– Advertisement – Mr. Biden was winning Detroit with nearly 95 percent of the vote.Second, Mr. Biden benefited from a groundswell of discontent with President Donald J. Trump in the Detroit suburbs. Mr. Trump did well in the white, middle class communities he won last time in places like Macomb County, one of the nation’s bellwethers that President Barack Obama also carried. But that support does not appear to have been enough to overcome the shifts against him in suburbs that were once more friendly.That shift was especially pronounced in well-heeled Oakland County suburbs like Bloomfield Hills, where Mitt Romney grew up and where being a Democrat was once one of the surest impediments to getting elected at any level of government. – Advertisement – BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — As former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pulls ahead in Michigan, it is becoming clear that he has accomplished two goals that Democrats believed were key to regaining Midwestern battleground states.First, he increased turnout in Detroit considerably, where low African-American enthusiasm kept many voters away from the polls in 2016. Wayne County, which includes the city of Detroit, was still counting its ballots on Wednesday. And in Detroit itself, where only half of precincts had fully reported, almost as many ballots were reported counted as in all of 2016.- Advertisement – In 2016, there were about a dozen precincts in the area that voted for Mr. Trump. But only a small handful did this time.The Republican Party has long relied on well-to-do suburbanites who believe their economic interests will be better served by fiscally conservative policy prescriptions like tax cuts and deregulation. And while Mr. Trump’s presidency accelerated the flight of these voters into the Democratic Party, those changes were slower to arrive in Bloomfield Hills.In Oakland, the state’s second-largest county, Mr. Biden was leading by 14 points as of Wednesday morning, a significant improvement over the Democratic presidential candidates on the ballot before him. Like many suburban enclaves across the Midwestern battlegrounds, women voters were especially activated this time.- Advertisement – Evidence of their enthusiasm was apparent in candidates for local office like Dani Walsh, a former Republican who ran for Bloomfield Township supervisor and won, becoming the first woman and Democrat to occupy the office.
Published on March 22, 2017 at 7:02 pm Contact Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ In his first official day as Washington’s head coach, Mike Hopkins was introduced at Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday afternoon. He offered his first public comments since stunning the Syracuse community, ending a 22-year run as an assistant coach to Jim Boeheim to take the Huskies job.Here are three things Hopkins said at his press conference.The Boeheim succession plan was still in placeWhen news leaked Sunday morning that Hopkins was leaving the Orange, one year removed from succeeding Boeheim as head coach, many assumed he left SU because Boeheim wouldn’t. But Hopkins debunked that belief on Wednesday, circling back around to the procedure that was laid out in March 2015.“The plan was intact,” Hopkins said. “Everything was going to be as it was stated multiple times.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“…(Boeheim) was disappointed (I was leaving), but when I talked to him about my visions and why … We were all good.”SU’s 41-year head coach indicated in a press conference on Monday that he “100 percent” intended to retire after this upcoming season. But after inking an undisclosed contract extension in response to the Hopkins move, we’ll never know for sure what would’ve happened. It was clear Hopkins still has great admiration for Boeheim as he choked up at the thought of his mentor, someone he considers a father-like figure.Washington checked the boxesHopkins made clear on Wednesday that he required a very specific criterion for any school that wanted to lure him away from the Orange: place, potential and people. In regards to place, Hopkins’ admitted he’s a west coast guy. Hailing from Southern California, the new Washington head coach was raised by parents from the Seattle area. It didn’t take much geographical convincing to get Hopkins to jump coasts.In terms of the Huskies’ potential, the Pacific-12 conference tugged at Hopkins. It doesn’t wield the number of high-powered teams the Atlantic Coast Conference does, but currently PAC 12 teams (Oregon, Arizona and UCLA) outnumber the remaining ACC teams (North Carolina) in the NCAA Tournament. Hopkins will have enough exposure to showcase a winning team once he has one.“If you can compete at the highest level of the PAC-12 conference,” Hopkins said, “you have a chance to win a national championship.”Given Hopkins’ affable personality, it’s difficult not to have a harmonious relationship with the bubbly 47-year-old. But the Huskies’ personnel situation seems especially appropriate for Hopkins. He’ll report directly to Jennifer Cohen, UW’s first-year athletic director who hired the first-year head coach. That was the third box for Hopkins to check, and clearly he did.Man-to-man or zone?There’s no greater hallmark of Boeheim’s coaching tenure than the zone defense. Given how much time Hopkins spent under his tutelage, it was only appropriate to ask the Huskies coach if he would import the defense he became so familiar with at Syracuse.“The zone is one of the greatest weapons of college basketball,” Hopkins said. “…It’s an incredible weapon. It’s won a lot of games for Syracuse.”Hopkins also saw first-hand how difficult the zone can be to grasp in a player’s first year. Andrew White, John Gillon, Tyus Battle and Taurean Thompson also struggled with it to varying degrees with the Orange this season. If Hopkins were to fully go zone next season at UW, a similar learning curve should be expected. That might have been enough to dissuade Hopkins from fully committing to that plan.“I believe in controlling tempo,” Hopkins said. “If a team plays fast we can slow you down. If a team plays slow, we can speed you up.“…I can tell you the zone will be utilized. It’s a heck of a weapon, but there’s going to be an unpredictable attack. I like being unpredictable, and sometimes the zone can be a little bit predictable.” Comments