Civil Rights

GOP education message falls short as Democrats sweep Michigan’s statewide education board seats

BY: - November 10, 2022

Despite a strong push from Republicans to make the State Board of Education (BOE) races a referendum on LGBTQ+ issues, how racism is taught and past COVD-19 health policies, the party failed on Tuesday to pick up either seat on the Democratic-led board. Republicans also tried to make education — such as funding for vouchers […]

Which party controls Congress? It could be days or weeks before we know

BY: and - November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Democrats exulted Wednesday in outperforming expectations in the midterm elections, even as vote-counting was still in progress and control of both chambers of Congress remained unknown. The U.S. Senate will go to the winner of two of the last three races where party control is still in doubt in […]

Biden says midterm elections turned out to be ‘a good day’ for democracy

BY: - November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that even though midterm election results have yet to determine which party will control Congress, Democrats had a strong night defending their majority in both chambers. Control of both the U.S. Senate and House remained unclear Wednesday as more than 50 House seats have not been called and […]

Even red-state voters back abortion rights via ballot questions, rejecting court ruling

BY: - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in five states — including GOP-dominated Kentucky — backed abortion rights Tuesday, signaling that while the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority no longer believes the procedure is protected within the U.S. Constitution, many Americans want their states to do just that. California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana and Vermont residents voted to support abortion […]

Democrats wrest control of Michigan Legislature for first time in almost 40 years 

BY: - November 9, 2022

Updated, 9:31 a.m., 11/10/22  Democrats will now have a political trifecta in Lansing after retaining the top office with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and winning in both chambers of the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday. This is the first time Democrats will have total party control in the Michigan Legislature in roughly 40 years.  The Democrats last […]

Michigan voters OK abortion, voting rights and term limits proposals 

BY: - November 9, 2022

Updated, 8:47 a.m. with comments from Right to Life of Michigan The three statewide measures on Tuesday’s midterm ballot have gotten the stamp of approval by Michigan voters. The constitutional amendments will change term limits, protect abortion rights and expand voting rights. Exit polls showed that abortion was the top issue for voters in Michigan. […]

U.S. Senate control too close to call as multiple states grapple with tight vote counts

BY: , and - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Control of the U.S. Senate remained unclear early Wednesday as races in a handful of swing states in the midterm elections were still too close to call, and it appeared it might be days — or even weeks — before a final result was known. But Democrats flipped the open Pennsylvania Senate seat, […]

Whitmer pledges to continue bipartisan effort even after Dems win Legislature, Dixon concedes

BY: - November 9, 2022

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledged to continue to lead in a bipartisan fashion during a 15-minute address to reporters, family members, state elected officials, and campaign staff on Wednesday after being elected to a second term. “This victory reminds us all that our governor’s office does not belong to any person or political party. It […]

Updated: Dems win 3 out of 4 key congressional races in Michigan, party control is unclear

BY: - November 9, 2022

Updated, 10:47 a.m., 11/9/22 In a night that was supposed to be a Democratic bloodbath, the party ended up winning three out of the four hotly contested congressional seats in Michigan with U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Lansing), U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) and attorney Hillary Scholten notching victories.  Republican John James is in the lead […]

Michigan sees a calm Election Day with few voting problems or shenanigans

BY: - November 8, 2022

Two years after Republican protesters in Detroit placed Michigan in the national spotlight, Election Day was relatively calm across the state, with the worst-case scenarios not coming to pass. There had been concerns that with election deniers on the ballot across the state, there could have been candidates declaring victory long before the votes, especially […]

Michigan abortion, voting rights and term limits proposals are ahead in returns

BY: - November 8, 2022

Michigan voters on Tuesday appear to have supported three statewide proposals that would make changes to term limits, enshrine abortion rights and add voting rights measures in the state Constitution.  The Associated Press has not made calls as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, but NBC News said that Proposal 3, the abortion rights measure, will pass. […]

Michigan voter turnout higher than usual across the state, with few hiccups

BY: , and - November 8, 2022

Jake Rollow, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, said Tuesday afternoon that the election has largely been running smoothly, with a few hiccups along the way that were swiftly rectified.  As of 4:30 p.m., there were 2,022,885 absentee ballots requested and 1,807,127 absentee ballots submitted. Turnout is higher than usual, Rollow said on […]