Elections

Exclusive: Whitmer not interested in being on 2020 Democratic ticket

BY: - December 18, 2018

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer told the Advance on Monday that she has no interest in running for president or vice president in 2020. The East Lansing Democrat, who served 14 years in the Michigan Legislature, was the top vote-getter in Michigan on Nov. 6. She defeated GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette by 9 points. Given Whitmer’s […]

Schuette and Nessel, who faced off on same-sex marriage case, haven’t met during transition

BY: - December 18, 2018

The Lame Duck session has been marked by a partisan power struggle, with the GOP-led Legislature fighting to strip powers from newly elected Democratic statewide officials. But the actual transition of power has been very collegial overall, with three of the four top new leaders meeting with their term-limited counterparts. However, Attorney General Bill Schuette, […]

‘Scofflaw’ Robertson wrong man to lead campaign finance change-up, clerk says

BY: - December 18, 2018

As the Legislature enters its final scheduled week of legislative action, the top elections official in Genesee County is again slamming term-limited state Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc). Democratic Genesee County Clerk John Gleason today told reporters that Robertson appears to have a “chronic problem” with campaign finance violations. Gleason reiterated his belief that Robertson […]

Some Lame Duck bills now likely dead after missing key deadline

BY: - December 17, 2018

The Michigan Legislature is on track to make the 2018 Lame Duck period the busiest in the body’s history, taking up legislation on issues ranging from changes to the new redistricting commission called for in Proposal 2 to deer sterilization permits. But several bills introduced in the Michigan House and Senate are now considered dead. […]

Breaking: Whitmer endorses Barnes for Michigan Democratic Party chair

BY: - December 17, 2018

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer today endorsed Lavora Barnes as the next Michigan Democratic Party chair. In an exclusive interview with the Advance this morning, Whitmer said that she believes that Barnes, who currently serves as the MDP’s chief operating officer, is the best person for the job. “Lavora was a critical partner in this last cycle,” […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Snyder’s next act hinges on his Lame Duck legacy

BY: - December 16, 2018

Rick Snyder is a man with a plan. He always has been. That’s part of how he rose from being raised in a modest 900-square-foot home in Battle Creek while working summers at the Gun Lake Northside Grocery to becoming the CEO of Gateway and, later, the 48th governor of Michigan. Snyder picked up his […]

Michigan’s manic Lame Duck session continues to mesmerize national media

BY: - December 15, 2018

Michigan’s frenetic end-of-the-year legislative session before Democrats assume all top statewide offices continues to command the attention of national outlets. Reporters from national outfits like CNN attended the exit interview last week of GOP Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, eager to see if the term-limited governor would show his hand on signing […]

Snyder signs neutered minimum wage, sick time bills

BY: - December 14, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed GOP legislation that drastically scaled back a minimum wage increase and guaranteed paid sick time from measures the GOP-controlled Legislature adopted in September. Both were citizen-led ballot initiatives that collected more than 370,000 signatures apiece in support of the measures, exceeding the 252,523 signatures required to put them to a statewide […]

Kildee snags House leadership position

BY: - December 14, 2018

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) will have a senior position when Democrats take over the House of Representatives next month. The fourth-term congressman will serve as one of eight chief deputy whips in the 116th Congress, joining Senior Chief Deputy Whips John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) who report to House Majority Whip-elect James […]

North Carolina gov. who endured power grab fundraises for Whitmer

BY: - December 14, 2018

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, who knows a little bit about legislative power grabs, sent out a fundraising pitch this week for his fellow Democrat, Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer. After Cooper won election in November 2016, the GOP-controlled Legislature called a special session. As North Carolina Policy Watch reported, Republicans quickly moved to claw back […]

Whitmer talks roads, Asian carp with Trump at White House meeting

BY: - December 14, 2018

At the White House today, Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer naturally took the opportunity to talk with President Trump about “fixing the damn roads,” but she also said she raised the issue of Asian carp. “That was an interesting conversation because I don’t think President Trump had really had the chance to think, or learn much about […]

Michigan House approves limits to voter proposals

BY: - December 13, 2018

Late last night, the GOP-controlled Michigan House approved new rules for petition drives. Legislation would limit the number of signatures that could be collected from voters who live in any one part of the state, something a prominent Democratic attorney decried as unconstitutional. In a 60-49 vote around 11 p.m., the lower chamber passed House […]