Top lines from Whitmer’s first State of the State

BY: - February 13, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had her share of zingers, applause lines and a corny joke or two — pretty standard fare for a first State of the State speech. She also didn’t shy away from progressive rhetoric on how Michigan is falling short on education, climate change, equal pay and LGBTQ rights, which did not earn […]

Gov. to skip SOS happy talk tradition, focus on roads, schools

BY: - February 12, 2019

Michiganders have come to expect that once a year, their governor will appear on TV and put a happy face on the state of our state. That’s the way it’s been, by and large, for the last 16 years, under both Democratic former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder. While both leaders […]

Dingell, Levin join effort to snub Trump on climate change policies

BY: - February 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Two Michigan members of Congress are supporting a symbolic rebuke against President Trump’s international climate change policies. U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) are among 59 members of Congress to introduce a resolution opposing Trump’s stated plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, an international treaty to reduce […]

Former state rep. lands on Public Service Commission

BY: - February 8, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed Dan Scripps, an energy policy expert and former state House representative, to serve on the Michigan Public Service Commission. Scripps, a Democrat from Northport who’s currently program director for Midwest Policy for the Energy Foundation, will fill a vacant slot on the three-member commission that provides oversight of the state’s […]

Tlaib questions state’s word on Detroit air quality worries

BY: - February 8, 2019

Updated at 7:15 p.m. with comments from Marathon. U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) is questioning assurances from state environmental regulators that a “rotten-egg” smell in southwest Detroit is not harmful. In an email to the Michigan Advance, Tlaib spokesman Denzel McCampbell explained a recent statement the congresswoman made in Detroit over an issue at the […]

GOP Senate still undecided on scrapping gov. environmental order

BY: - February 8, 2019

Republicans remain displeased over a new environmental order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but it’s unclear if the GOP-led Legislature will ultimately throttle the measure. There’s been plenty of back-and-forth this week since Whitmer signed the measure on Monday. On Wednesday, the House rejected an executive order making organizational changes to the Department of Environmental Quality […]

PFAS brings top Air Force official to Michigan

BY: - February 7, 2019

In the latest sign that dangerous PFAS chemicals continue to plague sites around the state, a top U.S. Air Force official plans to visit a military base where the substance has been discovered. In a letter to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) on Thursday, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said that Assistant Secretary John […]

AG pulls Michigan from ExxonMobil suit

BY: - February 7, 2019

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday continued her quest to remove the state from federal lawsuits her GOP predecessor had joined. Nessel announced she had exited the state from the case of ExxonMobil v. Healey in the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals. GOP former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had last year joined […]

Rep. Dan Kildee and House Democrats

Kildee embraces role as dean of Michigan House Dem delegation

BY: - February 7, 2019

Updated, 2:10 p.m. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) hasn’t just ascended to leadership on Capitol Hill as chief deputy whip for the new majority Democratic caucus. He’s also the senior member of the Michigan House Democratic delegation after the Dean of the House now-former U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) stepped down amid a sexual harassment […]

House votes to kill environmental order, Whitmer vows to defend it

BY: - February 7, 2019

Early assurances of bipartisanship in Michigan’s new era of divided government may be coming to a halt. On Wednesday, legislative Republicans sought to undo Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new executive order meant to better protect the state’s environment, as she vowed to defend it. This comes after Michigan has been plagued by environmental crises with […]

Whitmer gets kudos from key Republican on environmental shakeup

BY: - February 6, 2019

There’s been some Republican grumbling about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s move on Monday to restructure the beleaguered Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), but a key GOP official has her back. Candice Miller, a former congresswoman who now oversees environmental and water issues for Macomb County as public works commissioner, praised Whitmer for her new Department of Environment, […]

Citing climate change, Gov. asks agency to review extreme weather plans

BY: - February 5, 2019

After an energy shortage during record-breaking cold weather in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked a state commission to investigate state preparations for extreme weather. Whitmer announced Monday her request that the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) conduct a statewide review of natural gas supplies and how they’re delivered — supplies that are crucial for […]