Criminal Justice

After ACA ruling, Nessel, other AGs to likely seek U.S. Supreme Court opinion

BY: - December 19, 2019

One day after a federal Appeals Court panel struck down a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and other state AGs say they’ll likely seek an opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court.  Congress had already repealed the individual mandate in the ACA, which required that every person be […]

Former Sen. Levin says there’s a ‘day and night’ difference between Clinton, Trump impeachments

BY: - December 19, 2019

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Detroit) called comparisons between the upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and the 1999 proceeding involving former President Bill Clinton unfounded. “There’s a day and night difference,” Levin said in an interview with the Advance. Levin served in the U.S. Senate during 1999 Clinton impeachment trial. He voted to […]

Battle Creek’s GOP former congressman calls Trump’s Dingell attacks ‘disgusting’

BY: - December 19, 2019

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-Battle Creek) wasn’t at President Donald Trump’s raucous rally in his hometown on Wednesday, but, yes, he’s seen the president’s remarks that “maybe” the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) is in hell. And Schwarz, who’s not known to mince words, summed up the attack as “disgusting.” “It’s a total […]

Here’s the moment when Trump read aloud the impeachment vote results at his Battle Creek rally

BY: - December 19, 2019

Michigan has had an outsized role in Donald Trump’s political career, as it was the last place he held a rally before his shocking 2016 victory. And this is where he chose to be Wednesday night, when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach him. Trump held a rally in Battle Creek attended by […]

Trump becomes 3rd president impeached by U.S. House

BY: and - December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.  Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political […]

AG Barr announces federal crackdown on Detroit crime, MDOC wasn’t given notice

BY: - December 18, 2019

A new President Trump administration initiative will soon bulk up the presence of federal law enforcement in Detroit and set the scene for more “tough on crime” policing tactics in the city. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr traveled to Detroit to announce the launch of a major federal program called “Operation Relentless Pursuit.” […]

Michigan Supreme Court says it’s too late to rule on GOP minimum wage, sick leave maneuvers

BY: - December 18, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court declined to issue an opinion on the constitutionality of the GOP-led “adopt and amend” tactic used last year to water down legislation for paid sick time and minimum wage increases.   In July, the issue was brought to the Supreme Court through oral arguments from both sides, but the court decided on […]

Whitmer at the Lansing Brewing Co.

Whitmer backs Trump impeachment

BY: - December 18, 2019

On the day the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she backs that move. The governor previously said she supports the impeachment inquiry. At a roundtable with reporters Wednesday afternoon, the Advance asked Whitmer if she supported the vote. Whitmer noted U.S. Rep. […]

Hundreds rally at Michigan’s Capitol on impeachment eve 

BY: - December 18, 2019

On the night before the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, hundreds of people gathered on the Capitol lawn for Lansing’s “Impeach and remove” rally. Beth Bowen, event organizer and administrator of Indivisible Eaton County, a local branch of the national progressive nonprofit Indivisible, called the […]

Stevens, Dingell to vote ‘yes’ on Trump impeachment

BY: - December 17, 2019

Updated, 3:37 p.m. 12/17/19 with additional comments from Dingell U.S. Reps. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) both said on Tuesday afternoon said they will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. That means all seven Michigan U.S. House Democrats have said they’ll vote for impeachment, which is expected to be taken up on […]

Michigan files suit against opioid companies, charging them as ‘drug dealers’

BY: - December 17, 2019

The state of Michigan has filed a “historic” lawsuit against four companies tied to the production and distribution of opioids.  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday morning in Wayne County Circuit Court, charges Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Walgreens as drug dealers under the state’s 1994 Drug Dealer Liability Act. A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office […]

Debbie Dingell says she’s having a ‘hard time’ after her husband’s death and Trump’s tweets ‘really hurt’

BY: - December 17, 2019

In an emotional interview on CNN on Monday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) responded to President Donald Trump’s tweet over the weekend about her husband, former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn). John Dingell — the longest-serving member of Congress — died in February at age 92. As a World War II era veteran, he was […]