Women’s Rights

Lucido yanked from key Senate post after sexual harassment probe kicked off by Donahue’s story

BY: - March 5, 2020

A months-long Senate Business Office investigation into sexist comments made by state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) concluded Thursday, resulting in a decision from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) to remove Lucido from his position as chair of the influential Senate Advice and Consent Committee. Lucido will also be required to participate in additional […]


Susan J. Demas: It’s never our time: Why we won’t have a female president next year

BY: - March 5, 2020

The 2020 Democratic presidential race, which, at one point, was brimming with promise with a high water mark of six women contenders, looks to soon be dwindled to one. All signs point to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) exiting the race as early as Thursday, leaving just U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). (I’ll leave myself […]

Liberal Supreme Court justices challenge abortion restrictions in high-stakes case

BY: - March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — The liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared highly skeptical of a Louisiana law that restricts abortion access as the justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a high-stakes case that could open the door for additional abortion limitations around the country. But the court’s conservative majority — which is likely to determine […]

Nessel fights Trump proposals for women, LGBTQs

BY: - March 4, 2020

Women and members of the LGBTQ community have become the targets of two federal proposals aiming to roll back anti-discriminatory protections, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. She has joined 22 other attorneys general in comment letters opposing the proposals. The proposals were a result of President Trump’s executive order that went into effect […]

New civil rights chief to be chosen next week

BY: - March 3, 2020

After more than six months without a permanent executive director, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) will have its final candidate for the position chosen by next week. The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has been conducting a national search for a permanent department director since October. The commissioners fired former MDCR director Augustin Arbulu […]

Major abortion case heads to U.S. Supreme Court this week

BY: - March 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a high-profile abortion case that’s rooted in Louisiana but could have major implications in states around the country. The case, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, centers on a Louisiana law that requires any physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a […]

Dems berate Betsy DeVos at heated Capitol Hill hearing, Moolenaar defends her

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats tore into the President Trump administration’s annual budget request for the Department of Education at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. The administration’s proposal to slash the department’s budget in the next fiscal year is dead on arrival and amounts to an effort to privatize public education, they said. The […]

GOP Senate nixes another Whitmer appointee in continued standoff

BY: - February 27, 2020

Another Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointee to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) was rejected by the GOP-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday.  Former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell was voted down Thursday after biology professor Anna Mitterling was rejected earlier this month. Democrats have said Republicans displayed sexism and were protecting National Rifle Association (NRA) interests, while […]

GOP previews 2020 messaging, but Senate nixes 2 late-term abortion bills

BY: - February 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t allow many bills to get floor votes these days, but he made an exception Tuesday for two bills intended to curb abortion access. Two GOP-led anti-abortion bills failed on procedural votes Tuesday as expected. The politically charged bills have both failed during previous Senate floor votes […]

It’s not just Michigan: A state-by-state look at abortion laws across the country 

BY: - February 19, 2020

Two anti-abortion groups have been pushing ballot initiatives since last summer in Michigan, part of a trend of new abortion limits and bans all across the country.  The Michigan Values Life petition, proposed by Right to Life of Michigan, would ban the dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedure, which it calls “dismemberment abortion.”  The Michigan […]

Whitmer draws attention to teen dating violence

BY: - February 18, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included some startling statistics when she declared February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The release, which contained information from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, stated that almost 1.5 million high school students in the United States are physically abused by dating partners every year. Even more startling — […]


Susan J. Demas: Nobody likes a smarty pants: Why Warren and Obama irk pundits so much

BY: - February 16, 2020

Elizabeth Warren has never succeeded in charming the pundit class, which tends to describe her in oh-so-flattering terms like professorial, scold, elitist, lecturing, strident and schoolmarmish (she was a Harvard professor before being elected as a senator, in case you couldn’t tell by these pejoratives). After covering this primary for the last approximately 12,000 years […]