Elections

State Supreme Court allows Detroit charter proposal to appear on ballot

BY: - August 2, 2021

Advocates of a proposed revision to Detroit’s city charter scored a major victory Thursday after the Michigan Supreme Court ordered the controversial initiative to be placed on the Aug. 3 ballot. The panel voted 4-3 to overturn the Wayne County Circuit Court and Michigan Court of Appeals’ decision to remove the proposed revisions from the […]

Study: Michigan electing more LGBTQ+ local officials, still far off from equity

BY: - August 2, 2021

LGBTQ+ representation in elected offices has taken big strides in the last year nationwide, especially on the local level in Michigan, according to a recent study.  A report by the Victory Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to help LGBTQ+ people get elected to office, shows that nationally there are 986 openly LGBTQ+ people currently […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Every day since the Jan. 6 insurrection has been gaslighting

BY: - July 31, 2021

If you spend enough time reading how empires fall, as I did during my younger days studying obscure accounts of European history (and being lectured that it would never be useful in the real world), it becomes clear that we are living in the jittery, pivitol period between coup attempts. And the next one is […]

Election conspiracy groups paid $5.7M for Ariz. ‘audit,’ includes link to Mich. AG candidate

BY: - July 30, 2021

After months of questions, the leader of the Arizona Senate’s election review released a list of financial contributors, showing the self-styled audit has been funded by organizations that have aggressively promoted baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election — and in some cases sought to overturn results. Five groups were responsible for providing more than […]

Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, has been meeting with other […]

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Report shows Catholic Conference funding opposition against LGBTQ+ rights initiative

BY: - July 28, 2021

The Michigan Catholic Conference has largely funded the opposition against Fair and Equal Michigan’s petition to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. The petition aims to get the issue before voters in 2022, but was rejected this week by a […]

Breaking: Complaint alleges Michigan GOP lawmakers got illegal campaign money from ALEC 

BY: - July 28, 2021

At least two Michigan Republican lawmakers allegedly received illegal campaign contributions from a national nonprofit that has ties to the Republican National Committee (RNC) and works with corporate lobbyists to push conservative legislation in state legislatures across the country, according to a complaint set to be filed Wednesday by the Center for Media and Democracy […]

State board nixes LGBTQ protections ballot initiative

BY: - July 26, 2021

The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers unanimously voted Monday to reject the Fair and Equal Michigan petition to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents due to a lack of valid signatures. The group was aiming to get the issue before voters in 2022. The board, which consists […]

Dems detail being on the front lines of state voting rights struggles

BY: - July 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — State Democratic legislators last week outlined their efforts to not only protect voting rights, but also expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures. During a Tuesday panel discussion, state lawmakers from Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida discussed how they’ve fought against restrictive elections measures introduced and passed in their legislatures. This year […]

Craig: ‘I’m running’ for Michigan governor in 2022

BY: - July 22, 2021

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday night on the Fox News show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” that he is running for governor in Michigan in 2022.  “I’m running, because when I look at what some politicians are doing across our country — let’s talk about Gov. [Gretchen] Whitmer, she follows different rules,” Craig said.  […]

Former Detroit police chief forms exploratory committee for GOP gubernatorial run 

BY: - July 21, 2021

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced Wednesday the formation of his candidate committee, “Chief James Craig for Governor Exploratory Committee,” as the first step toward a 2022 run for governor. However, his official announcement that he’s running for governor is still likely weeks away.  Craig stepped down from his position with the Detroit Police […]

With redistricting as an X factor, Republicans set their sights on Kildee in 2022

BY: - July 20, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has just had his best fundraising haul since he was first elected in 2012, raking in over $420,000 in the second quarter alone.  In total, Kildee — who represents the 5th Congressional District spanning Arenac, Bay, Genesee, and Iosco counties, as well as parts […]