Politics + Gov

Here’s a look at the abortion bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature this term

BY: - October 6, 2022

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, sending the issue back to the states, abortion was a hot topic in the Michigan Legislature.  Seventy bills and three resolutions that mention abortion have been introduced in Michigan during the 2021-22 session.  Some of those bills have been introduced by Democrats to […]

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Column: What the new public charge rule means for millions of immigrants

BY: - October 6, 2022

When I joined the Michigan League for Public Policy three years ago, one of the first topics I dove into was the “public charge” regulation and the work of the Protecting Immigrant Families – Michigan (PIF-MI) campaign.  A few weeks before my start date, the Trump administration published its final rule on public charge on […]

After 2020 drama, experts call on state canvassers to do their job after Nov. 8 election

BY: - October 5, 2022

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Michigan and longtime election experts hosted a press conference Wednesday as a reminder before the Nov. 8 election that certifying results doesn’t need to be complicated — despite what we’ve seen since the 2020 election.  In Michigan, election results are certified by county boards and the State Board […]

‘What century are we in?’ Biden asks of University of Idaho ban on abortion counseling

BY: - October 5, 2022

The federal law prohibiting sex discrimination also bars colleges and universities from denying counseling and other services to abortion patients and contraception to all students—even in states where abortion is now severely restricted, the U.S. Education Department said Tuesday. The guidance, which clarifies the longstanding rules for federal Title IX funding that virtually all colleges and […]

Mich. voters will decide 3 constitutional amendments. Here’s what’s on your Nov. 8 ballot.

BY: - October 5, 2022

The Michigan Board of Canvassers last week approved ballot language for three statewide proposals before voters.  Here’s what the constitutional amendments will do and the language that will appear on your ballot for the Nov. 8 general election: This constitutional amendment, Voters for Transparency and Term Limits, would change the existing term limit laws for […]

Women could claim the most governors’ seats in U.S. history in November

BY: - October 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — Women running in governors’ races throughout the country are potentially set to break records if elected this November. Michigan is practically guaranteed to have a female governor next year, with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer facing Republican nominee Tudor Dixon. Whitmer, a former state Senate minority leader, was elected in 2018. The state has […]

On this day in 1975: Detroit’s first Black teacher is honored by historic committee

BY: - October 5, 2022

On this day in 1975, a ceremony was hosted by the Black Historic Sites Committee to celebrate the unveiling of the Fannie Richards Michigan Historical Marker. In 1871, Richards became Detroit Public Schools’ first Black teacher. Richards had been born in Fredericksburg, Va., in 1840. In 1869, the African-American Second Baptist Church member was appointed […]

Alabama case that could limit Voting Rights Act heard at U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges an Alabama redistricting map and could potentially eliminate remaining federal safeguards against racial gerrymandering. Voting rights advocates fear that the high court’s conservative majority will further weaken the Voting Rights Act, with implications for voters in states across the country. […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan supplemental plan funding business tax incentives

BY: - October 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 844, a bipartisan investment measure aimed at attracting and retaining business opportunities in Michigan. The supplemental that passed last week includes $846.1 million total for SOAR (Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund), one of the state’s economic development funds. That includes $640 million being added with $200 […]

Whitmer signs directive seeking to lower insulin costs, wins bipartisan praise

BY: - October 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed an executive directive aimed at lowering the cost of insulin for the more than 900,000 Michiganders with diabetes. The directive seeks to achieve this through two primary approaches. The first seeks to establish a Michigan-based insulin manufacturing facility, while the second would facilitate the development, in conjunction with a […]

Puerto Rico to get $60M to prep for future hurricanes, Biden announces

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday landed in Ponce, Puerto Rico to survey the damage from Hurricane Fiona and announce $60 million in funding to help the island prepare for future hurricanes. The visit came after the Category 1 hurricane in late September damaged the power grid, leaving millions in Puerto Rico without power. […]

U.S. Supreme Court mulls federal water rules, wetlands designations in Idaho case

BY: - October 4, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its term Monday with an Idaho case that could significantly restrict the federal government’s power to enforce clean water laws and prove crucial in determining wetland protections. The oral arguments came just months after the court’s 6-3 conservative majority limited executive authority to address climate change in a case involving […]