The Detroit News: Democrats bet on women in quest to flip Michigan Legislature

Padma Kuppa didn't decide to run for the Michigan House because of her gender, but the “sisterhood” she’s found among Oakland County candidates could be critical in Democratic efforts to win control of the state Legislature.

Kuppa, a 53-year-old from Troy, is among 10 female candidates in the top 13 target races for House Democrats. The minority party needs to flip nine seats to overcome a 63-47 advantage for Republicans, who have controlled the lower chamber since 2010.

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Common Dreams: Education May Propel the Blue Wave in DeVos Country

It’s increasingly clear that if the November midterm elections are to produce a “Blue Wave” for the Democratic Party, then many of the wins will need to come in Midwestern states that Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election. But what’s less well understood is that an issue helping Democratic candidates compete in the region is education. In the stomping ground of U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos—including her home state of Michigan as well as the surrounding states of Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and nearby Minnesota—Democratic candidates are getting an edge by sharply opposing the DeVos agenda of privatizing public schools.

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Obama endorses Whitmer, Slotkin, Stevens, other Mich. Dems

“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas,” Obama said in a statement. “Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,”

Obama jumped into the mid-term election on Aug. 1, announcing an initial wave of Democrats he was backing, and he campaigned for congressional candidates in California last month.

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Indian-Americans are building an institutional infrastructure to take political participation to the next level

The Indian American Impact Project (Impact Project) and the Indian American Impact Fund (Impact Fund) (collectively referred to in rest of article as Impact) launched formally Jan. 17, lists some 60 Indian-Americans vying in local, state and federal races. In terms of man/woman hours of political and policy experience, this group is significantly different from previous ones, with policy-wonks and people schooled in the the science of campaigning. Impact is led by President Obama’s liaison for the Pentagon, Gautam Raghavan.

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RELIGION DISPATCHES: TRUMP MAY BE “A BIG FAN OF HINDU,” BUT HINDUS ARE RUNNING—AND WINNING—AS DEMOCRATS

According to Padma Kuppa, a progressive activist and Hindu who is running for state representative in Michigan, Democratic values are in general alignment with what the Hindu American community prioritizes, namely “support of education, care for the environment, and fairness.”

“It’s about moving forward, making progress, not simply moving to the left or right,” said Kuppa, whose win in November could help flip the Michigan House to Democratic control.

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