Betsy DeVos, our new secretary of Education, claims that she wants the federal government to become more responsive to the will of the American people. As she argued at her Senate confirmation hearing: “[I]t’s time to shift the debate” about school reform “from what the system thinks is best for kids to what moms and dads want, expect and deserve.” The solution for what ails public education won’t be found in Washington, D.C., she added. “The answer is local control and listening to parents, students and teachers.” Read More
President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security
Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing. Read More
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is back with a proposal to make college free — this time featuring a few digs at President Donald Trump.
Sanders introduced a bill Monday that builds off his previous efforts both in the Senate and on the presidential campaign trail to make public college free. Much of the proposal, including plans to make college tuition free for families earning $125,000 a year or less and allow current student loan borrowers to refinance their debt at lower interest rates, is a rehash of the campaign promises offered by Sanders and the onetime Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail last year. Read More
Democrats in Congress will celebrate “Equal Pay Day” on Tuesday by reintroducing legislation to strengthen protections for women in the workplace, part of a nationwide effort to channel the energy of women mobilized to political action since the election of President Trump. Read More
The Lansing City Council designated Lansing as a sanctuary city for immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission Monday evening, ending a weeks-long discussion on what role city employees should play when working with immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Read More
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer began campaigning for Governor over a year and a half before the Nov. 6, 2018 election. She spent Tuesday evening visiting a community she remembers well from her youth, speaking in the building that is named in honor of her Grandfather – The Whitmer Resource Center in Pontiac.
Dana Whitmer was an educator who served as Superintendent of Pontiac Schools for nearly 25 years, including the tumultuous time of desegregation. Her grandmother was known to neighbors as “the Flower Lady,” because of her beautiful yard and friendly demeanor. She was also a teacher in Pontiac Schools. Read More
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters is mad, and she’s not going to take it anymore.
Waters, the fiery Democrat from California, the senior African-American woman serving in Congress, the woman who inspired the #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag after a sophomoric attack by Bill O’Reilly, will be in Detroit on Friday for an appearance at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
And she’ll be bringing the heat with her. Read More