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Clarke and Conyers may swap districts following Mich. Republicans’ redistricting plan

By | 09.02.11 | 9:39 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

This report is part of collaboration with WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” to cover the 25 most captivating congressional races from around the country.

In a move that may help them stay in office despite radical reformulations of their districts by the Republicans that control the state redistricting process, More…


Hansen Clarke and John Conyers plan to switch districts for 2012 runs

By | 08.22.11 | 4:11 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

Michigan’s Republican-controlled redistricting map has prompted plans by Detroit Reps. Hansen Clarke and John Conyers to swap districts in the next election.

Michigan black caucus plans federal case against Emergency Manager law

By | 04.27.11 | 3:30 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus is working with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit), and others on a lawsuit to challenge Michigan’s Emergency Manager law.

Rep. Fred Durhal (D-Detroit), chairman of the caucus, said last night that the group expects to challenge the law in federal court More…

Conyers says he will run again in 2012

Congressman John Conyers says he is ready to run for re-election in 2012. The 81-year-old, 24-term Congressman acknowledged the plan for re-election in an interview with the Detroit News.

Conyers is the longest serving African-American in Congress, and is second only to Michigan Democratic Congressman John Dingell in being More…

House passes bill to ease immigration for military couple

By | 11.16.10 | 6:21 pm

An interesting, albeit limited, bill passed the House yesterday to change part of immigration law to recognize proxy marriages involving military service members in immigration proceedings. The bill, which was passed by a voice vote, was created to help one woman: the Japanese widow of a Marine who died in More…

Colbert: Migrant Work is ‘Really, Really Hard’

By | 09.24.10 | 11:22 am

Stephen Colbert went off testimony — way off — today when he testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. His written testimony was pretty straight-forward and serious, but he jumped back into character when he spoke. Still, he advocated for AgJOBS and worker visa reform: More…

As Afghan War Drags On, Some Democrats Threaten Revolt

By | 07.05.10 | 6:00 am

The war in Afghanistan has produced divisions among Democrats in Congress from the start, but a series of votes on Thursday night revealed a rising tide of Democratic discontentment that could alter the trajectory of the Obama administration’s approach to the conflict.

[Security1] A measure to fund the administration’s 30,000-troop More…

Bernanke-Bash of the Day

By | 12.17.09 | 9:26 am

“In a more thoughtful body, he could lose his position.”

That’s Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), speaking to Politico’s Victoria McGrane about the left-right coalition forming against Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. A campaign that united the likes of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) probably got More…

A Move to Revive Glass-Steagall

By | 12.07.09 | 1:45 pm

Ten years ago, Congress dismantled the decades-old Glass-Steagall Act, breaking down the firewalls between commercial banks and securities houses, and helping Wall Street firms grow into the too-big-to-fail institutions that exist now. There’s been a great deal of debate about the extent to which the death More…

Democrats Lament Midnight Changes to Patriot Act

By | 09.22.09 | 2:00 pm

One of the highlights of today’s House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act was Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers’ (D-Mich.) repeated lamentations about the sneaky way that the Patriot Act got passed in the first place, offering an interesting glimpse into the behind-the-scenes workings More…