Civil Rights

Top lines from Whitmer’s first State of the State

BY: - February 13, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had her share of zingers, applause lines and a corny joke or two — pretty standard fare for a first State of the State speech. She also didn’t shy away from progressive rhetoric on how Michigan is falling short on education, climate change, equal pay and LGBTQ rights, which did not earn […]

Whitmer declares Snyder era over — except on budget deadlines

BY: - February 13, 2019

Without mentioning his name, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took former Gov. Rick Snyder and Republicans who worked with him to task in a sweeping State of the State address that touched on fixing Michigan roads, cleaning up drinking water and improving schools. Snyder defined himself as a governor of “relentless positive action.” Whitmer’s criticism Tuesday night […]

Leaders grade gov. speech on jobs, auto insurance, education and more

BY: - February 13, 2019

There was no shortage of people giving their takes on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State speech on Tuesday night, including the man she jokingly referred to from the rostrum as “Mr. Julie Calley.” Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who’s married to current state Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland), has appeared with Whitmer at […]

On this day in 1965: Feds seek Dearborn mayor after racist mob attack

BY: - February 12, 2019

U.S. marshals sought to arrest segregationist Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard on this day in 1965 for failing to show up for an arraignment. The charge: Hubbard, who was white, withheld police protection in a racial incident, according to the feds. The incident occurred on Labor Day 1963 after a mob was enraged by false rumors […]

Gov. to skip SOS happy talk tradition, focus on roads, schools

BY: - February 12, 2019

Michiganders have come to expect that once a year, their governor will appear on TV and put a happy face on the state of our state. That’s the way it’s been, by and large, for the last 16 years, under both Democratic former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder. While both leaders […]

Metro Detroit leaders offer Whitmer advice before 1st State of the State

BY: - February 11, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State message on Tuesday at the state Capitol. Expectations are always high for a governor’s first address, which will be televised at 7 p.m. Both chambers of the Legislature will attend. The Advance talked to civic and political leaders in Southeast Michigan about issues they […]

Dems try to ax tampon tax again

BY: - February 9, 2019

Michigan could become the 11th state to eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products if legislation introduced this week is signed into law. State Reps. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) and Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) announced they’re introducing House Bills 4165 and 4166 that exempt tampons, pads and other products from Michigan’s 6-percent sales and use tax. The School Aid […]

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 […]