Politics + Gov

Final bill to ban child marriage in Michigan signed by governor

BY: - September 27, 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed the last bill banning child marriage, building off previous legislation signed this year that puts an end to what advocates call a human rights abuse that demolishes the lives of girls. Michigan joined nine other states in banning child marriage, having been previously one of only a few states […]

U.S. Senate moves on short-term spending bill in struggle to avoid shutdown days away

BY: - September 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is on track to clear a short-term government funding bill in the days ahead, but it wasn’t clear Tuesday if that would happen before the Saturday midnight deadline to avert a shutdown, or if House GOP leaders would put the bill up for a vote in that chamber. U.S. House […]

Five injured in hit and run at picketing General Motors facility near Flint

BY: - September 27, 2023

Five individuals on the picket line outside of General Motors’ Flint Processing Center in Swartz Creek were injured in a hit and run Tuesday afternoon, according to the Metro Police Authority of Genesee County. Officers responded to the call at around 4 p.m. Tuesday during which they were informed that an individual in a dark […]

Republicans go on the attack after Ford halts EV battery plant construction in Marshall

BY: - September 27, 2023

The Michigan Strategic Fund on Tuesday approved $65 million in additional funding for a Marshall site for a project where Ford Motor Co. this week halted construction of a $3.5 billion electric vehicle battery plant.   The automaker’s action has spurned controversy and battle of words as the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against Ford, General […]

How a looming government shutdown could hit national parks

BY: - September 27, 2023

National parks and nearby communities could forego millions of dollars per day during a partial government shutdown that could start this weekend. Would-be visitors will likely see restrictions on park access, though the extent of those restrictions was still unclear just days before a potential lapse in federal appropriations set to begin Sunday. Parks would […]

Active-duty military would work without pay in shutdown, White House warns

BY: - September 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House is warning that a partial government shutdown would mean 1.3 million active-duty armed services members must keep working without receiving paychecks and hundreds of thousands of Pentagon employees would face furloughs. The Biden administration on Tuesday blasted what it’s now calling an “Extreme Republican Shutdown,” saying it would undermine national […]

Biden makes historic visit to metro Detroit picket line to rally with striking auto workers

BY: - September 26, 2023

Updated, 9:04 p.m. 9/26/23 In the midst of ongoing negotiations between striking auto workers and Detroit’s Big Three manufacturers, President Joe Biden on Tuesday made an appearance on the picket line in Belleville. Speaking to picketers from UAW Local 174 at Willow Run Redistribution Center in metro Detroit, Biden said that unions “saved the automobile […]

Advocates rally for clean energy as lawmakers continue to tweak legislation

BY: - September 26, 2023

Students, lawmakers and environmental activists from across the state gathered Tuesday on the Capitol steps, calling for climate action, environmental justice and clean energy policy.  In recent weeks, members of the Democratic-led Legislature have heard testimony and made tweaks to clean energy policies, including a 100% carbon free standard for electricity generation, energy waste reduction, […]

Nessel draws broad support from tribal nations, businesses and other states in Line 5 suit

BY: - September 26, 2023

A coalition of tribal nations from across the Midwest and Canada on Monday submitted a brief supporting Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s argument to move her lawsuit to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipelines back to state court.  The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will weigh arguments as to whether Nessel’s case should be […]

Updated: Menendez urged to step down by a growing number of U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: and - September 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are calling on New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez to resign following his indictment on corruption charges for the second time. Among the 18 senators on the record as of early Tuesday afternoon was New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, who said in a statement that Menendez’s […]

Biden will show his ‘vocal support’ for autoworkers Tuesday on a Michigan UAW picket line

BY: - September 26, 2023

As President Joe Biden is scheduled to arrive in Michigan Tuesday, the White House says the Democrat will demonstrate his “vocal support” for autoworkers by joining UAW members on the picket line in Wayne County. “Over the past decade, auto companies have seen record profits, including over the last few years because of the extraordinary […]

Anti-democratic moves by state lawmakers raise fears for 2024 election

BY: - September 26, 2023

In Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers are threatening to impeach both the state’s election administrator, who is highly regarded nationally, and a state Supreme Court justice despite a ruling by the state’s judicial commission that the justice had done nothing wrong — effectively nullifying a recent statewide election she won, Democrats say. In North Carolina, a bill […]