Column: Trump’s environmental rollbacks put Michiganders at risk at the worst time

BY: - June 8, 2020

In the middle of a pandemic, doing everything possible to protect public health should be our leaders’ priority. But instead, the President Trump administration has stopped enforcing the clean air and water safeguards that protect us from sickening pollution. The costs are already mounting. Recently, one of the dirtiest facilities in the Detroit area — […]

With Whitmer’s support, Nessel joins suit challenging DeVos Title IX rules

BY: - June 8, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s backing, is filing a lawsuit alongside 17 other attorneys general to dispute new Title IX federal rules handed down from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Nessel and states’ attorneys general say the new guidance “strips students of longstanding protections against sexual harassment” and violates Title […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: Protests can be a catalyst for racial justice and equity

BY: - June 6, 2020

The Michigan League for Public Policy has fought against injustice since we were founded in 1912, and right now is one of the most pivotal moments in that time span.  At the League, we want to acknowledge the real pain and suffering that is occurring across the country right now, particularly for Black people. While […]

Supreme Court won’t hear case seeking to curb Whitmer’s emergency powers — for now

BY: - June 4, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday said it won’t hear the GOP-controlled state Legislature’s lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which seeks to place limits on the emergency powers she exercised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Justices, in a 4-3 decision, wrote that the case needs to go through the Michigan Court of Appeals before they touch […]

Legislature’s taxpayer-funded contract with GOP-connected firm in Whitmer suit raises transparency concerns

BY: - June 2, 2020

For months, Republican legislative leaders have slammed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, alleging a lack of transparency while she exercised emergency powers, even going so far as to create a special oversight committee to investigate her administration’s COVID-19 response.   One of the issues Republican lawmakers have zeroed in on is the Democratic administration last month awarded contracts […]


Ken Coleman: Use your passion in your backyard. Detroiters got Detroit covered.

BY: - June 1, 2020

I covered last Friday’s George Floyd killing protest in downtown Detroit and was struck by the number of men and women who attended.  I saw Detroit activists with whom I am very familiar. I saw Detroit City Council Member Mary Sheffield and Detroit Board of Police Commission Member Willie Burton, two elected officials who represent […]

Trump DOJ sides with businesses opposing Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders

BY: - May 30, 2020

After President Donald Trump has railed against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order with his “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” tweet in April, his Department of Justice (DOJ) has backed a lawsuit against her emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement of interest, the DOJ called the Democratic governor’s measures “arbitrary” and “irrational.” Michigan has been one […]

Rep. Warren gets probation for drunken driving

BY: - May 28, 2020

State Rep. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) was sentenced Wednesday in Oakland County after drunken driving incident in late December. She pleaded guilty in February and was given one year of probation on a misdemeanor operating while intoxicated charge and she must perform 10 days of community service, the Detroit News reported. Warren was originally charged […]

Michigan, 22 other states sue Trump admin. over fuel economy standards

BY: - May 27, 2020

Attorneys general of 23 states filed a lawsuit today challenging the President Trump administration’s rollback of fuel economy standards. The lawsuit, filed in a D.C. Circuit Court, says the rollbacks violate the Clean Air Act, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.  The attorneys general of Michigan, Colorado and California held […]

LGBTQ rights group files lawsuit over ballot proposal problems

BY: - May 27, 2020

After moving to an online strategy to collect signatures during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of an LGBTQ rights ballot proposal said this week they can’t amass enough to qualify for the November ballot — and they are suing the state. The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign sought to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan. […]

League of Women Voters sues SOS over Proposal 3 enforcement

BY: - May 26, 2020

The Michigan League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Friday to remove barriers to the absentee voting rights. The lawsuit, filed in the Michigan Court of Appeals, suggests that voting rights laid out in Proposal 3, which Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved in 2018, are not being strictly enforced.  “The […]


Ken Coleman: Reactions to reported Kilpatrick prison release highlight nation’s racial divide

BY: - May 26, 2020

As I watched my Twitter feed while news broke Friday suggesting former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s release from federal prison was imminent, it reminded me of the moment when the O.J. Simpson murder trial verdict was announced on Oct. 3, 1995 — almost 25 years ago.  When it came to the race of those reacting […]