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Last night former Vice President Joe Biden handily won the Michigan primary, defeating Senator Bernie Sanders and amassing 53 delegates to Sanders 35. As of writing this last night Biden also claimed Idaho, Mississippi, and Missouri while Washington State and North Dakota had not fully reported their votes.
Michigan was arguably the most important state for either candidate to win not only for its delegate count but also because Michigan could be a litmus test for how enthusiastic voters there are for a Democratic candidate. In 2016 President Trump barely won Michigan and last night Biden fared well with white voters but also 2 out of 3 black voters, in a state where water rights continue to be a top concern.
Why This Matters: Biden drew heat from activists for attending an event in Flint earlier in the week and hardly mentioning the Flint water crisis (in contrast to the way in which Sanders addressed the issue at his own stop in Flint). Many African Americans in Flint still live without running water and the city finally had to offer $25 water restorations as fears of coronavirus mount. Lack of access to clean and affordable water is a life or death situation for countless Michigan residents and deserves to be made a priority by candidates. As of last night, Joe Biden looks like he has a strong path to become the Democratic nominee and as such he can’t forget the millions of black voters who will have handed him the nomination–he must make environmental justice a central focus of his campaign going forward, nothing less will do.
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Yesterday, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, faced a grueling Senate confirmation hearing. As secretary, Haaland would be the first Indigenous person to hold a cabinet position, yet even before she had a chance to answer senators’ questions, a handful of Republican members expressed concern over her “radical” views and […]
It will surprise no one that a group of scientists and conservationists have concluded that former President Donald Trump was the worst President in our nation’s history when it comes to conservation. They recently concluded that he had caused “profound” damage to the environment in a report in which they ranked Trump’s top “100 environmental […]
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