War between Spartan and Wolverine breaks out on Capitol Hill

Two rival Michigan Congressmen engaged in a heated prank war between Spartan and Wolverine ahead of Saturday’s game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

It all started when US Representative Elissa Slotkin, whose district covers MSU, lined the parked car of US Representative Debbie Dingell, who represents UM, with toilet paper.

Wearing a green MSU face mask, Slotkin and his staff snuck into a Capitol Hill parking lot to “vandalize” Dingell’s car with green balloons and toilet paper, spelling out “MSU” in post-it notes on the hood and leaving a plush Spartan on the windshield.

Soon after, as Dingell hung a large UM flag in front of Slotkin’s office, Slotkin appeared to ask her if she had ever seen his car. Dingell let out a moan at the sight.

“I don’t regret a thing,” Slotkin said. “Go green!”

Dingell later retaliated with a recorded chorus of Wolverine’s fight song, “Hail to the Victors,” sung before the House of Representatives by Dingell and Representative Dan Kildee (who attended and represents UM-Flint), staff and interns, as well as some members of the UM Washington office.

“We showed our Michigan strength loud and clear today on Capitol Hill,” Dingell said. “There is more to come – go blue!”

Dingell later posted photos of MU coach Jim Harbaugh on Slotkin’s office door.

Cruz goes viral

A hearing exchange last week with US Senator Ted Cruz and US Attorney General Merrick Garland went viral after raising the example of a Michigan man who gave a Nazi salute during a meeting in August of the Birmingham Public School Board.

The Texas Republican lawmaker gave examples to show that non-violent incidents at school board meetings fall short of the Department of Justice’s level of intervention, following a memo from Garland in response to threats targeting school officials.

“My God! A parent gave a Nazi salute at a school board because they thought the policies were oppressive,” Cruz said. “General Garland gives a Nazi salute as an elected official – is that protected by the First Amendment?” ”

Garland replied, “Yes it is.”

Cruz’s remark was quickly criticized on social media by those who interpreted it as his endorsement of Michigan’s use of the Nazi salute.

“Just Ted Cruz defending the Nazis,” tweeted US Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California.

Cruz responded to Swalwell on Twitter saying that he “defends the right of citizens to denounce authoritarian policies”.

“In other words, OPPOSE the Nazis (or petty tyrants), do not support them,” Cruz wrote.

Cruz further defended his comments, tweeting that “the parent was doing the Nazi salute because he called the authoritarian Nazi school board – bad, bad and abusive. And yes, calling someone a Nazi is very protected by the First Amendment. . “

The incident in Birmingham ended with police kidnapping the man giving the Nazi salute at the board meeting, during which commentators spoke of the district’s mask mandate, according to press articles.

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, reviewing the attack of January 6 against the United States Capitol in Washington.

Esshaki to run again

Republican Eric Esshaki, a nurse turned lawyer, announced last week that he was running for the United States House of Representatives again.

Birmingham’s Esshaki lost to United States representative Haley Stevens, D-Rochester Hills, by 3 percentage points a year ago, a better-than-expected result despite heavy spending by the incumbent.

The redistribution lines have not been defined, so it is not clear where Esshaki might run. He recognized this quirk in his ad.

“By all accounts, the crisis America faces is worse today under President Biden and President Pelosi. They promised bipartisanship and a desire to solve problems. They did neither. ‘neither, ”Esshaki said in a statement.

“While I wait for the district boundaries to be drawn by the Michigan Redistribution Commission, it is imperative that we have conservative leaders who will hold incumbent Liberal Democrats like Haley Stevens accountable.”

Republican Congressional candidate Eric Esshaki addresses the crowd before President Donald Trump arrives at Oakland International Airport in Waterford on October 30, 2020. Esshaki has said he will be running for office again. United States in Michigan.

Esshaki’s campaign claimed to have raised more than $ 112,350 within 24 hours of announcing his candidacy in 2022.

Stevens raised $ 618,234 in the third quarter and had $ 1.5 million in cash reserves as of September 30.

Kaptur: the Great Lakes not part of the talks

Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who is Democrat, points out Great Lakes and Midwest region is not represented among her party leaders negotiating social policy and climate spending agenda on Capitol Hill .

“I just wanted to point out to anyone who hears my voice that there is no one from the Great Lakes Party at these dialogues with a major position in either chamber,” Kaptur said last week on the floor of the Chamber.

“And I think it’s really important to educate those in the room that whatever you do, don’t forget the industrial heart of America.”

Kaptur said the negotiators are “good” leaders but come from the coasts and other parts of the country.

“But the industrial heart is distinguished by its absence in the rooms where the negotiations are held. I know if we alert them to the fact that we exist and have huge needs, ranging from rail freight to maritime trade to the revitalization industry, ”Kaptur said.

“The list is very long, but I just wanted to stress this fact and I know that if my voice is heard by the administration, by those of the respective committees, they will react accordingly.”

Kaptur is co-chair of the House Great Lakes working group.

Trainee with a control consultant

Michigan attorney Daina Robinson was hired as legal counsel for the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to assist with political investigations, according to the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School.

Robinson, a law school graduate last year, interned in 2019 for the Levin Center, which is named after former U.S. Senator Carl Levin, D-Detroit, and promotes bipartisan legislative oversight.

“I am so grateful that the Levin Center has not only equipped me for a career on the Hill, but this is why I am currently serving as legal counsel to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Robinson said in a statement.

Daina robinson

The Levin Center has said since 2016 that it has sponsored a summer program to place Wayne law students on congressional committees that conduct bipartisan investigations, having placed nearly two dozen students in legal internships at been to Washington.

Prior to her new job on the Watch Panel, Robinson worked as an attorney for Justice Kameshia Gant of the Oakland County Circuit Court and previously as a law clerk for the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice and Legal Services. of south-central Michigan.

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