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U.S. Senate delays same-sex marriage vote until after midterm elections

BY: - September 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate won’t vote on legislation to secure marriage equality for millions of Americans until after the midterm elections, bipartisan negotiators announced Thursday. The move follows weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions among five U.S. senators from both political parties who have been drafting an amendment to the House-passed legislation that they hoped would […]

Experts warn of anti-democratic peril from upcoming SCOTUS case

BY: - September 16, 2022

Updated, 12:41 p.m., 9/16/22 Despite seeing progress in advancing voting rights in the last several years, the organization that spearheaded the 2018 initiative that created the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission says an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) threatens to undo that effort — and much more. Voters Not Politicians (VNP) held […]

Do Michigan Republicans running for Congress back Graham’s 15-week abortion ban?

BY: - September 15, 2022

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a GOP U.S. senator this week announced new legislation that would establish a national abortion ban. The bill, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), would ban all abortions after 15 weeks. Many red states already have stricter bans than that, but it would […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Michigan has a 1931 law banning abortion. Now voters can decide if it stands.

BY: - September 14, 2022

It’s been a confusing time for women since June, when the far-right U.S. Supreme Court gleefully chucked almost 50 years of precedent and overturned Roe v. Wade. Suddenly, one in three women across America are no longer able to make intimate health care decisions for themselves and their families. There have been so many heart-wrenching […]

U.S. Senate Republicans shy away from proposed 15-week national abortion ban

BY: - September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans are skeptical about a 15-week nationwide abortion ban that GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced Tuesday, with some saying they want to leave the issue to state lawmakers instead of taking it up in Congress. “I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this be dealt with at […]

‘This is racism — environmental racism at its finest’

BY: - September 13, 2022

The Michigan head of one of the nation’s prominent civil rights organizations told the Advance this week that water quality challenges that have affected mid-sized cities such as Flint, Benton Harbor and now Jackson, Miss., are the cause of “white flight and corporate disinvestment.” “There is an overall issue that this country hasn’t been able […]

Updated: Chief Justice McCormack to resign from Michigan Supreme Court

BY: - September 12, 2022

Updated, 4:35 p.m., 9/13/22 with McCormack’s new job Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack intends to retire later this year, the Democratic-nominated justice announced in a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday. McCormack is roughly two years into an eight-year term. She first won election in 2012, was sworn in as an associate […]

New fight opens in Congress over VA policy that sidesteps state abortion bans

BY: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. Senate are confident the Department of Veterans Affairs can implement a new policy that allows its doctors to provide abortions when the pregnancy threatens the patient’s life or health, or when it’s the result of rape or incest. The VA announced the new policy last week to cheers from Democrats who […]

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Nessel files bypass application for Michigan Supreme Court to hear insulin case

BY: - September 10, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a motion this week asking the Michigan Supreme Court to take up her challenge of past decisions by the court that her office says have limited enforcement of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.  The Democrat filed the bypass application on Tuesday because she says the Michigan Supreme Court’s former rulings […]

Dixon appears to make the case that voters can support her and abortion rights ballot measure in Nov.

BY: - September 9, 2022

Updated, 6:16 p.m. with comments from Right to Life of Michigan PAC In a Thursday night tweet following the Michigan Supreme Court ruling that voters will be able to decide a measure guaranteeing abortion rights, GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon appeared to encourage Michiganders to vote for both Proposal 3 and her in November — […]

Washtenaw Co. Circuit Court rejects EMU request for restraining order against striking employees

BY: - September 9, 2022

On Friday, Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Carol Kuhnke denied a request from Eastern Michigan University for a temporary restraining order that would force striking faculty to return to work.  Members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) voted in favor of a strike on Tuesday, after working […]

It’s official: Abortion, voting rights proposals will be on Michigan’s Nov. ballot

BY: - September 9, 2022

Updated, 12:32 p.m., 9/9/22, with comment from Voters Not Politicians The two Republicans on the Board of State Canvassers who voted against certifying the Reproductive Freedom for All (RFFA) and Promote the Vote (PTV) ballot proposals insisted Friday morning there was “nothing partisan” about their decision. Moments later, they followed a Michigan Supreme Court order […]