Criminal Justice

Mich. poll challengers sue Dominion, say cease and desist letters left them ‘in fear’ for lives

BY: - October 4, 2021

With the help of a pro-Trump attorney, a group of disgruntled former 2020 Michigan poll challengers has launched a lawsuit against voting machine company Dominion for allegedly harming them with cease and desist letters. Kurt Olsen, a Maryland lawyer who aided attempts to illegally overturn the 2020 election for former President Donald Trump, is leading […]

Dem wants prisoner ‘good time’ credits brought back, reversing ‘tough-on-crime’ measures

BY: - October 3, 2021

Michigan Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced legislation last week that would reinstate “good time credits” in the Michigan prison system.  “Good time” credits are a system that enables inmates to earn credits based on following the rules and academic and professional program participation and gain with the intent for prisoners to be able to […]

‘An alarming time for women in our country’: Hundreds rally in Lansing for reproductive rights

BY: - October 2, 2021

Cheryl Bukoff, 76, remembers when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Now, nearly 50 years later, the Detroit woman is fighting to uphold that constitutional right to abortion.  “When I was a young person in Michigan, we didn’t have these rights and women had to go to Chicago or somewhere else to have an […]

New: Analysis shows Mich. among states in danger of losing abortion rights if Roe is overturned

BY: - October 1, 2021

Updated, 11:27 a.m., 10/01/21 with comment from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer  Michigan is one of 26 states most likely to quickly move to ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade. That’s from a new analysis from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s […]

‘Their tank is empty’: Local public health officials combat staff burnout, low pay, harassment

BY: and - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local public health departments that were already struggling with too few workers and too little money have been pushed to the brink — and for some, beyond the brink. “My staff is burnt out, overworked and underpaid,” Dr. Mysheika Roberts, health commissioner with the Columbus Public Health […]

Dingell blasts Greene for crashing press conference, says ‘try being a Christian’

BY: - September 27, 2021

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) lambasted fellow Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) on Friday after Greene harassed Democrats as they assembled on the Capitol steps for a news conference on the 218-211 passage of their bill codifying the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. Democrats approved the bill after the Supreme Court allowed […]

Dozens of Michigan Dems sign brief to protect Roe v. Wade

BY: - September 24, 2021

Forty-five Michigan Democratic lawmakers signed onto an amicus brief demanding that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold Roe v. Wade. “Abortion is health care. We will not sit quietly while a certain small faction attempts to dismantle a person’s right to their own reproductive freedom,” Sens. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) said in a […]

LGBTQ+ advocates worry about fate of same-sex marriage as SCOTUS weighs overturning Roe v. Wade

BY: - September 24, 2021

As the U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear in December a challenge to Mississippi’s abortion ban that could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision — some LGBTQ+ advocates are concerned that threats to same-sex marriage are on the horizon. The Supreme Court only ruled six years ago to legalize same-sex marriage in Obergefell […]

The redistricting commission maps you’re seeing now are far from final, experts say

BY: - September 23, 2021

The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission (MICRC) has been working on drafting maps for the state Senate, House and congressional districts for several weeks, but the drafts that have been made public so far are far from the final product.  This is the first time that the 13-person panel, composed of four Republicans, four Democrats and […]

GOP gov. candidate James Craig says he supports abortion ban in secret recording

BY: - September 22, 2021

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig said if elected he would block any attempt by Democrats to repeal Michigan’s 90-year-old ban on abortion, according to a secret audio recording obtained by Metro Times. The former Detroit police chief made the remark Thursday while talking with supporters after his speech at a campaign kickoff event in Marquette. The […]

COMMENTARY
abortion

Stephanie Chang: Michigan must support the right to choose

BY: - September 22, 2021

When Texas passed the strictest abortion law in the nation by banning abortion after six weeks, creating an environment for witch hunts of anyone who may have helped someone access an abortion and not providing exceptions for rape or incest, many watched and reacted in horror, for a variety of reasons. Ask people with irregular […]

Bipartisan FY ‘22 budget moves one step closer to completion

BY: - September 21, 2021

The GOP-led Legislature took a key step Tuesday toward completing the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, carving out money for criminal justice reform, education and a number of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s programs for workers.  The legislative Conference Committees unanimously approved both the Higher Education and General Government budgets and outlined the […]