Sanders plans Detroit-Canada trip to highlight high prescription costs

BY: - July 15, 2019

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will be in Detroit on July 28 and accompany Type I diabetes patients on a bus trip seeking cheaper insulin in Canada, CNN reported. “Canada has a nationalized, single-payer system that allows them to negotiate much better prices with the drug companies,” Sanders said during a Thursday interview with CNN. […]

Tlaib renews her ‘impeach the MF’er’ call against Trump

BY: - July 14, 2019

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) made waves during her first week in office when she told a progressive audience: “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” On Saturday, Tlaib renewed her call against President Donald Trump while speaking on a Netroots Nation panel in Philadelphia, along with several Democratic members of Congress, according to media outlets including […]

All Dem presidential hopefuls invited to Detroit fundraiser headlined by Whitmer

BY: - July 13, 2019

Most of the two dozen Democratic presidential contenders will flock to Detroit at the end of the month for the second round of debates on July 30 and 31. The Michigan Democratic Party is holding a two-night, baseball-themed fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at IBEW Local 58 in Detroit that will be headlined by […]

Peters stresses need for accurate census count as Trump backs away from citizenship question

BY: - July 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters says he’s “pleased” that the President Trump administration appears to finally be abandoning a plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, but the Bloomfield Township Democrat stressed this week the need for an accurate count. The U.S. Supreme Court last month delayed implementation on the citizenship question, prompting a […]

Formerly Christian-only northern Michigan town to get DOJ oversight

BY: - July 12, 2019

The northern Michigan town of Bay View has settled a lawsuit over its former law prohibiting non-Christians from owning homes, agreeing to federal oversight that will enforce anti-religious discrimination measures. For the next five years, the U.S. Department of Justice will oversee home purchases in the small town, where until 2018, local bylaws said that […]

Whitmer tweets lawmakers could have climbed Mt. Everest — twice — in time since she proposed budget 

BY: - July 12, 2019

As summer wears on, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appears to be growing more impatient with the state Legislature’s lack of urgency on getting a budget completed.  The Legislature typically takes off the months of July and August. For the past eight years, when state government was completely controlled Republicans, the next fiscal year’s budget was done […]

Kildee ranks 8th among Congress members for most TV appearances

BY: - July 11, 2019

If you’ve noticed U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) on national TV a lot this year, you’re not alone. He’s notched the eighth-most appearances of any member of Congress, with 26 so far, according to Roll Call. Kildee, a member of U.S. House leadership and the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is frequently asked to opine […]

Whitmer, Gilchrist again meet with Benton Harbor school officials

BY: - July 11, 2019

State officials and education leaders in Benton Harbor continue to work toward a solution for the ailing Southwest Michigan school district, although few details are known.  Since early June, residents and elected officials in the city have fumed at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her administration as they rejected an initial plan to shutter the Benton […]

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the Mackinac Policy Conference

Whitmer, Great Lakes governors form coalition on Asian carp

BY: - July 11, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office announced Tuesday morning that she, as part of a new bipartisan coalition of governors in the Great Lakes region, will assist Illinois officials in blocking the invasive Asian carp at a crucial “choke point” in northern Illinois. The group includes not only the governors of every state that touches the Great […]

Whitmer, Benson want U.S. women’s soccer champs to visit Michigan

BY: - July 11, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who established the first-in-the-nation Task Force on Women in Sports, has invited the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national soccer team to visit Michigan. She tweeted the invite Tuesday on behalf of herself and the task force’s chair, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who is the former CEO of the Ross Initiative in […]

Presidential hopeful Inslee calls for Line 5 closure

BY: - July 10, 2019

As the legal battle over Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 oil pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac continues, one Democratic presidential candidate is calling for its shutdown.  In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has based his campaign on battling climate change and stumped on that issue in Detroit in June, […]

Nessel joins coalition asking court to address ‘immediate threat’ to migrant kids’ safety

BY: - July 10, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has signed an amicus brief advocating for migrant children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Nessel announced Tuesday that she’s part of a coalition of 20 attorneys general taking action to force U.S. CBP to keep immigrant children in safe, sanitary settings.  In its brief, the coalition urged the U.S. […]