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Lantz analyzes direct democracy gains regarding abortion access

Nov 23, 2022
When the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2022 struck down 50 years of abortion access by overturning Roe v. Wade in its Dobbs decision, guaranteeing those rights fell back to individual states. Access battles will continue for years in state...
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Hanson says GOP may not move beyond Trump

Nov 17, 2022 Detroit Free Press
Jonathan Hanson, Detroit Free Press: "Many Republicans have indicated that it's time to move on from Donald Trump, but Trump clearly will not let that happen. Our politics will continue to be about him. Trump's announcement sets up a potentially...
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Bednar analyzes Michigan Democrats' agenda

Nov 17, 2022 Bridge Michigan
Jenna Bednar, Bridge Michigan: "Our governor's a very pragmatic leader, one who's going to carve out a positive forward-looking but centrist agenda. This isn’t a time for Democrats to say, ‘Oh, it's our turn, and we're going to move (toward) some...
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Bednar on Trump's influence in 2022 election

Nov 16, 2022 The New York Times
Jenna Bednar, The New York Times: "(Trump’s allure) has faded in many states. Even before the election, we saw signs of voter exhaustion with all things Trump. Here in Michigan, in the final weeks of the campaign many Republican candidates...
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El-Sayed analyzes results of midterms

Nov 15, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Metro Times: "Democracy was decidedly on the ballot these midterms. Dozens of election deniers were running for seats involving elections administration. Several won, just not in communities where they can influence important...
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Chamberlin on impact of redistricting in 2022 election

Nov 14, 2022 Sinclair Broadcast Group
John Chamberlin, Sinclair Broadcast Group: "People weren’t used to really having a race. They went on a walk. In the past, when the Republicans [directed redistricting] – and if the Democrats would’ve done it, they would’ve done the same – is to,...
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Ostfeld analyzes views of Latino Republican voters

Nov 9, 2022 NBC News
Mara Ostfeld, NBC News: "Latino Republican voters appear more progressive than white Republican voters on key issues like abortion and climate change, according to NBC News exit polls. While they are like-minded on some issues, there are significant...
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Getting out the vote in style

Nov 3, 2022
Installations at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and the Duderstadt Center (the Dude) on North Campus are aimed at increasing voter turnout among U-M students. The spaces were designed by the Creative Campus Voting Project, a...
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Hanson weighs in on competitive, newly-drawn districts

Nov 3, 2022 Michigan Advance
Jonathan Hanson, Michigan Advance: "There’s going to be a lot of competitive races in new districts. I find that lack of predictability very refreshing. … I’m just ready to see what...
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Ali comments on arrest of alleged 'boogaloo' members

Nov 2, 2022 AP News
Javed Ali, AP News: The federal government’s actions could reflect different people in the boogaloo movement “getting closer to violence,” said Javed Ali, an associate professor at the University of Michigan and a former senior U.S. government...
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Ali discusses increase in political violence

Nov 1, 2022 PolitiFact
Javed Ali, PolitiFact: The hardest threats for law enforcement to thwart are those orchestrated by lone actors, like the man who went to Pelosi’s home. "Unless a person is under investigation and on law enforcement’s radar, how would you know they...
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Bednar breaks down Barrett-Slotkin race

Nov 1, 2022
In Michigan's seventh Congressional district, incumbent Elissa Slotkin is facing State Senator Tom Barrett. The race has quickly become one of the most expensive in the country, and is heavily influenced by the question of abortion access. Jenna...
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Fair elections on the ballot - Ivacko

Oct 31, 2022 CBC
CBC: Tom Ivacko at the University of Michigan says the fair administration of elections is absolutely an election issue this fall. Yet it's unclear how many Americans care: Ivacko noted polls indicating that 70 per cent view democracy as under...
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Ali comments on Paul Pelosi attack

Oct 31, 2022 ABC Australia
Javed Ali, ABC Australia: "I would argue, unfortunately, it's a continuation of the same level of threat we have now seen for the last few years, if not longer. And this latest attack is just a manifestation of what I had called a couple years ago,...
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What the public can teach us about saving democracy - El-Sayed

Oct 30, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Metro Times: "The frontal assault on our democracy is truly shocking — and it ought to be the most important issue facing our country in these elections. Yet, the systematic starvation and misappropriation of our democracy...
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Ivacko discusses voter priorities in 2022 election

Oct 30, 2022
Ahead of the midterm election, Tom Ivacko, executive director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, joined WXYZ Detroit to discuss what's on voters' minds. "This is a very interesting election cycle. Typically, the economy is one of...
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Trump investigation to be 'explosive' - Ali

Oct 27, 2022 Washington Post
Javed Ali, Washington Post: "Because this is so unprecedented, they are going to take it slow. It's going to be so explosive. And the last thing you want to do is bring a case to trial that is weak or has holes, because then what would be the...
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Ivacko breaks down Michigan Public Policy Survey for MLive

Oct 27, 2022 MLive
Tom Ivacko, MLive: "We released a report recently that found over half of Michigan local governments reporting their personnel have been harassed or abused by the public in the last few years, and much of what passes for public discourse on national...
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Hall analyzes gubernatorial debate

Oct 26, 2022 Newsweek
Richard Hall, Newsweek: "I don't think anyone can predict the odds based on that polling with much confidence—estimating support for candidates is a lot easier than predicting whose supporters will turn out. New registrations and absentee ballots...
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Meet our new faculty: Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt

Oct 20, 2022
New Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt is a distinguished litigator, legal expert, and public servant. After serving many years as a litigator and judge, in 2018, Judge Beatty Blunt became the first...
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El-Sayed on why 2022 election is critical

Oct 20, 2022 Detroit Public TV
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Public TV: "This is a critical election. I know people are tired of hearing, 'This is the most important election in our lifetimes,' well unfortunately it somewhat is. And the reason why is democracy itself, the ability to...