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.

‘This is really fantastical’: Federal judge blasts pro-Trump attorneys, hints at sanctions 

By: - July 12, 2021

In a six-hour long hearing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker blasted the “Kraken” litigation team’s sworn affidavits claiming unsubstantiated instances of voter fraud in Michigan’s 2020 general election and signified sanctions requested by state officials are a strong possibility.  Sanctions are allowed when attorney’s submit frivolous or baseless arguments. Michigan Attorney General Dana […]

As earmarks return, Michigan senators request $65M for projects across state

By: - July 9, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) requested a joint total of over $65 million of “congressionally directed spending” be inserted into appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 to fund numerous projects across the state of Michigan.  The Energy and Water Development subcommittee had the first deadline for earmark […]

GOP-led Legislature passes last-minute schools budget, puts other funding on ice, despite deadline

By: and - June 30, 2021

A long day in the Michigan Legislature culminated in the passage of a $17.1 billion School Aid Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget ready for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature, just one day before lawmakers’ self-imposed July 1 budget deadline. The K-12 investment for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 is the largest in Michigan’s history. Funding […]

Tlaib introduces bill to ensure safe, clean housing for HUD tenants 

By: - June 29, 2021

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), along with Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) introduced legislation Tuesday strengthening U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) tenant protections, as well as providing renters with tools to improve the quality of their homes.  Tlaib held a press conference on Tuesday alongside Pressley, housing […]

Lawmakers urge Biden admin to secure release of Michigan journalist in Myanmar

By: - June 27, 2021

The state House has adopted a resolution to “urge the Biden Administration and U.S. Department of State to act with the utmost urgency to secure the release” of Danny Fenster, a Michigan native and American journalist detained in Myanmar.  House Resolution 118, which was introduced by Rep. Regina Weiss (D-Oak Park), passed Wednesday and urges […]

Dem leader pushes for committee to investigate Michigan’s involvement in Jan. 6 insurrection 

By: - June 25, 2021

Michigan House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) has introduced a resolution creating a bipartisan joint select committee to investigate Michiganders’ involvement in the Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection in the U.S. Capitol.  Lasinski held a press conference Thursday alongside Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) and members of “Common Defense,” a veteran-run organization representing veterans against racism, […]

Whitmer hires senior strategist for 2022 campaign 

By: - June 23, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 Michigan gubernatorial election, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has hired Preston Elliott, a veteran Democratic campaign strategist, to join her reelection campaign, according to the Guardian U.K.  A spokesperson for Whitmer’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment. Elliott has run several successful Democratic U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns across the […]

Republican introduces bill for so-called ‘forensic audit’ of 2020 general election results

By: - June 22, 2021

Updated, 7:20 a.m. 6/23/21, with comments from Benson After Republican activists rallied last week calling for a so-called “forensic audit” of the 2020 election results in Michigan, state Rep. Steve Carra (R-St. Joseph) introduced a bill on Tuesday to create a bipartisan audit board to conduct one.  President Joe Biden won Michigan by more than […]

Michigan Senate panel votes to chop corporate taxes

By: - June 3, 2021

Updated, 2:19 p.m., 6/3/21 with additional comments The GOP-led Michigan Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday convened to discuss and vote on various bills seeking to reform the state’s tax system — including rolling back the corporate income tax.  SB 392, introduced by Sen. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo), aims to cut the corporate income tax from 6% […]

Senate Elections Committee passes voter restriction bills 

By: - June 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate Elections Committee voted on three bills Wednesday that could reform voting procedures to mandate photo identification being presented when applying for an absentee ballot or casting a ballot.  All bills passed 3-1 and moved on to the full Senate. SB 285, introduced by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) requires voters to present […]

House committee OKs two bills reforming organ donations for those with disabilities or HIV

By: - May 27, 2021

The Michigan House of Representatives Health Policy Committee on Thursday discussed and voted on bills pertaining to organ donation and transplant policy. One bill aims to help HIV-positive organ donors and recipients, while the other increases access for individuals with disabilities to organ transplants.  House Bill 4521, otherwise known as the The HIV Organ Policy […]

Equity needed in meeting Michigan’s internet, water and infrastructure needs, experts say

By: - May 20, 2021

State and national experts on Thursday discussed the need to incorporate equity in current and future infrastructure plans while wrapping up the Michigan Environmental Justice Conference.  The conference, whose theme was “Rebuilding Trust, Reimagining Justice and Removing Barriers,” was held online this week and was hosted by the Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, the […]