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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.
This week we sat down with Tom Steyer who is currently serving as the co-chair of California’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. We asked him about how California is handling the COVID-19 recovery and how the state can continue to be a climate leader despite the hit to its budget. Some excerpts: […]
President Trump decided this week to take on Twitter. It’s just another distraction. He wants to us to forget all the lives the pandemic cost, all the pollution his policies have caused, and all the ways he has undermined the public’s faith in government. Tweet on. The truth matters. Even on Twitter.
In a well-researched and thorough story, Vox reporter David Roberts explains why Democrats should finally be hopeful that the numerous factions and “green groups” that make up the Democratic coalition are coming into alignment on climate change policy and that this growing sense of unity bodes well not only for the election but also for governing in the event that Democrats retake the White House.
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