Local Government

Booker’s upbeat message resonates with Black officials in Detroit

BY: - May 2, 2019

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) brought his message to Detroit of how “love is the best strategy” to defeating President Donald Trump. Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd at the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO) Economic Development Conference on Thursday morning, the presidential hopeful recalled meeting with an Iowa voter who said he wanted […]


Grand Rapids police under fire from civil rights groups for Latino arrests

BY: - April 30, 2019

Civil and immigrants’ rights groups in Michigan want the state to put the Grand Rapids Police Department under a microscope. On Tuesday, the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) filed formal complaints with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) over what they allege is a […]

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Measles outbreak has cost Oakland County at least $200K

BY: - April 25, 2019

The response to this year’s measles outbreak, Michigan’s worst since 1991, has cost Oakland County at least $200,000 according to health officials. Speaking before the state House Health Policy Committee Thursday morning, Oakland County Medical Director Dr. Russell Faust said that “conservative estimate” included the cost of around-the-clock staff response to potential cases or exposures, […]

That time when Nessel blasted bigotry against Catholics in Plymouth

BY: - April 23, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has drawn fire from conservative critics about her handling of the Catholic church sex abuse investigation she inherited from her GOP predecessor, Bill Schuette. That began when Nessel held a press conference in February updating reporters on the investigation in which she said that the church should “stop self-policing” and parishioners […]


Kate Gasparro: Civic crowdfunding reduces the risk of ‘bikelash’

BY: - April 22, 2019

Bike-sharing and dockless bike ventures are spreading as more people get around on two wheels. Cyclists, planners, environmentalists and others are excited to see these initiatives thrive. At the same time, there are reasons for concern. Nearly 800 American cyclists died in 2017 after being hit by cars or trucks. Those fatalities were up 25 […]

DEQ: New lead regulations will likely uncover more impacted communities

BY: - April 18, 2019

As multiple lawsuits stemming from the Flint water crisis drag on, Michigan may soon find that other cities have lead levels higher than allowed by state regulations. Top Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials told a panel of lawmakers Thursday that the state’s 2018 update to the Lead and Copper Rule, adopted under former Gov. […]

Ananich: Won’t endorse yet in Flint election, says Dems will work with GOP on roads

BY: - April 18, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich is nearing a full decade of service in Michigan’s Legislature, and he doesn’t mince words while looking back: “I think we’re going to look back at the tenure of [Republican former] Gov. [Rick] Snyder as one of the worst things to happen to Michigan,” the Democrat said when asked about […]

White House lists Flint mayor at Opportunity Zone Conference

BY: - April 17, 2019

President Donald Trump spoke at a conference Wednesday at which Flint Mayor Karen Weaver was scheduled to be in attendance, according to a White House official. The president’s remarks were tailored to creating new economic opportunities in areas “that have been left behind,” the White House office said. The Opportunity Zone Conference was meant to […]

Grand Rapids faces costly lingering lead crisis in homes

BY: - April 12, 2019

By most accounts, Grand Rapids is a city on the rise. New developments and new investment pop up almost daily. But lurking beneath the surface, often out-of-sight and out-of-mind, the West Michigan city of about 200,000 people bears a statistic that a group of activists seek to bring to light and ultimately shed: Grand Rapids […]

Don Williamson, Flint’s colorful, controversial ex-mayor, dies at 85

BY: - April 2, 2019

Former Flint Mayor Don Williamson died early Tuesday morning at the age of 85, according to a statement from Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. Leyton said on behalf of Williamson’s family that the Democratic politician and businessman died of complications from a respiratory illness. In a statement, Flint’s current mayor, Karen Weaver, described Williamson as […]

Affordable housing initiatives ramp up in Michigan amid shortage

BY: - March 28, 2019

As housing costs rise across the state, there are efforts to help underway in the second-largest city in Michigan. The Grand Rapids City Commission approved three new recommendations on Tuesday that leaders hope will encourage the development of more affordable housing units. Lawmakers voted to offer incentives for “small-scale development” that would favor two-family dwelling […]

Patterson has ‘career-ending’ cancer, won’t run in 2020

BY: - March 26, 2019

Longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced Tuesday that he has “career-ending” stage 4 pancreatic cancer and will not be seeking an eighth term. Patterson, 80, has been in poor health since a 2012 automobile accident in which he was seriously injured. He said he intends to serve out the remainder of his seventh […]