Leonard N. Fleming The Detroit News Published 11:34 PM EDT Oct 28, 2018 Highland Park — The Michigan senator known mostly for her agricultural expertise navigated the cracked sidewalks of an urban area still stung by pockets of poverty but showing signs of rebirth. In her bright red sweater jacket on a sun-splashed day, Debbie Stabenow was quietly canvassing another neighborhood after her Republican challenger, John James, has attacked her, among other issues, for supposedly abandoning impoverished cities and accomplishing little. But at least on this racially integrated block, that viewpoint didn't hold. . Especially with Loran Downes, 41, who chatted with the 68-year-old senator about her mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis and the work Stabenow had done in Congress to assist caregivers. "I think she's very engaging and she seemed very concerned about what's going on with my mother and myself, and I appreciate her even extending any type of help to me," Downes … [Read more...] about Stabenow relies on experience, farm support in Senate re-election bid
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Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 11:29 PM EDT Sep 26, 2018 The ad wars are firing up one of the nation’s hottest congressional races, as Republican Rep. Mike Bishop scrambles to defend his seat against his toughest opponent ever. Democrat Elissa Slotkin is hawking her national-security credentials and seizing on the issue of health care to make headway in Michigan’s traditionally GOP-leaning 8th District, depicting Bishop as a career politician wedded to the “special interests” who fund his campaigns. Bishop and his allies are painting Slotkin as an outsider from Washington who never got confirmed by the Senate for her last Defense Department post after clashing with Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, on the Obama administration’s Iraq policy. Slotkin has raised more money than Bishop every quarter. Nonpartisan groups consider the contest a toss-up heading into the last seven weeks before the Nov. 6 election. The … [Read more...] about Ad wars try to define Rep. Bishop, Slotkin in heated U.S. House race
Melissa Nann Burke and Maureen Feighan The Detroit News Published 3:03 p.m. UTC Jul 29, 2018 A bitter Republican primary for the U.S. House is entering its final two weeks in Michigan's 11th District, where GOP Rep. Dave Trott is retiring after two terms. Five candidates are vying for the Republican nomination in a contest rife with mudslinging, allegations of resume "fluffing" and a defamation lawsuit. The candidates include businesswoman Lena Epstein of Bloomfield Township, former state Rep. Rocky Raczkowski of Troy, state Sen. Mike Kowall of White Lake, state Rep. Klint Kesto of Commerce Township and former U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Milford, who represented the 11th District from 2013-15 and lost the seat to Trott. Political analysts have ranked the fight over the open seat a tossup, with the possibility it flips to the Democrats this fall after having been in Republican hands for decades. The oddly shaped boundary includes … [Read more...] about GOP fight for 11th District U.S. House seat goes negative
PUBLISHED: 16:01 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:13 23 May 2018 White House Farm. Owners, Charlotte and Oliver Gurney. Picture : ANTONY KELLY White House Farm in Rackheath has beaten out competition from several other farmshops to be named the best in the county by Muddy Stilettos. White House Farm. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Dubbed, the “urban guide to the countryside”, the popular online blog is holding its annual awards ceremony on Thursday, May 24, celebrating the best businesses in Norfolk. Winners have already been announced, with White House Farm being named Best Farmshop and Deli Winner for 2018. Owner of the farmshop, Charlotte Gurney, said: “It’s been a great milestone to be recognised on this level around the county and we are enormously grateful to our customers for voting. “It’s a credit to our team of bakers, butchers and farmshop staff that have made it the charming place it is! I would never have believed we could make this sort of … [Read more...] about Is this the best farmshop in Norfolk?
Gov. Larry Hogan stood on a blighted street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore, a demolition crew ready to get to work. He had heard residents’ calls for action on the vacant rowhouses that pockmark the city, he said. Now he was pledging $75 million to tear thousands of them down."I’m a guy on a mission who wants to get things done and wants to get them done now,” Hogan said that day in January 2016.The Republican governor laid out Project CORE: a plan to demolish entire blocks of abandoned houses at a time. He would put the Maryland Stadium Authority in charge of the work. The authority, experienced in contracting, sought a firm to oversee the demolition of 4,000 units over four years.Eighteen months later, the stadium authority had spent just $5 million on the effort, the state says. Only 131 houses had been demolished. Baltimore has more than 16,000 vacant houses, the city says.With plans to tear down more buildings mired in the city’s … [Read more...] about $75M plan to demolish thousands of Baltimore’s vacant houses now relies on other groups, new accounting