Voting

Shirkey pushes ‘22 ballot initiative terminating term limits

BY: - May 30, 2019

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said Thursday that he wants to reform term limits — once they force him out of office in 2022. Speaking during a legislative caucus leaders’ forum at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Shirkey surprised them with the news that he intends to pursue a ballot initiative challenging the state’s […]

Benson: No regrets on 30-minute Secretary of State office guarantee

BY: and - May 30, 2019

After uncovering considerable problems at branch offices and struggling with computer problems since taking office, does Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson regret making a 30-minute customer service guarantee on the 2018 campaign trail? In a word, no. “I’ve spent my whole life setting goals and reaching them,” she told the Michigan Advance on Thursday at […]

COMMENTARY

Column: More Americans sue over gerrymandered state maps – but the Supreme Court isn’t likely to step in

BY: - May 29, 2019

Partisan gerrymandering is when a congressional or state legislative district map is drawn in a way the severely lessens the ability of one party, the minority party, to compete for seats in an election. The public is more aware of partisan gerrymandering than ever – and less supportive of it. Reform is happening. In 2018, […]

U.S. Supreme Court delays Michigan gerrymandering decision

BY: - May 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday that it would put a Michigan gerrymandering case on hold as it weighs other, similar cases in North Carolina and Maryland. The nation’s high court delayed a final determination over the case, which challenges Republican gerrymandering in Michigan. Decisions in the other two high-profile cases in are expected this […]

Voting rights, campaign finance ballot groups challenge petition law

BY: - May 23, 2019

Voting rights and campaign finance ballot groups on Thursday filed a legal complaint challenging a law that makes it more difficult for groups to gather signatures for statewide ballot measures. This comes after Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion Wednesday arguing that key sections the Lame Duck law are unconstitutional. The law, approved by […]

Nessel declares Lame Duck law capping ballot signatures unconstitutional

BY: - May 22, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel on Wednesday declared unconstitutional key portions of a controversial law that capped the number of petition signatures that can be collected from a single congressional district. In a statement from Nessel Wednesday afternoon, the Democrat said that “this new law clearly violates the Constitution on several – but not all – […]

Klobuchar says women in power ‘get things done’

BY: - May 18, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke at a Michigan Democratic Party Women’s Caucus luncheon Saturday, making her case as the contender most likely to ride the “pink wave” of successful women-led political campaigns into the White House next November. “What does it mean when we have more women in power?” Klobuchar asked the […]

Benson wants more voting access for military members

BY: - May 17, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wants the state to take action to increase voting access for military service members. Under the plan unveiled earlier this week at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Grand Ledge, Benson wants the Legislature to take up a bipartisan package of bills that would, among other things, allow military […]

Hall announces for House, would be 1st openly gay woman in Legislature

BY: - May 15, 2019

Tracy Hall, a two-term Democratic Kalamazoo County commissioner, announced this week that she will run in 2020 for a state House seat that will soon be vacated by term-limited state Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo). If elected, Hall would be the first openly gay woman to serve in the state Legislature. Hoadley, who also is gay, […]

Keith memorialized as historic jurist and ‘amazing man’

BY: - May 13, 2019

Hundreds of mourners attended a three-hour funeral service for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith on Monday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in northwest Detroit. Keith died on April 28 at age 96. The Detroit native was appointed as a U.S. district judge by President Lyndon Johnson in October 1967. President Jimmy Carter […]

Benson testifies to Congress, kicks off bipartisan voting rights tour

BY: - May 9, 2019

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is joining with Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill on a bipartisan, three-day voting rights tour that starts Thursday in his state. That comes after Benson testified Wednesday on election security to the U.S. Committee on House Administration. Merrill, a Republican, and Benson, a Democrat, are hosting the event that […]

Secretary of State settles in favor of ballot selfies

BY: - May 8, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson settled a lawsuit Wednesday that challenged Michigan’s law banning “ballot selfies,” or photographs taken of a ballot in the voting booth. Benson’s settlement makes it legal for voters to take a photo of their ballot in the voting booth, but leaves in place restrictions on photography in other areas […]