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Accountability

The Trump Administration Has Funneled Millions in Farmer Bailout Money to Corrupt Foreign Corporations

By Cole Driver on June 10, 2019.

In light of President Trump’s escalating trade war with China, the Trump Administration has quietly funneled millions in bailout money -- which was supposed to be designated to alleviate the financial burden of U.S. farmers -- into massive, corrupt international farming corporations.

Accountability | Michigan

Michigan Senate Republican Hopeful Once Questioned Women’s Capacity for Leadership at Men-Only Gathering

By Cole Driver on June 6, 2019.

Speaking at a men’s-only event earlier last year, Michigan Republican John James questioned women’s capacity for leadership, alleging that “women want men who have been tested” and that men had a “charge to lead.”

Economy | Michigan

Trump’s Tariffs Set to Cost Michigan Auto Industry Billions, Boosting Prospects for Further Layoffs

By Cole Driver on June 5, 2019.

In the wake of President Trump’s announcement of an additional 5% tariff on imports from Mexico, a new study shows that major Michigan auto manufacturers stand to lose billions in profit.

Accountability | Virginia

Va. State Senators Bryce Reeves and Glen Sturtevant Blocked Bill That Would Have Banned Deadly Gun Magazine Used In Virginia Beach Shooting

By Cole Driver on June 4, 2019.

Less than six months before last week's deadly shooting in Virginia Beach, Republican Va. state Senators Bryce Reeves and Glen Sturtevant prevented a bill from passing the state legislature that would have banned the sale of high-capacity magazines similar to those used in the rampage.

Accountability | Louisiana

Rispone Holds Fundraiser with Private Education Executive Involved in State Program that Let Him Save $300K on Tax Bill

By Cole Driver on May 23, 2019.

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone held a fundraiser Wednesday with a charter-school advocate who participates in a scholarship program that allowed wealthy donors -- including Rispone himself -- to avoid paying taxes.

Health Care | Virginia

Fact Check: Virginia State Sen. Bryce Reeves Claims to ‘Champion’ Low-Cost Insurance, but His Plan Would Boost Premiums

By Cole Driver on May 7, 2019.

Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves is running Facebook ads claiming he “championed” higher-quality and lower-priced health care legislation, but an analysis showed that his bills would have increased premiums and slashed protections for pre-existing conditions.

Foreign Policy | Texas

Ignoring Texas Farmers’ Pain, John Cornyn Says There Is Nothing He Can Do About Trump’s Trade Wars

By Cole Driver on April 30, 2019.

During a stop in Lubbock, Texas, earlier this month, Sen. John Cornyn appeared to dismiss the economic pain the Trump administration’s trade wars have caused to U.S. farmers, saying — incorrectly — there was nothing Congress could do to defuse tensions between Washington and its trading partners.

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