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Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).

Whitmer signs bipartisan supplemental plan funding business tax incentives

By: - October 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 844, a bipartisan investment measure aimed at attracting and retaining business opportunities in Michigan. The supplemental that passed last week includes $846.1 million total for SOAR (Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund), one of the state’s economic development funds. That includes $640 million being added with $200 […]

‘Lock her up!’ chants, warnings against early voting mark Trump rally in Macomb Co.

By: - October 2, 2022

Thirty-eight days before Michigan’s general election, former President Donald Trump and GOP allies repeated the lie to a crowd of several thousand potential Michigan voters Saturday that Democrats “cheat” in elections and allow rampant voter fraud. Despite the false claims, speakers including “MyPillow” CEO Mike Lindell encouraged Michiganders to vote — but “same day, Nov. […]

Dixon gives a speech hammering Whitmer, but doesn’t stay for Oakland Co. MAGA town hall 

By: - September 30, 2022

About 100 people populated an Oakland County banquet space Thursday night for a town hall featuring several of former President Donald Trump administration officials, along with GOP Lt. Gov. nominee Shane Hernandez. Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon appeared briefly to make a campaign speech and did not participate in the “America First Agenda” town hall […]

Legislature OKs $1B bipartisan spending plan for business tax breaks, scholarships and more

By: - September 28, 2022

Updated, 9:06 p.m. 9/28/22, with additional comments During the Legislature’s final scheduled voting day before the post-election lame duck session, a $1 billion supplemental spending plan made it to the finish line as night fell in Lansing. Senate Bills 842 and 844 have been approved by both the state House and Senate. Michigan currently has […]

House Republicans again shut down Dems’ attempt to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

By: and - September 28, 2022

Republicans who control the state House on Wednesday shut down an attempt from Democrats to tie-bar every bill being considered to a measure that would repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, declaring the effort “dilatory.” The gag rule used by the GOP majority is a rarely used mechanism that has not been seen in the House […]

Albert resigns as House Approps chair, opposes new bipartisan spending plan

By: - September 28, 2022

Updated, 10:43 a.m. 9/28/22, with comments from Rep. Whiteford State Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) on Wednesday resigned from the powerful post of House Appropriations Committee chair, citing differences in vision with others involved in crafting supplemental funding legislation that has been expected to pass later in the day. Earlier this month Albert voiced his opposition […]

50+ groups urge Biden, Whitmer to prevent Baldwin prison from becoming ICE detention center

By: - September 27, 2022

Following a bid from two GOP Michigan congressmen to turn a soon-to-be shuttered immigration prison in Baldwin into an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center, a coalition of 53 advocacy groups from Michigan and beyond are asking President Joe Biden, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other leaders to keep it closed. The North Lake […]

Michigan State Police turns over Chatfield probe to AG’s office

By: - September 26, 2022

Updated, 4:11 p.m., 9/28/22 with comments from Nessel’s office, Chatfield’s attorney The Michigan State Police’s nine-month sexual assault and financial misconduct investigation into former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) has concluded and has been turned over to Attorney General Dana Nessel. Chatfield, who was Michigan’s youngest-ever House speaker when he was elected to the position […]

New: Jan. 6 protester says police union endorsed her for the Michigan House

By: - September 23, 2022

Small business owner Angela Rigas, a GOP Michigan House candidate, said Thursday that the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) has endorsed her. That’s apparently despite Rigas’ participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol while Congress was set to certify President Joe Biden’s victory over former President Donald Trump. Rigas also […]

Michigan GOP congressional candidate railed against women’s suffrage, women in the workplace

By: - September 22, 2022

A GOP U.S. House nominee has in the past argued against women’s suffrage, even forming an anti-feminism “think tank” in the 2000s that claimed men are smarter than women, according to CNN. John Gibbs is running in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District against immigration attorney Hillary Scholten, a Democrat who would be the first woman to […]

Nessel joins coalition of AGs to support reversal of Trump-era Title IX policies in schools

By: - September 16, 2022

A federal proposal aimed at strengthening protections against sex discrimination has the support of Attorney General Dana Nessel and 19 other attorneys general, according to a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Education led by California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “When the [former President Donald] Trump Administration rolled back anti-discrimination protections for students and […]

Racist term removed from places on federal lands, including 32 in Michigan

By: and - September 16, 2022

Thirty-two lakes, streams and other federal geographic areas in Michigan have been formally renamed, after the U.S. Department of the Interior last week released new names for 643 locations across the United States. The name change is the final step in the historic effort launched nearly a year ago by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland after […]