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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).

8 Republicans vote against Tate as House speaker as GOP grapples with life in the minority

By: - January 11, 2023

Updated, 6:33 a.m., 1/15/23 Following the same vein of the often-contentious partisanship discord of the last few years, Republican House members — newly in the minority for the first time since 2010 — caught flack Wednesday for appearing to try and undercut the new Democratic majorities and leadership. That culminated in eight House Republicans voting […]

New Democratic majority kicks off session with bills axing Right to Work, 1931 abortion ban

By: - January 11, 2023

Now wielding power in the Michigan House and Senate for the first time in decades, Democrats on Wednesday used the first day of the 102nd Legislature to announce a flurry of bills to advance labor, LGBTQ+ and reproductive rights. Both chambers swore in new and returning members Wednesday morning, after which Democratic leaders announced six […]

Whitmer, Brinks, Tate send letter to DNC asking for February 2024 presidential primary

By: - January 11, 2023

Three of the state’s top Democratic leaders have said that they hope Feb. 27, 2024, will be the new date for Michigan’s presidential primary, a spokesperson for the effort has confirmed. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and House Speaker Joe Tate (D-Detroit) sent a letter to the Democratic National Committee […]

Michigan reports 9,814 new COVID cases, 165 deaths in last week

By: - January 10, 2023

New COVID-19 cases in Michigan over the last week total 9,814, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The numbers show a slight increase from last week, with an average daily caseload of 1,402. DHHS reports a total of 3,008,261 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since […]

New: Michigan exploring options to seek higher court input on Line 5 battle

By: - January 10, 2023

A “disappointing” jurisdictional ruling for the state of Michigan has left court proceedings for Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit against Canadian pipeline company Enbridge in the lurch. But as Nessel v. Enbridge goes on five months without new filings, the attorney general’s office is looking at all options available to bring the lawsuit back to […]

‘A dark day for our country’: How the Jan. 6 insurrection has changed Michigan politics

By: - January 6, 2023

It has now been two years since baseless claims of election fraud incited an armed, far-right extremist mob to storm the U.S. Capitol, breaking into congressional chambers and ransacking offices in the name of keeping former President Donald Trump in office. The events of Jan. 6, 2021, came as a violent result of pro-Trump election […]

Nessel, 17 AGs file brief challenging Florida’s anti-LGBTQ+ ‘don’t say gay’ law

By: - January 4, 2023

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 17 other attorneys general in opposing a discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ+ law that prohibits classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure, commonly called the “don’t say gay” law, would also allow parents to sue school districts if their child is exposed to instruction on those topics that they […]

Jan. 6 committee docs: Former Michigan GOP chair slams 2020 fake elector plan as ‘insane’  

By: - January 4, 2023

More congressional transcripts from the Jan. 6, 2021, committee have been released, with Michigan-based figures and events continuing to play a major role. Following the revelation that U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) acted as an intermediary between former President Donald Trump and Michigan Republicans in efforts to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election, […]

Climate change, corporate polluters and Line 5: The Advance’s top environmental stories of 2022

By: - December 24, 2022

Climate change, corporate polluters and Line 5: The Advance’s top environmental stories of 2022 Just because 2022 was a year dominated by political campaigns and election coverage doesn’t mean that other issues took a back seat. That includes no shortage of environmental issues, from pushbacks against environmental racism to the ever-shifting legal saga of the […]

New: Nessel says she’ll appeal Line 5 shutdown case in bid to move it back to state court

By: - December 23, 2022

It has now been more than three months since any new documents have been filed in Nessel v. Enbridge, the 2019 lawsuit that is seen by many as the state’s last hope to shut down the nearly 70-year-old oil pipeline that lies beneath the Mackinac Straits after other suits have failed. That may soon change, […]

Following recounts, canvassers certify abortion and voting rights proposals that passed by large margins

By: - December 21, 2022

The bipartisan Michigan Board of State Canvassers (BOSC) on Wednesday voted to reject most challenges to partial recounts of Nov. 8 ballot measures on reproductive and voting rights, before unanimously certifying both Proposal 2 and Proposal 3. Both proposals were adopted by Michigan voters by large margins on Nov. 8. Proposal 2, which expands voting […]

EGLE finds Kalamazoo packaging plant violated air contaminants rule

By: - December 21, 2022

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) on Tuesday announced that it has issued a violation notice to a Kalamazoo-based packaging facility based on findings that Graphic Packaging International has violated state air quality standards. EGLE performed an investigation on Wednesday in response to a same-day complaint of foul odors coming from […]