Elections

Republicans saw the economy as Whitmer’s big weakness in the election. Has that changed?

BY: - September 28, 2022

Republicans have spent most of the 2022 cycle hurling attacks on the economy and inflation under Democrats Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and President Joe Biden — which many political analysts have said should help the party make gains during the midterms. “The Whitmer administration top-to-bottom is infected with a culture of progressive, anti-business political activism. It’s […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: As Trump goes full QAnon, Dixon delights in sowing Whitmer kidnapping conspiracies

BY: - September 27, 2022

It’s been a rough couple months for Donald Trump, who, as you recall, has the distinction of being our only twice-impeached president. After trying to instigate a coup because he didn’t like that he (badly) lost the 2020 election, he’s still flexing his muscles over the GOP by successfully endorsing a slew of 2022 candidates, […]

Why experts say the fall of abortion rights is a key sign of a troubled democracy

BY: - September 25, 2022

The floodgates opened in 2011. That year, increasingly right-wing Republicans – who had weaponized gerrymandering and racism (think: birtherism) during President Barack Obama’s tenure to sweep the 2010 midterm elections and flip state legislatures across the nation – passed 92 anti-abortion bills throughout the country, a record number for a single year since the United […]

Dixon spends the day ridiculing Whitmer over 2020 far-right kidnapping plot

BY: and - September 24, 2022

Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon’s repeated comments mocking the foiled plot to kidnap and assassinate Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have drawn widespread condemnation. On Friday morning, the Republican appeared at a pro-Dixon superPAC event in Troy with former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and criticized Whitmer’s business record as governor. Standing in front of a sign […]

U.S. House GOP outlines agenda in bid for control in the midterms

BY: - September 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans gathered inside a warehouse in Southwestern Pennsylvania on Friday to outline the legislation they’d try to enact if voters give them back control of that chamber following the November midterm elections. Speaking from an HVAC factory in Monongahela, about an hour south of Pittsburgh, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said […]

New: Jan. 6 protester says police union endorsed her for the Michigan House

BY: - September 23, 2022

Small business owner Angela Rigas, a GOP Michigan House candidate, said Thursday that the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) has endorsed her. That’s apparently despite Rigas’ participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol while Congress was set to certify President Joe Biden’s victory over former President Donald Trump. Rigas also […]

More than 500 doctors sign on in support of Whitmer’s challenge to Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

BY: - September 23, 2022

Hundreds of doctors across the state on Thursday announced their support for Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lawsuit challenging the state’s 1931 abortion ban. Backed by more than 500 doctors, the Committee to Protect Health Care filed a brief supporting Whitmer’s lawsuit, which asks the Michigan Supreme Court to determine if the state Constitution protects the […]

As the GOP ramps up anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, advocates worry about the toll on kids

BY: - September 23, 2022

As attacks on LGBTQ+ people have begun to harmonize toward a pre-election crescendo, state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) had had enough. In fact, he’d had more than enough.  Taking the floor of the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, Moss blasted a GOP-sponsored resolution condemning teacher training videos from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), which have […]

Carone endorses Dixon, but remains on the ballot for the U.S. Taxpayers Party

BY: - September 23, 2022

Mellissa Carone this week turned around and endorsed GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon, although Carone’s name will still appear on the Nov. 8 ballot as U.S. Taxpayers Party’ gubernatorial nominee Donna Brandenburg’s running mate.  Carone garnered national attention in 2020, including being parodied by “Saturday Night Live,” after she spread baseless claims of election fraud […]

Michigan GOP congressional candidate railed against women’s suffrage, women in the workplace

BY: - September 22, 2022

A GOP U.S. House nominee has in the past argued against women’s suffrage, even forming an anti-feminism “think tank” in the 2000s that claimed men are smarter than women, according to CNN. John Gibbs is running in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District against immigration attorney Hillary Scholten, a Democrat who would be the first woman to […]

Michigan's Supreme Court

With the balance of power on the line, Supreme Court candidates clash on judicial philosophy

BY: - September 22, 2022

During a Wednesday candidate forum, five candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court differed on whether previously elected officeholders should serve on the body and judicial philosophy. Political parties nominate candidates, although their political affiliation is not listed on the ballot. The candidates are vying on Nov. 8 for two spots with eight-year terms on the […]

U.S. House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop Jan. 6 repeat

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed on Wednesday a bill updating a 19th-century law in an attempt to prevent the subversion of future presidential elections. The Presidential Election Reform Act, which passed 229-203, is meant to deter a repeat of the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, in which the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a mob of […]