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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).

‘Oil destroys life’: Winona LaDuke on why she fights Midwest pipeline projects

By: - December 1, 2019

Winona LaDuke is internationally known as a vocal indigenous activist in northern Minnesota, where Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy has been attempting for years to construct a new Line 3 pipeline through tribal lands and sacred wild rice lakes. She is also an economist, writer, author of seven books and co-author of many more. LaDuke […]

Nessel drops charges in case due to former assistant AG’s actions

By: - November 26, 2019

After two months and 26 interviews, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday that her office will dismiss charges against two defendants after its investigation into former Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej’s conduct. In September, Nessel learned that the Michigan State Police was investigating an alleged inappropriate relationship between Kolodziej and one of the victims […]

Peters, Stabenow join calls for Trump aide Stephen Miller to resign

By: - November 25, 2019

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) have joined four other Michigan lawmakers in demanding the resignation of White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller, the Advance has confirmed. “While Stephen Miller should have never been in the White House in the first place, his emails revealing his ties to white nationalism disqualify […]

Michiganders sue Trump dept. over Medicaid work requirements

By: - November 22, 2019

Four Michigan residents filed a lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), challenging the President Trump administration’s approval for a waiver that conditions Medicaid coverage in Michigan upon work requirements.  The requirements are set to take effect on Jan. 1 and the state has been preparing recipients for the changes. […]

Shirkey calls Whitmer and Michigan Dems ‘batshit crazy,’ gov’s office calls comments ‘sexist and partisan’

By: - November 21, 2019

Updated 8:01 p.m. 11/21/19 with additional comments from Shirkey State Sen. Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) had some colorful things to say about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic state lawmakers to students at a Hillsdale College Republicans event last week. As detailed in an article published Thursday by Hillsdale College’s student newspaper, Shirkey described Whitmer […]

Enviros give DTE Energy failing grade on clean energy

By: - November 19, 2019

If electric utilities received report cards for their investment plans like students do for class assignments, DTE Energy’s 15-year investment plan would get failing grades. This is according to a coalition of pro-clean energy organizations, who released a “report card” on Monday evaluating the Detroit-based DTE Energy’s plan on criteria including equitable access to clean […]

Tlaib, Sanders aim to curb ‘excessive’ CEO pay

By: - November 14, 2019

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) has teamed up with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to reduce income inequality by taking aim at excessively paid CEOs. Their bill introduced Wednesday, called the Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act, would impose a higher corporate tax rate increase on companies whose CEOs are paid […]

4 events, 24 hours and 1 blizzard: My Veterans Day with Rep. Slotkin

By: - November 14, 2019

I’ve decided I’m never going outside again. On Monday, I was assigned to cover U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and her team as they traveled around her district – and beyond – for a full itinerary of Veterans Day events. I jumped at the chance to follow the congresswoman, who made news last year as the first […]

Slotkin talks traveling to Turkey and Iraq, fixing the VA 

By: - November 14, 2019

For Veterans Day, I spent the day following U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and her campaign team as they embarked on a full itinerary of events. This happened to coincide on mid-Michigan’s first day of real, sustained snowfall, and as a result, I ended up on a 24-hour odyssey.  I was finally able to speak […]

Shirkey offers no apology for comparing abortion to slavery in radio interview

By: - November 8, 2019

In a recent radio interview, Michigan’s Senate GOP leader compared the “scourge” of abortion to slavery – and he’s not backing down from the comparison. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) made the comments on Radio Free Hillsdale 101.7 FM on during a Monday discussion about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s push to expand abortion access to women […]

Bills you may have missed: SOS wait times, oil subsidies and horse-drawn carriage crackdowns 

By: - November 8, 2019

Ahead of the Legislature’s rapidly approaching hunting break, here is this week’s Michigan Advance roundup of noteworthy recent legislation you may have missed. Regulating horse-drawn vehicles State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R–Clarklake) and state Sens. Curtis VanderWall (R-Ludington) and Jim Stamas (R-Midland) have introduced Senate Bills 642-644 to place more regulations on horse-drawn carriages, […]

Enviros, tribes call on Whitmer to shut down Line 5 before extreme weather hits, fearing oil spill

By: - November 6, 2019

A coalition of more than a dozen Michigan organizations have sent a formal request to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, urging her to take immediate action to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline ahead of potentially hazardous winter weather.  The Oct. 25 letter, which was made public Wednesday, calls attention to the “serious threat” a Line 5 […]