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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.

Redistricting panel sued by GOP commissioner for not responding to records request

By: - February 22, 2022

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) has been sued by one of its own commissioners, Erin Wagner, for not responding to her request for records.  The Republican commissioner said in a suit filed last week that the commission violated the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by not responding to her request for records […]

Report: Homeless students are twice as likely to be suspended, expelled than statewide average

By: - February 21, 2022

A new interactive map published by the University of Michigan found that students in Michigan who have experienced homelessness were twice as likely to be suspended or expelled as the statewide average of students who were suspended or expelled.  The data map is an extension from a report released by the U of M’s Poverty […]

Michigan reports 3,827 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - February 18, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 2,045,840 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 31,383 have died from the virus — an additional 3,827 cases and 112 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 1,914 […]

Michigan Republicans trumpet ‘parents rights’ education bills, part of nationwide push

By: - February 16, 2022

The GOP-controlled Michigan House Education Committee on Tuesday weighed bills that Republicans said would strengthen the role of parents in children’s education, part of nationwide right-wing push.  One bill, House Bill 5722, introduced by state Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.), would mandate that schools, prior to the first day of instruction, make school curriculum, […]

Dems say new social studies bills help students ‘understand one another’s history’

By: - February 15, 2022

A group of Democratic state senators have introduced a package of bills that would implement social studies curricula focusing on the cultures of various people of color and Indigenous groups in Michigan.  The package, Senate Bills 797–800, introduced by state Sens. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) and Paul Wojno (D-Warren), would […]

State reports 99 new COVID-19 school outbreaks in last week

By: - February 7, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 2,019,119 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 30,417 have died from the virus — an additional 9,898 cases and 38 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Supreme Court throws out 1st lawsuit challenging new redistricting maps

By: - February 4, 2022

The Michigan Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Thursday against the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) claiming that the newly drawn and adopted redistricting maps would disenfranchise Black voters and break a federal voting rights law.  The lawsuit was originally filed by the Detroit Caucus, a group of Black metro Detroit state House and Senate […]

3rd group sues redistricting panel, says House maps give GOP an unfair advantage 

By: - February 3, 2022

A group of voting rights organizations filed a lawsuit this week against the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC), challenging its Michigan House map for its “partisan fairness.” The plaintiffs said the maps give the upper hand to Republicans. The plaintiffs in the case include the League of Women Voters of Michigan, American Citizens for […]

GOP state Senate hopeful tells crowd ‘be prepared to lock and load’ at the polls

By: - February 1, 2022

GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley told a crowd of supporters over the weekend that if election workers see something they “don’t like happening with the machine,” they should “unplug it from the wall.” He also said that he wants a “50-50” partisan division of election workers. Kelley, who was at the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection […]

‘You can’t win a case you never file’ 

By: - January 27, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed Wednesday that she is launching an investigation into Eli Lilly and Co., one of the three largest drug companies that manufactures nearly all the insulin in the United States, for excessive pricing of the necessary drug to treat diabetes.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Advance the AG’s action was […]

At campaign kickoff, GOP gov. candidate Kevin Rinke says he’s fighting ‘tyrannical’ govt.

By: - January 21, 2022

Kevin Rinke, a Bloomfield Township businessman who announced his GOP gubernatorial campaign on Nov. 22, held a “campaign kickoff” Thursday evening in Plymouth. Rinke, who has vowed to spend $10 million of his own money on his bid, opened the event for about 50 people at the Bearded Lamb Brewing Co in Southeast Michigan by […]

Will false Trump electors’ attempt to hijack the Michigan vote be punished?

By: , and - January 18, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office had referred the investigation into the fraudulent 2020 Electoral College certificate submitted by state Republicans to federal prosecutors.  During a Thursday appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” the Democrat said her office had referred the case to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Michigan, […]