Local Government

Karamo files long-shot lawsuit to require Detroit residents to vote in person

BY: - October 28, 2022

GOP Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo filed a lawsuit Wednesday to require Detroit voters to vote in person or obtain their ballots in person at the clerk’s office. “This is the only valid process of identity in the statute because the [Michigan secretary of state] failed to promulgate a signature comparison rule,” the lawsuit […]


Column: Investing in public transit is investing in people  

BY: - October 24, 2022

I grew up in a small-ish town, on a dirt road, close to a horse farm, tucked about an hour away from the Motor City. Most things in my life, from school to friends to work, were at minimum a 30-minute drive away.  I knew I needed a car as soon as I was able […]

‘It’s just a full-throttle attack on elections and on democracy in Michigan’

BY: - October 12, 2022

Election deniers, the legislation they are proposing and their efforts to dismantle Michigan’s voting systems ahead of the midterm elections, are being highlighted as the top threats to democracy in Michigan. That’s from an analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based Defend Democracy Project, which surveyed grassroots organizers, legal analysts and academic experts to identify what they […]

New Detroit homeowner hit with $5,200 bill for water she didn’t use

BY: - October 7, 2022

Nicole Geissinger couldn’t wait to move into her new home in Detroit and start her medical career with a fellowship at Detroit Medical Center. But the excitement quickly turned to anxiety when the 32-year-old physician received a $5,200 water bill from the city. Confused, she called the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) and asked […]

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 […]