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Today's newsletter is 908 words β€” a 3.5-minute read. Edited by Delano Massey and copy edited by Cindy Orosco-Wright.

1 big thing: Signature challenge threatens Hollier's campaign for Congress

Former state Rep. Adam Hollier announces his candidacy Oct. 17 in Detroit. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

U.S. Rep. Shri Thanedar doesn't believe former state Sen. Adam Hollier, who's challenging his seat in Congress, has the 1,000 valid signatures required to make the ballot in November.

Driving the news: He's challenging more than 700 signatures submitted by Hollier, whose fate is expected to be decided by the Wayne County Election Commission in the coming weeks.

Why it matters: The path was cleared for Hollier to challenge Thanedar head-to-head after local Democrats couldn't consolidate support around one Black primary candidate in 2022.

Catch up quick: Thanedar beat Hollier and eight other Black candidates in Detroit's 13th Congressional District Democratic primary in 2022, but he hasn't won the support of the area's political establishment since taking office. Thanedar's election marked the end of Detroit's 70-year streak of Black representation in Congress.

  • Prominent Democrats including Wayne County Executive Warren Evans have thrown their support behind Hollier, who is from Detroit.

State of play: Attorneys for Hollier wrote to a Wayne County court last week accusing Thanedar's campaign of a "thinly disguised attempt at voter suppression."

What they're saying: "Some issues have been brought to our attention related to a small number of the nomination signatures that were collected on behalf of our campaign," Hollier said in a statement to Axios.

  • "We have retained legal counsel to look into the matter and are confident that a significant number of the challenges filed against our signatures are erroneous."
Some signatures that appear to be forged are written in similar handwriting. Photo provided by Rep. Shri Thanedar
Some signatures submitted by Hollier appear to have similar handwriting. Photo provided by Rep. Shri Thanedar

The other side: "A 10-year-old could flip through the sheets and see they were signed by the same person. How can he submit that without looking at it?" Thanedar said in an interview with Axios yesterday.

  • "There's not a lot asked to be on the ballot β€” 1,000 valid signatures is not a tall order. If a candidate cannot competently perform a simple task of collecting signatures, it makes you wonder how he's going to solve tough problems facing our district."

Flashback: Fraudulent petition signatures have been an issue that has shaped races in Michigan since the pandemic.

Read the full story

2. Slum Village talks new album

T3, left, and Young RJ of Slum Village. Photo: Joe Guillen/Axios

Slum Village sat down with Axios Detroit last week following the release of the group's new album, "F.U.N."

The big picture: The group's current members β€” T3, 49, and Young RJ β€” talked about their European tour that ended this month, favorite local breakfast spots and regrets after founding member J Dilla's death.

Why it matters: Now in its fourth decade of making music, Slum Village is among Detroit's most successful and enduring rap acts.

Flashback: Original members Dilla, T3 and Baatin grabbed the rap industry's attention with their 2000 classic "Fantastic Vol. 2."

  • The group's roster has changed multiple times. Baatin died in 2009.
  • Young RJ, 40, learned at Dilla's side as a teenager and produced almost all the tracks on "F.U.N.," the group's first studio album since 2015's "Yes!"

What they're saying: The new album's production relies on Slum's technique of digging through old albums in search of rare grooves to sample for its beats. The group leaned into funk and disco sounds for "F.U.N."

  • "The Slum Village sound is wherever we are at that time," Young RJ told Axios in the basement of his Milford house, where much of the album was recorded.
  • "We're just trying to make whatever we're feeling in that moment and bringing the fans along for the ride."

Read the full interview

3. The Grapevine: You heard it here

The People Mover passes the riverwalk and former site of Joe Louis Arena, the current home of Water Square Residences luxury apartments and a new 500-room hotel. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

πŸš“ A total of 18 people were arrested in and around the official NFL Draft zone during the three-day event last month β€” officials initially reported just two arrests. (Free Press)

🎀 Donald Glover, known on the mic as Childish Gambino, returns to Detroit for the first time in a decade Aug. 17 as part of his "The New World Tour." (WXYZ)

🏈 Lions season ticket packages for the upcoming season sold out for the second straight year. (Detroit News)

  • The Lions also finalized a four-year contract extension with quarterback Jared Goff. The $212 million deal runs through the 2028 season and includes $170 million guaranteed. (Free Press)

4. Chart du jour: All-cash home sales

Line chart showing that the share of home purchases made with cash in the Detroit metro area changed from 44.9% in January 2011 to 30.1% in January 2020 and dropped to 23.2% in April 2020. In February 2024, the share was 40.9% compared with 34.5% nationally.
Data: Redfin; Note: Includes home purchases with no mortgage loan information on the deed. National data calculated from 40 of the most populous U.S. metro areas; Chart: Axios Visuals

More than 40% of Metro Detroit homes bought in February were all-cash purchases, according to Redfin.

  • That's up 3 percentage points from last year.

Why it matters: Rich people can adapt to this pricey market more easily than typical buyers needing a loan.

What they're saying: Those winning in this economy treat homes like savings accounts, Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather says. It's a relatively safe place to store your cash, and you can always borrow against the home if you need to tap into it.

5. Where in Detroit winners

Renaissance High School. Photo: Annalise Frank/Axios

The answer to last week's "Where in Detroit" quiz is … the one and only Renaissance High School!

πŸŽ‰ Congratulations to our two winners this round, Rosalinda H. and Chase C.! Thanks to everyone else who participated.

  • We'll be mailing out the swag soon.

πŸ‘€ Reader callout: We're trying something new β€” send us your own "Where in Detroit" selfies by responding to this email with a photo of you in front of a mystery location, and we may use your pic for a future quiz.

Our picks:

πŸ€ Joe is watching Caitlin Clark's pro debut with the Indiana Fever tonight.

πŸ˜‹ Annalise is reading about vegan food in a liquor store on Gratiot open till 1am in Metro Times.

πŸ€” Sam is wondering why people who don't even know who represents them in Congress would run for president…