Elections

Cyber Ninjas CEO refuses to testify at congressional hearing on Arizona’s so-called ‘audit’

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee holds a hearing Thursday to probe the so-called election “audit” in Arizona, the CEO of the company hired to conduct that controversial review will be absent. Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, was asked to testify but told committee officials ahead of the hearing that he […]

Michigan Senate Republicans pass voter ID law ‘on steroids’

BY: - October 6, 2021

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a controversial bill that would impose new restrictions on voting, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pledged to veto any measure that makes it more difficult to vote. The Senate voted along party lines, 20-15, to implement strict voter ID requirements and prohibit election officials from sending unsolicited absentee […]

GOP Macomb Co. clerk announces ‘forensic audit’ of election server

BY: - October 6, 2021

In the next few weeks, election servers in Macomb County will begin to undergo a “forensic audit” process initiated by the Republican county clerk, although there isn’t evidence that such a security measure is necessary. Macomb County Clerk Anthony Forlini, a former state House member, announced the plan Tuesday, saying that he hopes the audit […]

Mich. poll challengers sue Dominion, say cease and desist letters left them ‘in fear’ for lives

BY: - October 4, 2021

With the help of a pro-Trump attorney, a group of disgruntled former 2020 Michigan poll challengers has launched a lawsuit against voting machine company Dominion for allegedly harming them with cease and desist letters. Kurt Olsen, a Maryland lawyer who aided attempts to illegally overturn the 2020 election for former President Donald Trump, is leading […]

Rep. LaFave joins Republican SOS race after Trump endorsed opponent

BY: - October 4, 2021

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) said in a Facebook post Monday morning that he plans to run for secretary of state in 2022. However, President Donald Trump last month already endorsed another Republican running who has spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election he lost. Trump’s pick is Kristina Karamo, a former GOP poll […]

New: Whitmer vetoes GOP bills part of ‘calculated misinformation’ about the 2020 election

BY: - October 3, 2021

Updated, 10:21 a.m. 10/4/21 with comments from the NAACP Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday vetoed three Republican election bills introduced after former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election as part of a nationwide right-wing effort to restrict voting and change election rules. She also vetoed a fourth measure she said lacked the proper funding. […]

Dem wants prisoner ‘good time’ credits brought back, reversing ‘tough-on-crime’ measures

BY: - October 3, 2021

Michigan Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced legislation last week that would reinstate “good time credits” in the Michigan prison system.  “Good time” credits are a system that enables inmates to earn credits based on following the rules and academic and professional program participation and gain with the intent for prisoners to be able to […]

Senate Dems slam GOP election bills for enshrining ‘lies into law’

BY: - September 30, 2021

Four GOP bills passed by the Michigan Senate again sparked 2020 election-related debate across party lines Thursday, as Democrats argued the legislation would enshrine “lies into law” by targeting non-issues within Michigan’s election system. “I think these types of bills are a sign of a do-nothing Legislature that pats itself on the back for doing […]

Nurse with breakthrough COVID says Michigan GOP has turned pandemic into a ‘bloodsport’

BY: - September 29, 2021

Julia Pulver, a registered nurse from West Bloomfield who’s twice run for the Legislature as a Democrat, already had a lot to say about public health policy. Now, after emerging from a breakthrough COVID-19 case last week, Pulver talked to the Advance Monday about how individual health choices affect the public, the importance of vaccinations […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Here’s the big thing we didn’t learn at the Mackinac GOP confab

BY: - September 28, 2021

Updated, 6:47 a.m. 9/28/21 Real news is rarely made at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, an ostentatious Michigan schmoozefest where politicians beg lobbyists and multi-millionaires for cash and thirsty lesser-known candidates sometimes ditch their contempt for the media and do interviews in hopes they’ll break out of single-digits in polling. Don’t get me wrong — […]

Michigan GOP initiative to restrict voting access gets approval to gather signatures

BY: - September 27, 2021

A controversial, Republican-backed petition drive to restrict voting access in Michigan gained approval Monday, clearing the way for advocates to begin collecting signatures. The Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved the Secure MI Vote petition with a 3-0 vote. Canvasser Julie Matuzak, a Democrat, was absent from the meeting. The petition is intended to enable […]

Former Michigan GOP, Dem party chairs debut national popular vote ballot measure

BY: - September 27, 2021

The former heads of both major Michigan political parties are joining forces to help Michigan become the next state to ratify a National Popular Vote (NPV) amendment. Former Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis and former Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer say it would make elections more fair and democratic by doing away with […]