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).

Voting rights group sues state board in Michigan Supreme Court following deadlock on ballot proposal

By: - September 1, 2022

After the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked Wednesday on whether to place a voting rights constitutional amendment on the November ballot — despite Promote the Vote 2022 (PTV) gathering over 200,000 more signatures than needed — the campaign has filed a lawsuit against the state board in the Michigan Supreme Court. In a 197-page filing […]

Nessel: Debating DePerno while investigating him would ‘violate my oath of office’

By: - September 1, 2022

After a number of challenges Republican Attorney General nominee Matthew DePerno has posed to Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel to debate him before the November election, Nessel released a lengthy statement Wednesday outlining why she believes that would raise legal issues. Generally and “in ordinary times,” Nessel said, she has “never shied away from events […]

Whitmer to big tech: Prevent data from being used against women seeking reproductive care

By: - September 1, 2022

Following recent reports of Facebook data being weaponized against women, nurses and doctors in the fallout of Roe v. Wade being toppled, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday urged five of the world’s largest tech companies to bolster data privacy protections and increase transparency. “Keyword searches, message histories, location data, and general health data can […]

MIGOP restricting access to Capitol lawn for rally raises 1st Amendment issues, experts say

By: - August 31, 2022

The Michigan Republican Party held a rally on the Capitol lawn Saturday — but not everyone was welcome at the festivities on public land. That’s raised serious concerns with First Amendment lawyers, journalists and the Michigan State Capitol Commission. After a lengthy and occasionally boisterous nominating convention at the Lansing Center, to which the Advance […]

Nessel, 23 AGs defend law to prevent ‘unwarranted displacement’ of Indigenous children

By: - August 30, 2022

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined two dozen of her colleagues across the country in arguing that a long-standing federal law protecting Native American adoptees should be upheld. The 44-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) provides foundational protections guaranteed to Indigenous children, their families and their tribal communities. It was implemented to prevent the […]

New: Most Michigan voters support Inflation Reduction Act, want further climate change action

By: - August 30, 2022

New polling has found that a majority of Michigan voters support President Joe Biden’s recently signed federal law that will pour $750 billion into priorities like climate and health care, while even more residents would support Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer securing those funds for energy projects in Michigan. The Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, signed into […]

Calley talks GOP discord, possible LG fight ahead of convention

By: - August 23, 2022

Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is no stranger to the ins-and-outs of Michigan GOP nominating conventions. But although his own (successful) efforts to secure and maintain his position as GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder’s two-time running mate were not without their challenges, particularly in 2014, Calley’s experiences both times seem like much smoother sailing compared […]

Soldano backpedals, nixes LG bid to spend time with his family

By: - August 22, 2022

After teasing a possible bid for lieutenant governor on Friday, then signaling over the weekend that he had begun actively campaigning to be GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon’s running mate, Kalamazoo chiropractor Garrett Soldano reversed course on Monday and announced that he will no longer be seeking the lieutenant governor spot. The move will lessen […]

Dixon taps GOP former Rep. Shane Hernandez for LG

By: - August 19, 2022

Just 45 minutes before the Michigan GOP deadline and foregoing an in-person press conference, Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon announced on Twitter and Facebook that she has chosen former state Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) to serve as her running mate. “Shane Hernandez as lieutenant governor will help to improve our schools, create safer communities, […]

In blow to state, Nessel’s 2019 suit to shut down Line 5 to remain in federal court

By: - August 19, 2022

A federal judge on Thursday denied Attorney General Dana Nessel’s motion to remand her 2019 lawsuit against Enbridge back to state court where it originated, presenting a significant setback in the state’s efforts to shut down the aging Line 5 pipeline that transports oil under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, after Neff ruled […]

Opponents file challenges to Michigan abortion rights, voting rights ballot measures

By: and - August 18, 2022

Two proposed amendments to the Michigan Constitution have been hit with challenges to the content of their petitions, which representatives for the Reproductive Freedom for All and Promote the Vote 2022 measures have already called “absurd” and “bogus.” Thursday was the deadline for opponents to file challenges to petitions. To fail on petition signature grounds, […]

As Dixon weighs LG pick, she faces criticism from fellow Republicans ahead of state convention

By: - August 18, 2022

The Aug. 2 gubernatorial primary is now in the rear-view mirror and right-wing commentator Tudor Dixon is slated to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November. But in the run-up to next weekend’s Michigan GOP convention, intra-party discord appears to be growing. “You can’t run from the basement and beat Whitmer! Get out and talk […]