LGBTQ+ Rights

Nessel calls Schuette ‘very gracious’ in AG transition

BY: - January 4, 2019

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s first Democratic attorney general in 16 years, had kind words about her Republican predecessor. Nessel told the Michigan Advance in an exclusive interview on Thursday that Bill Schuette was “very gracious” and left her a note — written with “exquisite penmanship” — in which he “offered to assist me in anything that […]

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Susan J. Demas: Into the Snyder-verse: The guv’s Lame Duck act doesn’t save his legacy

BY: - January 1, 2019

What can you say about Michigan’s manic, marathon Lame Duck session except that it could have been worse? As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to leave office after eight years, he desperately needed to restore some of his reputation after his inept and insensitive response to the Flint water crisis. He’ll probably avoid national media lumping […]

In final days, Snyder issues LGBTQ rights executive directive

BY: and - December 28, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder, who leaves office next week, announced today he signed an executive directive instructing all state agencies and departments not to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity in procurement, grant and loan programs. “Michigan’s continued reinvention and economic growth depend on talented individuals choosing to live and work here,” said Snyder, […]

Court intervention bill pops, undermining new Dem AG’s power

BY: - December 20, 2018

Updated, 5:30 a.m. Dec. 21 In a matter of minutes, Michigan Senate Republicans Thursday afternoon approved a bill that cinches the power of Democratic Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel. This has been, perhaps, the most hotly contested bill of a long and fiery Lame Duck session and has been the subject of considerable national media attention, […]

Schuette and Nessel, who faced off on same-sex marriage case, haven’t met during transition

BY: - December 18, 2018

The Lame Duck session has been marked by a partisan power struggle, with the GOP-led Legislature fighting to strip powers from newly elected Democratic statewide officials. But the actual transition of power has been very collegial overall, with three of the four top new leaders meeting with their term-limited counterparts. However, Attorney General Bill Schuette, […]

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Susan J. Demas: Snyder’s next act hinges on his Lame Duck legacy

BY: - December 16, 2018

Rick Snyder is a man with a plan. He always has been. That’s part of how he rose from being raised in a modest 900-square-foot home in Battle Creek while working summers at the Gun Lake Northside Grocery to becoming the CEO of Gateway and, later, the 48th governor of Michigan. Snyder picked up his […]

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Susan J. Demas: Whoa, there, little ladies. GOP men will show you who’s boss.

BY: - December 4, 2018

The pink wave crashed in Michigan on Nov. 6, with the female-dominated Democratic ticket sweeping every statewide office.