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 measure should be on Nov. ballot, Michigan Supreme Court rules

By: - September 8, 2022

After a week of uncertainty for the fate of two major ballot measures, the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday evening ruled that a constitutional amendment expanding voting rights will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot for Michiganders to decide. Promote the Vote 2022 (PTV) had gathered more than 664,000 signatures in July — over 200,000 […]

Muskegon Co. prosecutor appointed to investigate DePerno, others in voting machine probe

By: - September 8, 2022

The special prosecutor sought by Attorney General Dana Nessel to handle an investigation into her GOP challenger will be Democrat D.J. Hilson, the prosecuting attorney in Muskegon County. Hilson was first elected to office in 2012. He will now oversee an investigation into whether nine people, including Republican Attorney General nominee Matthew DePerno, should be […]

Michigan Supreme Court strikes down challenge to term limits ballot measure

By: - September 7, 2022

An attempt to have the Michigan Supreme Court either reject a constitutional amendment or have petitioners break it up into two ballot measures before Michigan voters in November has failed. The Michigan Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment (Proposal 1) will now likely be on the ballot as written. It seeks to reduce the […]

Term limits proposal opponents ask Michigan Supreme Court to toss it from ballot

By: - September 6, 2022

All three constitutional amendments whose supporters hope will be on the Nov. 8 ballot are now awaiting sink-or-swim rulings in the Michigan Supreme Court. Michigan Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment (Proposal 1) would reduce the state’s current system of term limits to a total of 12 years, while also allowing for six, two-year […]

Candidates, mostly Republican, skip debates, bar press during midterm campaigns

By: and - September 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — With two months left of the 2022 campaign season, a majority of Republican candidates are continuing to skirt away from not only talking to local and national media outlets about their policy issues, but their own constituents, leaving voters with little information on their policy positions. “If we are to hold our elected […]

Abortion rights coalition files suit in Michigan Supreme Court to put question on Nov. ballot

By: - September 2, 2022

On Thursday afternoon, one of the two constitutional amendment proposals rejected by the Board of State Canvassers took to the courts as Promote the Vote 2022 challenged the matter before the Michigan Supreme Court. The second proposal, Reproductive Freedom for All (RFFA), later followed suit. “This case presents a straightforward issue for this Court to […]

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 […]