Oxfam: Michigan falls to 29th best state for workers in 2021
The Boston-based nonprofit Oxfam has ranked Michigan as the 29th best state for workers overall in its most recent annual report on working policies and conditions. Michigan’s 2021 ranking is a far cry from what it was in 2020 — then 13th in the country overall, nearly cracking the top 10 best states to work […]
Susan J. Demas: Why didn’t COVID make us question what the ‘pro-life’ movement is about?
Updated, 10:52 a.m. 9/3/21 This week, my almost 19-year-old daughter stepped foot on her college campus to take classes for the first time (a year late thanks to the loud, selfish minority’s continual refusal to take COVID seriously). As I hugged her goodbye, it occurred to me that she now has fewer rights as a […]
U of M law professor says SCOTUS order ‘functionally ends Roe’
After days of silence, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unsigned order early Thursday allowing a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, setting a precedent for other states to pass similar laws. The law, Senate Bill 8, which experts say effectively bans 90% of abortions in the second-largest state of 29 million, went into […]
Supreme Court lets Texas abortion ban stand, sets stage for Roe v. Wade fight nationwide
The U.S. Supreme Court stayed quiet Tuesday night as abortion advocates across the country nervously waited for the right-wing-majority court to act on an emergency appeal to block a strict Texas abortion ban, as it’s done for past laws. But the Supreme Court didn’t take action. The Texas law, Senate Bill 8, went into effect […]
Dems have pushed to end the ‘tampon tax’ for years. Now Republicans are warming to the idea.
For the past six years, Democratic state lawmakers in Michigan have introduced legislation that would end the sales and use tax on menstrual products. But, each time the bills were introduced, they never garnered enough support from Republicans that the legislation would make it to the governor’s desk. This year, state Reps. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper […]
Colleagues of former judge charged with assault say the system failed to protect them
An assault charge against retired Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Judge William Collette earlier this month didn’t surprise some of his former judicial colleagues, who say their reports of his threatening behavior toward them while on the bench were ignored. They contend the problem of bullying and harassment in the court is bigger than Collette, […]
Susan J. Demas: If schools can send girls home for short skirts, they can enforce mask mandates
We’ve tried all sorts of things to make masks palatable for the extremely loud minority of parents and GOP politicians who keep taking over school board meetings across the country, throwing Nazi salutes and nonsensically screaming that safety measures are “child abuse.” Let’s be clear. The majority of our country is vaccinated against COVID-19 and […]
Report: Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program
WASHINGTON — A new research paper reviewed how each state implemented a federal program that has provided cash assistance to low income families over the last 25 years — and found that Black women with children repeatedly were excluded. On a call with reporters Wednesday, policy experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlined how […]
Susan J. Demas: Don’t be fooled. Conservatives are still on a mission to destroy LGBTQ+ rights.
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage six years ago, many Republicans and conservative outfits have shifted their rhetoric from gleefully declaring LGBTQ+s deserve scorn instead of basic human rights, to couching their bigotry in more genteel terms and desperately rooting out wedge issues. That’s the odd way we seem to mark progress […]
Hillsdale proposes abortion ban, ‘spontaneous miscarriages’ would be open to prosecution
Hillsdale, a small city near the Ohio border best known as the home of conservative Hillsdale College, proposed an ordinance Monday that would ban abortions within the city limits and would it a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” The ordinance would criminalize any person from performing abortions or providing abortion-inducing drugs at any stage of […]
Local group ‘disgusted’ by Lucido photo
An organization that has called for the resignation of Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido is “disgusted” by a recent photograph on social media that involves a birthday party fundraiser for him held on Thursday. It shows the GOP official’s right hand on the buttocks of a woman. “You would think someone with four sexual harassment […]
6 Michigan GOP lawmakers sign brief to overturn Roe v. Wade
Six Michigan Republican members of Congress signed on to an amicus brief Thursday seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade. In May, the Supreme Court, which is considered to have the most right-wing tilt in decades, agreed to hear arguments on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. U.S. […]