Proposal 3 got teens to polls, Kushner clashes with Ronna McDaniel over Trump fundraising

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Proposal 3 may have snagged the least attention of ballot measures last year (the other two legalized pot and went after gerrymandering), but its impact is being noticed.

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ThinkProgress noted that the law expanding voting rights helped increase teen turnout in May local elections and looked specifically at Charlotte, a rural Lansing suburb.

Michigan native Ronna McDaniel (née Romney), the Republican National Committee chair, meanwhile, has not made President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, very happy when it comes to 2020 fundraising.

And Michigan’s U.S. Senate election fails to make Roll Call’s list of top eight 2020 races.

It’s all in the Advance‘s semi-regular roundup of Michigan in the national news.

Teen voting

Proposal 3 was a sweeping ballot initiative, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), that brought same-day voting registration, voting by mail, straight-ticket voting and more to Michigan.

In a story titled, “Michigan’s new law is getting the most reluctant voting group to the polls,” ThinkProgress’ Danielle McLean talked to people in Charlotte, which held municipal elections last month:

In the small city of Charlotte, Michigan, seven people took advantage of a new law this week allowing voters to cast ballots on the same day they register. And of those seven same-day voters, six were teenagers.

Election Day in Michigan on Tuesday was mostly a low-key affair. Balloting was held on a variety of local measures affecting school budgets and property taxes. Voters in one township considered allowing the introduction of marijuana businesses

But the election was also a trial run for expanded voting access, including a potentially game-changing move that appears likely to significantly boost youth voting across the state.

The article goes on to quote high school teacher John Moran, who says Prop 3 “increased the youth vote beyond his wildest dreams.”

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Kushner vs. McDaniel

The New York Times reports that Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Trump, isn’t happy with the state of fundraising for the 2020 election. He organized a dinner attended by big donors and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

McDaniel reportedly dropped “Romney” from her name because her uncle, now-U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), has sometimes criticized Trump. Reporters Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni report that McDaniel’s “close relationship with Mr. Trump is said to irk Mr. Kushner” who “has described himself as the real force behind the 2020 re-election campaign.”

At the dinner, “McDaniel explained the party committee’s fund-raising goals for 2019, and Mr. Kushner countered that they were insufficient.” In a statement to the paper, Kushner praised the RNC’s fundraising “under Ronna’s leadership.”

The story also includes some signature NYT palace intrigue:

The dinner was described by a half-dozen people with knowledge of what took place. They also noted that Mr. Kushner scheduled it in the private residence without extending an invitation to the first lady, Melania Trump, or Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor who served as Mr. Trump’s campaign manager in 2016.

Mr. Kushner, allies said, is eager to take control of the fund-raising for personal and strategic reasons. He and his wife, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, have always described themselves to others as some of the only people in the White House who truly have Mr. Trump’s best interests at heart. And with a frequent ally in the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and the Mueller investigation finally in the rearview mirror, Mr. Kushner’s associates describe him as experiencing a new sense of influence in the White House.

Peters vs. James

Roll Call handicapper Stu Rothenberg breaks down the eight key U.S. Senate races next year, but Michigan does not make the cut. Nonetheless, both the Michigan GOP and Democratic Party have said the race is a top priority.

The U.S. Senate is currently split 53-47 in the Republicans’ favor.

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The column, which came out before Republican businessman John James jumped into the race, notes that Trump won Michigan in 2016. Rothenberg says that Peters “starts off with the advantage but must also prove his mettle. Again, his seat is a ‘must hold’ for Democrats.”

Rothenberg notes that there are 34 U.S. Senate elections in 2020. He writes that the races in Colorado, Maine, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina and Texas will determine control of the chamber.

Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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