Election 2020

Michigan legislators rally in D.C., urge Congress to act on voting rights

BY: and - August 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats joined with dozens of state legislators at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon, demanding that the Senate skip August recess and pass critical voting rights legislation in reaction to Republican-led states that have adopted restrictive voting laws. Dozens of legislators from North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas, […]

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Susan J. Demas: Every day since the Jan. 6 insurrection has been gaslighting

BY: - July 31, 2021

If you spend enough time reading how empires fall, as I did during my younger days studying obscure accounts of European history (and being lectured that it would never be useful in the real world), it becomes clear that we are living in the jittery, pivitol period between coup attempts. And the next one is […]

Election conspiracy groups paid $5.7M for Ariz. ‘audit,’ includes link to Mich. AG candidate

BY: - July 30, 2021

After months of questions, the leader of the Arizona Senate’s election review released a list of financial contributors, showing the self-styled audit has been funded by organizations that have aggressively promoted baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election — and in some cases sought to overturn results. Five groups were responsible for providing more than […]

Breaking: Complaint alleges Michigan GOP lawmakers got illegal campaign money from ALEC 

BY: - July 28, 2021

At least two Michigan Republican lawmakers allegedly received illegal campaign contributions from a national nonprofit that has ties to the Republican National Committee (RNC) and works with corporate lobbyists to push conservative legislation in state legislatures across the country, according to a complaint set to be filed Wednesday by the Center for Media and Democracy […]

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Column: Biden threw down the gauntlet in the battle over voting rights. It’s a fight we can’t shirk.

BY: - July 16, 2021

It was hard to miss the challenge that President Joe Biden posed to Americans as he burned through a fiery speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon. Led by “bullies and peddlers of lies,” Republicans in Congress and state legislatures around the country are engaged in an historical assault on the right to vote that poses […]

Election fraud activist announces Michigan attorney general bid

BY: - July 15, 2021

Matthew DePerno, a Kalamazoo-based attorney who filed a case challenging the Antrim County 2020 general elections results and made a number of unfounded accusations and false statements about the election, is running for Attorney General in 2022, according to a press release. DePerno made his announcement around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, but didn’t specify in […]

State board OKs anti-Whitmer petition, heads to GOP-led Legislature

BY: - July 13, 2021

After a year of right-wing acrimony over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders and legal turbulence over an effort to permanently strip some of her emergency powers, the controversial Unlock Michigan campaign prevailed Tuesday at getting its petition approved by the Board of State Canvassers. The bipartisan panel had previously deadlocked on the petition along party […]

Harris calls Michigan a ‘bellwether’ at Whitmer 2022 fundraiser

BY: - July 13, 2021

Following an event promoting vaccinations in Detroit on Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris headlined a fundraiser for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is up for reelection in 2022. At the event at the TCF Center, Harris noted that she was last in the Motor City on Election Day 2020. President Joe Biden carried Michigan by more […]

Here’s how democracies die

BY: - July 13, 2021

If you want to know at what point America’s democracy started to die, experts say 2016 seems like a logical point: With nearly a year to go until his term expired, President Barack Obama’s attempt at appointing a Supreme Court justice failed when the Republican-controlled Senate vowed to block any nominee. Steven Levitsky and Daniel […]

Experts warn against ‘sham audits’ movement across the country

BY: - July 13, 2021

We know: You’ve always been worried this day would come. And even though it was easier to pass notes or catch a few “Zzzs” during the lecture about separation of powers, the moment is here. That time when you wish you would have paid more attention in civics class. Experts for four different organizations came […]

‘This is really fantastical’: Federal judge blasts pro-Trump attorneys, hints at sanctions 

BY: - July 12, 2021

In a six-hour long hearing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker blasted the “Kraken” litigation team’s sworn affidavits claiming unsubstantiated instances of voter fraud in Michigan’s 2020 general election and signified sanctions requested by state officials are a strong possibility.  Sanctions are allowed when attorney’s submit frivolous or baseless arguments. Michigan Attorney General Dana […]

AG kicks off investigation into false election fraud claims, review of GOP chair’s alleged 2018 payoff 

BY: - July 12, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel has accepted an invitation from state Republican leaders to investigate allegations of people profiting off false claims of election fraud.  Last month, the GOP-led Senate Oversight Committee wrapped its 8-month investigation into claims of widespread evidence of voter fraud in Michigan and released a 35-page report showing the continued right-wing claims […]