Local Government

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 […]

Detroit City Council sets up reparations task force

BY: - July 6, 2022

After 80% of Detroit voters approved a measure last fall setting up a 13-person task force to study and address the issue of reparations, the Detroit City Council on Tuesday took the next step.  The resolution, which passed unanimously, sets up a four-member executive committee of the task force consisting of a chair and three […]

Black homeowners are being overtaxed in Detroit and Wayne Co., complaints allege

BY: - July 1, 2022

Government officials in Detroit, Inkster, Highland Park and Wayne County have for years allegedly violated the federal Fair Housing Act by overtaxing primarily Black and low-income homeowners, according to complaints filed Thursday with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). “This problem of overtaxation is […]

Michigan GOP prosecutors are ‘scaring’ abortion patients, Planned Parenthood says

BY: - June 29, 2022

While Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel, reproductive health groups and physicians emphasize that abortion remains legal in Michigan, some Republican county prosecutors are arguing otherwise. Those statements could create a “chilling effect” on patients and health care providers navigating a post-Roe landscape, a Planned Parenthood of Michigan spokesperson said Tuesday. “We […]

For Battle Creek, cereal is ‘in our DNA.’ But the city is changing.

BY: - June 23, 2022

For more than a century, the smell of cereal has wafted through Battle Creek. Residents in the south central Michigan city can often pinpoint the exact scents: This smell means Frosted Flakes are being made. This one is Fruity Pebbles.  They are smells rooted in history: Will Keith (W.K.) Kellogg created what was then called […]

Michigan turns to history, art to celebrate Juneteenth

BY: - June 20, 2022

Michigan residents around the state celebrated Juneteenth over the long holiday weekend with music, readings and historical displays. In Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, more than a dozen events were held. Erica Hill, Detroit’s deputy director of the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department, said that the Juneteenth recognition has vital importance for city residents. It […]

‘It’s a disaster for kids’

BY: - June 7, 2022

The children in Benton Harbor are changing. They are “more moody, more short-tempered, they’re not doing as well in school,” said Corey Stern, an attorney with the New York City-based law firm Levy Konigsberg, who at the end of May filed a lawsuit on behalf of about 400 Benton Harbor children who the suit alleges […]

Local clerks grapple with GOP Rep. Berman’s ‘mini-investigation’ into 2020 election

BY: - June 6, 2022

While municipal clerks across Michigan are busy preparing for the August primary elections, several of them are also contending with requests from a Republican state lawmaker about the 2020 election. The office of state Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) recently sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Delhi Charter Township Clerk Evan Hope, […]

Michigan officials say over half of Benton Harbor lead lines have been replaced

BY: - May 26, 2022

State officials announced this week that a major milestone had been reached in the city of Benton Harbor, as more than 50% of the lead lines had been replaced with new copper lines or verified as lead-free.   On Tuesday, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Clark gathered in Benton Harbor […]