Susan J. Demas: Michigan Republicans beg Whitmer to zip it on abortion rights

BY: - October 4, 2022

When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave her keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference in May, it suddenly became clear how many pundits had misjudged this particular political moment. You would have expected the Democrat to earn some polite applause at the traditionally stuffy confab dominated by CEOs, lobbyists and legislators, one where her predecessor, Republican […]

Nessel, Dingell lead U of M rally backing abortion and voting rights ballot proposals

BY: - October 4, 2022

Elected officials and activists on Monday rallied for reproductive freedom and voting rights measures that are on the Nov. 8 ballot during an event at the Diag on University of Michigan campus. “We have to vote yes on Proposal 3,” said state Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat who is vying for re-election in November […]

Dixon demands action on book bans, ‘grooming’ and more — but she’s quiet on the details

BY: - October 3, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon has proposed some big ideas on education and LGBTQ+ issues during the last few weeks of her campaign.  “Leadership is being unafraid to say that our school needs to get back to basics, teach kids how to read, write, and do math – and cut it out with all the […]

Conspiracy theorists flood the election process, set sights on monitoring ballot drop boxes

BY: - October 3, 2022

In the 2020 presidential election, there were upwards of 150 poll workers in Detroit.  Then came the onslaught of right-wing conspiracy theories and lies that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump – and the baseless claim that heavily Democratic Detroit had played a starring role.  In the wake of these lies, […]

‘Lock her up!’ chants, warnings against early voting mark Trump rally in Macomb Co.

BY: - October 2, 2022

Thirty-eight days before Michigan’s general election, former President Donald Trump and GOP allies repeated the lie to a crowd of several thousand potential Michigan voters Saturday that Democrats “cheat” in elections and allow rampant voter fraud. Despite the false claims, speakers including “MyPillow” CEO Mike Lindell encouraged Michiganders to vote — but “same day, Nov. […]

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg: Stop conflating racism with mental illness  

BY: - October 1, 2022

March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people, on Friday called for people to stop using mental illness as an excuse for racism. “It’s time we put an end to it and we go after the one thing that these politicians care about, which […]

A conspiracy-fueled push to count ballots by hand gains traction

BY: - September 30, 2022

Nye County, a rural enclave in Nevada, has positioned itself as the epicenter of a Donald Trump-fueled conspiracy about the security of electronic vote tabulators. The Nye County Commission voted in March to make the county one of the first to act on the false narratives that machines that count votes are rigged. County Clerk Mark Kampf, […]

Dixon gives a speech hammering Whitmer, but doesn’t stay for Oakland Co. MAGA town hall 

BY: - September 30, 2022

About 100 people populated an Oakland County banquet space Thursday night for a town hall featuring several of former President Donald Trump administration officials, along with GOP Lt. Gov. nominee Shane Hernandez. Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon appeared briefly to make a campaign speech and did not participate in the “America First Agenda” town hall […]

Michigan election worker charged with tampering with primary election equipment

BY: - September 29, 2022

An election worker in Michigan has been charged with two felonies for allegedly using a flash drive to gain illegal access to a voting machine. James Donald Holkeboer is accused of inserting a USB drive into a computer containing confidential voter registration during the Aug. 2 primary election in Gaines Township in Kent County. “This […]

As Democrats run on abortion rights, more Republicans run away from the issue

BY: - September 29, 2022

There’s been a big shakeup in Michigan election politics since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision overturning Roe v. Wade, as polls show increasing support for abortion rights. Many Republicans in Michigan and across the country have been staying quiet or given misleading responses on their stances against abortion, while Democrats are running ads touting […]

Report: GOP-led Legislature spends more than $180K defending Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

BY: - September 28, 2022

More than $180,000 of taxpayer money has been used for legal services to defend Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban. That’s according to the liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan, which submitted financial disclosure requests to the Michigan House and Senate Business Offices to determine what public resources are being spent by the Republican-controlled legislature to try and […]

Key U.S. Senate panel advances bill aimed at preventing another Jan. 6

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on Tuesday passed legislation that would update an 1887 elections law and clarify how electoral votes are certified, with the hopes of averting another attempt to overturn a presidential election. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat and Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, put forth the bill, S. 4573, known […]