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Suneel Gupta, a former Groupon exec who later founded mobile health app maker Rise Labs (sold to One Medical last year), has announced that he is running for Congress in Michigan's 11th district.

Why it matters: Gupta says he's the first tech entrepreneur to run for Congress in a Rust Belt state. He's also married to tech journalist Leena Rao, best known from her time at Fortune and TechCrunch, and is the younger brother of CNN doc Sanjay Gupta.

Ballot basics: He's a Democrat and will have to navigate a crowded primary field, but it's an open seat as current Rep. Dave Trott (R) has decided not to run for reelection.

Bio pitch: Gupta was born and raised in the district, before eventually leaving for Silicon Valley. He says his mother was a refugee from India who "walked into Ford Motor Company, asked for a job and was hired as its first-ever female engineer." Both of his parents, however, experienced being laid off from their auto sector jobs on the same day in 2001.

Political pull: Gupta and Rise Labs worked with Michelle Obama on her obesity and healthcare initiatives, ultimately forming a sort of public-private partnership between the startup and The White House. He later would be part of the Hillary Clinton transition team — charged with staffing the Office of Science and Technology — but obviously that was a short-lived post.

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House passes sweeping election and anti-corruption bill

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The House voted 220-210Wednesday to pass Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

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Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.