As close as it gets: Looking back at Michigan’s presidential elections

BY: - February 23, 2020

Since 1997, University of Michigan football hasn’t been able to claim a national title, but the Wolverines can still claim the most wins all-time. At 962 wins, Michigan football has 38 more wins than second-place Ohio State.  As the 2020 presidential race heats up, we know that Michigan will be closely contested. What many people […]

Michigan Dem chair blasts GOP for fighting voting rights suits

BY: - February 21, 2020

During a voting rights roundtable held in Detroit on Friday, Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Chair Lavora Barnes called out the GOP and the Republican National Committee (RNC) for “rigging the game.” This comes after the RNC announced $10 million for a motion to intervene and challenge several voting-related lawsuits. As the Advance previously reported, Priorities […]

Clerks deluged with absentee ballot requests before Michigan primary

BY: - February 20, 2020

Many city and township clerks around the state are struggling to process absentee voter ballots in the first major election under Michigan’s new voting law passed in 2018. Requests for ballots for the March 10 presidential primary are skyrocketing and clerks say they are not prepared to handle the influx. But legislation to ease the […]

Election security concerns Michiganders before March primary

BY: - February 13, 2020

Early voting began on Jan. 25 in Michigan. A recent survey shows 40% of Michiganders want election security to be the state’s main focus going into the March 10 primary.  According to the poll, which was conducted by Washington, D.C.-based analytics firm Lincoln Park Strategies on behalf of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), Michigan residents […]

Nessel: Michigan should vote first, not Iowa or N.H.

BY: - February 11, 2020

In a Twitter exchange with former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel slyly suggested that Michigan would be a better choice to vote first in presidential elections than Iowa or New Hampshire. Granholm tweeted Monday night that she is “frustrated at the disproportionate impact of two white states affecting candidate momentum,” […]

Wayne State to observe Election Day as a holiday

BY: - February 10, 2020

The day of the next general election will be an official holiday at Wayne State University. “I’m very pleased to announce that this year, Wayne State University has officially declared Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, a university holiday,” said Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson on Thursday. “This means there will be no classes, […]

Dingell: 2020 Iowa caucuses a ‘disaster,’ wants new nominating process

BY: - February 5, 2020

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) has been a longtime critic of the Democrats’ presidential nominating process. And the “disaster occurring in Iowa” with the caucuses this week has caused her to renew her call for reform. As of this story’s publication, the Iowa Democratic Party has only released 71% of the results from caucuses held […]

Iowans caucused around the country — from DC to Arizona — for the 1st time ever. Here’s what they said.

BY: - February 4, 2020

More Iowans caucused on Monday than ever before — without setting foot in Iowa. The Iowa Caucuses are often criticized for not being inclusive enough for people who can’t attend a traditional precinct caucus because of work, mobility or family issues. The Iowa Democratic Party’s answer to that concern this year was creating 87 “satellite” […]

Flip the script: Monique Owens is Eastpointe’s first Black mayor

BY: - February 3, 2020

In 1991, East Detroit, a Macomb County community located immediately north of the Motor City, wanted to turn the page. Through local referendum, its voters opted to change the name of their city to Eastpointe. Why? George Lawroski, a 45-year resident, had tried twice before the change East Detroit’s name. He argued that his hometown […]

Sen. Santana wants to end ‘prison gerrymandering’

BY: - January 28, 2020

Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has introduced legislation that would require the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) to report the pre-incarceration addresses of prisoners when providing 2020 census information for district populations counts. Senate Bill 759 aims to end this practice and prevent another decade of “prison gerrymandering” from occurring that she said unjustly awards extra […]

Appeals court tosses key GOP ballot measure restrictions

BY: - January 27, 2020

A Court of Appeals panel on Monday struck down a key part of a GOP law clamping down on Michigan’s ballot question process after voters passed three progressive measure in 2018. Public Act 608 of 2018 was passed by the Republican-led Legislature during Lame Duck and was signed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder. The most controversial […]

Will Michigan Blacks and Browns show up without a presidential candidate who looks like them?

BY: - January 26, 2020

Three high-profile presidential candidates of color have dropped out of the race in the last two months: U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California), U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.  Now people of color in Michigan are debating whether their absence could depress turnout during both the […]