General Politics

Whitmer declines to comment on Tlaib’s impeachment call

BY: - January 4, 2019

During a press conference today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declined to weigh in how an explicit comment U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) made toward the president might impact already strained relations between Democrats and Republicans. “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker,” Tlaib said of President Trump after being sworn in as a congresswoman on Thursday. When asked […]

Nessel calls Schuette ‘very gracious’ in AG transition

BY: - January 4, 2019

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s first Democratic attorney general in 16 years, had kind words about her Republican predecessor. Nessel told the Michigan Advance in an exclusive interview on Thursday that Bill Schuette was “very gracious” and left her a note — written with “exquisite penmanship” — in which he “offered to assist me in anything that […]

Tlaib declares Dems will impeach Trump

BY: - January 4, 2019

Updated, 11:20 a.m.  Hours after she was sworn in on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) wasted no time in voicing her intention regarding President Donald Trump. The Democrat who hails from southwest Detroit during an event for the progressive group MoveOn.org in Washington, D.C., reportedly declared: “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” Raucous reception for […]

O’Brien lost Senate seat, but will stay on in new role

BY: - January 4, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) today announced he has appointed former state Sen. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) as secretary of the Senate. “Margaret brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience as a former legislator,” said Shirkey. “Her roles as assistant president pro tempore in the Senate and associate speaker pro tempore in the […]

Whitmer threatens to veto any end-runs around citizen referendums

BY: - January 4, 2019

In her third day on the job, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made a bold move and threatened to veto legislation that would take away citizens’ right to referendum. The Democrat signed six more executive directives today, including Executive Directive 2019-7, in which she writes: “I intend to veto legislation that circumvents the right to a referendum.” […]

Washington Post praises Snyder as Republican who isn’t ‘a sore loser’

BY: - January 3, 2019

Now-former Gov. Rick Snyder tamed the worst impulses of GOP lawmakers in the state House and Senate, resisting partisan retaliation as Democrats swept into new positions of power, according to a Washington Post editorial. And for that, he has its praise as “at least one Republican in the country who declined to behave like a […]

Whitmer seeks to ‘build bridges’ in inaugural address

BY: - January 1, 2019

Updated at 5:41 p.m. Members of Michigan’s newly inaugurated, all-Democratic executive branch sought to offer a conciliatory tone following a contentious Lame Duck legislative session filled with multiple bills aimed at stripping their power. The 100th Legislature will once again be controlled by Republicans, led by House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader […]

Snyder plans U.P. waterfall tour with family after leaving office

BY: - January 1, 2019

Gov. Rick Snyder exited office as of noon today. And while he’s kept mum on any long-term plans after eight years leading Michigan, the Republican says that he plans to spend more time with his family in the New Year. Snyder and his wife, Sue, posted a video message on YouTube set against a festive holiday […]

Snyder vetoes ‘baby box’, downtown development bills

BY: - December 28, 2018

Updated 12/28/18 at 10:50 a.m. Gov. Rick Snyder today vetoed 11 bills, including GOP-sponsored legislation that would have permitted altering downtown development areas and allowed parents to give up children in “baby boxes” in designated spots. The term-limited Republican is down to his final days in office after a hectic Lame Duck session that resulted […]

Whitmer: ‘Rational conclusion’ that sexism was a factor in campaign coverage

BY: - December 22, 2018

During the course of the 2018 campaign, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was frequently asked by reporters about — and attacked by opponents for — her father’s former job. The governor-elect served 14 years in the Michigan Legislature, including four as Senate minority leader. She’s an attorney, a former University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School for […]

Singh counts GOP rival as friend in farewell speech

BY: - December 21, 2018

In a lengthy farewell speech thanking friends, family and colleagues who helped him during a six-year stint in the state House, Minority Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) says he counts the leader on the other side of the aisle a his dear friend. Singh, who was first elected to the House in 2012, thanked his […]

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Whitmer announces key staff within hours after Lame Duck ends

BY: - December 21, 2018

Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s newly appointed budget chiefs signaled a willingness this morning to use state bonds as a method of funding key infrastructure priorities. The cabinet announcements came within a couple hours of the Legislature ending its flurry of Lame Duck action, culminating in an all-night session, which included a tax shift away from […]