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Enviro scorecard: Peters, Stabenow earn 100%, Huizenga, Walberg at zero

BY: - April 15, 2019

Michigan’s congressional delegation lagged those of the greenest states in the nation when it comes to supporting environmentally-friendly federal policy, according to a new report from the League of Conservation Voters. The report for 2018 — before this current term — offered consistently high marks to Democrats, but few to Republicans, including in Michigan. The […]

Magic Johnson-backed state fairgrounds redevelopment moves forward

BY: - April 15, 2019

The long-vacant Michigan State Fairgrounds on the border between Detroit and Oakland County could soon see new life. On Monday morning, the state’s Land Bank Fast Track Authority announced that it had closed on a deal with real estate firm Magic Plus LLC to acquire 16 acres of the disused fairground. The city of Detroit, […]

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Nessel axed $1.6M in executive staff from Schuette era

BY: - April 12, 2019

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel has eliminated 12 executive office positions that existed under her predecessor, Republican Bill Schuette. Those positions totaled $1.595 million in salary and benefits, the AG’s office said. Nessel said at a small media roundtable last month that her department axed some “political” positions, which helped fund new initiatives, including a […]

Levin leads U.S. legislators requesting measles help from CDC

BY: - April 12, 2019

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) teamed up with 15 other members of Congress to request aid from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as measles outbreaks spread through the country. The request comes as Michigan has seen its biggest measles outbreak since 1991, with a total of 40 cases reported over the […]

Sanders to stop in West Michigan Saturday

BY: - April 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has added a presidential campaign stop on Saturday in West Michigan. He is scheduled to hold an event at 1:30 p.m. at the United Association Local 174 in Coopersville, north of Grand Rapids, WWMT-TV reports. It will not be open to the public. Earlier this week, Sanders announced a 5 […]

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State announces panel members who will set PFAS drinking water limit

BY: - April 11, 2019

A state task force announced on Thursday the members of a new panel that will determine drinking water limits for a suite of toxic chemicals. In a press release, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) announced the three members who will determine by April 2020 the official drinking water limit for PFAS, or per- […]

At $40M, Michigan’s 2018 Senate race didn’t crack top 10 nationwide

BY: - April 11, 2019

The 2018 battle between U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Republican businessman John James cost a pretty penny — $40 million to be exact. But the race didn’t even break into the top 10 most expensive races across the country, the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN) reported on Thursday. “Michigan’s U.S. Senate race was […]

Whitmer creates panel of public school advisers

BY: - April 11, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order today creating a formal advisory council that will “advise the governor and make recommendations for legislation relevant to Michigan’s public education system.” The Governor’s Educator Advisory Council will include 15 members appointed by the governor who will represent “various roles in Michigan’s public education system,” including the state’s […]

AG forms investigative unit to examine wrongful criminal convictions

BY: - April 10, 2019

State Attorney General Dana Nessel on Wednesday announced a new Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) to investigate “credible” claims of innocence, according to a news release. Michigan had among the highest rates of criminal exonerations in the country last year. Nessel has tapped Huntington Woods-based criminal defense attorney Robyn Frankel to head the unit, which is […]

Peters breaks Michigan fundraising record with $1.9M in 1Q

BY: - April 10, 2019

Updated at 2:22 p.m. with fundraising totals from Stevens. Freshman U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) took in $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2019, his campaign announced Wednesday morning. His cash-on-hand tops $3 million. Peters is up for re-election in 2020. Michigan is expected to be a critical state in both determining the […]

Nessel joins state AGs urging DeVos to disclose student loan data

BY: - April 9, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is one of almost two dozen top state law enforcement officials from around the country who are demanding better access to student loan data from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Nessel’s office on Tuesday announced that the Democrat would join 19 other attorneys general in signing a letter to […]

Most expensive state House race: Iden vs. Griffin in West Michigan

BY: - April 9, 2019

Last fall, state Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo) won re-election by 2.5 points in the most expensive state House race in Michigan. Overall, it was another record-breaking cycle for state House races, with $27.6 million spent in 2018, according to data from the nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN). Iden faced off against Democrat Alberta Griffin in […]