General Politics

Whitmer pledges to ‘stay focused’ and get state through ‘tough time’

BY: - December 22, 2020

Many people will define 2020 as the year COVID-19 uprooted life as we knew it. And for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the COVID-19 pandemic could be the greatest defining moments in her political career.  Whitmer was catapulted into the national spotlight as she fought against a pandemic that killed thousands of people in her state and […]

What’s in Congress’ $900B COVID relief bill — and what’s left out

BY: - December 22, 2020

Congress on Monday night cleared and sent to President Donald Trump the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn’t go far enough for many Democrats. House leaders divided the bill into two parts and passed the emergency relief portion […]

Politicians quit Congress, but their ‘zombie’ campaigns stagger on with millions in the bank

BY: - December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Republican Michele Bachmann hasn’t set foot in the U.S. Capitol as an elected member of Congress from Minnesota for at least six years. Though she recently made news for asking God to help reelect President Donald Trump and telling a television show that “transgender Black Marxists” are trying to overthrow the country, none […]

State settles lawsuit seeking former AG Schuette’s private emails

BY: - November 25, 2020

Years after a lawsuit was filed by a liberal advocacy group seeking former Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette’s private emails, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a settlement agreement Wednesday. In 2016, Progress Michigan sought out Schuette’s private emails which he used to conduct public business. But the former attorney general denied the Freedom of Information […]

James concedes to Peters 

BY: - November 25, 2020

John James, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, on Tuesday conceded to incumbent U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) It came three weeks after Election Day.  In a post on his Twitter page, James, a Farmington Hills business owner, said it was time for him to congratulate Peters on his victory. James also said he […]

Census protesters

6 Mich. Congress members demand answers on the state’s Census count

BY: - November 24, 2020

A number of Michigan’s Democratic members of Congress penned a letter Monday to U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham asking for details about the accuracy of the 2020 Census count in Michigan.  U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary […]

Capitol Commission member hopes news of thwarted Whitmer murder plot will spur action on gun ban

BY: - October 9, 2020

Updated, 4:33 pm., 10/9/20 with comment from Chatfield’s office The small historic commission charged with whether and how to prohibit firearms from the Michigan Capitol is waiting at least another month to proceed, a Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) member told the Advance Friday. The next MSCC general meeting had been scheduled for Monday, but […]

‘We will find you’: Whitmer warns extremists after thwarted kidnapping plot

BY: - October 8, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, responding Thursday to law officials’ announcement of a thwarted plot to kidnap her, issued a stark warning to anyone who engages in “heinous acts of violence” against Michigan lawmakers and residents: “We will find you.” Law enforcement including Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, FBI, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials and Michigan […]

Levin calls on Senate to pass COVID-19 relief legislation

BY: - October 8, 2020

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) on Wednesday called on the U.S. Senate and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to work with the U.S. House of Representatives to pass extensive COVID-19 relief legislation.  It comes the day after President Donald Trump called off negotiations and later changed course to pitch standalone relief bills aimed at certain […]

Whitmer urges cooperation as COVID-19 orders battle continues with GOP

BY: - October 6, 2020

In a virtual press conference alongside Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Delta Township Clerk Mary Clark, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed her hopes for what will happen in Michigan now that her executive orders have been hindered by a narrow court ruling. She also signed a bill into law that will assist clerks with ballots […]

Sanders: ‘We will never have a strong economy unless we get this pandemic under control’

BY: - October 6, 2020

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) returned to Michigan on Monday for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of his own presidential campaign. The purpose of the visit was to support his former opponent Joe Biden, the Democratic Party nominee. “Now, it is no great secret that Joe Biden […]

After court strikes down Whitmer’s orders, DHHS reinstates mask mandates, group gathering limits

BY: - October 5, 2020

The state Supreme Court may have shut down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from implementing executive orders during the pandemic Friday, but the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued its own emergency order under the public health code which largely reinstates the governor’s orders.  “Our actions today flow from a legal authority that […]