Politics + Gov

White House imposes travel restrictions for Africa amid new COVID-19 variant

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to announce travel restrictions to eight countries in Southern Africa on Monday due to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to senior administration officials. The World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern” due to its high mutation and transmission rate, and […]

On this day in 1917: Civil rights legend Daisy Elliott was born

BY: - November 26, 2021

On Nov. 26, 1917, Daisy Elliott was born in Filbert, W.V. The Democrat would go on to co-sponsor seminal civil rights legislation in Michigan. Like many, she later moved to Detroit during the Great Migration, a period between 1914 and 1950 when African Americans from the South moved to the Motor City seeking improved employment […]

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

BY: - November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of the Judiciary […]

Michigan receives help from feds to ease overburdened hospitals during COVID wave

BY: - November 24, 2021

Michigan hospitals will get some additional staffing assistance from the federal government as unvaccinated COVID-19 patients overwhelm local hospitals across the state.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Wednesday that the federal government has granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request and will send two medical teams, with 22 medical personnel each, to […]

New: Whitmer says May CDC mask guidance was ‘infuriating’ and a mistake

BY: - November 24, 2021

Shortly after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her “Vacc to Normal” plan in late April rolling back pandemic restrictions as the state moved closer to meeting its goal of 70% of residents 16 and up getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the feds stepped in with new health guidance. In mid-May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

As Michigan battles skyrocketing COVID numbers, health officials brace for Thanksgiving impact

BY: - November 24, 2021

As Michigan’s COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations continue to soar, leaving emergency rooms bursting at the seams with unvaccinated patients, health experts across the state are pleading with the public to mitigate the spread of the virus with vaccinations, masks and other health precautions this Thanksgiving and over the winter holidays. “I know many of […]

COMMENTARY

Column: We could lose our democracy to a toxic stew of conspiracy and partisanship

BY: - November 24, 2021

They say outer space has a smell, and it stinks. Astronauts who have come back from space walks have described the smell as oily meat. Or gunpowder and gym socks and rum. Or welding fumes. The space walkers have a hard time describing exactly what the smell is like because, reportedly, it’s not like anything else […]

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices—but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 23, 2021

As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday — complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources. In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a […]

Biden pick to lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife vows ‘collaborative conservation’ at agency

BY: - November 23, 2021

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pledged last week to let science guide decision-making at the agency and to collaborate with government and private partners. Martha Williams, the former director for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that […]

Tlaib, Lawrence, Levin join letter urging Senate to add immigration reform to Build Back Better

BY: - November 23, 2021

Three of Michigan’s members of Congress have signed onto a letter led by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) asking U.S. Senate leadership to reinstate a pathway to citizenship within President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” (BBB) Act. The U.S. House passed the $1.85 trillion BBB Act on Friday, which includes a host of social spending […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Voters may have elected Biden to be ‘normal’, but they also need action

BY: - November 23, 2021

In the fallout over this month’s crushing elections, U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) took President Joe Biden to task: “Nobody elected him to be F.D.R.,” she snipped to The New York Times. “They elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.” Biden, of course, won a solid victory over Donald Trump, but nothing close […]

Whitmer directive: Michigan must accelerate plans to replace lead pipes

BY: - November 22, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive Monday ordering state agencies to ready plans to quickly replace lead pipes using an influx of federal dollars from the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The departments of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE); Treasury; and Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) must “assess strategies  to control the […]