Civil Rights

Black nonprofit to celebrate ‘shared history’ at awards gala

BY: - February 7, 2019

A nonprofit group is slated to hold an event honoring Michigan African-American leaders in honor of Black History Month. Last year, now-Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist was awarded with the the African-American Leadership Institute’s “Great Expectations Award.” This year’s gala is on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in […]

Nessel pries Michigan from 2 more federal cases, bringing total to 26

BY: - February 6, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has withdrawn the state from two more federal lawsuits, bringing the total to 26 cases since taking office on Jan. 1. On Wednesday, the attorney general’s office announced that Nessel, a Democrat, had withdrawn from cases involving voting rights and “dark money” in politics. “These cases simply do not reflect what […]

Princeton project unveils report on improving Michigan redistricting

BY: - February 6, 2019

As proceedings are underway in a Detroit federal courtroom to determine whether Michigan’s legislative districts are gerrymandered, a new report looks ahead to more changes in the state’s redistricting process. In November, voters approved Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment establishing an independent commission that will be in change of determining congressional and legislative districts after […]

McCormack: No ‘witchcraft’ in winning over GOP colleagues on High Court

BY: - February 6, 2019

It’s not easy for a Democrat to win enough votes on a GOP-dominated Supreme Court to become chief justice, but that’s exactly what Bridget McCormack did last month. And the vote was unanimous. The court is currently split 4-3 in favor of Republicans. But the once-fractured and highly partisan court has been a more collegial […]

AG fights anti-worker rule, removes Michigan from voting, immigration suits

BY: - February 5, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 25 state chief law enforcement officials in opposing the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposal to weaken its joint employer standard. This part of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) governs the status and liability of an employer who oversees a worker with another employer, such […]

AG will offer opinion, but says Legislature should ban LGBTQ discrimination

BY: - February 1, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel said during Friday’s Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) meeting in Detroit that she’s fully prepared to offer an opinion on if LGBTQ people are included in the state’s non-discrimination act. The MCRC voted last year that the word “sex” in the 1977 landmark Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act does includes sexual orientation […]

Report: Michigan among worst states for LGBTQ equality

BY: - February 1, 2019

Michigan ranks among the bottom 28 states for LGBTQ rights, a new study says. The “State Equality Index,” issued by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and Equality Federation, put Michigan in its lowest-rated category, “High priority to achieve basic equality.”   Current policies holding the state back from greater equality, based on the HRC […]

Nessel backs Obamacare in court, yanks Michigan from anti-abortion cases

BY: - February 1, 2019

A ruling last month by a Texas judge to potentially kill Obamacare led to a legal intervention today by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who seeks to uphold the federal health care law. Nessel on Thursday afternoon announced that she had joined attorneys general in Colorado, Iowa and Nevada in filing a motion to uphold […]


Susan J. Demas: Gretchen Whitmer will be a national star, whether you like it or not

BY: - January 28, 2019

Newly inaugurated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she has no plans to land on the 2020 ticket. In fact, she was pretty emphatic that she didn’t want to run for president or vice president when I interviewed her in December before she took office. But voters might have other ideas. Something is definitely happening here in […]

AG could weigh in on Elliott-Larsen, but GOP leader doesn’t favor adding LGBTQs

BY: and - January 25, 2019

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) will consider asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to review an opinion of her predecessor, Bill Schuette, to decide whether the term “sex” in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act includes sexual orientation and gender identity. This comes on the same day that House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) said on “Off […]

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ACLU ‘optimistic’ as AG moves to settle same-sex adoption case

BY: - January 25, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking to settle a pending lawsuit against the state that challenges Michigan’s law allowing faith-based groups to deny adoption to same-sex couples. The measure was signed into law by Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder in 2015. A motion filed on Wednesday in federal court and granted by Judge Paul […]

Activists sue to remove marijuana as controlled substance

BY: - January 24, 2019

A group of pro-cannabis groups and legendary poet John Sinclair have sued the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and its chair, Nichole Cover, seeking to remove the body’s continued listing of marijuana as a controlled substance under state law. Under Michigan law, the Board of Pharmacy is charged with the duty to regulate, control and inspect […]