State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield), who is running for re-election in the 40th District, received a major national shout out from the popular podcast Pod Save the World, created and hosted by Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama. Rhodes called Manoogian, “an amazing state rep out of Michigan, Mari Manoogian, who I got to know when she interned for (former United Nations Ambassador) Samantha Power, descendent of Armenian genocide survivors. In her 20s, stepped up, flipped a seat in the state House. Made a very persuasive case, ‘We need Gary Peters back in the Senate to have a shot at ditching Mitch McConnell. Gotta win Michigan if we’re going to win the White House back. And we can turn the state House blue, as well.’” That blinding light you see is Manoogian’s star burning brighter.