Civil Rights

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, […]


Angela Vasquez-Giroux: It’s time to listen to women in politics

BY: - December 28, 2018

A little over a year ago, I was the communications director tasked with submitting two video scripts to be filmed by Dana Nessel, who was seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general. One script was a straightforward, if not sardonic, take on the systemic sexism in politics and its intersection with the #metoo movement. The […]

Black caucus official blasts Whitmer’s pick to head state police

BY: - December 27, 2018

A leading critic of the Michigan State Police has given Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s choice to head the agency a thumbs-down. Whitmer has tapped Captain Joe Gasper, a white male, to lead Michigan State Police (MSP). Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) told the Advance she is “very disappointed.” “Many African-Americans took a chance pushing for historic change,” […]

On this day: Moderate Republican vetoes Democratic-led abortion bill

BY: - December 27, 2018

It was a different time, to be sure.   On this day in 1978, Michigan Gov. William Milliken vetoed a bill to ban state-funded abortions. “This bill effectively would deny poor women of this state the same opportunity to exercise the same legal rights as other members of society,” the Traverse City Republican said at […]

Missed anything in the busiest Lame Duck ever? Catch up here.

BY: - December 26, 2018

Members of the 99th Michigan Legislature made history this year, sending more than 400 pieces of legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder in the body’s busiest lame-duck session in history. Joe Borgstrom, principal of the Lansing economic development firm Place+Main, summed up a lot of the criticism of this frenzied Lame Duck session in a recent tweet. […]

Whitmer: ‘Rational conclusion’ that sexism was a factor in campaign coverage

BY: - December 22, 2018

During the course of the 2018 campaign, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was frequently asked by reporters about — and attacked by opponents for — her father’s former job. The governor-elect served 14 years in the Michigan Legislature, including four as Senate minority leader. She’s an attorney, a former University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School for […]

GOP clamps down on ballot proposals after progressive victories Nov. 6

BY: and - December 21, 2018

Updated, 6:36 a.m. Dec. 21 Legislation that would make it more difficult to gather signatures for ballot proposals is headed Gov. Rick Snyder’s way. It hasn’t escaped notice that the measure was introduced and sped through the GOP-led Legislature only after three progressive initiatives for marijuana, redistricting reform and voting rights passed on Nov. 6. […]

Bill naming part of M-10 for Detroit educator awaits Snyder’s pen

BY: - December 21, 2018

A bill that would rename a portion of the John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) in Detroit after legendary educator Violet T. Lewis overwhelmingly cleared the Michigan House on Thursday. The vote was 101-8 and the bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. The Advance reported that Senate Bill 1137, sponsored by state Sen. Ian […]

GOP tightens up same-day voter registration outlined in Proposal 3

BY: - December 21, 2018

GOP Gov. Rick Snyder will have to decide whether to sign off on legislation that makes changes to a voting-rights proposal passed last month. Voting-rights advocates say that legislative changes made tonight to Proposal 3 proposal will dampen the intended effects. But the heart and soul of the Promote the Vote campaign remains intact, a […]

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, […]

Chang talks pink wave and Lame Duck, stays mum on Scott

BY: - December 18, 2018

Last week was a long one in Lansing. As the two-year session ends, legislative Republicans have fired off dozens of bills, some of which are designed to usurp power from incoming Democratic executives. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the House held a marathon session that actually ended at 3 a.m. the following morning. And on Friday, […]

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, […]