Maureen Feighan The Detroit News Published 9:06 PM EST Nov 6, 2018 U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg was leading Democratic challenger Gretchen Driskein in the GOP-leaning 7th District in southeast Michigan, according to early results. Unofficial results show the Republican leading with 51 percent of the vote compared to Driskell's 49 percent. The district includes the Eaton County portion of Lansing, along with Branch, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee and Monroe counties. Tuesday's race is rematch between the two candidates after Walberg defeated Driskell, a former state representative from Saline, by 15 percentage points in 2016 in a district where President Donald Trump has been popular. Despite that advantage, Driskell raised more money than the incumbent this time around and argued that she, like Trump, wants change. Walberg, one of Michigan's most conservative House members, throughout the campaign, played up his willingness to work with Democrats and mentioned … [Read more...] about Walberg leading Driskell in the 7th District
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SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA—Textiles used to dominate this part of South Carolina, which locals call the Upstate. But after the textile industry went overseas, BMW came in and built its biggest car factory in the world, bringing back prosperity in the process. But for more than a few voters and public officials in the area, many of whom could have their livelihood threatened by a trade war BMW has warned about, President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs aren’t much of a concern—for now. The Upstate, also known as the Upcountry, is the fastest-growing part of South Carolina, with over a million residents in the region and counting. Everywhere you look there is new construction, highways being expanded, businesses being erected. There are also traffic jams galore, a feature you don’t expect in a region whose largest city, Greenville, contains around 68,000 residents. Much of this region’s boom can be traced to BMW, which opened the plant in 1994. The … [Read more...] about Trump’s Trade War Threatens BMW’s Biggest Factory in the World, but South Carolina Doesn’t Seem to Mind
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 2:38 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 Detroit-area businessman and Iraq War veteran John James won the Republican nomination Tuesday to run against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall. James, a political newcomer endorsed by President Donald Trump, defeated Sandy Pensler in Tuesday's primary, the Associated Press said late Tuesday. With 44 percent of the state's precincts reporting, James had 297,864 votes, or 57 percent, to Pensler's 222,020, or 43 percent. James win was notable since in the days before the election, President Donald Trump not only endorsed James, who is an Army veteran who attended West Point and flew Apache helicopters in Iraq, but did a recorded robocall for voters on James' behalf (and that of Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who also won). In the call, Trump said, “John James is truly the real deal — he will be a star" in the Senate. … [Read more...] about James wins Republican nod to face U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 1:12 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 In early returns, businessman John James led Sandy Pensler in the race for the Republican nomination to face U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., in November. With about 4 percent of the state's precincts reporting, James had 44,261 votes, or 57 percent, to Pensler's 33,146, or 43 percent. James' lead, if it holds, is notable, since in the days before the election, President Donald Trump endorsed James, who is an Army veteran who attended West Point and flew Apache helicopters in Iraq. Trump also did a recorded robocall for voters on James' behalf (and that of Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Bill Schuette) in the days before the election, saying “John James is truly the real deal — he will be a star" in the Senate. More: See all the election results for metro Detroit and statewide races More: Ballot shortages reported in Oakland County; voters told to wait … [Read more...] about Who’s winning the race to face U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow?
MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) - Sergio Marchionne was one of the auto industry’s most demanding and tenacious chief executives and he rescued Fiat and Chrysler, two of its most storied brands. FILE PHOTO: Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, speaks with journalists at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File photo The gruff 66-year-old, who has died after succumbing to complications from recent surgery, spent 14 years at the wheel of Fiat Chrysler, the group he built. He was replaced as boss last weekend after his condition worsened. In Italy, where his turnaround of Fiat earned him legendary status, he was treated like a rock star. The former philosophy student and accountant almost never wore a tie and preferred casual sweaters, half-joking that it saved him time on dressing. A heavy smoker until giving up the habit a year ago, he was known for working extraordinarily long hours before … [Read more...] about Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat Chrysler boss who liked to fix things