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).

In Lansing, Black lawmakers and activists demand police reform, justice for Lyoya

By: - April 22, 2022

The police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Grand Rapids continues to make waves across Michigan, with Black lawmakers this week calling for GOP leadership to take up long-awaited reforms and protestors gathering at the state Capitol to demand justice for Patrick Lyoya. The 26-year-old was fatally shot in the back of the head […]

Theis defends targeting McMorrow in fundraising email with anti-LGBTQ+ attack

By: - April 21, 2022

State Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) on Thursday defended her fundraising email Monday that accused state Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) and other Democrats of “grooming” and “sexualizing” children. But she briefly admitted during a radio appearance that the language was “clunky” and could have been “written differently.” Still, Theis — who quipped she is “having […]

Nessel, Consumers Energy reach ‘historic’ deal to end coal use in 3 years

By: - April 21, 2022

A proposed settlement entered by Attorney General Dana Nessel and Consumers Energy would result in the state’s largest energy provider ending its use of coal 15 earlier than originally planned, Nessel’s office announced Wednesday. The agreement still needs to be granted final approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), as it is part of […]

McMorrow says she can’t work with Theis after ‘hateful’ fundraising email targeting her

By: - April 20, 2022

State Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) has had a video of her Tuesday floor speech, which decried a GOP senator attacking her as a “groomer” for backing LGBTQ+ rights, rack up 10.4 million views so far, thanks to retweets from the likes of Hillary Clinton. Last week, McMorrow and two other Democrats walked out during […]

Sen. Runestad defends police shooting Lyoya, mocks reporters as ‘leftist handmaidens’

By: - April 19, 2022

The Michigan Senate was abuzz with floor speeches on Tuesday.  State Sen. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) openly mocked and denounced media coverage of a police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Grand Rapids — naming one Detroit Free Press reporter in particular. And state Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) slammed state Sen. Lana Theis […]

Sen. Theis slammed for ‘vile’ pedophilia attack against Dems in fundraising email

By: - April 18, 2022

Updated, 7:47 p.m., 4/18/22 Last week, state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) stirred up controversy when she claimed during her invocation prior to Senate session that children are “under attack” from “forces that desire things for them other than what their parents would have them see and hear and know.” Appearing to reference Republicans’ national crackdown […]

Feds set aside $466M for tribes to combat climate change impacts

By: - April 15, 2022

A new funding opportunity is now available for tribal communities facing the impacts of climate change, with the U.S. Department of the Interior announcing this week that $466 million is being set aside for tribes who wish to become more climate resilient. Indigenous peoples are often the first to bear the brunt of climate change […]

Sen. Theis’ invocation claiming kids are ‘under attack’ from ‘forces’ prompts walkouts 

By: - April 14, 2022

Updated, 12:14 p.m., 4/18/22 At least three* state senators walked out of session Wednesday in protest of an invocation given by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton), which appeared to reference Republicans’ national push to crack down on teachings and books that reference LGBTQ+ issues and America’s history of white supremacy. “Dear Lord, across the country […]

White nationalism resurgence continues to shift and shape Michigan, U.S. politics

By: - April 13, 2022

Before that fateful day in spring 2020, Michigan Sen. Erika Geiss felt safe in Lansing. “Even on [annual] open carry day,” Geiss (D-Taylor) said. “I didn’t feel there was an active existential threat to my existence.” As a Black lawmaker from a Southeast Michigan district populated by plenty of hunters, the only real pang of […]

What is white nationalism?

By: - April 13, 2022

At the very core of white nationalism and white supremacy lies ethnocentrism that advocates for a white nation through the exclusion of people of color. That objective is carried along on revolutionary, anti-government themes. “Eugenics is at the heart of white nationalism because you have to believe that white people are genetically superior to justify […]

Division, disarray mark Macomb County GOP convention

By: - April 12, 2022

Each of Michigan’s 83 counties held GOP conventions Monday night, but deeply red Macomb County was perhaps the most chaotic of them all, featuring hours of insults, interruptions and the eventual ousting of the county party’s convention chair. The division and discord that ensued was fed by an organized effort led by former President Trump-endorsed […]

Facing Planned Parenthood lawsuit, Nessel vows again to not defend 1931 abortion law

By: - April 7, 2022

Despite vowing numerous times that she will refuse to defend a nearly century-old Michigan law that would virtually outlaw abortion rights in the state, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel now faces a Planned Parenthood lawsuit that seeks an immediate court order holding her to that promise. “I didn’t become attorney general so that I could […]