Patterson faces Democrat-majority on Oakland County commission for first time

November 11 – Crain’s Detroit

While the pundits and partisans debate the national scope of the so-called Blue Wave in Tuesday’s election, in Oakland County the reality is clear: Democrats will assume the majority of seats on the county commission for the first time since the mid-1970s. And that may accelerate the county government’s participation in regional issues such as mass transit and economic development.

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Howes: Whitmer can win influential ally in business — if she wants one

November 8 – The Detroit News

On the campaign trail, Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer promised to repeal the state’s right-to-work law, end the so-called “retirement tax” on public-sector pensions and reinstate the Prevailing Wage Law. But realizing the political dreams of her supporters in organized labor ain’t happening now with Republicans maintaining control of the Legislature, if with reduced majorities.

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Democrats Picked Up Midwest Governor Seats by Vowing to Fix Schools, Potholes

November 7 – Wall Street Journal

Midwesterners elected gubernatorial candidates who promised to boost teacher pay in Wisconsin, fix potholes in Michigan and reverse deep budget cuts in Kansas. These issues, divorced from national politics, fueled Democratic victories across the region. The traditional political battleground helped hand the presidency to President Trump in 2016, but Tuesday’s election shows some of the states are still up for grabs.

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Five takeaways from Michigan’s midterm election

November 8 – Bridge

A new Democratic governor, secretary of state and attorney general, and slimmer Republican majorities in the state legislature. As Democrats gain a foothold on power in Lansing for the first time in eight years, Bridge asked pollsters, analysts, consultants and other experts about what Tuesday night’s results suggest about the issues that mattered, the electorate at large and what to expect in 2019.

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Analysis: Whitmer won on ‘damn roads;’ now she owns them

November 7 – Crain’s Detroit

Should she stand for re-election in four years, the Michigan governor’s race in 2022 could come down to one overarching question: Did Gretchen Whitmer actually fix the damn roads? Whitmer’s campaign slogan of “fix the damn roads” found the pulse of voters as she sailed to a 9-percentage point victory Tuesday over Attorney General Bill Schuette and became Michigan’s 49th chief executive.

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GM’s job cuts mean new kind of worker needed

November 6 – Detroit Free Press

General Motors is a technology company that makes cars and the skills its employees had yesterday are continuously becoming outdated. Experts say that is the underlying message of GM CEO Mary Barra’s move on Oct. 31 to offer voluntary buyouts to GM’s North American salaried workers with 12 or more years of experience with the company.

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Howes: Strong economy poses risks for next governor — whoever it is

November 5 – The Detroit News

Michigan’s next governor will inherit something the state’s last three CEOs didn’t — the strongest economy in close to 50 years. Job creation is up, unemployment is plumbing record lows and per-capita income is rising. State tax policy is once again deemed competitive. And for the first time in decades, Detroit is on generally solid financial footing, attracting billions in private capital and fundamentally changing the narrative of America’s poorest major city.

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Virginia economic development guru to head new Southeast Michigan business attraction group

November 1 – Crain’s Detroit

The still-nameless nonprofit formed by a group of CEOs that’s looking to attract business to Southeast Michigan named its leader, and he’s coming from Virginia. The regional CEO group led by among others DTE Energy Co. and its top executive, Gerry Anderson, has been planning to launch an economic development organization.

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