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Michigan former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer has registered to lobby Congress on behalf of billionaire Tom Steyer's effort to impeach President Donald Trump

Schauer, a Battle Creek Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for Michigan governor in 2014, filed paperwork last month saying he would lobby for "impeachment of the current president" on behalf of Steyer's group Need to Impeach, based in San Francisco. 

Schauer said he was unavailable to comment Wednesday, but Need to Impeach indicated that he's already begun to meet with lawmakers. 

"Need to Impeach is increasing its outreach to members of Congress, and we hired former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer to help guide that strategy and our efforts in Congress," said Kevin Mack, who runs Need to Impeach. 

Mack said Schauer will meet with members to explain the scope of grassroots support for impeachment in their districts and around the country and to hear from lawmakers about their efforts to hold Trump accountable.

"The American people are demanding Congress stand up for the rule of law, and we'll do everything we can to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill," Mack said. 

Schauer, who now lives in Kalamazoo, served one term in the U.S. House from 2009-11.

He defeated U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, but Walberg won back the seat in Michigan's 7th District in 2010.

O'Rourke backs Clash in punk debate

There’s an “embarrassment of riches” in the genre, but The Clash may be the best punk rock band ever, Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke told potential voters Monday in Center Line.

The former Texas congressman weighed in on a debate that is unlikely to decide the 2020 primary or general election.

Candidates often seek to humanize themselves during small stops as they seek the national stage. A fellow punk rock fan at Hometown Heroes Coffee opened the door for Beto to discuss his musical interests, including the Clash and Bad Brains from Washington, D.C.

In a Vanity Fair article that announced his candidacy, O’Rourke described his “reverence” for Ian MacKaye, a D.C. punk who fronted Minor Threat and Fugazi, and his “super-ethical way not just of being in a band, or running a label, or putting on shows, but of just living.”

The former congressman revealed a softer side when asked what he listened to on his way to a second stop in Ferndale.

“We were jamming to some NPR Morning Edition,” O’Rourke said. “One of my favorite things to rock out to in the morning.”

Fellow Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand also visited Michigan on Monday and showed some off-camera personality after taping an MSNBC town hall at the Rochester Mills Production and Brewery in Auburn Hills.

“Warrior goddess!” she declared after she was handed a beer by the same name behind stage with host Chris Hayes. The U.S. senator from New York extended her hands in the air, basking in the glow of the fitting beer name before taking a sip.

“This is a great fruit beer, like my favorite beer,” she told Hayes. “Cheers first, and then a thank you, and you’ve got to drink after you cheers.” 

Hammoud leaves schools post

Michigan’s new solicitor general has given up her seat on the Dearborn School Board to avoid any potential conflicts between her work with the school district and the Attorney General’s office.

Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud has been on the Dearborn school board for more than three years, according to a statement from the district.

In January, Attorney General Dana Nessel named the 2003 Fordson graduate and former Wayne County prosecutor as solicitor general and appointed Hammoud to take the lead on the Flint water crisis criminal litigation.

Conduct standards within the State Ethics Act prevent Hammoud from occupying both positions since her representation of state agencies that include Michigan Department of Education and the superintendent of public instruction could put her in conflict with the Dearborn school board, Nessel spokesman Dan Olsen said.  

Hammoud informed the school board of her resignation last week, noting that she would continue her work in the Attorney General’s office “armed with the courage you and the rest of the Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford College family instilled in me.” She had been appointed to the board in July 2015 and was elected to a new term in November 2016.

People interested in filling the school board vacancy through 2020 must apply by March 26 by mailing a letter of interest, three references and a resume to Dearborn Public Schools Administration Building, 18700 Audette, Room 6, Dearborn, MI 48124. Applicants must be at least 18 and residents of the school district.

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