voter.

Bernie Sanders stumps for Hillary Clinton presidential ticket in 2016.
Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

The assumption almost seems humorous with the power of hindsight, as Sanders became a serious challenger to Clinton’s coronation as the Democratic party’s top candidate. An FBI investigation, a private meeting between her husband and AG Loretta Lynch and 33,000 emails later, the presumptive nominee was facing down the possibility of losing.

In the end, Clinton edged out Sanders and went on to lose the presidential election to Donald Trump, an even more improbable notion at the time.

Now entering the thick of the 2020 presidential primary season, Sanders is once again positioned as one of the top candidates for the Democratic Party nomination after a crowded field, scuttling to face the perceived weak candidacy of a Donald Trump incumbency, has winnowed down to six prominent contenders hovering around 10% or better in national polls.

Sanders has certainly benefited thus far from the recent descent of Elizabeth Warren, a candidate perceived to be targeting a similar wing of the ideological left, and a split of voters between candidates seen to be among more centrist circles (at least within the center of the democratic base), though most candidates have seemed to veer heavily to the left of their most recent nominees in Clinton and Obama.

In anticipation of a highly contested vote, Sanders will be opening five field office in Michigan ahead of the primary early next month and hopes to win the state once again on the back of his antagonistic message against American billionaires and various industries at the center of what he claims are the root causes of Americans’ greatest ills. Offices will be opened in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids.