Michigan, much to Hillary Clinton’s chagrin, helped elect Donald Trump president of the United States.

Now the state perhaps best known for the automobile industry and the financial collapse of its marquee city, Detroit, faces a new question.

Is Michigan ready to elect a Muslim governor?

Mark Z. Barabak of the Los Angeles Times explores the possibility in his feature on 32-year-old Abdulrahman El-Sayed, a University of Michigan graduate who helped rebuild Detroit’s crumbling health-care system.

Writes Barabak: “El-Sayed has already raised more than $1 million, an impressive sum for a political newcomer, and established himself as a serious — if underdog — contender in the crowded gubernatorial field. The incumbent, Republican Rick Snyder, is termed out after 2018.”

Observes Barabak: “The sentiment that fueled Trump’s narrow victory, a combustible mix of economic anxiety and political grievance that brewed for decades, hasn’t gone away in just a few months; now El-Sayed is the one channeling that discontent. ‘Our state is literally crumbling beneath us,’ he says of its decayed infrastructure. ‘People have been locked out of our economy.’

“But instead of fanning resentment, or egging audiences to lash out, El-Sayed seeks to uplift, suggesting his only-in-America story — a tale of immigrant parents and striving and overcoming ethnic and cultural differences, even within his own family — shows Michigan a way forward, if people look past things like skin color and religion.

“From inner-city Detroit to the farthest rural reaches of the state, he tells audiences, there is a hunger for opportunity and safety and economic security. ‘In polarized times,” (El-Sayed) says, ‘the single most empathetic thing we can do is reach out.’ ”

You can read the entire story here.

Here are other stories catching our eye:

Wine Country Wildfires Death Toll Hits 15

Here’s the lead of the Associated Press report at 12:33 p.m. PDT Tuesday:

“In neighborhood after neighborhood, all that remains are the smoldering ashes and eye-stinging smoke from a day of utter devastation.

“Newly homeless residents of California wine country awoke to shattered lives Tuesday, a day after wildfires killed at least 15 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes and businesses. Hundreds more firefighters joined the battle against the blazes, which were still completely uncontained. And authorities began to identify the dead, including a 100-year-old man and his 98-year-old wife who died in their burning home.”

For the complete AP story, click here.

Trump Floats IQ Competition With Tillerson

Bloomberg is reporting that President Donald Trump defended his intelligence after reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a “moron.’’

“I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests,” Trump said in an interview with Forbes Magazine published Tuesday. “And I can tell you who is going to win.”
We don’t think the president is serious about matching his IQ test results against those of Tillerson’s. It’s just The Donald being Donald.
But the president has been taking flak from fellow Republicans lately.
One example: The Washington Post reported that Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, called the White House “an adult day care center” after President Trump attacked him in a Sunday morning Twitter tirade.
Trump had alleged in a trio of tweets that Corker “begged” him for his endorsement, did not receive it and decided to retire because he “didn’t have the guts” to run for reelection next year.
In response, Corker (Tenn.) tweeted, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

Opioid abuse is ‘biggest problem’ for Fresno and Clovis

Flindt Anderson, founder and president of the Fresno-based Parents and Addicts in Need, says prescription drug abuse is the biggest problem the Fresno and Clovis areas face, reports Ashleigh Panoo of The Fresno Bee.

You can read Panoo’s story here.

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