Politics + Gov

More than 1,500 Michiganders will get their student debt forgiven

BY: - January 18, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday that more than 1,500 student borrowers in the Great Lakes State will benefit from a settlement between student loan servicer Navient and nearly 40 states, including Michigan.  Delaware-based Navient is one of the country’s largest companies that service and collect student loans. It faced litigation brought by several state […]

Seven states to watch in the 2022 push to restrict voting rights

BY: - January 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republican state lawmakers across the country are ramping up their drive to enact voting and election-related laws in time for crucial 2022 midterm elections. As federal legislation that would limit state-level voting restrictions appears stymied in Washington, Republicans in the states are moving forward with new proposals and revisiting old ones that Democrats and […]

New: Former AG Schuette won’t challenge Rep. Kildee in new congressional district

BY: - January 18, 2022

Updated with additional comments, 10:20 a.m., 11:09 a.m., 1/18/22 GOP former Attorney General Bill Schuette, who lost his 2018 gubernatorial bid, will not challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) in the newly created 8th Congressional District. Schuette made the announcement Tuesday morning on “The Art Lewis Show” on WSGW. He told Lewis he wanted to […]

Will false Trump electors’ attempt to hijack the Michigan vote be punished?

BY: , and - January 18, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office had referred the investigation into the fraudulent 2020 Electoral College certificate submitted by state Republicans to federal prosecutors.  During a Thursday appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” the Democrat said her office had referred the case to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Michigan, […]

On this day in 1886: Black abolitionist shares Underground Railroad strategy

BY: - January 17, 2022

On Jan. 17, 1886, Black abolitionist William Lambert revealed that he was part of a secret order called, “African American Mysteries: Order of the Men of Oppression.”  He made the declaration in a Detroit Tribune newspaper article. Lambert and others used codes, passwords and secret handshakes to help slaves gain freedom along the Underground Railroad, […]

Breaking barriers: Michigan’s only Historically Black College set to reopen this spring

BY: - January 16, 2022

Even before the Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design debuts in Detroit on May 2, it is shattering records.  The school will become the country’s first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to ever reopen — and education leaders said the institution is poised to make Detroit an epicenter of design and champion Black […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Schools need a comprehensive approach to gun violence prevention

BY: - January 15, 2022

Last month, a community right here in Michigan was devastated by a mass shooting that took place at a school.  I wish I could say the Oxford High School shooting was an isolated incident, but as we’ve all observed over the past two decades, school shootings have become an all-too-common occurrence. We cannot bring back […]

Senate filibuster on voting rights criticized by advocates for the poor

BY: - January 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Progressive lawmakers Friday joined a virtual news conference with organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign and said they are not giving up on the push to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the virtual meeting to kick off its plans for a […]

New: State enviro panel recommends coal plants close by 2035

BY: - January 14, 2022

After a year of development and “thousands of hours” of work, the panel tasked with helping Michigan become carbon neutral by 2050 and combat the effects of climate change has released its draft plan for public comment. According to the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC), an environmental group involved in the effort, the plan is a […]

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: and - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort to […]

Bridge funding in infrastructure law on the way to states

BY: and - January 14, 2022

The federal government will begin releasing more than $5 billion for distressed bridges in the first year of funding under the recent infrastructure law, President Joe Biden said in a Friday video message. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state of Michigan is expected to receive $563.1 million over five years to build, repair or replace bridges. […]

Experts: Michigan has seen ‘astounding’ growth revenue last fiscal year

BY: - January 14, 2022

Michigan budget experts on Friday reported an “astounding” rate of growth in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which ended Sept. 30, with preliminary actual state revenue surpassing forecasts from even before the COVD-19 pandemic began. In total, the state collected $29 billion of revenue from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021. In January 2020, before […]