Briefs

Former U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek dies at age 69

BY: - October 16, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) has died at age 69. Benishek represented the 1st Congressional District spanning the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan from 2011 until he retired in 2017. He was a surgeon who had five children with his wife, Judy. They had five grandchildren. “We are heartbroken by the sudden loss […]

Anti-mask parents are wrong: Schools with no mask mandates in Michigan have more COVID-19 cases

BY: - October 16, 2021

Updated and corrected, 8:55 a.m., 10/16/21 School districts with no mask requirements in Michigan have higher rates of coronavirus transmissions than those with mandates, according to new data from the University of Michigan. School districts with no mask requirements averaged 73 coronavirus cases per 100,000 students as of late September, compared to 45 cases per […]

Whitmer vetoes another two bills from GOP voting restrictions package

BY: - October 16, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Friday two voting bills from the Senate Republicans 39-bill election package that she said would “divert key resources away from ensuring that every qualified Michigan resident can cast a secure ballot in our elections.” Senate Bill 277, introduced by Sen. Michael MacDonald (R-Macomb Twp.), aimed to allow county clerks to remove […]

Battle Creek Kellogg workers picketing against contract givebacks are part of ‘Striketober’

BY: - October 15, 2021

Almost 1,400 union workers at four Kellogg plants, including Battle Creek, have been on strike since last week — and they’re part of a growing national movement that supporters like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have dubbed “Striketober.” “After years of being underserved and taken for granted – & doubly so during the pandemic – […]

Whitmer: Goal is to replace all Benton Harbor lead service lines in 18 mos.

BY: - October 14, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed an executive directive aimed at coordinating her administration’s efforts on safe drinking water for Benton Harbor. Whitmer said the state is committed to expediting lead service line replacements using additional federal, state and local resources, with the goal of replacing 100% of lead service lines in Benton Harbor in 18 months. That comes after Benton Harbor received […]

Michigan reports 8,671 new COVID-19 cases, 110 deaths since Monday

BY: - October 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,073,228 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,459 have died from the virus — an additional 8,671 cases and 110 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Monday’s and Tuesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 4,335 […]

Former U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee dies at 92

BY: - October 13, 2021

Updated and corrected, 3:10 p.m., 10/13/21, with additional comments Former U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Flint) has died at the age of 92. Kildee served in Congress from 1977 until he retired in 2013. He was succeeded by his nephew, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), who is now the longest-serving member of Michigan’s Democratic House delegation […]

Redistricting commission approves maps for next round of public comment

BY: - October 12, 2021

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) approved Monday four maps for the state’s congressional districts, three for the state House and three for the state Senate, though these maps are still far from the final product.  The commission now will present these maps during a number of public hearings throughout October and will consider […]

Activists urge Detroit to increase inclusion of Indigenous communities

BY: - October 12, 2021

Indigenous activists are calling on Detroit leaders to address historical inequities and honor the original people who were displaced from the city. The Detroit Indigenous Peoples Alliance (DIPA) made the demands while gathered in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue on Woodward on Indigenous People’s Day on Monday. “This place here is the traditional […]

Tribal leaders praise Haaland and Biden admin. for restoring Bears Ears

BY: - October 11, 2021

Tribal leaders are praising President Joe Biden, who last week signed proclamations fully restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments that were both cut into by the previous Trump administration by nearly 2 million acres total. “The president’s protection of these three national monuments is among a series of steps the administration has taken […]

Michigan reports 8,409 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

BY: - October 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,055,420 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,313 have died from the virus — an additional 8,409 cases and 82 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 4,205 […]

The Legislature got rid of prevailing wage in 2018, but Whitmer just brought it back

BY: - October 7, 2021

Updated, 3:08 p.m., 8:13 p.m. 10/7/21 with comments from Whitmer’s office Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced that she’s bringing back prevailing wage for state construction projects. That comes after a 2018 ballot measure, backed by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC), was enacted by the GOP-led Legislature killing the prevailing wage. […]