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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist with the Detroit Metro Times. He operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker, Neavling was a five-year veteran of the Detroit Free Press, covering Detroit’s city hall.

Task force created to combat COVID-19 racial disparities in Michigan finds success, but challenges lie ahead

By: - March 8, 2022

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a disturbing trend emerged that worried health officials: the virus was killing an alarming number of Black residents in Michigan. As a result, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer assembled the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities to examine the inequalities and develop a plan to reduce them. Chaired by […]

Trump-loving, COVID-denying, Russia-defending conspiracy theorist wins special House election

By: - March 7, 2022

A Trump loyalist and conspiracy theorist who defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, said COVID-19 is no worse than the flu, and wants to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Michigan is one step closer to being an elected state representative. On Tuesday, Robert Regan won the special primary election for the 74th state House District […]

Audit quashes conspiracy theories about widespread election fraud in Michigan

By: - March 7, 2022

The Michigan Office of the Auditor General debunked conspiracy theories about widespread election fraud, concluding in a report released Friday that local and state officials conducted accurate audits of the election that found little to no irregularities. The office found no evidence of fraud and said the post-election audits were sufficient, with some exceptions, contradicting […]

2nd Whitmer kidnapping suspect pleads guilty, denies being entrapped

By: - February 10, 2022

A Waterford Township man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal conspiracy charges for plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and said he was not entrapped by FBI agents and informants. Kaleb Franks, 27, is the second suspect to plead guilty and agree to testify against the four remaining suspects. He faces up to life in prison […]

Federal prosecutors are investigating fake electors in Michigan, 6 other states

By: - January 26, 2022

The Justice Department is investigating Republicans in Michigan and six other battleground states for posing as presidential electors and falsely declaring that Donald Trump won the election. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel referred the case to the Justice Department and said last week that there’s “absolutely” enough evidence to warrant charges against the 16 Michigan […]

Michigan Republicans sue over newly drawn congressional districts

By: - January 24, 2022

Seven Michigan Republicans have filed a lawsuit against the state’s redistricting commission, arguing that the recently approved congressional maps are “non-neutral,” “arbitrary,” and disregard community boundaries. The suit asks a judge to order the commission to redraw the congressional districts so that fewer counties are broken up by district boundaries. It’s the second lawsuit challenging […]

GOP-initiated ‘forensic audit’ unveils no fraud in Macomb County election

By: - January 11, 2022

Macomb County’s “forensic audit” of the 2020 election unveiled nothing remotely resembling fraud, further debunking repeated and unsubstantiated claims by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The audit by Alabama-based Pro V&V, a company that tests voting systems, examined election technology and found “no outside interference.” Among the baseless conspiracy theories is that outsiders hacked […]

Slotkin to introduce bill to require safe storage of firearms after Oxford shooting

By: - December 16, 2021

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) plans to introduce federal legislation Wednesday that would require gun owners to safely secure firearms following the deadly shooting at Oxford High School. Anyone who fails to properly store their firearms faces up to five years in prison if a child uses as a weapon to injure themselves or commit […]

Nessel ‘disappointed’ Oxford school officials rejected her independent review offer

By: - December 7, 2021

Oxford school officials rejected Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s offer to review last week’s shooting that killed four students and injured seven other people, she announced late Monday. Nessel made the offer Sunday, saying her department was the “perfect agency” to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting at Oxford High School. The idea was to […]

Pungent odor near Detroit Jeep plant prompts civil rights complaint against state environmental regulators

By: - November 17, 2021

Residents who live near Stellantis’ year-old Jeep assembly plant in Detroit filed a federal civil rights complaint against state environmental regulators on Monday, alleging racial discrimination for allowing the automaker to increase air emissions in the predominantly Black city. For months, a pungent, headache-inducing odor has been wafting from the Jeep Grand Cherokee plant on […]

GOP state senator announces challenge to Rep. Slotkin

By: - November 15, 2021

State Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) announced Monday that he’s running for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly). ​​In November 2018, Slotkin, a former CIA analyst, narrowly defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop to claim the 8th Congressional District seat, which covers the Lansing area, Livingston County and northern Oakland County and had […]

Michigan adds nonbinary option to driver licenses

By: - November 5, 2021

Michigan will soon offer driver licenses and identification cards with a nonbinary gender marker of “X,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced this week. Beginning Wednesday, residents will no longer be limited to selecting either male or female on their IDs. She said in January this was under consideration. “I am proud to support Michiganders […]