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LGBTQ+ rights group appeals to Michigan Supreme Court after state board rejects ballot measure

BY: - August 5, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group aiming to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday after the Board of State Canvassers last week rejected the group’s petition.  The LGBTQ+ rights advocates are aiming to get the initiative on the […]

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Susan J. Demas: Don’t be fooled. Conservatives are still on a mission to destroy LGBTQ+ rights.

BY: - August 5, 2021

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 […]

Son of former Michigan lawmaker sentenced to time served for participating in Jan. 6 insurrection

BY: - August 4, 2021

An Upper Peninsula man who threatened “war everywhere if we let this election get stolen” was sentenced Wednesday to time served after spending six months in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Karl Dresch, 41, of Calumet, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of willfully and knowingly demonstrating in a Capitol building. […]

Hillsdale proposes abortion ban, ‘spontaneous miscarriages’ would be open to prosecution

BY: - August 4, 2021

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 […]

Study: Utility shutoffs help drive evictions in Michigan

BY: - August 3, 2021

Updated, 3:31 p.m., 8/3/21 As a national moratorium expired Saturday that will likely trigger a massive wave of evictions, a new report shows that utility shutoffs are a big reason renters in Michigan face evictions and subsequent homelessness. The Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) study outlines policy recommendations for how lawmakers should deal […]

State Supreme Court allows Detroit charter proposal to appear on ballot

BY: - August 2, 2021

Advocates of a proposed revision to Detroit’s city charter scored a major victory Thursday after the Michigan Supreme Court ordered the controversial initiative to be placed on the Aug. 3 ballot. The panel voted 4-3 to overturn the Wayne County Circuit Court and Michigan Court of Appeals’ decision to remove the proposed revisions from the […]

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6 Michigan GOP lawmakers sign brief to overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - July 30, 2021

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. […]

Election conspiracy groups paid $5.7M for Ariz. ‘audit,’ includes link to Mich. AG candidate

BY: - July 30, 2021

After months of questions, the leader of the Arizona Senate’s election review released a list of financial contributors, showing the self-styled audit has been funded by organizations that have aggressively promoted baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election — and in some cases sought to overturn results. Five groups were responsible for providing more than […]

States braced for a wave of COVID lawsuits. It never arrived.

BY: - July 29, 2021

In a legislative flurry, 30 states, including Michigan, instituted liability protections in late 2020 and early 2021 designed to protect businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, out of fear that companies would be sued for exposing workers, clients or vendors to the swiftly spreading, deadly disease. Those lawsuits haven’t materialized. Proponents of the new laws say that’s […]

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Michigan Supreme Court rules for state on local govt. and school funding case

BY: - July 29, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday primarily ruled in the state’s favor on a major case regarding how the state funds local governments and schools. The case, Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government v. Michigan, deals with the 1978 Headlee Amendment, the culmination of a conservative movement to cap taxation in the state. The case involved […]

Indigenous activists protest Line 5 in Michigan on 20,000-mile journey to DC

BY: - July 29, 2021

Tribal citizens on a 20,000-mile, cross-country journey to highlight sacred Indigenous sites and call on President Joe Biden’s administration to protect them made their ninth and final stop in Mackinaw City this week. The activists were met and welcomed Tuesday morning by Native people from numerous tribes across Michigan, including the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe […]

Nessel, Oregon AG join lawsuit against feds for delisting gray wolves from endangered species list

BY: - July 27, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined the fight against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) delisting of gray wolves from the endangered species list. Nessel’s office announced Monday that she and Democratic Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum submitted an amicus brief Friday in the federal Defenders of Wildlife et al v. U.S. Fish and […]