Criminal Justice

State officials indicate a criminal investigation is underway into Sen. Bumstead

BY: - November 17, 2022

A state senator from West Michigan, who made election integrity a key issue in his reelection campaign, is under criminal investigation after allegations of signature fraud were made against him in late 2016, the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office has confirmed. On Nov. 7, 2016, Clerk Jennifer Badgero in Newaygo County’s Brooks Township filed a […]

Antisemitic vandalism prompts new lawmaker to push for hate crime law overhaul

BY: - November 17, 2022

Following the spray-painting of antisemitic symbols on a West Michigan Democratic Party office, a newly elected state lawmaker says he plans to introduce legislation that would better deal with such incidents. On Monday, officials with the Kent County Democratic Party reported that their headquarters in Grand Rapids had been vandalized with antisemitic graffiti, including swastikas, […]

Nessel announces $3.1 billion settlement with Walmart over opioid epidemic allegations

BY: - November 16, 2022

A settlement has been reached between Walmart and the states resolving allegations that the company’s failure to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores contributed to the opioid addiction crisis. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the deal Tuesday, saying it will provide more than $3 billion nationally while also requiring significant improvements […]

FBI confirms a single juvenile suspect behind most bomb threats to dozens of HBCUs

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The FBI has officially announced that a single minor youth is the main suspect in most racially motivated bomb threats to dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities earlier this year that terrorized students. The FBI in a statement on Monday did not release any further details — only that the individual is […]

U.S. Supreme Court denies attempt by Arizona GOP chair to block Jan. 6 panel subpoena

BY: - November 14, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court sided Monday with the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, denying a request from Arizona Republican Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband to block the panel from obtaining their cellphone records. The court’s two-paragraph order ends Kelli and Michael Ward’s federal suit to block the […]

Lasinski says Democratic leadership will ‘restore integrity’ to the state House after scandals

BY: - November 14, 2022

With Democrats set to take control in the Michigan House of Representatives in 2023, Democratic leadership has reaffirmed their commitment to investigating former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering).  House Democrats began calling for a bipartisan committee to investigate Chatfield’s conduct in office in March, following allegations that Chatfield sexually abused his sister-in-law beginning when she […]

Karamo still hasn’t conceded, tells supporters to ‘standby’ for more election fraud conspiracies

BY: - November 10, 2022

Republican Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo continues to push baseless claims about election fraud in the state, telling supporters “there is more to come.” Karamo has yet to concede from the race after losing Tuesday’s election to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson by 14 points — the largest margin of any top statewide race.  […]

Braving long lines, Michigan college students help propel Dem, Proposal 3 victories

BY: - November 10, 2022

Republicans’ predictions of a “red wave” in Michigan were dashed after Democrats enjoyed a higher-than-expected turnout on Tuesday — propelled in part by a large youth presence at the polls, with some lines at universities being more than five hours long. Michigan allows same-day voter registration, which drove the long lines of first-time voters on […]

Recreational marijuana use will be legal in 21 states after ballot measures pass

BY: - November 10, 2022

Advocates for marijuana liberalization saw mixed results as legalization ballot measures were counted Tuesday, with Maryland and Missouri voters approving recreational use for adults but Arkansas, South Dakota and North Dakota rejecting the proposal. Maryland and Missouri will bring the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal to 21. Michigan voters legalized marijuana […]

Bernstein and Zahra are reelected to the Michigan Supreme Court

BY: - November 9, 2022

Both of the incumbents have retained their seats on the Michigan Supreme Court. maintaining a narrow 4-3 Democratic-nominated majority. Political parties nominate candidates, although their political affiliation was not listed on the ballot. The candidates vied for two spots with eight-year terms on the court.  Justice Richard Bernstein, who was nominated by Democrats and is […]

Dixon focuses on education, crime during last rally in Grand Rapids

BY: - November 8, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon on Monday night held a final “Welcome Home” campaign rally in Grand Rapid before polls opened Tuesday morning.  “We’ve got to get everybody out because this is a moment where parents need to speak up. Parents and grandparents, this isn’t even about us. This is about the future. This is […]

Groups say all votes must be counted, prepare to fight against voter intimidation on Tuesday

BY: - November 7, 2022

On the eve of Election Day, a coalition of organizations declared that each ballot must be counted and that it won’t tolerate voter intimidation.    “Nearly 2 million Michiganders have exercised their constitutional right to vote by absentee ballot, and millions more eligible voters will go to the polls tomorrow on Election Day,” said Micheal Davis […]