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Actress Kerry Washington: It can’t be ‘harder for me to vote than it was for my grandparents’

BY: - November 6, 2022

Updated, 7:51 a.m., 11/6/22 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and fellow Democrats joined actress Kerry Washington on Saturday night to rally at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Washington, best known for her roles in the movie, “Django Unchained” and the TV show, “Scandal,” told about 300 people that voting in the midterm election […]

Buttigieg and Pence, former Indiana leaders, offer rivaling messages in Michigan

BY: - November 5, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg addressed Vice President Mike Pence’s simultaneous appearance on the campaign trail in Michigan on Friday during the final stretch before Election Day. Pence, who campaigned in Portage for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) and in Charlotte for state Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte), was governor of Indiana while Buttigieg was mayor […]

Pence stumps for Barrett, stresses inflation, border security and military support

BY: - November 4, 2022

Former Vice President Mike Pence joined Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) on Friday for a “Flip the House” event in his hometown.  Barrett is in a heated race against U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) in the 7th Congressional District, which includes Clinton, Ingham, Livingston and Shiawassee counties, most of Eaton County and parts of […]

Dixon questions ‘how sick’ Whitmer’s dad was during Fla. visit, blames her for school shooting

BY: - November 4, 2022

At an early Friday morning campaign rally in Brighton, Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon questioned Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s rationale for visiting her ailing father in Florida last year and blamed her for the Oxford school shooting. “When we’re standing up on that [debate] stage, there’s only one person that was governor when we had […]

Concerns grow that voter intimidation could disrupt midterm elections

BY: - November 4, 2022

PHOENIX — The two outdoor ballot drop boxes in Maricopa County are both unassuming—secure metal boxes, about the size of blue mailboxes, located just outside county buildings. But in recent weeks, they’ve at times been monitored by volunteers with far-right organizations, prompted by former President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread fraud and misinformation about drop […]

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Michigan Supreme Court ruling keeps Benson’s poll challenger rules in place

BY: - November 3, 2022

Less than a week before the election, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Secretary of State and election clerks will continue to follow the poll challenger guidance put in place by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson earlier this year.  Last month, a Michigan Court of Claims judge blocked a number of the rules […]

Court tosses GOP lawsuit seeking more Republican election inspectors in Flint

BY: - November 3, 2022

A Genesee Circuit Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday that would require Flint to hire more Republican election inspectors.  The lawsuit was filed by the Michigan Republican Party and the Republican National Committee due to concerns the city had violated the party’s rights under Michigan state law for an “equal number as nearly as […]

Study: Michigan could see the 3rd highest maternal death rate if abortion is banned

BY: - November 3, 2022

Michigan has the third-highest expected increase in maternal deaths in the nation if the state’s 1931 abortion ban goes into effect, according to a report released Wednesday from the liberal group the Center for American Progress (CAP). Held off by preliminary injunctions amid a flurry of legal action, Michigan’s 91-year-old law criminalizing abortion hasn’t gone […]

Feds arrest two men in Michigan and Ohio they say are members of the ‘Boogaloo’ movement

BY: - November 3, 2022

Federal authorities have charged a Michigan member of a right-wing extremist group with lying while purchasing a handgun, one of two arrests federal authorities made of members of the “Boogaloo Boys” anti-government movement just a week before the midterm election. Timothy Allen Teagan, 22, of Plymouth, appeared Wednesday in federal court in Detroit where he […]

Affirmative action supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - November 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The onset of rain did not deter students and supporters of affirmative action from protesting Monday morning outside the U.S. Supreme Court while justices considered two cases that could reshape the college admissions process. “It’s not a secret that if you eliminated race conscious policies, it would further diminish the number of students of color […]

U.S. Supreme Court justices cast doubt on affirmative action in college admissions

BY: - November 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday questioned the legality of race-conscious policies in college admissions, as the justices weighed two cases that could upend the admissions process many colleges use to try to boost diversity on campus. At issue are two cases that challenge the lawfulness of affirmative action at Harvard University, the […]

Nessel joins AG coalition urging Supreme Court to reject theory that could ‘wreak havoc’ on elections

BY: - November 1, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is among 22 attorneys general filing a friend of the court brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could decide who has ultimate authority over federal elections. Moore v. Harper centers on newly drawn maps for North Carolina’s 14 congressional seats. The North Carolina Supreme Court found […]