Whitmer lends support to equal pay legislation
Lawmakers seek to end local bans on vacation rentals
Other lawmakers, including state Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy), are sponsoring similar legislation aimed at the same persistent problem.
“Our experience echoes that of thousands of women in our state and I will not rest until my daughter’s generation actually receives equal pay for equal work,” Kuppa said in a statement.
Larson Middle School students lead charge to make shelter pets the official state pet
“Our office has gotten more opposition to this than to the gas tax,” said Rep. Padma Kuppa, D-Troy. The freshman legislator noted during committee that she uses Airbnb occasionally when attending sessions in Lansing.
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TROY — Two years ago, Larson Middle School English teacher Cindy Christiansen’s sixth-graders looked at things happening in the world and saw that service and shelter animals are the designated state symbols and pets in other states.
They wondered how they could make that happen in Michigan.
So they researched.
‘The day I won, somebody was planning to take my seat: Michigan State Rep. Padma Kuppa in campaign mode
An immigrant twice over, I am an ardent advocate for our children’s education.
As a young girl, I came to America with my parents who were pursuing higher education at one of our world class universities. I learned to value democracy in our public schools - and believe in my dreams. My parents decided to move our family back to their homeland when I was in the middle of high school. I studied hard, earned a bachelors in mechanical engineering, and came back home to America for grad school.
Michigan State Rep. Padma Kuppa: Rise of Indian American women shows a representative democracy
She drives 90 miles to Michigan’s state capital, Lansing, from her home in Troy, when the legislature is in session, clocking 180 miles a day. But that doesn’t dampen Michigan State Rep. Padma Kuppa’s enthusiasm for getting to know her constituents and people in the state as a whole. Her solution is staying in an Airbnb for two days a week.
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Freshmen state legislator Padma Kuppa is an assistant Democratic Whip in the Michigan statehouse.
Michigan State Rep. Padma Kuppa was recently named an Assistant Democratic Whip in the state legislature. Kuppa, who was elected to the statehouse for the first time last November, is the first Indian American woman to serve in the Michigan state legislature. The lawmaker, who is extremely proud of her Indian roots, came to the United States as a 4-year-old, with her parents. She moved back to India as a teenager, but came to this country armed with an engineering degree and a greater resolve to make a difference in America.
Detroit Free Press Endorsements for the State House and Senate
In House District 41, Democrat Padma Kuppa won against Republican Doug Tietz. With all of the precincts counted, Kuppa collected 51.3 percent versus 48.7 percent for Tietz.
The Detroit News: Democrats bet on women in quest to flip Michigan Legislature
Democrat PADMA KUPPA, 53, is an engineer and financial analyst who worries that Michigan's dwindling investment in education and transportation infrastructure is chasing employers from the state. Her forthright responses to our candidate questionnaire contrasted sharply with her opponent's.
Common Dreams: Education May Propel the Blue Wave in DeVos Country
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.
Michigan Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel in Troy for town hall discussion
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.
Obama endorses Whitmer, Slotkin, Stevens, other Mich. Dems
Dana Nessel, D-Plymouth, will join various candidates for State House, State Senate and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for a free event hosted by Oakland County for Revolution in partnership with Indivisible Michigan.
Indian-Americans are building an institutional infrastructure to take political participation to the next level
“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.
Statement from state house candidate Padma Kuppa on former Troy city manager bribery charge
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.
Watch the League of Women Voters Candidate Video
On Friday, former Troy city manager Brian Kischnick was charged with bribery in federal court. Kischnick, who was fired from his job earlier in the year, was accused of pocketing over $20,000 from a contractor seeking favors.
The Oakland County Times Candidate Interview
Watch Padma at the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum
Senators Harris and Booker to Address First-ever Summit of Indian-American Politicians
Padma Kuppa is running for State Representative for the 41st District and is on the ballot for the Aug. 7 primary on the Democratic Ballot without opposition.
Indian-American elected officials, others to gather at U.S. Capitol
Panelists for "The Future is Female: Desi Women Lead the Way" include Padma Kuppa, candidate for Michigan State House, Dr Megan Srinivas, candidate for Iowa State House, and Dr Hiral Tipirneni, Congressional candidate from Arizona.
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee features Padma Kuppa for HD 41 as a Spotlight Race
PTI reports that the Indian-American Impact Project has endorsed several Indian American candidates including Sri Preston Kulkarni, Hiral Tipirneni, Aftab Pureval, Aruna Miller, Ashwani Jain, Padma Kuppa, Samir Paul and Josh Kau
Padma Kuppa has been a longtime community organizer in the Troy and greater-Detroit area, and she’s hoping to bring that expertise to public office. A first-generation Indian immigrant, her goal is to find common ground and pass policy that protects all her constituents.