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Whitmer Nets Another Union Endorsement

The group has 5,000 members.

Zach C. Cohen and Danielle Bernstein
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Zach C. Cohen and Danielle Bernstein
Nov. 15, 2017, 10:55 a.m.

Iron Workers Local 25, which has 5,000 members, endorsed former state Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D).

Michael Randick, Business Manager for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 25: “Without doubt, Whitmer is our strongest candidate for governor because she isn’t afraid to take on the tough fights for our workers, but she’ll work with anyone who wants to solve problems so that as we grow our economy, our families’ incomes grow with it.” (release)

LAWMAKER OR LAW BREAKER? “A buyer filed a federal lawsuit against” entrepreneur Shri Thanedar (D), “alleging the Ann Arbor businessman fraudulently inflated the value of a company before its 2016 sale. … Thanedar received about $20 million from the $33.6-million sale price when he sold his majority interest in Avomeen Holdings, a chemical testing company, according to the lawsuit. At the same time, Thanedar kept a minority interest in Avomeen through his company Chemreal, the suit alleges.

“‘However, purchaser has discovered … that in the critical months leading up to close, Thanedar made fraudulent and misleading representations to purchaser regarding Avomeen’s financial practices and the nature and amount of Avomeen’s monthly revenues and earnings,’ the lawsuit alleges.” (Detroit Free Press)

LEGALIZE IT. “Four leading Democrats and one little-known Republican running for Michigan governor are throwing their support behind marijuana legalization ahead of a potential statewide proposal they could share the ballot with in 2018,” including Whitmer, Thanedar, former Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed (D), former Xerox executive Bill Cobbs (D), and Lansing businessman Evan Space (R). (Detroit News)

MORE ENDORSEMENTS. Grassroots Republican Activist Mark Gurley endorsed state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R). (release)

POLL. State Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) came out ahead in a new Target Insyght poll with 38 percent support, followed by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R) at 14 percent, and state Sen. Patrick Colbeck at 5 percent. “Calley has not announced he is running as yet” and 36 “percent say they’re still undecided.” Polling details were not available. (Q106)

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