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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).

Michigan Republicans backing LGBTQ+ rights say GOP’s anti-gay push is too familiar

By: - May 10, 2022

Former State Rep. Lorence Wenke of Kalamazoo had been a Republican his entire life. Then 2004 came along. “Never even considered changing parties or thinking that the Republican Party wasn’t generally the answer to the world’s problems. But then I got to Lansing,” Wenke said. During his first term in the Michigan House in 2004, […]

Fauci tells 2020 U of M grads to challenge ‘untruths’ while anti-vaxxers protest outside

By: - May 8, 2022

The University of Michigan’s 2020 graduates on Saturday finally received the Big House ceremony they were denied two years ago, with Dr. Anthony Fauci fittingly giving the “comeback” commencement speech for the students whose senior year at the university was upended by COVID-19. Meanwhile, a caravan of cars and trucks circled Michigan Stadium, emblazoned with […]

GOP lawmakers inject abortion fight into budget bills

By: - May 5, 2022

The Michigan House and Senate passed a slew of budget bills this week, but not without Democratic pushback on controversial measures included by Republicans lawmakers. One of the main sticking points for Democrats: Proposed budgets for Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that would greatly restrict abortion access and funding, as well as […]

Regan blames special state House election loss on ‘coup’ from ‘RINO establishment’

By: - May 4, 2022

The day after far-right Republican Robert Regan lost a special state House election Tuesday in a surprise upset, Regan blamed establishment Republicans for his loss during a radio talk show appearance. “This was a big, big win for … quite frankly, the RINO [Republican in Name Only] establishment, who’s proved beyond a shadow of a […]

GOP lawmakers attend anti-abortion luncheon, hail SCOTUS draft opinion

By: - May 3, 2022

As the nation still grapples with the late Monday news of a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, which confirms that the court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, Michigan GOP senators took a break from session Tuesday to partake in a closed luncheon with Right to Life (RTL) of Michigan. RTL has […]

State reports 35 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

By: - May 2, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 79 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 35 K-12 schools in 14 counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters that total 229 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on a weekly basis. […]

Granholm, Whitmer, members of Congress cut ribbon for MSU’s $730M nuclear research facility

By: - May 2, 2022

After 13 years of work and a nearly $1 billion investment, state and national leaders came together in East Lansing Monday for a prestigious ribbon-cutting ceremony for the one-of-a-kind scientific facility. The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), housed on Michigan State University’s campus next to academic buildings and across the street from the MSU […]

Enbridge, Nessel fight over Line 5 pipeline in holding pattern 

By: - May 1, 2022

Updated, 8:26 p.m., 5/3/22, with comments from Enbridge When Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel took office in 2019, both having campaigned on decommissioning Enbridge’s Line 5, they ushered in a flurry of legal and regulatory battles over the embattled oil pipeline. Two federal lawsuits could determine the fate of the 69-year-old […]

Rep. Jewell Jones turns down GOP leadership’s offer to resume committee posts

By: - April 29, 2022

State Rep. Jewell Jones declined to resume his seat on three House committees this week after being offered them back by House Speaker Jason Wentworth. Wentworth (R-Clare) had stripped Jones of his assignments on three committees, including the Regulatory Reform and the Military, Veterans and Homeland Security committees, in September after Jones attempted to sneak […]

Rep. Matt Maddock booted from House GOP caucus

By: - April 27, 2022

State Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) has been removed from the House GOP caucus, the Advance has confirmed. “As to the reason, the caucus doesn’t discuss internal issues,” said Gideon D’Assandro, spokesperson for House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) on Wednesday. There have been reports that Maddock shared details from confidential caucus meetings. Maddock’s page on the […]

Advocates rally to raise awareness as almost 25,000 Michigan children were abused in 2021 

By: - April 26, 2022

Around 200 advocates flocked to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday to raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect, planting pinwheels in the ground across the city afterwards as part of the 14th annual event hosted by the Children’s Trust Fund. More than 16,000 complaints of child abuse and neglect were confirmed in Michigan in […]

State reports 14 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

By: - April 25, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 44 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 14 K-12 schools —Burns Elementary-Middle School, John R. King Academic And Performing Arts Academy, Wacousta Elementary, Little Dragons Learning Center, Gull Lake-Ryan Intermediate, Ottawa Area Center, Allen Elementary, Burns […]