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Trump blames globalism for industrial state ills

Aug 9, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted incompetent politicians, unfair international trade deals, and high taxes in a speech Monday in Detroit.

The address before the Detroit Economic Club was billed as a major policy speech.

Trump said industrial cities like Detroit are still struggling while current policies send jobs and wealth to other countries. He promised to change that.

“The Motor City will come roaring back – roaring back,” Trump said to the cheers of a capacity crowd in Cobo Center.

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Hundreds of demonstrators waved signs and chanted slogans as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed a business lunch inside a Detroit convention center.

Jan Tjernlund carried a sign that said “Trump the Divider.” She says she doesn’t like what Trump has had to say about women, minorities, and immigration.

She says Trump doesn’t understand government and is temperamentally unfit to serve, and she has fears for the nation’s stability if he’s elected.

"I am concerned about the future of everything," Tjernlund says.

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken, a Republican, says he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president instead of Donald Trump.

Milliken issued a statement Monday saying he was "saddened and dismayed" that Republicans had nominated a candidate who does not embrace the country's ideals of "tolerance, civility, and equality."

He says the election "will define whether we maintain our commitment to those ideals or embark on a path that has doomed other governments and nations throughout history."

THE ISSUE

How should America use its influence in a world where being a superpower doesn't get you what it once did? As instability and human tragedy in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria have shown, the U.S. alone cannot impose solutions or force the surrender of adversaries like the Islamic State group, which cannot be deterred by the threat of nuclear attack.

WHERE THEY STAND

File photo of Tim Kaine
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Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine continued a weeklong campaign push with a west Michigan stop on Friday.

The Virginia senator’s Grand Rapids speech emphasized running mate Hillary Clinton’s commitment to jobs and the economy.

He also took multiple swings at Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Kaine says at the end of the day, voters care about character - a presidential quality he says Trump does not have.

A former congressman is claiming victory in a race to be the top elected official in Bay County.
 
Jim Barcia (BAR'-sha) told supporters Tuesday night that he's won the Democratic nomination for county executive, defeating longtime incumbent Thomas Hickner. With no one running on the Republican side, Barcia has a clear path in the fall election.
 
Hickner tells The Bay City Times that he appreciates his supporters and will cooperate with Barcia during the year-end transition. He's been in charge of county government for nearly 24 years.
 

A lawmaker facing charges for allegedly submitting fraudulent pay stubs to secure a $3,000 loan in 2010 has won the Democratic primary for his Michigan House seat.
 
State Rep. Brian Banks of Harper Woods defeated five other candidates Tuesday and moves on to the November general election.
 
Banks was charged by Attorney General Bill Schuette's office in June. An investigator's affidavit says Banks sought a personal loan from a credit union.
 

A transgender woman has finished last in a race for township trustee in Kent County.
 
Gidget Groendyk ran in the Republican primary Tuesday in Sparta Township, a conservative community north of Grand Rapids. If elected, she had pledged to try to increase protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.
 
There were six Republican candidates for four seats on the township board. With no Democrats running, the winners will be unopposed in November.
 

A federal judge has ruled in favor of two former Michigan House aides who say they were illegally fired before a sex scandal broke in the Capitol. Judge Gordon Quist says Keith Allard and Ben Graham were engaged in protected activity under a whistleblower law when they reported wrongdoing by lawmakers Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. 

Their lawsuit against the House can go forward. The aides were fired last July, shortly before an affair by Courser and Gamrat became public.

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Three Republican candidates challenge longtime Kent County Sheriff Lawrence Stelma in Tuesday’s primary election.

Challengers include Timothy Lewis, a sheriff’s deputy and former county law enforcement union president.

Lewis filed to run for sheriff in 2012 but withdrew after Stelma decided to seek another term.

Three Democrat candidates are also on the Tuesday ballot against current Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler.

The sheriff seat has two Republican primary challengers.

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