Politics + Gov

CVS names Khaldun VP and chief health equity officer

BY: - October 18, 2021

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, who stepped down last month from her role as chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has a new role. CVS Health on Monday announced that Khaldun is the company’s new vice president and chief health equity officer. “As a health […]

Redistricting commission defends splitting up Black-majority districts in proposed maps

BY: - October 18, 2021

As the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) gears up for the second round of public comments on the approved 10 proposed maps, they say that their maps remain compliant with the Voting Rights Act (VRA) even without minority-majority districts.  However, some voting rights activists have vocalized concern that their maps do not include enough […]

Feds launch long-awaited plan to combat PFAS

BY: - October 18, 2021

The President Joe Biden Administration announced Monday newly accelerated efforts to prevent and mediate pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of “forever chemicals” known to cause harm to human health. PFAS can be found in drinking water, soil and air across the country, and are a growing concern. As part of the […]

There are a lot of plans to improve childcare in Michigan. Here’s what they do.

BY: - October 18, 2021

Carrie Anderson, owner and director of Morning Star Child Care in Dexter, has worked in the childcare industry for over 25 years. While she loves her job, she has grappled with some of the perils that come along with the industry: low wages, insufficient amounts of staffing and making it affordable for parents.   Now there […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Here’s what we can do to combat disinformation

BY: - October 18, 2021

As the state representative of Michigan’s 41st House District, the health of my constituents is my No. 1 priority — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the lives of too many Michigan residents. At the same time, we are also living through what some researchers have called an “infodemic,” a surge of disinformation […]

How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

BY: - October 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction […]

Former U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek dies at age 69

BY: - October 16, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) has died at age 69. Benishek represented the 1st Congressional District spanning the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan from 2011 until he retired in 2017. He was a surgeon who had five children with his wife, Judy. They had five grandchildren. “We are heartbroken by the sudden loss […]

Whitmer vetoes another two bills from GOP voting restrictions package

BY: - October 16, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Friday two voting bills from the Senate Republicans 39-bill election package that she said would “divert key resources away from ensuring that every qualified Michigan resident can cast a secure ballot in our elections.” Senate Bill 277, introduced by Sen. Michael MacDonald (R-Macomb Twp.), aimed to allow county clerks to remove […]

Michigan’s pediatric COVID cases are on the rise

BY: - October 15, 2021

COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to climb in Michigan.  State health officials reported Wednesday that the case rate rose to 304.4 cases per million people. About 4.9% of emergency department visits were for COVID diagnoses over the past week, an increase over last week’s 4.1%. Case rates are highest among 10- to 19-year-olds; there are […]

Booster shot of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended by FDA panel

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Friday endorsed a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, meaning millions more Americans are expected to soon join the line for booster shots. Anyone who received a J&J shot at least two months ago will be eligible for an additional dose, under the committee’s […]

Princeton Gerrymandering Project grades Michigan’s redistricting maps

BY: - October 15, 2021

A national gerrymandering project from Princeton University has graded Michigan’s 10 preliminary district maps headed for public comment after they were approved this week by the state’s independent citizens panel. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) on Monday gave the greenlight to four maps redrawing the state’s congressional districts and three apiece for the […]

Battle Creek Kellogg workers picketing against contract givebacks are part of ‘Striketober’

BY: - October 15, 2021

Almost 1,400 union workers at four Kellogg plants, including Battle Creek, have been on strike since last week — and they’re part of a growing national movement that supporters like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have dubbed “Striketober.” “After years of being underserved and taken for granted – & doubly so during the pandemic – […]