Briefs

Nessel joins coalition of AGs opposing Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

BY: - August 10, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general from across the country in filing an amicus brief opposing Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Act,” otherwise known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Nessel, a Democrat who is Michigan’s first openly gay top statewide official, says that the law, which prevents […]

Failed Sterling Heights City Council candidate charged with forging ballot applications 

BY: - August 10, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced felony charges had been filed against a former Sterling Heights City Council candidate related to ballot application forgeries. Paul Manni, 27, of Sterling Heights, was arraigned Friday in Macomb County’s 41-A District Court with nine counts of forging a signature on an absent voter ballot application, five-year felonies; and […]

Community risk level rises to high as Michigan reports 20,173 new COVID-19 cases in the last week

BY: - August 9, 2022

Community risk levels are rising across Michigan as coronavirus cases continue to increase, according to a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. The department reports a total of 2,708,622 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, an additional 16,137 cases compared to the […]

Dingell calls for EPA to act on Huron River spill

BY: - August 9, 2022

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Ann Arbor) is calling for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) assistance in Southeast Michigan following a chemical spill into the Huron River.  During the weekend of July 30, Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom, Michigan released industrial chemicals containing hexavalent chromium into the sewer system leading to the Wixom wastewater treatment facility. The […]

Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19 for the first time

BY: - August 9, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced late Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19. “Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms after being fully vaccinated and twice boosted,” said Whitmer in the statement. Whitmer said she last tested negative on Monday afternoon and that following standard protocol, all of her close contacts on Monday will be […]

Whitmer conducting search for Strayhorn’s replacement on state Board of Education

BY: - August 8, 2022

Citing “new academic and athletic opportunities” that will require relocation outside of Michigan, former Michigan State University football player Jason Strayhorn has resigned from the state Board of Education. Strayhorn, who was elected as a Democrat in 2020 to the eight-member board, said in a July 29 letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that while serving […]

Haaland, Newland to hear Native boarding school survivors’ stories in Pellston

BY: - August 5, 2022

Pellston is the next stop on U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s year-long “road to healing” tour, in which the country’s first Native American cabinet member will hear from survivors and descendants of so-called Indian residential schools. The nationwide implementation of boarding schools — five of which were located in Michigan — was once part of […]

Report: GOP lawmakers have spent $71K in taxpayer funds defending 1931 abortion ban

BY: - August 5, 2022

As the fight over implementation of Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban continues in the courts, a liberal advocacy group says Republican lawmakers have spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on legal resources to defend it. Progress Michigan says it submitted financial disclosure requests to the Michigan House and Senate Business offices to determine what public […]

Contaminated Ashland soil along Enbridge Line 5 under investigation

BY: - August 5, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is assisting in the investigation of suspected oil-contaminated soil collected along Enbridge Line 5 south in Ashland, Wisc. The pipeline stretches from Sarnia, Ontario, through a swath of northern Michigan to Wisconsin. According to a state DNR press release, an Enbridge contractor reported the soil to the DNR […]

Early results show no signs of contamination following Huron River hexavalent chromium spill

BY: - August 4, 2022

Following reports of a hexavalent chromium spill in the Huron River on Monday, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) has begun testing at multiple sites in the river system.  Hexavalent chromium is a known carcinogen and can cause multiple negative health effects through contact with skin, or when inhaled or ingested. […]

Voters Not Politicians to form effort against ‘election denier’ candidates on the Michigan ballot

BY: - August 4, 2022

Updated, 10:58 a.m., 8/6/22 The same group that spearheaded a 2018 initiative reforming redistricting and joined a coalition that recently turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures to expand voting access in Michigan, is launching a new effort to prevent “election deniers” from getting into office. Following Tuesday’s primary in which several candidates who have […]

Whitmer again asks Michigan Supreme Court to protect legal abortion

BY: - August 4, 2022

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday evening once more urged the Michigan Supreme Court to review a lawsuit she filed in April, asking the Court to determine if the state Constitution protects abortion.  There have been several court actions this week. On Monday morning, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a temporary injunction barring […]