2020 presidential race on the clock

The 2020 race for president is beginning as new candidates announce their bids. Candidates who have officially announced their candidacy bids include Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, California Senator Kamala Harris, who is the only African American woman in the running so far, and New Jersey Senator Corey Booker. It’s still early, more nominations will no doubt be coming. Will Joe Biden enter the race? Will Texas Senator Beto O’Rourke put his hat in the ring?

Watch Focal Point: 2020 presidential candidates, potato shortage in Michigan, a preview of the Oscars, and more

On this edition of Focal Point, Interim President Satish Udpa apologizes to the survivors who were involved in the Larry Nassar case, MSU might gain a new spot on campus, and a student started her own business at the age of 21. In sports, we have an overview on men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, and wrestling. This week in entertainment, we have a preview of the nominations for the Oscars. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Focal Point.

WATCH: President Trump nominates a new deputy attorney and Bernie Sanders announced he’s running for president again

This week on the Spartan Newsroom update: President Trump nominates Jefferey Rosen as deputy attorney general. In addition, Tuesday afternoon, Bernies Sanders announced he will be running again for president in 2020. Sanders said this is just a continuation of his 2016 campaign. Finally, Ivanka Trump visited a UPS facility Wednesday morning in Georgia, with the intention of supporting workers proper training in a work place.

WATCH: Stormy Daniels Comes to Lansing, General Motors cutbacks and more headlines

Stormy Daniels is coming to Lansing for one night only at a Night Club. Dunkin has had its DD rewards memberships get hacked and some information has been stolen. Spongebob Squarepants creator and animator Steven Hillenburg has passed away. Washington Redskins claim a new player but he comes with attached difficulties. General motors is closing down several factories in Michigan, Ohio, and Maryland.

Crowds gather to see Obama before midterm election

When in downtown Detroit, you’d expect the Little Caesars Arena to be full of life. Instead, the huge crowd packed into Cass Technical High School just down the road. “We’re really excited so glad he came for this,” event go-er, Bridgette Huff, said. 

In the cold and in the rain, people waited. “This is the first time I am able to get out and see him,” rally attendee, Donna Penick, said. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she will never forget. 

The star of this show was President Barack Obama, who landed in Michigan to support its Democratic candidates like the Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. 

“We’re not gonna fix everything because of one election but, here’s what will happen, if you vote, things will get better,” President Obama said.

Watch Focal Point: Special Election Coverage

On this special election episode of Focal Point News, we break down everything leading up one of the most anticipated midterm election in years. From campaign trails to ballot proposals, Focal Point dissects each candidate, their values and what they would bring to Michigan’s leadership. The state was star-studded the weeks leading up to the election with appearances from past and present government officials including Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama. Some of the proposals on the ballot this year revolved around gerrymandering, the legalization of recreational marijuana and easier voting registration. All this and more on this election edition of Focal Point News.

Recreational marijuana could potentially become legal in Michigan

Voters in Michigan will get the choice to vote and make it recreation marijuana legal in the upcoming election. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol has officially gotten the approval to get proposal one on the ballot for the November election. The initiative was approved by the State in May of 2017. Between May and November last year the campaign collected more than three hundred and sixty thousand signatures which exceed the minimal amount of two hundred and fifty two thousand, five hundred and twenty three signatures. “Up to two and a half ounces on your possession, and up to 10 ounces stored in a locked container at home,” Joshua Honey, the Coalition Communicative director, said.

How Trump took votes in Delhi Township and won Michigan

Dave Carpenter has cut hair for approximately 49 years between the city of Mason and Delhi Township. He runs the small Rams Barber Shop now, located on the front lawn of 1940 Aurelius Road. It’s brown and trimmed in yellow, the colors of the local Holt High School. There’s a singular chair for patrons and a singular mirror. He reclines in it watching the news, fitting the stereotype of what old men do in their free time.

The election has caused mental health problems for millennials

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This map shows the top 25 places for millennials to live based on the number of millennial residents, job opportunities, affordable housing, and access to bars and restaurants. The 2016 election was possibly one of the most divisive elections the United States has seen in some time. The repercussions of the election are still happening as President Donald Trump has called a “war” on the media and continues to make decisions that spark protests worldwide. Dr. Farha Abbasi, assistant professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University and expert on mental health post-election, says there seems to be anxiety issues when it comes to our identities and a worsening of depression because of the election. She also says that this falls on both sides of the political aisle.