David Combs

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David Combs holds a master’s degree in public administration from Roosevelt University, and a B.A. in art, entertainment, and media management from Columbia College Chicago. He is the Midwest Outreach Coordinator for the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). He builds coalitions and partnerships among UCS members and other groups to push for United States leadership on nuclear weapons issues. Prior to joining UCS David organized in the Midwest with the ONE Campaign, a nonprofit that advocates for legislation in support of U.S. global aid, and served on the board of the local United Nations Association (UNA) chapter in Chicago.

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MI and WI Voters Determined Last Two Elections, New Administration and Congress Would be Wise to Understand Their Spending Priorities

Michigan and Wisconsin together are part of the epicenter of political power in the US. Indeed, these two states form the core of a region—the “Midwest”—that plays a perennial outsized role in US electionsThree of the four people to hold the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives in the first two decades of the 21st century hailed from a state with Great Lakes shoreline. Michigan and Wisconsin have twice recently shifted the direction of presidential elections by awarding their twenty-six electoral votes to President Trump in 2016 and subsequently President-elect Biden in 2020. Joe Biden may not have won the presidency without their key electoral votes.
City councilors, members of Congress, and presidents have won or lost elections in swing areas of these states through their conduct at small, local events,  and a common recurrence during elections in both states is that of razor-thin election margins. 

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