Justice Department Wants Data on Nursing Home Deaths in States Led by Democrats

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has sent letters to the Democratic governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan to ascertain whether states violated federal law by ordering nursing homes to accept recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals, an action that critics say spread the novel coronavirus and possibly contributed to the death toll. DOJ prosecutors say these orders “may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents.”  read more

Former Michigan Governor: What If Trump Seizes Ballot Boxes?

A former governor of Michigan has raised the prospect of Donald Trump seizing ballot boxes in November as fallout from his suggestion to delay the election continues.

Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, was governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011. Speaking to CNN on Friday, she warned about the possibility that the President will try to interfere with the election results. read more

Opinion: Trump Would Sound Better Wearing a Mask

Trump Insults Auto workers at Ford factory

Anyone who endures the Trump presidency understands why there’s a minimum age qualification to be president.  Trump proved, however, that chronological age doesn’t necessarily reflect the maturity that one needs to make rational decisions as the president of the United States.  Trump’s outbursts are more like that of a two-year-old having a tantrum than of a grown man in control of his emotions. read more

Michigan AG Tells Trump: You Have a ‘Legal Responsibility’ to Wear a Face Mask When You Visit

Donald Trump has a legal responsibility to wear a face covering when he visits Michigan on Tuesday, according to the state’s attorney general. The President has not worn a mask in public yet.

Michigan AG Dana Nessel wrote a letter to President Trump on Wednesday telling him he had to wear a face covering during his visit to Ford car plant this week.

“Michigan has been hit especially hard by the virus, with more than 50,000 confirmed cases and 5,000 deaths,” Nessel’s letter said.

“Anyone who has potentially been recently exposed, including the President of the United States, has not only a legal responsibility, but also a social and moral responsibility, to take reasonable precautions to prevent further spread of the virus,” she wrote.

Nessel, a Democrat, reminded Trump that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s recent executive order required manufacturing facilities to “suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours.”

Whitmer’s order also requires “that any individual able to medically tolerate a facial covering wear one when in any enclosed public space.”

Ahead of President Trump’s planned visit to tour a Ford Motor Company plant, @MIAttyGen @dananessel has sent an open letter asking that he respect the hard work and safety of our automakers by wearing a face covering during his visit. ➡️https://t.co/UfjfGN01tj pic.twitter.com/FhCtqYp8wN read more

Trump Threatens to Withhold Michigan’s Federal Funding Over Vote-by-Mail

President Donald Trump threatened to withhold Michigan’s federal funding after its Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) announced that all state residents would receive applications for absentee ballots, allowing them to vote-by-mail.

Trump and Republicans have repeatedly disparaged vote-by-mail options in response to criticisms from voting rights advocates who’ve expressed safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic, and in a tweet earlier this morning, he alleged the step was done “illegally” and would encourage voter fraud.

“Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election,” the president tweeted. “This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!”

Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!.. read more

Trump Calls Michigan Protesters “Good People” A Day After Armed Protesters Storm Statehouse

President Donald Trump slammed Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a tweet this morning, calling the armed protesters who stormed the Michigan statehouse yesterday “good people.”

“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire,” he wrote. “There are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.”

Trump has in the past criticized Whitmer for issuing strict stay-at-home guidelines. Protesters yesterday were barred from getting onto the House floor by state police and sergeants-at-arms. Whitmer had previously extended her state’s stay-at-home order to May 15.

Protest moves inside Michigan Capitol. Crowd attempts to get onto Hoise floor. Lots of Michigan State Police and House sergeants at arms blocking door. pic.twitter.com/4FNQpimP4W read more

Michigan Gov. Whitmer Announces “Future for Frontliners” Program to Provide Tuition-Free College to Essential Workers

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced a new program to provide a tuition-free college or technical education to essential workers who do not have a degree.

The program will help the state meet its goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a technical certificate or college degree from 45 percent to 60 percent by 2030. Whitmer will also expand Michigan’s Workshare Program to allow employers to reduce employee hours to receive weekly unemployment insurance benefits as well as the $600 unemployment assistance from the federal government.

“Essential workers eligible include workers staffing hospitals and nursing homes, stocking the shelves at grocery stores, providing child care to critical infrastructure workers, manufacturing personal protective equipment, protecting public safety, picking up trash, or delivering supplies,” reported WWMT West Michigan.

“The Futures for Frontliners program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who have risked their lives on the front lines of this crisis. This program will ensure tuition-free college opportunities and give these dedicated Michiganders an opportunity to earn a technical certificate, associate degree or even a bachelor’s degree,” Whitmer said. “I want to assure all of our workers we will never forget those of you who stepped up and sacrificed their own health during this crisis. You’re the reason we’re going to get through this.”

“No Michigander should have to worry about how to feed their family or pay rent during a crisis. And no Michigander should be scared to go to work,” Whitmer continued. “From the beginning, my team and I have been working around the clock to solve those problems for working families. And I will continue to fight for our working people long after this crisis is over.”

The program was inspired by the GI bill after World War II that provides educational assistance to servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents.

Michigan Governor Says Medical Supplies for Her State Have Been “Canceled” or “Delayed”

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) says her state is not getting urgently needed medical supplies to battle the coronavirus pandemic because contractors are first sending supplies to the federal government.

“Well, we’ve entered into a number of contracts, and as we get closer to the date when shipments are supposed to come in, they are getting canceled — getting delayed,” Whitmer said in a CNN interview, adding that she learned shipments are going “first to the federal government.”

