Women’s Rights

A Senate probe found Lucido sexually harassed women. Now he’s running for Macomb County prosecutor.

BY: - March 25, 2020

State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) says he will run for Macomb County prosecutor this fall. This announcement follows a state Senate sexual harassment investigation this month that resulted in Lucido losing his position chairing the Senate Advice and Consent Committee, which oversees key gubernatorial appointments. Lucido serves on Michigan’s Elder Abuse Task Force, the […]

What happens behind closed doors? Social isolation during COVID-19 endangers domestic abuse survivors.

BY: - March 24, 2020

People in Michigan and across the country are following health officials’ warnings and staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, behind closed doors, domestic and sexual violence survivors might be in greater danger, shut in with their abusers. If you or someone you know needs help, here are some resources: Safe House Center 24/7 […]

Nobody can gather petition signatures right now. What does that mean for 2020 candidates, ballot questions?

BY: - March 19, 2020

As more people stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve, face-to-face petition gathering for 2020 elections has ground to a halt.  This is a big problem for ballot question committees, which have to gather at least 425,059 valid signatures for constitutional amendments, 340,047 for state statutes and 212,529 for […]

New bills ban shackling pregnant people in prison

BY: - March 13, 2020

Updated, 6:52 a.m., 3/17/20, with comments from the Department of Corrrections Under newly introduced legislation, an employee of a correctional facility would not be permitted to restrain an incarcerated individual who is pregnant or is in postpartum unless a prison administrator and the treating medical care provider deems it “reasonably necessary” and safe.  State Sen. […]

Cynthia Neeley’s win helps House Dems achieve gender parity

BY: - March 11, 2020

Flint Democrat Cynthia Neeley became Michigan’s newest state representative Tuesday and will fill the 34th House District seat. That seat was previously held by her husband, former state Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), who resigned after being elected to serve as Flint’s mayor last fall. Cynthia Neeley’s victory in the special general election helped the Michigan […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Sanders’ biggest mistake was not backing Warren in 2019

BY: - March 11, 2020

It’s a despondent time for many inspired by Bernie Sanders’ progressive vision, as he lost Michigan big Tuesday night — four years after his surprise victory here gave birth to his theory of electability. Former Vice President Joe Biden took a buzzsaw to that idea, notching a 15-point victory and pulling what we like to […]

Nessel urges Supreme Court to block Ohio abortion law 

BY: - March 9, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a brief opposing an Ohio law prohibiting abortions if one of the reasons is that the fetus has Down Syndrome.  In December 2017, Ohio passed a law criminalizing abortion in certain cases, at all stages of pregnancy. Preterm-Cleveland, a medical  facility, challenged the constitutionality of the law and successfully blocked […]

The new election frontier: Deepfakes are coming and often target women

BY: - March 9, 2020

Deepfake technology has been called a powerful feat in artificial intelligence and machine learning at its best, and unsettling — even sinister — at its worst. Deepfakes are media — usually videos, audio recordings or photographs — that have been doctored through artificial intelligence (AI) software to fabricate a person’s facial or body movements. They […]

Hopes for a female VP run high in Grand Rapids as Klobuchar boosts Biden

BY: - March 7, 2020

It was half a word — “tick” — that landed U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) the loudest cheers of the morning as she campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden in Grand Rapids. “I could not think of a better way to end my candidacy, as hard as that was to […]

To win in 2020, Gilchrist says Dems must ‘meet people where they are’

BY: - March 6, 2020

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist definitely got people’s attention by endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden just four days before Michigan’s presidential primary. Gilchrist, who voted in 2016 for Biden’s main opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on Friday joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and other top officials in backing Biden. “This […]

A Senate probe found Lucido sexually harassed women. The Republican falsely claims he was exonerated.  

BY: - March 6, 2020

State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) lost his position chairing the Senate Advice and Consent Committee after a Senate Business Office investigation released Thursday determined accusations of sexual harassment were deemed “credible” and the incidents in question “more likely than not” occurred.  Investigators wrote in their report: “Lucido’s conduct ‘demonstrates an unfortunate pattern of behavior’ […]

Warren had diehard fans, especially women. So why couldn’t she win? 

BY: - March 6, 2020

“Michigan needs a social justice warrior,” state Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) announced to a crowd of Elizabeth Warren fans at a Detroit rally on Super Tuesday. “Warren is a lot like Detroit. She is scrappy; she never gives up; she hopes for better things — and like the phoenix, she will rise.” And with that, […]