To truly usher our state into economic recovery, and move from great to excellent, we must change the culture of education in our state and the City of Detroit.
The question should not be what a state elected official can do for Detroit, but what Detroit can do for the rest of the world.
Rebuilding Detroit is not only a security issue for residents but a national security issue. We need to make big changes in order to improve both the city and the lives of its citizens. It is my hope that you will entrust me to work for you on these issues.
Detroit and Hamtramck residents -- in fact many residents across Michigan -- have a primary, burning issue. They have a strong need for their quality of life to be improved.
I am not running for Congress based on pie-in-the-sky notions of what I will 'fight for' when I get there. I am presenting my track record as it already exists, promising to work every day on behalf of the people who send me there.
My top priority is making Detroit a world-class city again. As state representative in the 4th district, I will work to achieve this goal by urging our state to invest in infrastructure, education, and our neighborhoods.
As your representative in Congress, I will continue to champion bold progressive solutions that create jobs, cut student loan and mortgage debt, cut crime, reduce our prison population, and restore financial security for the people of our region.
As an elected official, I will work diligently towards restoring faith and confidence back into our government by providing the highest level of integrity to the office of State Representative.
The 2012 campaign for the Republican nomination for president has provided a clear indication of the shape of post-Citizens United politics in America.
This week, Mitt Romney avoided the embarrassment of losing his home state's primary, but not by much. The presumptive GOP nominee's campaign continues to sputter along, unable to win over the party's base. He blamed the lack of excitement on his unwillingness to "light my hair on fire" (who would want to inflame such a perfect coif?), but it likely has more to do with his inability to stop firing off tone-deaf comments like the latest ones about his multiple cars and his NASCAR team-owner pals. Luckily for Mitt, Rick Santorum keeps speaking his mind, revealing a candidate who thinks Obama is "a snob" for promoting higher education (despite his having more degrees than Ann Romney has Cadillacs), and that the government "should get out of the education business" (despite accepting thousands in government aid for his kids' home schooling). The level of discourse, unlike the trees in Michigan, is definitely not "the right height."
So what do we make of the Arizona and Michigan primaries? One thing's for sure: Mitt Romney didn't win them per se. Rick Santorum lost them.
Over a thousand people showed up for a Rick Santorum rally Monday night at the Heritage Christian Academy, a K-12 private school in Kalamazoo. Organizers expected only 300.
Welcome to the new Republican Party. The party of homophobic, xenophobic, racist, anti-science, anti-education invective and hateful demagoguery. The party of mean and nasty and anti-accomplishment.
The Republicans who have been tearing themselves apart have done so not over ideological differences, but rather in a fang-and-claw fight to see who can conjure the most reactionary image. It is the usual exercise in minimalism.
The economy has not fully healed. But the one message I hope the nation picks up on throughout the primaries is that the Midwest economy is surprisingly resilient and on a growth trajectory -- and that it can serve as an example for nationwide recovery.
Many Michigan Democrats are planning to vote for Santorum Tuesday because they believe a match up between him and Obama would deliver a sure win to the Dems in November. Others refuse to play this game...