Politics + Gov

Dems, Republicans slam redistricting panel over closed session on Voting Rights Act

BY: - October 28, 2021

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is facing some backlash after hosting a closed meeting Wednesday to discuss the Voting Rights Act (VRA).  The MICRC postponed Wednesday’s meeting in East Lansing for over two hours after receiving a death threat through email. MICRC spokesperson Edward Woods said the threat was not directed at any specific […]

Biden pitches new $1.75T spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave

BY: - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is meeting with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package, according to senior administration officials. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden is presenting to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 year-olds, […]

Charges dropped against Detroit cop accused of shooting journalists with rubber bullets

BY: - October 28, 2021

A judge dismissed charges Tuesday against a Detroit cop who was accused of firing rubber bullets at three photojournalists during protests over police brutality in May 2020. Corp. Daniel Debono was charged with three felony counts of felonious assault for allegedly shooting rubber bullets at MLive’s Nicole Hester and independent journalists Seth Herald and Matthew […]

As Kellogg strike stretches past 3 weeks, workers say they’ve noted lack of GOP lawmaker support

BY: - October 28, 2021

On a chilly October afternoon in Battle Creek, also known as the “cereal capital of the world,” a large crowd of union workers and supporters gathered Wednesday across from the Kellogg headquarters to show solidarity with strikers as they’ve spent more than three weeks on the picket line. National labor leaders and union members from […]

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law enforcement to […]

Michigan reports 7,867 new COVID-19 cases, 142 deaths since Monday

BY: - October 27, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,120,357 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,060 have died from the virus — an additional 7,867 cases and 142 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,933 […]

Redistricting commission postpones meeting due to death threat

BY: - October 27, 2021

Updated, 4:59 p.m., 10/27/21 with comment from Michigan State Police, Michigan State University A Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) meeting Wednesday was postponed after the commission received a death threat, according to spokesperson Edward Woods.  “At 1:06 p.m. today, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission received notification of a death threat received through email. […]

Michigan Democrats, parents call for Child Tax Credit extension

BY: - October 27, 2021

At virtual roundtable with parents on Wednesday organized by the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), parents called on Capitol Hill lawmakers to extend the federal Child Tax Credit, which affects 1.9 million Michigan children.  Christie Donn is a mother of two from Redford whose family receives the tax credit. “The Child Tax Credit payments that we […]

Controversial GOP Senate bill banning ‘critical race theory’ passes in committee

BY: - October 27, 2021

Democratic lawmakers and educators are sounding the alarm about Senate Bill 460, the second GOP bill banning “critical race theory” that will head for a full chamber vote this fall in the Michigan Legislature. The legislation was reported out of committee Tuesday, and is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Code red for American democracy

BY: - October 27, 2021

For all the uproar among Democrats over restrictive voting laws passed by Republican legislatures in 17 states, Democrats have only recently awakened to the more dangerous threat to American democracy posed by Republican moves to take partisan control of counting votes and even overturn the popular vote in future elections. For months, Democrats in Congress […]

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised strong objections […]

Meet the volunteers who have been passing out bottled water in Benton Harbor since 2018

BY: - October 27, 2021

By the time Carolina Gray began directing traffic at the bottled water distribution in Benton Harbor earlier this month, the line of cars stretched before her was long. Wearing a blue shirt emblazoned with the words “Clean water is a human right,” Gray ushered those waiting into the parking lot outside God’s Household of Faith […]