Judge: Whitmer has authority for emergency orders, calls GOP arguments ‘meritless’

BY: - May 21, 2020

A Michigan Court of Claims judge on Thursday ruled in favor of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a case brought by the GOP-led Legislature, who aimed to curb her use of emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed the suit. In a 25-page opinion, she wrote the governor retains the […]

A landmark literacy suit was settled. But Republicans won a 2nd look in court.

BY: - May 21, 2020

A U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled in favor of a group of Detroit students last month determining that students have the right to a basic education and a fundamental right to literacy. However, the full court agreed to a request from state lawmakers on Tuesday to rehear the case, Gary B. v. […]

Updated: Lawsuit over Line 5 permits dismissed

BY: - May 18, 2020

Updated, 2:07 p.m., 5:21 p.m., 5/18/20 A key lawsuit relating to Line 5, the controversial Canadian oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, has been dismissed. The Straits of Mackinac Alliance, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the city of Mackinac Island had filed the now-closed lawsuit against the Michigan Department of […]


Column: Obamacare’s safety net protects many of the millions losing health insurance – but not all

BY: - May 18, 2020

The loss of 31 million jobs due to coronavirus has an added downside: 27 million have lost job-based health insurance. The worst may still lie ahead. One study estimated that 25 to 43 million people could lose coverage from their employer. The situation for many Americans feels dramatic. Fortunately, the limited U.S. safety net will […]

Detroit man could get 20 years in prison after alleged threat to kill Whitmer, Nessel

BY: - May 15, 2020

Robert Tesh, 32, of Detroit has been charged with false report of threat of terrorism after he allegedly made on April 14 “credible threats to kill” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel. Tesh allegedly made the threat while he was speaking with an acquaintance on a social media messenger app, according to a […]

Judge: Whitmer-Legislature lawsuit likely heading to Mich. Supreme Court

BY: - May 15, 2020

Oral arguments took place Friday for a lawsuit brought against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by Michigan GOP lawmakers, who argue Whitmer’s authority to extend pandemic-related state of emergencies without the state Legislature’s approval is unconstitutional. Judge Cynthia Stephens heard the case, which was filed in the Michigan Court of Claims last week. Arguments were presented […]


Whitmer settles landmark ‘right to read’ suit, promises legislation

BY: - May 14, 2020

After an almost four-year legal battle, Detroit Public School Community District students have secured their right to a quality education. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday she signed a settlement agreement to end the “right to read” lawsuit, Gary B. v. Whitmer.  On April 23, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of […]

Nessel: Defiant Owosso barber is ‘not a hero’ for militia-backed reopening

BY: - May 13, 2020

A small Owosso barbershop garnered national attention after militia members helped protect the owner while he reopened his shop on Monday, despite the governor’s executive order closing all non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The reopening of Karl Manke’s barbershop on May 4 was similar to the protests happening in Lansing, with Confederate flags, […]

House Dems call lawsuit filed by Republican leaders ‘political theater’

BY: - May 13, 2020

The House Democratic caucus filed an amicus brief in opposition of the Republican leaders’ lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, calling the suit “political theater” and “an effort to advance a partisan agenda.”  The GOP-controlled Legislature sued the governor on May 6 saying she has overstepped her executive authority under the Emergency Management Act and the […]

Aimee Stephens, Michigan woman at center of landmark transgender rights case, dies at 59

BY: - May 12, 2020

Aimee Stephens, the trailblazing woman in the first-ever transgender rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Tuesday at her home in metro Detroit. She was 59.  “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, generosity, and keeping my best friend and soulmate in your thoughts and prayers. Aimee is an inspiration,” […]

Education advocates call on Whitmer to settle literacy suit 

BY: - May 12, 2020

Last month, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a group of Detroit students who filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan claiming their right to a “basic minimum education” was being infringed upon.  On Tuesday, parents, students and education justice advocates called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is listed […]

Lawsuit claiming Whitmer’s order violates religious freedom put on hold

BY: - May 11, 2020

Last week, a group of churches filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but now they have paused their action following the governor’s latest stay-home order extension. The group of churches and religious leaders, including Stanley Chatfield, father of state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), alleged that Whitmer’s previous executive orders to stop the spread […]