Briefs

Dingell, Tlaib question DEQ, EPA on Detroit ‘rotten egg’ smell

BY: - March 5, 2019

U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) are asking state and federal environmental regulators for information about a rotten-egg odor in southwest Detroit caused by a malfunction at the Marathon Detroit refinery. Dingell and Tlaib wrote in a letter to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director Liesl Eichler Clark and U.S. Environmental […]

Metro Detroit leaders say Whitmer’s education budget makes the grade

BY: - March 5, 2019

Updated at 12:40 p.m. with comments from the Detroit Federation of Teachers. Southeast Michigan leaders praised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the $15.4 billion School Aid Fund portion of her budget presentation, which she formally presented on Tuesday.   The School Aid Fund is used to support K-12 public schools. Whitmer’s fiscal year 2020 budget will […]

On this day in 1968: Young becomes Senate Dems’ first Black floor leader

BY: - March 5, 2019

Michigan Senate Democrats on March 5, 1968, selected Coleman A. Young of Detroit as their floor leader. The 49-year-old Young replaced Sandy Levin, who was voted in January chair of the Democratic State Central Committee in January, the Lansing State Journal reported. Levin would eventually serve as Sente minority leader. Young was the first African-American […]

Progress Michigan wants FOIA reform loopholes plugged

BY: - March 5, 2019

Legislation opening the governor’s office and the Legislature to public records requests has some major transparency flaws, Progress Michigan said on Monday. House Bills 4007–4016 would open Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The package also creates a new Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) overseeing information requests to the Legislature. […]

Amash and Trump

Amash again torches Trump on emergency powers, flirts with 2020 run

BY: - March 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.) continues to blast President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration, while also saying he won’t rule out challenging him in 2020 because of it. Speaking with CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, Amash — who has been critical of Trump declaring a federal emergency to bypass Congress and […]

On this day in 1926: Billionaire Richard DeVos Sr. born

BY: - March 4, 2019

Richard DeVos Sr. was on born on March 4, 1926, in Grand Rapids. DeVos attended Calvin College and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. DeVos became a billionaire businessman, co-founder of Amway with Jay Van Andel and owner of the […]

Dingell invites AOC to Detroit to work on climate change

BY: - March 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) said on Sunday that she’s invited progressive freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to come to Detroit to work on climate change issues. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said Dingell was a “moderate,” which she pushed back on, calling herself a “pragmatist” who supports Medicare for All. She said […]

On this day in 1960: ‘Soapy’ declines to run for re-election

BY: - March 3, 2019

G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams on March 3, 1960, announced that he would not seek a seventh term as Michigan governor. That was during the era when governors served two-year terms. The Democrat governed with a Republican-led Legislature during his entire 12 years. Born on Feb. 23, 1911, in Detroit, Williams earned the nickname “Soapy” because […]

More women donning judicial robes in Michigan

BY: - March 3, 2019

At the start of Women’s History Month, the Michigan Supreme Court is highlighting the progress women have made in the state’s judiciary. Currently, 38 percent of judges statewide are women. This compares to 34 percent in 2017 after the 2016 election. That figure was 21 percent in 1999. In 1979, only 5 percent — 26 judges […]

On this day in 1999: Pioneering African-American female judge honored

BY: - March 2, 2019

The Michigan House of Representatives on March 2, 1999, adopted a resolution honoring Claudia House Morcom, one of the state’s leading lawyers and retired judge. Morcom, a Detroit native, earned a degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1956. In 1960, Morcom became the first African-American woman to work at the nation’s first racially […]

Senate GOP leader backs Whitmer’s marijuana board

BY: - March 1, 2019

After lengthy discussion with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is backing Whitmer’s executive order establishing a new marijuana regulatory board, spokeswoman Amber McCann said. On Friday, Whitmer created the Marijuana Regulatory Agency housed within the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), as the Advance reported. It will be […]

On this day in 1961: JFK launches Peace Corps after U of M speech

BY: - March 1, 2019

President John Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. He first proposed the idea at a University of Michigan during a 1960 campaign stop. “How many of you who are going to be doctors, are willing to spend your days in Ghana?” Kennedy asked students on the steps of the Michigan Union on […]