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AG opinion: State canvassers could face legal action, suspension if they don’t perform legal duties

BY: - October 20, 2022

Following multiple deadlocks from the Michigan State Board of Canvassers (BSC), state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) consulted with the Department of the Attorney General about potential legal consequences if a board member fails to perform their duties.  In Michigan, the Board of Canvassers is responsible for certifying election results, as well as certifying petitions for […]

Since before Roe fell to present day: Where Dixon and Whitmer stand on abortion rights

BY: - October 20, 2022

Abortion has been one of the top issues for voters this election season, and the two nominees running for governor have taken starkly different approaches to campaigning on the issue.  Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has centered her support for abortion rights in her campaign, saying repeatedly she is “fighting like hell” against the state’s 91-year-old […]

Where the Michigan governor and attorney general candidates stand on Line 5 and climate change

BY: - October 19, 2022

Updated, 6:38 a.m., 6:20 p.m., 10/19/22, with comment from Dixon’s campaign On virtually all policy points, Democratic incumbents Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel couldn’t be further apart from their GOP challengers, gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon and Attorney General nominee Matthew DePerno. But perhaps one of the most tangible, albeit lesser-mentioned differences between […]

Biden vows codifying Roe v. Wade will top his agenda if Democrats expand control

BY: - October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday promised that if Democrats keep control of the U.S. House and gain a few more Democratic seats in the Senate, then “the first bill that I will send to Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade.” He also told supporters at a Democratic National Committee event that […]

A nursing home case now before the Supreme Court could impact millions of vulnerable Americans

BY: - October 17, 2022

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in an Indiana case that could have national implications for millions of Americans participating in federal safety net programs, pressure is mounting locally for the public health agency at the heart of the legal battle to withdraw the case altogether. Advocates for the elderly, poor […]

Detroit Will Breathe claims victory in suit against city of Detroit

BY: - October 14, 2022

A Detroit-based Black Lives Matter organization that formed in the wake of George Floyd’s Minneapolis police killing in 2020 has claimed victory in its federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit. Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) and others sued the city over their treatment during protests two years ago. DWB led dozens of demonstrators after the […]

U.S. Supreme Court to consider case that could radically reshape the country’s elections

BY: - October 14, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court could soon grant state legislatures unconditional control over federal elections, clearing the way for lawmakers to gerrymander their states with impunity and pass voter restriction measures without interference from state courts. The high-stakes election case, Moore v. Harper, comes out of North Carolina after its Republican-controlled legislature passed in November 2021 a gerrymandered […]

‘It’s just a full-throttle attack on elections and on democracy in Michigan’

BY: - October 12, 2022

Election deniers, the legislation they are proposing and their efforts to dismantle Michigan’s voting systems ahead of the midterm elections, are being highlighted as the top threats to democracy in Michigan. That’s from an analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based Defend Democracy Project, which surveyed grassroots organizers, legal analysts and academic experts to identify what they […]

Under criminal investigation, DePerno seeks to be the state’s chief law enforcement officer 

BY: - October 12, 2022

It’s a situation unprecedented in Michigan political history: A candidate for statewide office is running under the possibility of being indicted by the very office that he’s seeking, with a vow to indict the current officeholder if he wins. The fact that the office in question also happens to be for attorney general, the chief […]

Immigration advocates call again for DACA renewal in Congress, as possible end looms

BY: - October 11, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they remained hopeful Congress could create a legal pathway to citizenship before the end of the year for the more than 600,000 undocumented people enrolled in a program that is at risk of being deemed illegal by a lower court. Immigration rights advocates held a press call […]

U of M professors outline what’s at stake for tribes with pivotal adoption law before SCOTUS

BY: - October 10, 2022

Speaking of a series of connected cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court — the outcomes of which could have profound implications on tribal law and jurisdiction — University of Michigan professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher on Monday described the foundational Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) as a “wounded animal” that is “uniquely vulnerable” to the […]

Hillsdale GOP video tells Whitmer, Nessel and Benson that ‘God’s Gonna Cut You Down’

BY: - October 10, 2022

A video being amplified by Michigan Republican Party Co-chair Meshawn Maddock is drawing notice for its threatening language. The 90-second video, posted last week on the Facebook page for the Hillsdale County Republican Party, was then reposted by Maddock, who commented, “So GREAT!! God Bless you Hillsdale ♥️.” The leadership of the Hillsdale GOP has […]