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).

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 […]

Stabenow, Slotkin applaud ‘monumental’ federal reforms to lower Medicare drug prices

By: - August 16, 2022

After a trip to an agricultural expo near St. Johns, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) stopped by Lansing’s Forest Community Health Center to praise elements of a law slated to be signed Tuesday that aims to lower drug prices for Americans on Medicare. Democratic President Joe Biden plans to […]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens Line 5 environmental review

By: - August 15, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District on Monday formally published a notice of intent for its forthcoming draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the embattled Line 5 tunnel project. The EIS process means that the plans to replace the aging pipeline will be scrutinized by the highest level of federal environmental review […]

Advocates worry federal law protecting Native adoptees could be overturned by Supreme Court

By: - August 6, 2022

As far as Susan Devan Harness knew, she was an only child whose birth parents died in a car crash long ago. Only in her early 20s did Harness — a Native American adopted by a white couple — realize that not only was her birth mother alive and located just 30 miles away, but […]

Haaland, Newland to hear Native boarding school survivors’ stories in Pellston

By: - August 5, 2022

Pellston is the next stop on U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s year-long “road to healing” tour, in which the country’s first Native American cabinet member will hear from survivors and descendants of so-called Indian residential schools. The nationwide implementation of boarding schools — five of which were located in Michigan — was once part of […]

Rebandt concedes to Dixon, but alleges ‘curious activity’ in Bay County

By: - August 4, 2022

Late Wednesday evening, the Rev. Ralph Rebandt became the third GOP gubernatorial candidate to concede to right-wing commentator Tudor Dixon — and the second to call into question the validity of the election results. Far-right activist Ryan Kelley has still yet to concede. In a text message exchange with the Advance Wednesday, Kelley baselessly claimed […]

Kelley says there were ‘unprecedented oddities’ in Tuesday’s GOP gov. primary election

By: - August 3, 2022

After coming in fourth place in the GOP gubernatorial primary Tuesday and refusing to concede to nominee Tudor Dixon, far-right activist Ryan Kelley told the Advance Wednesday that he thinks there were “unprecedented oddities” in the process. Unofficial election returns in the five-person race show Kelley received 15.5% of the vote. Dixon, a right-wing commentator […]