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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.

Progressive PAC sues state over absentee-voting requirements

By: - October 30, 2019

A progressive political group has filed a federal lawsuit against the state challenging laws related to absentee voters.  In its lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, the political action committee (PAC) Priorities USA says that the “fundamental right” of voting in Michigan “is contingent on […]

No progress on post-budget fight, as Republicans pop bills to curb Whitmer’s power

By: - October 30, 2019

The war of words, letters and legislation continues to heat up as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP legislative leaders volley back and forth on negotiating supplemental budgets.   For her part, Whitmer sent a letter on Tuesday to state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) expressing a desire to further […]

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Tlaib, Chang push $12.5M community agreement for Fiat-Chrysler project

By: - October 29, 2019

Detroit residents and lawmakers in the area of a large industrial expansion want some environmental guarantees.  Fiat-Chrysler Automotive is in the process of a $4.5 billion investment in Southeast Michigan and particularly focused on new assembly plants on Detroit’s east side.  Residents in the area, as well as lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) […]

Whitmer tells Republicans she won’t relinquish executive powers in budget negotiations

By: - October 29, 2019

The GOP state Legislature has shown no shortage of consternation at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s use of executive powers to better align the Fiscal Year 2020 budget with her priorities.  In a letter to legislative leaders on Tuesday, Whitmer said she remains unwilling to give up those powers, but believes that through “good faith” negotiations, there […]

Auto workers ratify contract with GM, end six-week strike

By: - October 25, 2019

The six-week United Auto Workers strike of General Motors ended Friday afternoon as about 49,000 workers voted to ratify a four-year contract. The union will now have to reach similar deals at Ford and Fiat-Chrysler, with the next round of negotiations reportedly set to occur at Ford. The contract includes a pathway to full-time work […]

State awards grants for lead remediation

By: - October 25, 2019

The state Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $6.5 million in grants around the state to expand lead hazard services to eligible households with a Medicaid-enrolled resident.  The grants are being provided by the Michigan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and are being awarded to myriad cities, counties and nonprofit organizations […]

GOP leaders, anti-gerrymandering group meet on expanding term limits

By: and - October 22, 2019

A group of Republican leaders, business groups and activists that took on gerrymandering in Michigan have held recent talks aimed at tackling term limits and broader government reform. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) are working with Voters Not Politicians (VNP) and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce to […]

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Nessel joins Facebook antitrust probe

By: - October 22, 2019

State Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined dozens of other attorneys general from around the country in seeking to build an antitrust case against Facebook.  The probe into whether the California-based social media giant has become a monopoly and stifled competition began weeks ago under New York Attorney General Letitia James. It now includes almost […]

It’s official: No gerrymandering reform in Michigan until 2022

By: - October 21, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court decided earlier this year that it won’t weigh in on cases of political gerrymandering and it’s now officially tossed Michigan’s case back to a lower court.  In a one-sentence order on Monday, the Court effectively overturned a lower court ruling that 34 congressional and state legislative districts had been gerrymandered to […]

Heated mayoral race busts through East Grand Rapids ‘bubble’

By: - October 21, 2019

Drive through the Kent County suburb of East Grand Rapids and you’ll find a mix of new and old mansions and well-kept middle-class homes. The city of about 12,000 people has a small downtown with upscale retail shops and restaurants and other services, along with Reeds Lake on the outskirts. The city boasts a median […]

Amash slams Trump on Syria, keeps door cracked open for 2020 presidential bid

By: - October 20, 2019

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) on Sunday hit President Donald Trump for the hasty withdrawal of American troops in Syria earlier this week where U.S. officials said a ceasefire is not holding. “I think the president should have withdrawn troops long ago,” Amash said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” morning show, where he again […]

Johnson & Johnson to pay Michigan $3.2M in another settlement

By: - October 18, 2019

Michigan will see more than $3.2 million as the result of another multi-state settlement tied to the deceptive marketing of medical devices. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday that Michigan will share in $116.9 million with 41 other states and the District of Columbia as part of a settlement with manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and […]