Menica Harper needed help. What she got was a bureaucracy that seemed designed to prevent her from getting any. The Detroit home health care aide had already endured a lifetime of woe – sexual assault, mental health issues and chronic neck injuries – when her home burned in 2016. After moving around for a year, Harper became homeless last fall and applied to the state for emergency aid. First step: Filling out the longest public assistance application in the nation.
The Michigan Democratic Party is calling on gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed to ask a court to decide whether he meets eligibility standards to be on the ballot. Three days after Bridge Magazine reported El-Sayed’s eligibility could be an issue because he was a registered voter in New York as recently as 2015, Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon issued a statement Thursday saying the report raised so many questions the candidate should resolve the issue in court.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office provided El-Sayed’s voter and driving records to Bridge, but would not interpret them. Office spokesman Fred Woodhams said those who believe candidates are ineligible can file challenges to the state Bureau of Elections. No such challenge has yet been filed, he said. The son of Egyptian immigrants, El-Sayed has become a favorite of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party associated with 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
@danielmarans@BobLenhard@BridgeMichigan Full disclosure: That is el-sayed’s attorney, and campaign hasn’t responded to requests to talk. This is a complicated constitutional question and people have different interpretations of the law.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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