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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