Biden to make 2nd visit to Michigan as president

    President Joe Biden participates in a tour of the Pfizer manufacturing facility Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. | Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz via Flickr Public Domain

    President Joe Biden is slated to make his second visit to Michigan since taking office in January, the White House announced Tuesday morning.

    He is scheduled to tour the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn on May 18. That will be before Ford plans to launch of the electric version of the F-150 pickup truck May 19, the Detroit News reports. As part of his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, Biden has proposed spending $174 million on electric vehicle technology.

    “President @JoeBiden‘s second visit to our state shows the significance of Michigan — not just politically, but as a model for how our country can #BuildBackBetter by investing in a clean energy future,” tweeted Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes.

    In February, Biden joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to tour Pfizer’s Portage facility where the COVID-19 vaccine is manufactured.

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    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.