Briefs

Michigan to issue Feb. food assistance early due to shutdown

BY: - January 15, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services (MDHHS) plans to issue Food Assistance Program benefits early for February as directed by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. The move is in response to the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, which is now the longest in U.S. history. Democratic members of Congress, such as U.S. […]

Nessel not considering Sareini for any position

BY: - January 15, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she is not considering a permanent job for a transition team staffer with a history of domestic violence accusations. “There’s no position that we’re evaluating him for, and nor has he applied for anything,” Nessel said in an exclusive interview with the Michigan Advance. In December, the Detroit Free Press […]

Whitmer recruits Prusi as Northern Michigan director

BY: - January 14, 2019

Former Sen. Mike Prusi (D-Ishpeming), a longtime mentor of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, has been named director of the governor’s Northern Michigan Office in Marquette. Prusi, who was a co-chair of Whitmer’s transition team, served as Senate minority leader from 2009 to 2011 before Whitmer took over the Democrats’ top job. The Yooper won the slot after […]

COMMENTARY

Poletown closing cuts deep

BY: - January 14, 2019

Southeastern Michigan residents are still reeling over General Motors’ announcement that it will lay off almost 15,000 workers and close out production at five North American plants. One of them is the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, known to many as the “Poletown Plant.” Just before the North American International Auto Show kicked off in Detroit this week, […]

Peters asks why Trump Hotel is exempt during government shutdown

BY: - January 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) wrote a letter this week to the acting Interior secretary asking why a clock tower within the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., has escaped closure during the partial federal government shutdown. Peters asked whether the hotel’s attraction, which is staffed by National Park rangers, is receiving “special treatment” […]

Guilfoyle named deputy treasurer

BY: - January 11, 2019

Jeff Guilfoyle has been named chief deputy treasurer.   Guilfoyle, who will begin work on Jan. 22, previously worked at the Treasury Department from 1998 through 2009, serving in several positions, including director within the Economic and Revenue Forecasting Division and the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis. “Jeff’s expertise as an economist, K-12 policy […]

Oakland Co. Sheriff Bouchard attends Trump bill signing

BY: - January 11, 2019

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard on Wednesday was in the Oval Office as President Donald Trump signed a human trafficking bill. Bouchard posted on Facebook that he talked with Attorney General nominee William Barr about priorities for large county sheriffs afterward. He has been seen as Republicans’ best hope to keep the top job in […]

Former LG launches bipartisan charm offensive on Twitter

BY: - January 10, 2019

Updated, 4:40 p.m. Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is out of office and on to another job as president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). And he’s also repeatedly been extending social media olive branches the next crop of Michigan leaders from both parties. In his farewell speech to the Michigan Senate last […]

MI Dept. of Civil Rights will take discrimination complaints during federal shutdown

BY: - January 10, 2019

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MCDR) on Thursday put out a notice that it is still handling discrimination complaints, even as federal agencies are shut down. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) held an event with people impacted by the partial government shutdown. Attorney Jack Schulz said he has a client whose discrimination […]

Right to Work repeal 1st bills for new Labor Caucus members

BY: - January 10, 2019

The first bills that will be introduced by members of the new Legislative Labor Caucus are familiar ones repealing Right to Work. The legislation signed by GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder in 2012 was a huge blow to the labor movement in Michigan, the home of the UAW. The law makes it easier for workers […]

Lawrence nominated for Appropriations Committee

BY: - January 10, 2019

The magnitude of Michigan’s pink wave is poised to increase in its scope. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) has been nominated by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Steering Committee to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.   “I am excited to be nominated to serve on the powerful and exclusive House […]

Study: Michigan top 10 state for insured children

BY: - January 10, 2019

Michigan children are healthier, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. The state ranks 10th in the nation for the number of children benefiting from health insurance — and is second in the Midwest only to Illinois, per the study. The Medicaid expansion part of the Affordable Care Act, known […]