Civil Rights

Michigan House approves limits to voter proposals

BY: - December 13, 2018

Late last night, the GOP-controlled Michigan House approved new rules for petition drives. Legislation would limit the number of signatures that could be collected from voters who live in any one part of the state, something a prominent Democratic attorney decried as unconstitutional. In a 60-49 vote around 11 p.m., the lower chamber passed House […]

Michigan Legislature passes Nassar bills

BY: - December 10, 2018

Legislation aimed at curbing future sexual abuse crimes, like those of former Michigan State University Dr. Larry Nassar, passed the Michigan Legislature last week. The Associated Press reported that the bills received unanimous approval in the state Senate and are now awaiting the signature of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who signaled his support for helping […]

Coleman A. Young sworn in as Michigan senator on this day in 1964

BY: - December 10, 2018

On Dec. 10, 1964, Coleman A. Young was officially sworn in as a member of the Michigan Senate. During his nine-year tenure, Young, who had previously been an elected to the Michigan Constitutional Convention of 1961 and 1962, championed civil rights and collective bargaining issues. While in Lansing, Young served as minority floor leader and […]

Michigan State Police is a long way from true diversity, critics say

BY: - December 10, 2018

Only two of the current Michigan State Police 128-member training class — the first in several years — call Detroit home. What’s more: only one of them is a person of color.   The NAACP argues that is a clear indication the agency continues to lack ethnic and gender diversity, cultural sensitivity and understanding — […]

Former elections chief: Campaign finance panel would deadlock

BY: - December 8, 2018

Michigan’s former top elections chief is speaking out against Republican efforts to strip campaign finance oversight from the secretary of state’s office. The state’s former Bureau of Elections director, Chris Thomas, retired in 2017 after a 36-year career in five different administrations of both parties. He told the Michigan Advance that Republicans’ plan to move […]

Clinton torches Michigan GOP for ‘dangerous’ moves limiting new Dem leaders’ power

BY: - December 6, 2018

Updated, 10:49 p.m. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has weighed in on Lame Duck legislative sessions in Michigan and Wisconsin. In a series of tweets on Thursday, she attacked Republican efforts in both states to limit the power of incoming Democrats who won major statewide elections in November. Clinton, who narrowly lost in […]

Michigan Senate votes to alter gerrymandering ballot proposal

BY: - December 6, 2018

The Republican-controlled Senate approved a measure early this evening that Democrats blasted as interference with a voter-approved proposal to create fairer political districts in Michigan.

COMMENTARY

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.

Legendary civil rights lawyer Dean Robb dies

BY: - December 4, 2018

Dean Robb, the Michigan attorney who filed suit against the FBI after civil rights activists were murdered by Ku Klux Klan members in the 1960s, died on Sunday at age 94. The Traverse City resident earned a law degree from Wayne State University in 1949. Robb made history, both as an activist and as an […]

Blacks took lead as Michigan ‘freed the weed’

BY: - December 4, 2018

“I think it’s a tremendous victory that we freed the weed, as I like to say, or legalize marijuana in a time when African-Americans are four times more likely to be convicted of marijuana."

Indivisible activists fired up to fight GOP in Lame Duck

BY: - December 4, 2018

Indivisible groups, which propelled Democrats to victories in key races across Michigan last month, are now firing up to fight the GOP legislation in Lame Duck.

DeVos family gave to Mississippi U.S. Sen. Hyde-Smith

BY: - December 4, 2018

Members of West Michigan’s DeVos family, longtime stalwarts of state and national GOP causes and candidates, were among those financially supporting U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.).