‘It provided hope’: Michigan advocates look ahead after abortion rights vote in Kansas

BY: - August 7, 2022

After the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down Roe v. Wade, Mary Wehrman called the reproductive rights group Kansans for Constitutional Freedom. She was enraged. A resident of Pittsburg, Kan., a small city near the Missouri border, Wehrman wanted to volunteer with the organization fighting a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would […]

A West Michigan library faces closure after voters defund it over LGBTQ+ books

BY: - August 6, 2022

A small West Michigan library was essentially defunded in this week’s primary election in a dispute over the LGBTQ+ material in its collection, although advocates say it represents more than just a dispute over books, but an assault on personal liberties. What is normally a routine millage renewal for the Patmos Library in Ottawa County’s […]

‘She shouldn’t be telling doctors and physicians how to practice medicine’

BY: - August 5, 2022

Updated, 7:49 a.m., 8/5/22 Following the results of Tuesday’s GOP gubernatorial primary election, physicians around the state said they’re concerned about what a Tudor Dixon administration could mean for pregnant people.  Dixon, whose run was bolstered by an endorsement by former President Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination with 40.6% of the vote. She was […]

Whitmer stresses ‘stark differences’ with Dixon on abortion rights, 2020 election

BY: - August 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday addressed her GOP opponent, Tudor Dixon, and right-wing attacks on abortion rights during a campaign rally held at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  Dixon, a right-wing commentator, on Tuesday won the state Republican gubernatorial nomination. Michigan has only had two female governors: Whitmer and fellow Democrat […]

Voters Not Politicians to form effort against ‘election denier’ candidates on the Michigan ballot

BY: - August 4, 2022

Updated, 10:58 a.m., 8/6/22 The same group that spearheaded a 2018 initiative reforming redistricting and joined a coalition that recently turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures to expand voting access in Michigan, is launching a new effort to prevent “election deniers” from getting into office. Following Tuesday’s primary in which several candidates who have […]

Rebandt concedes to Dixon, but alleges ‘curious activity’ in Bay County

BY: - August 4, 2022

Late Wednesday evening, the Rev. Ralph Rebandt became the third GOP gubernatorial candidate to concede to right-wing commentator Tudor Dixon — and the second to call into question the validity of the election results. Far-right activist Ryan Kelley has still yet to concede. In a text message exchange with the Advance Wednesday, Kelley baselessly claimed […]

Lawsuit seeks Rep. Maddock’s removal from Nov. ballot for allegedly ‘engaging in insurrection’

BY: - August 4, 2022

A lawsuit seeks to remove state Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) from the Nov. 8 general election ballot due to what were called “his violations of his oath of office and attempts to illegally overturn the 2020 election while pushing the Big Lie.” The suit, filed with the Michigan Court of Appeals (COA), was brought by […]

How election deniers are campaigning to control voting in four critical states

BY: - August 4, 2022

Mark Finchem, an Arizona state representative who has said he would not have certified the 2020 election, won the Republican primary for secretary of state on Tuesday, making him the latest election denier to move closer to controlling his state’s election system. Across the country, Republicans who say the 2020 election was rigged are vying […]

Election officials at U.S. Senate hearing describe threats, spread of misinformation

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday explored how to combat violent threats lodged against election officials, while Republicans questioned why the Department of Justice isn’t doing more to investigate threats against crisis pregnancy centers and Supreme Court justices. During a hearing on protecting election officials, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite […]

Kelley says there were ‘unprecedented oddities’ in Tuesday’s GOP gov. primary election

BY: - August 3, 2022

After coming in fourth place in the GOP gubernatorial primary Tuesday and refusing to concede to nominee Tudor Dixon, far-right activist Ryan Kelley told the Advance Wednesday that he thinks there were “unprecedented oddities” in the process. Unofficial election returns in the five-person race show Kelley received 15.5% of the vote. Dixon, a right-wing commentator […]

Michigan legislative primaries: Some incumbents lose to colleagues, newcomers

BY: - August 3, 2022

Updated 1:53 p.m. with additional comments Running for the first time after new districts were drawn for Michigan’s House and Senate, some incumbents in Tuesday’s primary lost their shot at holding their seats, while former President Donald Trump demonstrated he still has a hold on Republicans through some of his endorsements.  Among the many incumbents […]

Updated: Dixon clinches early win in GOP gubernatorial primary, Kelley refuses to concede

BY: - August 3, 2022

Originally published, 9:03 p.m., 8/2/22. Updated, 10:57 p.m. 8/2/22 and 9:55 a.m. 8/3/22 with additional comments Right-wing commentator Tudor Dixon has won Michigan’s GOP gubernatorial primary, according to unofficial returns, setting her up to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the Nov. 8 general election. Dixon’s primary win comes after a last-minute endorsement from former […]