Politics + Gov

Michigan Asian-American community celebrated in metro Detroit events next week

BY: - September 17, 2021

Metro Detroit next week will hold events showcasing artistic and cultural work that uplifts and celebrates the Michigan Asian-American community.  It’s being put on by Rising Voices, a progressive nonprofit that promotes the civic participation of Asian-American women and families in the electoral and public policy process. “Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing […]

Trump ditches former US attorney pick, endorses election conspiracist for Michigan AG instead

BY: - September 17, 2021

Former President Donald Trump continues to wade into Michigan politics, this time endorsing Kalamazoo-based attorney Matthew DePerno, who has gotten national attention for pushing election fraud conspiracies in Michigan and Arizona following Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. The election was not close, with now-President Joe Biden defeating Trump by more than 7 million votes […]

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill centers on fighting climate change, enhancing research

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Agriculture Committee this week finished marking up its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming. The $66 billion agriculture measure passed […]

How House Dems would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

Rep. Jones stripped of committee assignments after 3rd bond violation

BY: - September 16, 2021

Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) stripped Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) of all committee assignments Thursday.  That followed Jones attempting to sneak a handcuff key into jail on Tuesday after a judge sent him to jail for committing his third bond violation after initially being arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest.  Jones was arrested […]

Lawmakers introduce bills to reform school disciplinary process

BY: - September 16, 2021

State Sens. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) introduced a package of bills this week to transform Michigan’s disciplinary systems in schools and further mitigate the effects of the long-running zero-tolerance policy that was abolished in 2016.  Zero-tolerance policies meant students were required to face penalties such as expulsion or […]

GOP leaders, Whitmer admin. announce FY ‘22 budget deal, details MIA

BY: - September 16, 2021

Updated, 12:15 p.m. 9/16/21 with comments from Senate Majority Leader Shirkey’s office Budget leaders from Michigan’s executive office, House and Senate announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on the upcoming state budget for the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, but offered little in the way of what that budget will entail. There are […]

Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Michigan was one of 16 states that had obesity rates among adult residents of at least 35% last year, with 35.2%. Iowa, Ohio, Delaware and […]

Lawmakers introduce package adding marijuana caregiver regulations, as activists protest 

BY: - September 16, 2021

Lawmakers on Tuesday announced proposed bipartisan legislation that would create a new license and add more regulations for marijuana caregivers. On Wednesday, cannabis activists held an already-planned rally in Lansing to protest the bills that leaders told the Advance earlier this week they had heard were in the works. The Michigan Cannabis Safety Act, House […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

Rep. Manoogian alleges Rep. Marino committed domestic violence

BY: - September 15, 2021

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) released a statement Wednesday afternoon alleging that state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.), who was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday without explanation, committed domestic violence. “The unfortunate reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic abuse, which often comes from someone we would never expect,” Manoogian […]

State files complaint against mediator in Line 5 case

BY: - September 15, 2021

Updated, 2:23 p.m., 9/16/21, with new comments from Whitmer’s office and MackinawOde New filings in federal court Tuesday suggest that the court-ordered mediation process between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has gone awry, just mere weeks away from the late September date they had anticipated the process would be complete. Attorney […]