Elections

The redistricting commission maps you’re seeing now are far from final, experts say

BY: - September 23, 2021

The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission (MICRC) has been working on drafting maps for the state Senate, House and congressional districts for several weeks, but the drafts that have been made public so far are far from the final product.  This is the first time that the 13-person panel, composed of four Republicans, four Democrats and […]

Steele: GOP leadership today is less Reagan-esque, embraces ‘bar fight’ tactics

BY: - September 23, 2021

The Republican Party looks a lot different to some these days, particularly following the tea party movement of the Obama era, former President Donald Trump’s single-term presidency and all the changes that came with it. Those changes, and what the future may hold for the modern-day GOP, were discussed Wednesday during a roundtable at the […]

GOP gov. candidate James Craig says he supports abortion ban in secret recording

BY: - September 22, 2021

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig said if elected he would block any attempt by Democrats to repeal Michigan’s 90-year-old ban on abortion, according to a secret audio recording obtained by Metro Times. The former Detroit police chief made the remark Thursday while talking with supporters after his speech at a campaign kickoff event in Marquette. The […]

On this day in 1992: Presidential candidate Bill Clinton visits MSU

BY: - September 22, 2021

On this day in 1992, Democratic presidential nominee Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton visited Michigan State University and spoke to a crowd behind the Beaumont Tower at the East Lansing-based institution.  After the speech, Clinton walked on campus and along Grand River Avenue shaking hands with passersbys. Clinton went on to win the presidency, defeating Republican […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: An overlooked goal of the rising far-right? Get good people to quit.

BY: - September 19, 2021

When U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) this week announced his retirement after being one of only a handful Republicans to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, it was greeted with the usual discourse when moderates step aside. Pundits are always atwitter if this mean that Democrats are moving too far […]

As state leaders step back, local health and school officials take the heat over COVID mandates 

BY: - September 18, 2021

Since the state has backed away from issuing statewide mask mandates and COVID-19 orders this summer, local health and school leaders have had to take the reins. But with more health decisions being made at the local level, the threats and pressure from some members of the public followed.  “There are a lot of people that […]

Trump ditches former US attorney pick, endorses election conspiracist for Michigan AG instead

BY: - September 17, 2021

Former President Donald Trump continues to wade into Michigan politics, this time endorsing Kalamazoo-based attorney Matthew DePerno, who has gotten national attention for pushing election fraud conspiracies in Michigan and Arizona following Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. The election was not close, with now-President Joe Biden defeating Trump by more than 7 million votes […]

GOP businessman launches Michigan gov. exploratory committee, pledges $10M of his own funds

BY: - September 10, 2021

Metro Detroit businessman Kevin Rinke is the newest and 10th Republican to publicly consider challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for in 2022. Rinke, of Bloomfield Hills, is a third-generation auto dealer and cites his business expertise as his defining feature as a candidate, similar to another self-funder, GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder. Rinke said during […]

Trump endorses 2 Michigan Republicans for 2022

BY: - September 8, 2021

Former President Donald Trump, who appears to be prepping to run in 2024, was busy this week with politics in Michigan, which is expected to again be a battleground state. Trump endorsed two Michigan Republicans for 2022: State Rep. Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers) and Kristina Karamo, who have both aligned themselves with Trump’s base and […]

Pence, Haley drop out of Michigan GOP conference

BY: - September 5, 2021

The biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference scheduled for later this month has lost two headliners: former Vice President Mike Pence and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. Speakers who are still on the Michigan GOP event’s list include other potential 2024 presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and South […]

Heeding Steve Bannon’s call, election deniers organize to seize control of the GOP

BY: - September 5, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. One of the loudest voices urging Donald Trump’s supporters to push for overturning the presidential election results was Steve Bannon. “We’re on the point of attack,” Bannon, a former Trump adviser and […]

Trump still wants a so-called 2020 election ‘audit’ in Michigan, per state GOP co-chair

BY: - September 4, 2021

Former President Donald Trump still won’t let go of his 2020 loss in Michigan.  He called Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser about a so-called audit of Michigan’s 2020 election, according to remarks made by Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock. It’s not clear when the call took place.  The call was first reported by the […]