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Julia Forrest

Julia Forrest

Julia Forrest is a contributor to the Michigan Advance. She has been covering Michigan and national politics for two years at the Michigan Daily and OpenSecrets. She studies public policy at the University of Michigan.

Mich. voters will decide 3 constitutional amendments. Here’s what’s on your Nov. 8 ballot.

By: - October 5, 2022

The Michigan Board of Canvassers last week approved ballot language for three statewide proposals before voters.  Here’s what the constitutional amendments will do and the language that will appear on your ballot for the Nov. 8 general election: This constitutional amendment, Voters for Transparency and Term Limits, would change the existing term limit laws for […]

Nessel signs onto brief backing Texas patients’ right to travel outside the state for abortions

By: - September 30, 2022

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel signed on to an amicus brief alongside 21 other state attorneys general to ensure that patients can travel outside Texas to seek an abortion.  The amicus brief was sent in Fund Texas Choice v. Paxton, the case where reproductive rights advocates are aiming to prevent the enforcement of Texas anti-abortion […]

Schools and childcare centers would get lead-free water filters under bills passed in the Senate

By: - September 26, 2022

Two bills that streamline improving water quality in schools and childcare centers passed the Michigan Senate last week. The bills would install lead-free water filters and develop other water safety plans to be implemented in schools and childcare centers.  Senate Bills 184 and 185 were introduced by Sens. Curtis VanderWall (R-Ludington) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint). […]

Bipartisan bills would help screen kids for dyslexia, provide teacher training

By: - April 18, 2022

Most kids have received a “Happy Birthday” card with a handwritten note from a loved one.  But for about 20% of children who have dyslexia, like Anri Haglund, now 14 and a seventh-grader, reading birthday messages often comes with anxiety and stress as they try to decipher them or read them aloud at parties. “There […]

State reports 9 new COVID-19 school outbreaks

By: - March 21, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 2,073,010 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,619 have died from the virus — an additional 1,423 cases and eight deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s, and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Michigan reports 1,540 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

By: - March 16, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,068,817 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,561 have died from the virus — an additional 1,540 cases and 118 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 770 […]

Rep. Tate introduces resolution condemning fake GOP electors, calls on states, feds to prosecute  

By: - March 16, 2022

A resolution introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday condemns the fake 2020 Electoral College certificates submitted by Republicans and calls upon state and federal officials to prosecute the phony electors.  House Resolution 252, introduced by State Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit), aims to “condemn the actions of illegitimate presidential electors” and urge attorneys general […]

Trump touts ‘violent letter’ endorsing DePerno, notes his vow to ‘lock up’ AG Nessel

By: - March 11, 2022

Updated, 1:51 p.m. with comments from Nessel A number of Michigan Republicans gathered at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this week for a fundraising event for Kalamazoo lawyer and Republican attorney general candidate Matthew DePerno. Those in attendance included three Republican candidates vying for the Republican gubernatorial nomination: Perry Johnson, Ryan Kelley […]

Michigan House passes bills making it easier to get guns during health emergencies 

By: - March 11, 2022

The GOP-led Michigan House of Representatives passed several bills this week that would expand gun rights in Michigan, as well as bills affirming parents rights in education, two big right-wing priorities.   Senate Bill 11, introduced by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton), would ensure county clerks process concealed weapons permits even if there is an ongoing […]

House votes to suspend state gas tax, Dems warn Michigan roads won’t get fixed

By: - March 10, 2022

The Michigan House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to pass a bill suspending the state’s motor fuel tax until Sept. 30 in an effort to combat skyrocketing gas prices amid inflation and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.   The bill, House Bill 5570, introduced by state Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), would put a halt on the […]

Michigan could take a crack at changing term limits, financial disclosure laws

By: - March 8, 2022

A ballot committee seeking to alter the state’s term limits laws and bolster financial transparency in the Legislature launched last week with the help of a bipartisan array of political leaders as well as business, labor and community leaders in the state.  The group behind the proposal, Voters for Transparency and Term Limits, aims to […]

State reports 7 new COVID-19 school outbreaks in last week

By: - March 7, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 2,062,354 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,134 have died from the virus — an additional 1,656 cases and 16 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]