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Harold Ford Jr. and Soledad O’Brien to Discuss National Politics

Political commentator Harold Ford Jr. and national journalist Soledad O’Brien are headed to Mackinac Island for the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference. Ford and O’Brien will engage in multiple topics throughout the Conference programming, including 2016 presidential politics and other trending national issues.

Ford represented Tennessee in the U.S. Congress for 10 years, where he served on both the Financial Services and Budget committees. Since leaving office in 2007, Ford continues to promote nonpartisan debate on the country’s most pressing issues, both in Washington and in communities across the United States. Highly regarded for having his finger on the pulse of national politics, Ford’s 2010 book “More Davids Than Goliaths” became an instant bestseller

O’Brien is one of the most recognized names in broadcasting, bringing wider exposure to some of the most important issues and stories in the world through her coverage of breaking news and documentaries. Her critically acclaimed documentary series, “Black in America,” and “Latino in America” are among CNN’s most successful domestic and international franchises. She has earned numerous Emmy awards for her reporting on the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, coverage of the 2012 presidential election, and work on “Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture.”

Slow Roll: Mackinac Style

Jason Hall, co-founder of Slow Roll Detroit, will lead the pack and take attendees on a bike ride throughout the majestic Mackinac Island on Wednesday, June 1. Lila Lazarus, owner of Lila Productions LLC, will join Hall for the ride on the island. New to the 2016 Conference, Slow Roll Detroit has grown to be the world’s largest bike ride, gaining up to 4,500 people in its 2014 season. Mackinac Slow Roll is sponsored by Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.