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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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Hall breaks down gubernatorial election controversy

Aug 1, 2021 Bridge Michigan
Amidst claims that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using a campaign finance loophole illegally to collect donations for the next gubernatorial election, Richard Hall, professor of public policy and political science, says that Whitmer needs to be careful....
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Shipan explains Michigan GOP divide

Jul 19, 2021 Detroit Free Press
The Michigan Republican Party is struggling to define itself in the shadow of former President Donald Trump. Some members want to cling to Trump and his rhetoric, while others are trying to distance themselves. Charles Shipan, the J. Ira and Nicki...
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Anti-COVID politics may not last, says Hanson

Apr 15, 2021 Holland Sentinel
In an article in the Holland Sentinel about whether or not the COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed politics, Jonathan Hanson notes that “things do change much more rapidly in politics sometimes than we expect. Over the course of a year, the...
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Schwarz comments on medical group donations to Republican lawmakers

Feb 16, 2021 The Detroit News
Despite the fact that some Michigan Republicans flout health protocols promoted by the state, medical groups, and hospitals, health care interest groups still contributed more to Michigan Republicans than Democrats. Joe Schwarz, former Republican...
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Lead pipe replacement needs consistent funding, says Leiser

Jan 15, 2021 Bridge
An article in Bridge magazine about funding for replacing lead pipes notes that,  "Often, the communities with the biggest backlog of upgrades and fixes are the least-equipped financially to pay for them. As a result, they must raise rates. That...
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Hanson comments on Michigan presidential race

Nov 5, 2020 The Wire
"Trump was already facing a tough re-election battle in Michigan, which has been compounded by the mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic," said Jonathan Hanson. You can read the article in The...
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Ivacko comments on Michigan's tight Senate race in the WSJ

Oct 30, 2020 Wall Street Journal
“Going into this election season, he was not particularly well-known,” said Tom Ivacko, referring to Mr. Peters. At the same time, Mr. Ivacko said Mr. James’s 2018 challenge helped him build “some name recognition fairly recently,” he said. He lost...
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Schwarz advice on staying safe while going to the polls in a pandemic

Oct 28, 2020 Staying safe while going to the polls in a pandemic
"VoteSafe Michigan has been around for a few months and what we are trying to do, with the cooperation of county clerks, city clerks, township clerks, polling place officials, is to make certain from a sanitary standpoint, the polling places are as...