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).

Half of incoming Michigan GOP lawmakers are election deniers

By: - November 20, 2022

Despite a wave of “pro-democracy” candidates winning office on Nov. 8, a large portion of election deniers on the ballot have also secured positions of power in the new Michigan Legislature — as well as two individuals in the state House who were at pro-Trump protests in Washington, D.C., last January. Attention has mostly been […]

Report: Michigan earns failing grade on pipeline information transparency

By: - November 16, 2022

A new report from the Pipeline Safety Trust concluded on Thursday that Michigan is among the worst states for public transparency regarding intrastate pipelines. The review, conducted annually by the Washington-based nonprofit watchdog group, looks at how easily members of the public can access information about pipeline safety and pipelines near their homes. Michigan houses […]

Study: Childhood hunger in Michigan has worsened since federal child tax credit ended

By: and - November 16, 2022

A Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article in October confirmed previous research that food insecurity increased substantially after the expiration of federal monthly advanced child tax credits on Jan. 15. The study looked at the period between January and July of this year in a series of national surveys, and found a nearly […]

MPA: Shutting media out of campaign events is ‘counterintuitive,’ ‘anti-democratic’

By: - November 12, 2022

The completion of the 2022 midterm elections in Michigan also closes out an election season marked by a pattern of anti-media policies by campaigns. In addition to the Michigan Republican Party attempting to shut out certain media publications and the public from the Capitol lawn for a party event in August — a public space […]

Brinks and Tate make Michigan history as next leaders of the Legislature 

By: - November 10, 2022

When Lansing rings in the new year in January 2023, the state Legislature will have new leaders in both Democratic-led chambers. Democratic candidates sweeped Tuesday’s midterm election, making history by gaining control of the Michigan Senate for the first time since 1984 and the Michigan House for the first time since 2011. Also historic are […]

Braving long lines, Michigan college students help propel Dem, Proposal 3 victories

By: - November 10, 2022

Republicans’ predictions of a “red wave” in Michigan were dashed after Democrats enjoyed a higher-than-expected turnout on Tuesday — propelled in part by a large youth presence at the polls, with some lines at universities being more than five hours long. Michigan allows same-day voter registration, which drove the long lines of first-time voters on […]

Updated: Benson, Nessel defeat GOP challengers, Dems keep all top statewide posts

By: - November 9, 2022

Published at 12:40 a.m., 11/9/22, updated at 9:54 a.m. A day of higher-than-expected voter turnout led to a win for both Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn in her race against Republican challenger Kristina Karamo, andDemocratic Attorney General Dana Nessel over GOP challenger Matthew DePerno. The turnout was record-level overall for a midterm election, according to […]

Michigan voter turnout higher than usual across the state, with few hiccups

By: , and - November 8, 2022

Jake Rollow, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, said Tuesday afternoon that the election has largely been running smoothly, with a few hiccups along the way that were swiftly rectified.  As of 4:30 p.m., there were 2,022,885 absentee ballots requested and 1,807,127 absentee ballots submitted. Turnout is higher than usual, Rollow said on […]

NextGen president: Climate and economic justice are at stake for young people this election

By: - November 8, 2022

“A lot of young people in Michigan understand what’s on the line,” Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez said while sitting on a bench in the University of Michigan Rackham Auditorium lobby on Saturday after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) filled it to max capacity. Ramirez, the president of NextGen America, was in Ann Arbor for one of […]

Trump will be close by campaigning in Ohio Monday, but appears to be skipping over Michigan

By: - November 7, 2022

Despite a top Republican saying last week that former President Donald Trump would be back in Michigan this month for his third rally of 2022, there is no sign that he’s heading back to the Mitten State before Tuesday’s election.  GOP attorney general nominee Matthew DePerno, a Trump ally who is seeking to oust Democratic […]

Sanders energizes young crowd in Ann Arbor, urges them to defeat GOP candidates

By: - November 6, 2022

Despite rain and high winds outside, a University of Michigan auditorium was packed to capacity Saturday night for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as he urged young Michiganders to vote for progressive candidates on Tuesday. “We’re taking on enormously powerful people with unlimited resources … more money than you can possibly dream of,” Sanders told […]

Michigan governor’s race showcases a clash of digital campaign styles between Whitmer and Dixon

By: - November 5, 2022

There are many divisions on policy between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP challenger Tudor Dixon, from abortion rights to environmental policy. And there are vast differences between the two women running for Michigan’s highest office in their digital campaign strategies, as well. While Whitmer has run a steady stream of TV ads on her […]