“I know Michigan is not alone. I saw Gov. Charlie Baker, Republican from Massachusetts, essentially say the same thing. Same thing with Mayor Garcetti out in Los Angeles. This is an issue we are confronting as a nation, where we are bidding against one another, where we are struggling to grab every PPE (personal protective equipment) we can get our hands on,” she said.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges unity after President Trump criticized her for asking the federal government for more help fighting the coronavirus: "We need to put political differences aside and focus on the real enemy. And that's the virus" https://t.co/z4wOUA0tpo pic.twitter.com/lX5WgJliml read more

Trump Lashes Out at Democratic Governors Critical of His Coronavirus Response

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to lash out at the respective governors of New York and Michigan as the death toll attributed to the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise and as his administration faces blistering criticism for its response.

The president accused Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) of politicizing the growing crisis, suggesting that a wholesale federal policy is not appropriate given that some states are more overwhelmed with cases than others. The president pointed to differences in New York, which he referred to as a “hotspot,” and West Virginia, which has yet to report a single case, though his argument ignores a sobering reality as the nation grapples with a testing shortage that has led many not to get tested for the virus or otherwise complicated results.

Cuomo wants “all states to be treated the same.” But all states aren’t the same. Some are being hit hard by the Chinese Virus, some are being hit practically not at all. New York is a very big “hotspot”, West Virginia has, thus far, zero cases. Andrew, keep politics out of it…. read more

Bridging Rural/Urban Divide Key for Democrats in 2020 and for Exposing Trump Failures

Just yesterday I attended a fair in Port Oneida, Michigan celebrating rural culture.

While the focus on Michigan, when it comes to economic matters, tends to be on the manufacturing sector, largely, of course, because of the dominance of the auto industry, the importance of the rural economy and population loom large, not just in terms of their essential role in U.S. life but also as a voting issue and bloc in the 2020 presidential election.

Indeed, it is not uncommon, driving in this area of the country, to see bumper stickers that read, “No farms, No Food.” Urban folk would be wise to be cognizant of their reliance on this rural culture for their very life.

The success of Democrats in the 2020 presidential election may very well hinge on their ability to forge a unity between rural and urban voters and to underscore not just the interdependence of rural and urban populations and economies but the common issues and interests these communities share.

President Trump has done his best to drive a wedge between rural and urban voters, trying to obscure the common suffering people have experienced under Trump’s mis-leadership.  While speaking in Ohio last August 2, he continued, for example, to berate Baltimore for its problems, having referred to the city as a “rat and rodent infested mess,” as if, despite occupying the most powerful political office in the nation, if not the world, the people of Baltimore did not fall under his purview and he did not shoulder any responsibility for Baltimore or, really, any of America’s inner cities.  Baltimore residents are not part of Trump’s “United Base of America.”

As Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS news, noted, however, while Trump was speaking recently in Ohio, he neglected to address the suffering experienced in that very state. She tweeted: “

The president was in Ohio, home to Masury, OH — a city nicknamed Misery, OH because of the struggles and economic devastation there. But President Trump went on extended riffs about cities much more farther [sic] away last night.” read more

New Poll: Just 31% of Michigan Voters Plan to Vote for Trump in 2020

Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election chances took another hit today when a new poll was published in Michigan showing his support in that state has severely dissipated since 2016.

In the 2016 election Trump won Michigan by just 10,000 votes, representing .27% of the total votes cast.

The new poll shows that the vast majority of Michigan voters participating in the survey do not plan to vote for Trump again should he run for president in the 2020 election.

In fact, just 31 percent of poll participants said they will definitely vote to re-elect Trump in 2020.

The poll, conducted by EPIC-MRA of Lansing, Michigan, is consistent with other recent polls done in Michigan as well as in some other states such as Wisconsin and Florida.

Taken together these polls show that show Trump is in big trouble in swing states he won in 2016.

The new poll was taken during a time when the president has had a series of failures both domestically and in foreign affairs.

  1. Trump failed to reach a deal to denuclearize North Korea
  2. Reports show that both the budget deficit and the trade deficit have increased significantly.
  3. He faces a vote in the Senate to repudiate his emergency declaration calling for construction of a wall on the southern border.
  4. He has been accused of racism and crimes by his former lawyer Michael Cohen, and others.

According to the new poll:

  • 65 percent of Michigan voters say they will either definitely or probably vote to replace Trump in the 2020 election. 49 percent say they will definitely vote for someone else and another 16 percent say they will probably vote for someone else.
  • Only 31 percent of poll participants said they will definitely vote to re-elect Trump in 2020.
  • Independent voters are hurting Trump’s numbers more than any other group. Among independents, 44 percent say they will definitely vote for someone else and 27 percent say they will probably back another candidate
  • Just 18 percent of independent Michigan voters say they will definitely vote to re-elect the president next year.
  • Among women, 57 percent say they definitely will vote for someone else, while 17 percent say they will consider another candidate.
  • Among men, 41 percent say they will vote for someone else and 14 percent who say they will consider someone else.
  • Only 67 percent of Republican voters in Michigan said they would definitely vote to re-elect Trump. It’s interesting that 42 percent of Michigan voters identify as Republicans, but just 31 percent of voters say they definitely will vote for Trump next year.
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    Michigan Approves Nestlé Water Pumping Despite Opposition

    If there is one company in the world which illustrates both unbridled corporate greed

    and a complete lack of human compassion, it is Nestlé.  They have gone all over the world appropriating public water resources for themselves in order to make profits to benefit their rich shareholders.  Nestlé has even publicly stated their position that water is not a human right, which is absurd, because without water people die. Water is life, and Nestlé’s position is like saying people have no right to live. read more