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Supreme Court: Absentee ballots must be received by election day to count

BY: - July 31, 2020

Only absentee ballots that are received by 8 p.m. on election day will be counted — even if they are earmarked for an earlier date. This Michigan Supreme Court decision comes as Michigan has seen historic levels of mail-in voting, thanks to a voting rights constitutional amendment passed in 2018. In a 4-3 order Friday, […]

Nessel doesn’t appeal Line 5 tunnel decision to Supreme Court

BY: - July 31, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel will no longer pursue one of her legal fights against Canadian oil company Enbridge, while another continues on. Nessel had originally pledged to appeal the latest ruling in Enbridge v Nessel to the Michigan Supreme Court, after a Court of Appeals panel ruled on June 11 that Enbridge’s plan to replace […]

Nessel joins suit against Trump excluding immigrants in redistricting

BY: - July 30, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 20 other AGs, nine cities, four counties and one combined city and county in all corners of the country to sue the President Trump administration for unlawfully excluding undocumented immigrants from each state’s apportionment base. Trump issued a memorandum on July 21 announcing that “illegal aliens” are to be […]

Trapped in a gym contract during COVID-19? These bills make it easier to cancel.

BY: - July 29, 2020

Two Democratic state lawmakers are trying to change strict requirements about gym membership contracts, which they say are unfairly trapping gym-goers in memberships that are difficult to get out of during the COVID-19 outbreak. House Bills 6028 and 6029, introduced Thursday by state Reps. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Twp.) and Kevin Coleman (D-Westland), would strengthen consumer […]

Coast Guard reviewing request to ban anchors in Mackinac Straits after pipeline damage

BY: - July 28, 2020

Updated with comment from Enbridge, 4:31 p.m. 7/28/20 Leaders of nine prominent environmental groups in Michigan are urging the U.S. Coast Guard to consider banning the use of anchors in the Straits of Mackinac, following reports that one of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s own contracted vessels may have caused damage to a support anchor on […]

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Case seeking former AG Schuette’s private emails will continue

BY: - July 28, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that a case brought by a liberal advocacy group seeking Attorney General Bill Schuette’s private emails should not have been dismissed.  In 2017, Progress Michigan filed suit against Schuette, a Republican, after his office denied a 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding his use of […]

Nessel, AGs file suit against EPA for limiting state authority over environmental projects

BY: - July 24, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday that she has joined yet another multi-state lawsuit, this time challenging a President Trump administration rule that curtails state authority under a longstanding federal statute. The suit alleges that a rule finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 13, as directed by an April 2019 […]

Whitmer blasts Enbridge for nixing agreement to pay for oil spills

BY: - July 22, 2020

Updated, 4:41 p.m. and 6:25 p.m., 7/22/20 The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Wednesday that it has sent another letter to Canadian oil company Enbridge Inc., requesting again that it enter into a legal agreement to pay for any future oil spills from its controversial Line 5 pipeline after Enbridge refused to do […]

Judge: Students must be tested for COVID-19 if Detroit summer school is to continue

BY: - July 21, 2020

Updated, 6:58 a.m., 7/22/20 with Dr. Vitti’s comments A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that in-person summer school classes can continue in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) — if all 630 students are tested for COVID-19 within two days.   U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow’s order comes more than one week after summer school […]

DNR asks Enbridge to pledge full financial responsibility for Line 5

BY: - July 17, 2020

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to ensure that Canada-based multinational oil company Enbridge will pay up in the event of a catastrophic rupture of the dual Line 5 pipeline. In an emailed letter to Enbridge Inc. Friday, DNR Director Dan Eichinger requests that the company enter into a written financial agreement with […]

Board faces suit after approving ‘defective’ anti-Whitmer petition language

BY: - July 16, 2020

The first major right-wing ballot petition aimed at permanently limiting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive powers to clear the first hurdle with the Board of State Canvassers is being challenged in court, just 10 days after it received the go-ahead to collect signatures. The “Keep Michigan Safe” committee, led by former Republican state Sen. and U.S. […]

Trump admin. rescinds policy to deport international students

BY: - July 15, 2020

The President Trump administration rescinded a recent policy that would have deported hundreds of thousands of international students had their classes remained online during the COVID-19 pandemic.  On July 6, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students would need to return to their home countries if classes remain virtual this fall. The […]