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From tackling payroll fraud to suing Trump: Nessel recognized as leading AG on workers’ rights

BY: - September 7, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel is one of the leading state AGs in protecting workers’ rights, according to a new report published by the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute (EPI) prior to Labor Day. The economic justice think tank details the more prominent role state attorneys general have taken in labor rights issues since mid-2018 and […]

New: Line 5 east leg not damaged, internal tests show

BY: - September 4, 2020

The eastern segment of the dual Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac did not sustain damage during an incident that left an anchor support significantly bent, according to a court-ordered internal test. Canadian oil company Enbridge had been allowed to restart the east leg to complete an in-line inspection (ILI) on the […]

Coalition blasts Trump action in Detroit, calls for police chief to resign

BY: - September 1, 2020

The Coalition for Police Transparency and Accountability on Tuesday rejected the President Trump administration’s Operation Legend initiative, called for the Detroit Police Department to “end violence” against Black Lives Matter protesters and urged Detroit Police Chief James Craig to resign.   “The level of violence and the attacks on observers and demonstrators repeats a pattern in […]

Voting rights legislation named for John Lewis stalled in Congress

BY: - September 1, 2020

Democrats ranging from presidential nominee Joe Biden to party officials in Georgia are pushing for Congress to restore a key element of the Voting Rights Act as a way to honor civil rights icon John Lewis. The late Georgia congressman was a leader in getting Congress to pass the landmark law in 1965. But so […]

Here are the candidates on the ballot for MSU, ed boards and state Supreme Court

BY: - August 31, 2020

The Michigan Democratic Party and Michigan Republican Party held state conventions over the weekend and voted on their nominees for the state Board of Education, the Michigan Supreme Court and the managing boards of the state’s three flagship universities.  Candidates will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. The Michigan State University Board of […]

Anti-police brutality group files federal suit against city of Detroit 

BY: - August 31, 2020

The anti-police brutality group Detroit Will Breathe Monday announced during a noon press conference held outside the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse that it has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit.   “We are asking that the court put an immediate stop to this rampant violence so that demonstrators can safely continue to exercise […]

Judge grants Nessel preliminary injunction to halt DeVos’ private school funding rule

BY: - August 27, 2020

A federal judge granted Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s request to temporarily halt Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ implementation of a rule requiring K-12 public schools to share CARES Act relief funding with private schools.  Judge James Donato, who presides over California’s U.S. District Court Northern District, granted the preliminary injunction late Wednesday. A section of […]

Judge: Benson has authority to mail absentee ballot applications to voters

BY: - August 26, 2020

The Michigan Court of Claims on Wednesday said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson had the authority to send absentee ballot applications to the state’s 7.7 million registered voters ahead of the state’s Aug. 4 primary election and the Nov. 3 general election. Judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed a lawsuit that alleges Benson’s actions were illegal. The […]

Lying to get petition signatures is legal in Michigan. Can that change without hurting free speech?

BY: - August 24, 2020

As one of 26 states that allow citizen-led ballot initiatives, Michigan’s petition process makes it relatively easy for citizens to enact — and sometimes reject — laws passed by the state Legislature. It also is easy for circulators to mislead voters, as Michigan is just one of a few states that does not prohibit lying […]

AG fights Trump rule allowing ‘bomb trains’ of explosive liquefied gas

BY: - August 23, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday that she has joined a coalition of 14 other AGs in urging a federal court to review a new rule that would allow highly explosive materials to be transported by rail across the country. The petition, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, […]

Labor advocates file in support of order requiring COVID-19 tests for migrant workers

BY: - August 21, 2020

A coalition of worker advocates, unions, community organizations and health experts have filed an amicus brief in support of a state order requiring COVID-19 tests for Michigan’s migrant worker population, as the state’s agriculture lobby pursues a legal challenge to strike down the order as a civil rights infringement. “Plaintiffs’ effort to discern some sort […]

Court of Appeals upholds Whitmer’s emergency powers in 2-1 decision

BY: - August 21, 2020

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 2-1 in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s favor in a lawsuit led by Republican state legislators, who have sought to strip away the emergency powers she has used to make decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The case is likely to be appealed and next go to the Michigan Supreme […]