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Rabe on states' rights and politics

Apr 26, 2022
During the Trump administration, blue states found comfort in federalism and states' rights, using the system to fight against federal environmental policies. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, further discussed...
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Levitsky discusses Congress and foreign policy

Apr 25, 2022 Roll Call
Over the last few decades, the foreign policy power of Congress has deteriorated, leaving a question mark around the process of withdrawing from treaties. Melvyn Levitsky weighed in on the debate. “It’s a gray area because the Congress wants to...
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Rabe discusses climate policy and 2022 midterms

Apr 21, 2022 The Skimm
With midterms approaching, the future of climate policy is up in the air. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, provided some insight on what might happen before then. “What happens between now and November in...
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Ali debunks Whitmer kidnapping conspiracy theory

Apr 19, 2022 The American Independent
Michigan gubernatorial candidate Garrett Soldano has been circulating the conspiracy theory that the intended kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was a government plot to sway the 2020 election. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, debunked...
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Wolfers weighs in on Biden's approval ratings

Apr 16, 2022 Los Angeles Times
Despite low unemployment and rising wages, inflation is causing President Biden to struggle with low approval ratings. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, discussed how he would frame the economy to raise approval...
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Rabe discusses current state of climate action

Apr 13, 2022
On the campaign trail, President Biden promised climate action. But, a few bumps in the road have delayed that action. Specifically, the Build Back Better bill, which includes provisions for action on climate policy, has been stalled. Barry Rabe, J....
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Basseches weighs in on solar industry's issue with Biden

Mar 31, 2022 Renewable Energy World
The U.S. Department of Commerce's investigation of a tariff petition has isolated the solar industry, pitting them against the Biden administration. Postdoctoral fellow Joshua Basseches broke down the situation. "Solar is no longer the experiment...
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Schwarz discusses Michigan GOP convention confusion

Mar 31, 2022 Michigan Advance
Ahead of the Michigan Republican Party’s endorsement convention this month, Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock has endorsed several candidates, an unusual move. Joe Schwarz, lecturer and former Michigan state senator, weighed in on the...
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Stevenson analyzes conflicting views of the economy

Mar 17, 2022 The New York Times
Republican governors across the country have been criticizing President Biden for his economic policies while touting their own. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, weighed in on the trend. “Basically it’s insane to say,...
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Rabe urges Dems to flaunt their success

Feb 18, 2022 E&E News
With the 2022 midterm elections approaching, Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, advised Democrats to take advantage of their successful legislative action. "It’s almost a political no-brainer to show what...
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Schwarz discusses Michigan bill targeting stem cell research

Feb 14, 2022 Michigan Advance
Joe Schwarz, lecturer in public policy, weighed in on two bills passed in the Michigan House of Representatives this week. The bills would make conducting medical research on stem cells derived from abortions a five-year felony. "That is...
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Ivacko weighs in on 2022 Secretary of State election

Feb 7, 2022 HOUR Detroit
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is preparing for the 2022 election. So far, her Republican opponents don't seem viable based on their extreme views.  “If the GOP nominates QAnon conspiracy theorists, Benson will have an easier path...
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Rabe on midterms and climate policy

Feb 4, 2022 E&E News
With midterms approaching, people are wondering if climate action will impact the elections. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, explained how Democrats might face issues at the polls due to the failure of the...
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Rabe points out possibilities for bipartisanship on climate bill

Jan 20, 2022 The New York Times
Many congressional Democrats are calling for a vote on the climate portion of the Build Back Better bill, citing the urgency of the climate crisis. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur Thurnau Professor of...
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Dean Barr featured in DPTV special about Jan. 6 insurrection

Jan 6, 2022 Detroit Public TV
Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection, Detroit Public TV produced a special reflecting on the events of that day and their consequences, featuring an interview with Dean Michael Barr. "It highlighted a significant...
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Hall discusses company political donations

Jan 6, 2022 The Detroit News
Many companies that pledged to stop donating to politicians who rejected the 2020 election results have resumed those donations. But, Richard Hall, professor of public policy and political science, says the way they've resumed is unusual. "I...
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Tompkins-Stange discusses "hazy rules" of donating

Jan 5, 2022 The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Debating the hazy rules of donating to charities, Megan Tompkins-Stange, assistant professor of public policy, discussed how the rules and donations affect politics. “We don’t know exactly what company and what special interest or high net-worth...
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Ivacko debates 2022 hot topics

Jan 5, 2022
Selected as a panelist for Hour Detroit's 2022 political predictions, Tom Ivacko, Executive Director of CLOSUP, weighed in on some of the most burning questions about Michigan's 2022 elections. The first question: How would Roe v. Wade, and...
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Schwarz reacts to newly-drawn Michigan districts

Jan 3, 2022 The Detroit News
The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission recently released the newly-drawn district maps. Democrats are liking what they see, predicting the maps give them the best chance in decades to win a majority in the state Senate. "It's...
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Rabe comments on Democratic strategy to pass climate policy

Dec 6, 2021 E&E News
The Democrats are relying on messaging that includes extreme weather events to pass the climate portion of their social spending package. "It fits the more classic model of environmental policy adoption in the U.S., where usually, we would expect...
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El-Sayed discusses the climate crisis and young leadership

Nov 12, 2021 Stateside
Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, recently sat down with Stateside to discuss the climate crisis. He reflected on the importance of young people in the movement. "When we talk about young people and we look at their...
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Bloodbath for incumbents isn't a bad thing - Chamberlin

Oct 20, 2021 Bloomberg Government
Michigan's redistricting commission is not allowed to consider incumbency as it redraws the state's districts. John Chamberlin told Bloomberg Government that the headaches it's causing for both major parties means it is working. “A bloodbath for...
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Child tax credit empowers families, says Shaefer

Oct 13, 2021 The New York Times
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has suggested that lawmakers pick just one of the family policies in the safety net spending bill. The New York Times asked Luke Shaefer which one he would choose. "The child tax credit is elegant in that it does...
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‘Build Back Better’ a game changer, says Weiland

Oct 11, 2021 The Globe Post
The Build Back Better Act includes comprehensive early childhood policy that would benefit children, families, and educators, argues Christina Weiland in an opinion in the Globe Post. “Hand-wringing about the bill’s cost obscures the fact that...
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Rabe on the current political climate for environmental policy

Oct 5, 2021
In a flurry of articles in E&E News, Barry Rabe commented on the state of environmental policy as Congress weighs climate measures in the reconciliation bill, the Environmental Protection Agency writes power plant regulations, and midwestern states...