General Politics

Enbridge pipeline plan flows to Michigan House

BY: - December 5, 2018

With almost no debate, the state Senate approved legislation that would create a three-person panel to finalize a deal between Gov. Rick Snyder and a major Canadian energy company to keep oil flowing through the Great Lakes.

Former lawmaker leading economic opportunity nonprofit slams GOP-led Lame Duck assault

BY: - December 5, 2018

A former longtime state lawmaker who now leads a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity is dismayed by the frenetic Lame Duck session.

Snyder scales back constituent relations for transition

BY: - December 4, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder’s constituent relations team is scaling back certain features it offered during the transition to Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, but the office is still open, according to his spokesman.

Lawmakers walk out amid protest after panel advances bills cramping powers of new governor, AG

BY: - December 4, 2018

A controversial bill to allow the Michigan Legislature to “intervene” in any state legal case moved forward after a House committee ending hearing ended early due to protest, all while a false alarm bomb scare played out one block away.

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Whoa, there, little ladies. GOP men will show you who’s boss.

BY: - December 4, 2018

The pink wave crashed in Michigan on Nov. 6, with the female-dominated Democratic ticket sweeping every statewide office.

Michigan is almost at full employment. What impact will minimum wage maneuvering really have?

BY: - December 4, 2018

While many progressives are up in arms at the GOP-led Legislature’s attempts to gut an initiative raising the minimum wage, a report this week in Crain’s Detroit points out that it could be a moot point anyway. That’s because many economists believe that because Michigan’s low unemployment rate is under 4 percent, the market rate […]

Blacks took lead as Michigan ‘freed the weed’

BY: - December 4, 2018

“I think it’s a tremendous victory that we freed the weed, as I like to say, or legalize marijuana in a time when African-Americans are four times more likely to be convicted of marijuana."

Indivisible activists fired up to fight GOP in Lame Duck

BY: - December 4, 2018

Indivisible groups, which propelled Democrats to victories in key races across Michigan last month, are now firing up to fight the GOP legislation in Lame Duck.

DeVos family gave to Mississippi U.S. Sen. Hyde-Smith

BY: - December 4, 2018

Members of West Michigan’s DeVos family, longtime stalwarts of state and national GOP causes and candidates, were among those financially supporting U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.).

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: I thought I was done with journalism. I was wrong. Here’s why.

BY: - December 4, 2018

Whenever I’m contemplating a big life change, I head to the mountains. I love the Rockies, Cascades and Great Dividing Range in Australia, but my heart belongs to the Sierra Nevadas — Yosemite, in particular. Whether it’s sweating and struggling to scale a peak or just wandering around a snow-streaked pass, it gives me time […]

Michigan DEQ contractors

Snyder’s PFAS funding falls short, environmentalists say

BY: - December 4, 2018

Environmentalists say Gov. Rick Snyder’s requested $43 million in additional funding to tackle contamination from a suite of chemicals abbreviated as PFAS is a good start.

Economist: GOP minimum wage plan hurts low-wage workers, could halt some job losses

BY: - December 4, 2018

Last week’s push by the GOP-controlled Legislature to slow a the $12 minimum wage hike until 2030 will have a variety of economic ripple effects, according to a Purdue University economist.