General Politics

Whitmer, 10 govs say lies about mail-in ballots are an ‘assault on American democracy’

BY: - October 1, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with 10 other Democratic governors, released a joint statement Wednesday condemning threats to the election process and efforts to circumvent election results.  “Our nation has held presidential elections and upheld the results throughout our history, even in times of great peril. We did it during the Civil War and both World […]

DHHS Director: Contract with political firm was a ‘mistake’, not politically motivated

BY: - August 14, 2020

During a coronavirus oversight committee meeting Thursday, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon was under fire for contracting with a Democratic consulting firm to perform contact tracing in the early months of the pandemic.  “I take responsibility for that mistake. Governor Whitmer did the right thing in instructing us to […]

Biden chooses Kamala Harris for veep nomination

BY: - August 11, 2020

After a long wait for Joe Biden’s running mate pick and a short list of potential candidates, the former vice president announced Tuesday that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is his running mate. “You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President. I’ve […]

Whitmer slated to speak at Democratic National Convention

BY: - August 11, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has made it on to former Vice President Joe Biden’s shortlist for his running mate pick, is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention Monday. According to the Associated Press, Whitmer traveled to Delaware on Aug. 2 to meet with Biden, raising suspicions that she may be tapped as Biden’s […]

Senate plans for rare Saturday session after COVID scare

BY: - August 11, 2020

The Michigan Senate will meet for an unusual 10 a.m. Saturday morning session this week, the Advance has confirmed. The rare weekend meeting follows the cancellation of sessions and committee hearings for both chambers after state Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 2. The state House is scheduled to meet for […]

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Whitmer calls on Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to take action on hateful, violent group pages

BY: - January 17, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a letter Wednesday calling on him to enforce the social media network’s community standards and “do the right thing.” Whitmer writes that the “violent and hateful speech” on Facebook puts individual safety and election security at risk.  “We use Facebook to share special moments & funny memes […]

Pence heading back to Michigan in December during Upper Midwest swing

BY: - November 21, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Michigan in December to continue a push for Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, in addition to making stops in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, other key battleground states. Pence on Wednesday traveled to Wisconsin to speak about President Trump’s proposed trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement […]

House Dem lawmakers push housing affordability bills

BY: - November 19, 2019

A pair of Democratic state House lawmakers have pending legislation to address housing affordability in Michigan.  State Reps. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods) view addressing housing discrimination policies as one path toward achieving greater affordability. Neither bill has been formally introduced because the Legislature is on a break for the remainder […]

Auto workers ratify contract with GM, end six-week strike

BY: - October 25, 2019

The six-week United Auto Workers strike of General Motors ended Friday afternoon as about 49,000 workers voted to ratify a four-year contract. The union will now have to reach similar deals at Ford and Fiat-Chrysler, with the next round of negotiations reportedly set to occur at Ford. The contract includes a pathway to full-time work […]

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash

Amash, enjoying freedom from GOP, says Trump will lose Michigan in ’20

BY: - October 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — Some members of Congress decorate their offices with busts of their political idols, like Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan. Not U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.). He’s got a statute of Darth Vader looming next to his desk. It’s just one of the many ways that the fiercely independent West […]

Lawmakers push tax breaks for data centers, critics worry about school funds

BY: - October 24, 2019

A number of bipartisan bills are making their way around the House and Senate in efforts to make Michigan more competitive in the data center market, but opponents are concerned these bills will have a negative impact on schools and other businesses. State Reps. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian) and Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) introduced two bills […]

Benson outlines online application process, gives timeline for redistricting commission member selection

BY: - October 24, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Thursday outlined a newly-launched online application process for citizens interested in a seat on Michigan’s independent redistricting commission.  At a news conference in Lansing, Benson and other community leaders detailed the online application and laid out their timeline for the commission’s implementation. “Last fall, millions of Michiganders voted […]