From the Chair
President Biden was back in Michigan on Thursday, meeting with auto workers in Macomb County, emphasizing his economic philosophy: growing the economy from the middle out. It was another demonstration that President Biden, the most pro-union, pro-worker president in history, has the backs of Michigan workers. Throughout his entire presidency, President Biden has delivered for Michigan workers – bringing jobs and manufacturing back to our state and ensuring that we are growing the middle class while leading in the global economy. Donald Trump, on the other hand, will say anything to try to rewrite his record of abandoning Michigan workers and creating incentives to ship jobs overseas, because he is part of the billionaire class and sees the world from Park Avenue instead of an assembly plant floor.
The President’s appearance came just a day before release of the latest jobs figures, which showed another 353,000 jobs added to our economy…along with an upward revision of November and December job gains by 126,000 jobs. The January gains were roughly double economists’ predictions of 177,000, underscoring how the labor market is propelling the economy forward and firmly out of recession territory. The unemployment rate stayed at 3.7 percent – 75 percent lower than the peak during the Trump years.
Average hourly wage growth accelerated sharply in January, rising by six-tenths of a percent, to $34.55 an hour, in part because higher paying industries boosted their payrolls. Over the past 12 months, hourly wages have risen by 4.5 percent, raising workers’ standard of living, especially the lowest earners.
While the Biden administration continues to focus on what is the world’s strongest economy, the other side seems obsessed with a pop star and a football player. Their latest fixation: crazy conspiracy theories about Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce, the Super Bowl and the possibility that the pair will be endorsing President Biden’s re-election.
Republicans love having the open support of B list celebrities like Ted Nugent, Kid Rock and Jon Voight, but are appalled (and probably terrified) that the most popular entertainer on the planet might also have a political opinion. When it comes to issues that impact the lives of average Americans, Republicans seem to have little to offer. And on those rare occasions when they tell us their agenda, it is downright frightening. I highlight one of those proposals at the end of the podcast in my weekly “Trump Outrage” segment.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released its first list of priority contests, targeting 17 districts that either have Republicans in seats carried by Joe Biden in 2020, or are competitive open seats. One of those priority seats is Michigan’s 7th district, where Curtis Hertel is campaigning to succeed Elissa Slotkin as she campaigns for the U.S. Senate. Senator Hertel joins us on this week’s podcast.
As Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Director of Legislative Affairs, he led the state through passing bipartisan legislation that cut taxes for seniors and working families, expanded workers’ rights, and won additional new investments in advanced manufacturing that are already bringing good-paying jobs to Mid-Michigan and across the state. He was also instrumental in passing legislation that repealed the archaic 1931 law that banned abortion in Michigan, even in cases of rape and incest.
In the legislature, Hertel led the fight to preserve Michigan’s status as the world leader in auto manufacturing and bring thousands of next-generation electric vehicle jobs to Mid-Michigan by working with Democrats and Republicans to help pass the legislation that won GM’s $6.5 billion investment in the Delta and Orion Township battery cell and electric vehicle plants.
In the News
- 1/31/24 – 2024 Matchups: Biden Opens Up Lead Over Trump In Head-To-Head – Quinnipiac University Poll
- Polls suggest Biden can win re-election despite a weak approval rating – MSNBC
- Labor market added 355,000 jobs in January – The Washington Post
- New Joe Biden Ad Torches ‘Confused’ Donald Trump’s Ridiculous Gaffe Excuse – Yahoo News
- Mai Xiong, Peter Herzberg advance in Democratic special election primaries – Bridge Michigan
- Backing Biden, United Auto Workers boss Shawn Fain says Trump serves himself – MSNBC
- Fox host asks union leader why they didn’t endorse Trump, doesn’t go well – YouTube
- Big bucks for Michigan Dems: Elissa Slotkin, Rashida Tlaib, Gretchen Whitmer, Jocelyn Benson report hauls – Bridge Michigan
- Michigan House Democrats outraise Republicans in 2023 – Detroit Free Press
- After 6 years in office, Grand Rapids state rep won’t seek reelection – mlive.com
- Flint mayor officially joining race for Congress | Politics – abc12.com
- Battleground ad blitz on TV and digital platforms planned by pro-Biden super PAC – The Washington Post
- Black women lead Democratic primaries in South Carolina, Nevada, Michigan – 19th News
- Turnout Data Reveals the Core of Democrats’ Success in Special Elections – The New York Times
- Ousted Michigan GOP Chair Kristina Karamo Now Claims the RNC Is ‘Colluding’ Against Her – The Daily Beast
- Trump joins Michigan GOP dispute by endorsing faction leader as party chair – mlive.com
- James Craig struggling to fundraise in Michigan GOP senate primary – mlive.com
- Analysis: Redistricting maps give GOP fighting change, boost Detroit’s clout – Bridge Michigan
- Michigan Attorney General seeks dismissal of Prop 3 lawsuit – WILX TV
- How Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce became the focus of baseless political conspiracy theories – AP News
- Fox News to Taylor Swift: ‘Don’t Get Involved in Politics!’ – The New York Times
- ‘Are you all okay?’: MAGA meltdown over Taylor Swift says a lot about GOP – MSNBC
- Opinion | Taylor Swift threatens MAGA world’s view of a macho, violent sport – The Washington Post
Trump Crimes-and-Courts Watch
- Trump spent more than $55 million in donor money on legal fees last year, filings show – The Washington Post
- Trump’s $50 Million Mystery Debt Looks Like ‘Tax Evasion’ – The Daily Beast
- Federal judge in DC postpones Trump’s March trial on charges of plotting to overturn 2020 election – AP News
- Trump’s Former CFO, Allen Weisselberg, in Negotiations Over Perjury Plea – The New York Times
- 30 Things Joe Biden Did as President You Might Have Missed – POLITICO
- Child tax credit expansion: What you need to know – The Washington Post
- AP-NORC poll: Positive ratings for US economy, but no boost for Biden – AP News
- More Than 2 in 3 Voters Support Having an Asylum System and Hiring More Immigration Judges and Asylum Officers – Data for Progress
- In a stunning audio release, Michigan and Ohio Republicans are heard stating that the “endgame” of anti-trans legislation is to ban trans care “for everyone.” – Erin Reed on X
- Pressed by Moms for Liberty, Florida school district adds clothing to illustrations in classic children’s books – Popular Information
- Trump eyes massive escalation in economic war with China – The Washington Post
- Trump’s Tariffs Hurt U.S. Jobs but Swayed American Voters, Study Says – The New York Times
- Texas border: Greg Abbott joined by GOP governors, invoking confederacy – Slate.com
- Greg Abbott’s latest statement makes me fear for America’s future – Jill Wine Banks/MSNBC
- Congressman urging Texas to ignore the Supreme Court is backed by major law firms – Popular Information
- Oregon high court rules 10 senators who staged walkout can’t seek reelection – The Washington Post
- Mississippi’s Direct-Democracy Con in Progress – The American Prospect
- Breaking the Ballot – The American Prospect
- Indiana Legislation Jeopardizes Lawsuit Against Gunmakers — ProPublica