Briefs

Charges dropped against Detroit cop accused of shooting journalists with rubber bullets

BY: - October 28, 2021

A judge dismissed charges Tuesday against a Detroit cop who was accused of firing rubber bullets at three photojournalists during protests over police brutality in May 2020. Corp. Daniel Debono was charged with three felony counts of felonious assault for allegedly shooting rubber bullets at MLive’s Nicole Hester and independent journalists Seth Herald and Matthew […]

Michigan reports 7,867 new COVID-19 cases, 142 deaths since Monday

BY: - October 27, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,120,357 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,060 have died from the virus — an additional 7,867 cases and 142 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,933 […]

Redistricting commission postpones meeting due to death threat

BY: - October 27, 2021

Updated, 4:59 p.m., 10/27/21 with comment from Michigan State Police, Michigan State University A Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) meeting Wednesday was postponed after the commission received a death threat, according to spokesperson Edward Woods.  “At 1:06 p.m. today, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission received notification of a death threat received through email. […]

Michigan Democrats, parents call for Child Tax Credit extension

BY: - October 27, 2021

At virtual roundtable with parents on Wednesday organized by the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), parents called on Capitol Hill lawmakers to extend the federal Child Tax Credit, which affects 1.9 million Michigan children.  Christie Donn is a mother of two from Redford whose family receives the tax credit. “The Child Tax Credit payments that we […]

Controversial GOP Senate bill banning ‘critical race theory’ passes in committee

BY: - October 27, 2021

Democratic lawmakers and educators are sounding the alarm about Senate Bill 460, the second GOP bill banning “critical race theory” that will head for a full chamber vote this fall in the Michigan Legislature. The legislation was reported out of committee Tuesday, and is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that […]

Nessel files brief with state Supreme Court to expand LGBTQ+ rights

BY: - October 26, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel, on behalf of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), is challenging a ruling from the Court of Claims that decided the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.  “All Michiganders are entitled to the same civil rights—the right to be free from actionable discrimination […]

GOP leaders seek new avenue to undermine elections: local canvassing boards

BY: - October 25, 2021

As Michigan Republican Party members continue to perpetuate false claims on the 2020 election won by President Joe Biden, party leaders have shifted their focus on those in charge of certifying vote counts in future elections. Republicans are now replacing members on county canvassing boards who certified the 2020 election results with those who falsely […]

Report: McBroom was on Jan. 2 call with Trump, Eastman and Giuliani

BY: - October 23, 2021

Michigan Senate Oversight Committee Chair Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) was on a call with hundreds of GOP lawmakers days before the Jan. 6 insurrection with President Donald Trump and his legal advisers, the Washington Post reported Saturday. Trump was on the call along lawyers John Eastman — who wrote a memo outlining how Vice President Mike […]

Tlaib, Geiss call on feds to support Afghan and Haitian refugees 

BY: - October 23, 2021

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and state Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) this week both expressed their desire for the federal government to give more support for Afghans and Haitians currently residing in the United States. In a letter led by Tlaib on Wednesday, she and 24 other members of Congress urged President Joe Biden to […]

Michigan reports 7,505 new COVID-19 cases, 118 deaths since Wednesday

BY: - October 22, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,104,634 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,862 have died from the virus — an additional 7,505 cases and 118 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,752 […]

COVID-19 boosters from Moderna, J&J OK’d along with ‘mix and match’ shots

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of additional Americans are now eligible to receive a booster dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, after federal health officials gave the green light late Thursday to follow-up doses of the shots made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Anyone who received the one-shot J&J vaccine is now eligible for a second […]

House holds Bannon in contempt of Congress

BY: - October 21, 2021

The House voted 229-202 Thursday on a bipartisan resolution holding former President Donald Trump adviser Stephen Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena about his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The report will be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for prosecution. BREAKING: The […]