Civil Rights

Engler may be out at MSU after Nassar comments

BY: and - January 16, 2019

Will interim Michigan State University President John Engler make it until a scheduled board meeting first thing Thursday morning? As board members suggest they have the votes to remove Engler, speculation is growing that the GOP former three-term Michigan governor could resign beforehand. Engler has repeatedly been criticized for his handling of the aftermath of […]

Neeley re-elected as Black Caucus leader

BY: - January 16, 2019

State Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) has been re-elected to chair the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) for the 2019-20 session. Neeley was first elected chair in January 2017, following a stint as the caucus’ first vice chair during the 2015-2016 legislative session. “We’re moving forward in a positive and unified way, tackling the challenges of […]

Tlaib responds to charges of ‘anti-Semitism’

BY: - January 15, 2019

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), who has come under fire after calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment using profanity and is the subject of a White House petition to expel her, is now facing blowback for her position on Israel. Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American to be elected to the U.S. House and wore a […]

Keenan, Hammoud, Knezek part of AG executive team

BY: - January 15, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced key staff positions on Tuesday. As the Advance previously reported, Kelly Keenan will be her deputy attorney general. Keenan has worked in the attorney general’s office under former Attorneys General Frank Kelley and Jennifer Granholm, both Democrats. Keenan served under Granholm when she was governor. He worked most recently on […]

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 […]

GOP leader on Whitmer’s equal pay directive: Ignore it

BY: - January 14, 2019

What’s Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s message to state contractors regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new equal pay directive? “Don’t worry about it,” the Clarklake Republican said in an interview with the Michigan Advance. During a 20-minute interview last week in the new Senate majority leader’s Capitol office, Shirkey called Whitmer’s new executive directive to halt […]

Breaking: Watchdog org. filing complaint against anti-abortion group with state contract

BY: - January 14, 2019

A nonpartisan consumer watchdog group plans to file a complaint on Monday calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as well as Attorney General Dana Nessel and Auditor General Doug Ringler, to investigate and terminate Michigan’s contract with Real Alternatives, an anti-abortion pregnancy and parenting support services firm. Campaign for Accountability (CFA), a nonprofit based in Washington, […]

ICYMI: Interviews with Whitmer, Gilchrist, Nessel and Calley

BY: - January 14, 2019

Within our first month of starting up, the Michigan Advance has brought you in-depth interviews with four of the top leaders in Michigan: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, Attorney General Dana Nessel and former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. We brought you breaking news you couldn’t find anywhere else. We’ve talked with them about […]

Bliss seeks to expand racial equity as she nears re-election campaign

BY: - January 12, 2019

As the mayor of Michigan’s second-largest city prepares to run for a second term in office, she’s focused on continuing to make Grand Rapids a business-friendly city for enterprises of all sizes.   Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, a long time city commissioner who was elected as Grand Rapids’ first female mayor in 2016, has prioritized trying […]

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 […]

Women lead 4 top Michigan offices as McCormack elected chief justice

BY: - January 9, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously elected Bridget McCormack to serve a two-year term as chief justice. She succeeds Stephen Markman and becomes only the sixth woman to serve in the post.   “Michigan’s courts must be accessible to all, engaged with the communities they serve, independent of political pressure and efficient in making […]

Voters Not Politicians could challenge ballot proposal limits

BY: - January 8, 2019

Updated, 9:50 a.m., 1/9/19 A litany of legislation signed during last month’s Lame Duck session is under scrutiny as groups consider a variety of challenges. Voters Not Politicians is the organization that got Proposal 2 passed in November aimed at ending the practice of gerrymandered legislative districts in Michigan. The group may mount some kind […]