Gerrymandering doc featuring Voters Not Politicians founder debuting at Tribeca Film Festival

BY: - March 29, 2019

Katie Fahey, like many people in the immediate aftermath of now-President Donald Trump’s election, was not happy. “My disappointment makes me not trust the rest of the world,” she told the Associated Press after the results became clear, before stating her intent to “wear sweatpants and curl [herself] up in a corner.” Unlike most people, […]

AG, high court could still weigh minimum wage, sick leave laws

BY: - March 27, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state’s highest court could still weigh whether Lame Duck laws that dramatically scaled back ballot proposals regarding paid sick leave and the minimum wage are constitutional. But Nessel won’t do so before Friday, when they are slated to take effect, according to spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney. Another request for the […]

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Stacey Abrams to keynote annual Mackinac Policy Conference

BY: - March 13, 2019

Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the national Democratic Party, will be in Michigan this spring. Abrams, who narrowly lost her race for Georgia governor last year and delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last month, will be a keynote speaker at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference in […]

House Democrats pass sweeping voting rights, ethics legislation

BY: - March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan’s congressional delegation was split down the middle on Friday as the U.S. House passed a broad election reform and ethics bill that Democrats have made their top legislative priority this Congress. The 14-member delegation is evenly divided by Republicans and Democrats and the vote on Friday followed that pattern.[0]=68.ARCapWMhPPit1sjngFYQokQtZudMeX5XWuqQ_LLx3kg-5Xb5tMXh4zI_OrJThX8_0sHcQ4giuCciAimuZR4Aw0DCywKp8HNnSwoQi4SzKVAQ10xgo6iOtEK30W-9YCJijU5lPlWJuLIFkxiCmJtLiCPbswfcbZDmZuZM4ZvBZCGIKQHwPkhuSDwWa1dP9lFRY5Nruz5irbYFutGABoh8zh27iEsb2iCBCUlvBMjGvf-d1kfaeiX98nVEsRziS9XaMdyJNrOgwSFwlUlFM620axP-5QYVUafuspnTBhN4FYIpPWLObdyfnjcq7H51L-otZUQ_TGP7bc_qVZ1VU6o4XeLQm-j3524&__tn__=-R “Too many […]

‘Sanctuary cities,’ lobbyist ‘revolving door’ among 400+ new bills in Michigan Legislature

BY: - March 2, 2019

Just two months into their term, members of the 100th Michigan Legislature have already introduced more than 400 bills, including those that seek to end the legislator-to-lobbyist “revolving door” and ban “sanctuary cities.” Almost 400 bills passed during last year’s Lame Duck action after the 2018 election — which is why it’s no surprise that […]

SOS forms panel to enact Proposal 3, update election procedures

BY: - February 22, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson this week announced a new Election Modernization Advisory Committee. The panel will advise her administration and the Bureau of Elections on implementing Proposal 3 of 2018 and other election reforms. On Thursday, Benson held a press conference in Flint Township heralding one aspect of Proposal 3: the start of […]

Benson hails start of no-reason, mail-in voting in Michigan

BY: - February 21, 2019

Michael Gordon, owner of the Great Lakes Sandwich Company, is a busy guy. “I’m the only employee. I do the dishes,” the Flint Township resident said. “I take the orders. When I gotta leave [work], I don’t make any money. So anything that can keep me from having to miss money to do my civic […]

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GOP lawmaker appears to compare poll taxes to gun license fees

BY: - February 19, 2019

It was a fairly routine Michigan House committee hearing until a GOP lawmaker unexpectedly raised the idea of a poll tax, which hasn’t been legal in more than a half-century. On Tuesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel was invited to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. The Democrat talked about the organization of her office and […]

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Is ranked-choice voting the next election reform for Michigan?

BY: - February 19, 2019

Another big change could be coming for elections in Michigan — if the measure can get on the ballot. In 2018, Michigan voters approved sweeping reforms to Michigan’s elections with two ballot questions. Proposal 2 created an independent redistricting commission and Proposal 3 reinstated straight-ticket voting, implemented same-day voter registration and added no-reason absentee voting. […]

ACLU: Ballot measure limit law unconstitutional, ‘squelches’ speech

BY: - February 14, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan says a new law restricting the ballot initiative process is unconstitutional and will result in citizens’ speech being “squelched.” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has already requested that Attorney General Dana Nessel consider the constitutionality of the law. The ACLU was asked to weigh in and did […]

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 […]