Women’s Rights

Dems try to ax tampon tax again

BY: - February 9, 2019

Michigan could become the 11th state to eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products if legislation introduced this week is signed into law. State Reps. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) and Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) announced they’re introducing House Bills 4165 and 4166 that exempt tampons, pads and other products from Michigan’s 6-percent sales and use tax. The School Aid […]

McCormack: No ‘witchcraft’ in winning over GOP colleagues on High Court

BY: - February 6, 2019

It’s not easy for a Democrat to win enough votes on a GOP-dominated Supreme Court to become chief justice, but that’s exactly what Bridget McCormack did last month. And the vote was unanimous. The court is currently split 4-3 in favor of Republicans. But the once-fractured and highly partisan court has been a more collegial […]

Nessel backs Obamacare in court, yanks Michigan from anti-abortion cases

BY: - February 1, 2019

A ruling last month by a Texas judge to potentially kill Obamacare led to a legal intervention today by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who seeks to uphold the federal health care law. Nessel on Thursday afternoon announced that she had joined attorneys general in Colorado, Iowa and Nevada in filing a motion to uphold […]


Susan J. Demas: Gretchen Whitmer will be a national star, whether you like it or not

BY: - January 28, 2019

Newly inaugurated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she has no plans to land on the 2020 ticket. In fact, she was pretty emphatic that she didn’t want to run for president or vice president when I interviewed her in December before she took office. But voters might have other ideas. Something is definitely happening here in […]


Susan J. Demas: John Engler, living embodiment of toxic masculinity

BY: - January 22, 2019

Nobody expected John Engler to go gently into that good night. And he didn’t. In an 11-page screed dripping with bitterness and a twinge of self-pity, Michigan State University’s interim president essentially told the board last week: “You can’t fire me; I quit.” The GOP former three-term governor — who has remained a larger-than-life figure […]

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey

Shirkey talks divided government, touts Medicaid work rules

BY: - January 21, 2019

On Jan. 1, state Sen. Mike Shirkey became the most powerful Republican in the Michigan Legislature. As the new Senate majority leader, the Clarklake businessman will now lead the GOP, along with the new House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), through a time of divided government following Democrats’ key statewide office wins. The election of Gov. […]

Photo gallery: Scenes from the Women’s March

BY: - January 20, 2019

Women’s March events were held over the weekend for the third straight year in Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Detroit, East Lansing, Saugatuck/Douglas and Holland. Those at the Grand Rapids event had a scare when a car drove into the crowd, FOX-17 TV reported. Advance reporter Ken Coleman was at the snowy Detroit rally on Saturday and […]

Photo gallery: MSU after John Engler

BY: - January 20, 2019

It was a snowy Thursday morning when the Michigan State University Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of interim President John Engler after a series of missteps in handling the Dr. Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The board also hired his replacement, MSU administer Satish Udpa. Reporter Michael Gerstein spent the day on MSU’s campus. […]

Women’s March draws more than 1,000 in Detroit despite controversy

BY: - January 19, 2019

More than 1,000 people braved snowy conditions and attended today Women’s March at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “This freedom that we have is not free. It was fought for. It was cried over. It was prayed for by someone for you. The cost of that freedom is this movement and […]

Benson: Michigan’s team of female executives is a ‘win-win’

BY: - January 18, 2019

As the first Democrat to serve as Michigan Secretary of State in almost 25 years, Jocelyn Benson is also part of a brand-new leadership team in the state. Michigan is the only state in the country with women in top four leadership posts: Benson, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Chief Justice Bridget […]

With Engler out and Nassar settlement over, MSU hunts for permanent leader

BY: - January 18, 2019

With former Gov. John Engler out as interim president at Michigan State University, trustees say the university can finally begin healing from the scandal and emotional trauma left by years of hidden sexual abuse from former MSU gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar. The board voted unanimously on Thursday morning to accept Engler’s resignation immediately and replace […]

Nessel, left, and Engler, right

AG to question Engler in Nassar investigation

BY: - January 18, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to question former Michigan State University interim President John Engler in its ongoing probe into decades of campus sexual abuse perpetrated by former gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar. Engler tendered his resignation on Wednesday and the MSU Board of Trustees accepted it immediately at its meeting Thursday morning. Attorney General spokeswoman […]