Women’s Rights

AG backs case against Trump contraception rules

BY: - January 8, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel is joining Massachusetts and other states in fighting rules issued under President Donald Trump’s administration meant to roll back Barack Obama-era mandates that had compelled insurance companies to cover the cost of contraception. The new Trump rules offer more leeway to companies and nonprofits wishing to deny birth control coverage to […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Nice girls don’t say ‘vagina’ … or ‘motherfucker’

BY: - January 7, 2019

As exhilarating at 2018’s pink wave election was for feminists — those who believe in the radical notion that women are people  — we just got a 12-letter reminder that some things haven’t changed. After being sworn in, new U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) declared of President Trump at an event: “We’re gonna impeach the […]

Trump torches Tlaib comments as ‘disgraceful,’ Ocasio-Cortez decries ‘faux outrage’

BY: - January 5, 2019

No one seems to be neutral when it comes to U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s fiery call to impeach President Donald Trump. Hours after being sworn in on Wednesday, the Detroit Democrat said of Trump at a Moveon.org event, “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” After the remark went viral, the Republican president responded at a news conference […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Into the Snyder-verse: The guv’s Lame Duck act doesn’t save his legacy

BY: - January 1, 2019

What can you say about Michigan’s manic, marathon Lame Duck session except that it could have been worse? As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to leave office after eight years, he desperately needed to restore some of his reputation after his inept and insensitive response to the Flint water crisis. He’ll probably avoid national media lumping […]

COMMENTARY

Angela Vasquez-Giroux: It’s time to listen to women in politics

BY: - December 28, 2018

A little over a year ago, I was the communications director tasked with submitting two video scripts to be filmed by Dana Nessel, who was seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general. One script was a straightforward, if not sardonic, take on the systemic sexism in politics and its intersection with the #metoo movement. The […]

On this day: Moderate Republican vetoes Democratic-led abortion bill

BY: - December 27, 2018

It was a different time, to be sure.   On this day in 1978, Michigan Gov. William Milliken vetoed a bill to ban state-funded abortions. “This bill effectively would deny poor women of this state the same opportunity to exercise the same legal rights as other members of society,” the Traverse City Republican said at […]

Missed anything in the busiest Lame Duck ever? Catch up here.

BY: - December 26, 2018

Members of the 99th Michigan Legislature made history this year, sending more than 400 pieces of legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder in the body’s busiest lame-duck session in history. Joe Borgstrom, principal of the Lansing economic development firm Place+Main, summed up a lot of the criticism of this frenzied Lame Duck session in a recent tweet. […]

Whitmer: ‘Rational conclusion’ that sexism was a factor in campaign coverage

BY: - December 22, 2018

During the course of the 2018 campaign, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was frequently asked by reporters about — and attacked by opponents for — her father’s former job. The governor-elect served 14 years in the Michigan Legislature, including four as Senate minority leader. She’s an attorney, a former University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School for […]

Chang talks pink wave and Lame Duck, stays mum on Scott

BY: - December 18, 2018

Last week was a long one in Lansing. As the two-year session ends, legislative Republicans have fired off dozens of bills, some of which are designed to usurp power from incoming Democratic executives. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the House held a marathon session that actually ended at 3 a.m. the following morning. And on Friday, […]

Michigan’s manic Lame Duck session continues to mesmerize national media

BY: - December 15, 2018

Michigan’s frenetic end-of-the-year legislative session before Democrats assume all top statewide offices continues to command the attention of national outlets. Reporters from national outfits like CNN attended the exit interview last week of GOP Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, eager to see if the term-limited governor would show his hand on signing […]

Anti-abortion telemedicine legislation moves to governor’s desk

BY: - December 13, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder has often said that he’s focused on economics, not social issues, but that hasn’t stopped his fellow Republicans from sending anti-abortion legislation to his desk. This time it’s a permanent ban on telemedicine exams for abortion backed by Right to Life of Michigan and the Michigan Catholic Conference. In 2012, Michigan enacted […]

Michigan Legislature passes Nassar bills

BY: - December 10, 2018

Legislation aimed at curbing future sexual abuse crimes, like those of former Michigan State University Dr. Larry Nassar, passed the Michigan Legislature last week. The Associated Press reported that the bills received unanimous approval in the state Senate and are now awaiting the signature of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who signaled his support for helping […]