Local Government

After delays, Detroit reopens recreational marijuana license process

BY: - September 29, 2022

Nearly four years after the recreational use of marijuana was approved by state voters, the city of Detroit — after fits and starts — has re-opened its application process for the first phase of capped recreational marijuana licenses.  “We are going to make sure there is equity in this process for Detroiters,” said Mayor Mike […]

As climate change hits Michigan harder, more residents pay the price

BY: - September 18, 2022

The summer of 2021 brought an onslaught of heavy rain, flooding freeways, knocking out power and leaving standing water in basements in communities across metro Detroit. While those memories are fresh for many, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns an increase in extreme rainfall could be on the horizon. NOAA recently released its […]

Officials look to ‘fill in the ditch’ that helped displace Black Detroiters with $105M project

BY: - September 15, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Thursday during a news conference in Detroit that “wealth that needs to be created will be created” as he helped to outline plans to reimage a federal highway that displaced a historic Black community during the 1950s and 1960s.    “We know that some of the planners and politicians behind […]

Like democracy, election workers are under assault with many fearing for the future

BY: - September 15, 2022

This story is part of a project called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms across the country are shining a light on threats to democracy. They are considered “essential” to ensuring the success of elections, and yet almost a third of election workers are believed to have left their job at least in part because of fears […]

Michigan’s Aug. election results were certified without drama. Will things be as smooth in Nov.?

BY: - August 27, 2022

Michigan’s Aug. 2 primary results were certified earlier this month with little to no fanfare in contrast to the tumultuous aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. So is this a sign of normalcy returning to the process or the calm before the storm coming with the Nov. 8 general election? “Michigan’s canvassing boards fulfilled their […]

Michigan holds ‘B’ rating in political gender parity index 

BY: - August 26, 2022

According to a recent report, Michigan is the fifth-best state in the nation for having women in office. Michigan earned an overall “B” score in the 2022 Gender Parity Index from the Takoma Park, Md.-based group RepresentWomen. The report ranks states based on women in Congress, statewide executive roles, the Legislature and local executive positions. […]

Circuit Court judge blocks enforcement of Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

BY: - August 2, 2022

After the state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that county prosecutors are exempt from the injunction on the 1931 abortion ban, another judge just hours later ordered a temporary restraining order barring the ban from being enforced.  The request for the restraining order came from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who called the Court of Appeals […]

Contact your local health dept. about vaccination if you’ve been exposed to monkeypox, DHHS says

BY: - July 29, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is encouraging individuals potentially exposed to monkeypox to contact their local health department about vaccination.  “Although the vaccine supply is limited, we are striving to utilize all doses of vaccine as soon as they become available to help mitigate spread,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, DHHS chief […]

State elections officials struggle with paper shortages, harassment, insider threats

BY: - July 24, 2022

MADISON, Wis. — Elections officials from 33 states, gathered for a conference under tight security, warned that the next few election cycles will be affected by paper shortages and the potential for threats from inside elections offices. The meeting of the National Association of State Elections Directors this week was held with stringent security precautions, […]

Michigan Supreme Court finds Grand Rapids Police fingerprinting policy unconstitutional

BY: - July 22, 2022

On Friday the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a now discontinued Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) policy of fingerprinting and photographing individuals not charged with a crime is unconstitutional.  The unanimous decision determined that the GRPD violated the Fourth Amendment rights of two Black teenagers when, in separate incidents, the teens were stopped by police, […]

Ann Arbor mayor, Wayne Co. Commission call on Blue Cross to defund ‘Big Lie’ backers

BY: - July 19, 2022

Updated, 3:03 p.m., 7/19/22, with a statement from Blue Cross A Michigan mayor is urging Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to stop providing financial support to politicians who have voted to support measures that some say disenfranchise voters of color in the state.  “I have a difficult time understanding how you can lead […]

Macomb Co. investigation finds Lucido acted inappropriately toward female employees, POC

BY: - July 12, 2022

An investigative report from Macomb County has found that Prosecutor Peter Lucido acts offensively toward female employees, has used race as a factor in assigning an attorney, used county employees and resources for personal and campaign activities and more. Lucido, a Republican, took office in 2021 after winning his race for Macomb County prosecutor and […]