Politics + Gov

Biden calls CHIPS Act a ‘game-changer’ during Bay County semiconductor plant tour

BY: - November 30, 2022

President Joe Biden was in Michigan Tuesday to spotlight the expansion of a semiconductor manufacturing facility as he reinforces his economic agenda in advance of a Republican takeover in the House. Biden was in the Bay City area to visit the plant owned and operated by SK Siltron of South Korea. The $300 million expansion […]

Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn those landmark decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion this summer.  The 61-36 bipartisan vote sends the bill […]

More than $37 billion in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration wants Congress to approve more than $37 billion to help communities throughout the country recover from various natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ian, which battered Florida and the Southeast U.S. in late September, and Fiona, which hit Puerto Rico.  The supplemental funding request comes on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 […]

Whitmer orders flags to be lowered to honor victims of the Oxford school shooting

BY: - November 29, 2022

To honor the victims of the shooting at Oxford High School last year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Wednesday all U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff and a statewide moment of silence.  “It’s been one year since we lost four beautiful young souls in Oxford. One year since a community was changed forever,” […]

Despite historic Nov. 8 losses, hard-liners jockey to lead Michigan GOP 

BY: - November 29, 2022

After their historic loss at the polls on Nov. 8, conventional wisdom would point to the Michigan Republican Party taking a different path to achieve electoral success. However, there is little indication that is happening. Tudor Dixon, who was defeated by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by a nearly 11-point margin, and Matthew DePerno, who lost […]

On this day in 1870: Susan B. Anthony rallies in Detroit for women’s right to vote 

BY: - November 29, 2022

On Nov. 29, 1870, Susan B. Anthony demanded the right to vote for women during a visit to Detroit.  Anthony, who was born on Feb. 15, 1820, in Adams, Mass., spoke during the Northwestern Women’s Suffrage Association assembly.  After her presentation, the assembly adopted a resolution that read, in part, “That under a republican government […]

U.S. House to intervene in rail workers strike, heeding Biden call

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said the House will take up legislation to ratify an agreement between rail workers and operators in order to avert a nationwide rail strike. “This week, the House will take up a bill adopting the Tentative Agreement — with no poison pills or changes to the […]

State board certifies Michigan election results despite protest from some GOP candidates

BY: - November 28, 2022

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously voted Monday to certify the results of the Nov. 8 election. The midterm election resulted in victories for the three Democratic incumbents in the top statewide offices. Democrats in Michigan also took control of both the state House and Senate, making it the first time in four decades […]

New poll: Nearly 60% have seen online calls for violence based on race, gender or sexual identity

BY: - November 28, 2022

Women, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community are all experiencing higher levels of harassment and threats of violence on social media than other users. That’s according to a new report set for release Tuesday commissioned by four advocacy groups; UltraViolet, GLAAD, Kairos and Women’s March, and conducted by YouGov. The Michigan Advance obtained an […]

Google to pay Michigan $12M over location tracking services, experts say it’s a win for consumers 

BY: - November 28, 2022

Google this month agreed to pay out $391.5 million across 40 states, including $12 for Michigan, after attorneys general sued the technology company for being deceptive about their location tracking practices in what experts said is an important win for consumers.  The settlement was a result of attorneys general suing Google for violating consumer protections. […]

Little appetite for Manchin permitting bill in congressional lame-duck session

BY: - November 28, 2022

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment. But the bill, which was a condition of the centrist West Virginia Democrat’s support for his party’s larger […]

What’s next in the fight over regulating short-term rentals in Michigan?

BY: - November 27, 2022

New Buffalo Mayor John Humphrey has been outspoken about his opposition to the rise of Airbnb-style rentals in his community, which held several packed public meetings in 2021 as the City Council took up the issue. Tackling short-term rentals was a tumultuous two-year process that included a moratorium on city-issued licenses for rentals in May […]