Politics + Gov

Former elections chief: Campaign finance panel would deadlock

BY: - December 8, 2018

Michigan’s former top elections chief is speaking out against Republican efforts to strip campaign finance oversight from the secretary of state’s office. The state’s former Bureau of Elections director, Chris Thomas, retired in 2017 after a 36-year career in five different administrations of both parties. He told the Michigan Advance that Republicans’ plan to move […]

Michigan’s Lame Duck action makes news nationwide

BY: and - December 7, 2018

Michigan’s Lame Duck session has been a popular topic around the nation. More than a dozen major news outlets, including CNN, NBC and The New York Times, have reported on state GOP lawmakers and their frantic attempt to strip authority and decision-making from incoming Democratic statewide officials. Michigan’s end-of-the-year session also has attracted the attention […]

Michigan part of a growing trend of Lame Duck power grabs

BY: - December 7, 2018

Michigan isn’t alone when it comes to frenzied Lame Duck activity. As the legislative session comes to an end, Republicans in Wisconsin, North Carolina and Pennsylvania are poised to carry out accelerated, and, in some cases, hyper-partisan and historic votes. In a few states, GOP majorities are exercising power grabs before Democrat executive branch officials […]

Progressives call to end Lame Duck legislative sessions

BY: - December 7, 2018

Is it time to end Lame Duck action in Michigan? Sam Inglot, Progress Michigan’s relentless deputy communications director, has a provocative op-ed in the Lansing State Journal this week slamming Republicans for “gut[ting] popular policies that help working families” in this late-year session. The GOP-controlled Legislature has taken up a number of bills giving progressives heart […]

Michigan Senate swiftly passes campaign finance bills before new SOS takes office

BY: - December 6, 2018

The GOP-led Michigan Senate today passed a set of bills stripping campaign finance oversight from Democrat Jocelyn Benson, the incoming secretary of state. The package, Senate Bills 1248, 1249, 1250, 1251 and 1252, were adopted mainly along party lines. The lead bill, SB 1248 sponsored by term-limited Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc), would shift campaign […]

Clinton torches Michigan GOP for ‘dangerous’ moves limiting new Dem leaders’ power

BY: - December 6, 2018

Updated, 10:49 p.m. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has weighed in on Lame Duck legislative sessions in Michigan and Wisconsin. In a series of tweets on Thursday, she attacked Republican efforts in both states to limit the power of incoming Democrats who won major statewide elections in November. Clinton, who narrowly lost in […]

Democrats’ strategy on minimum wage and sick time initiatives backfires

BY: - December 6, 2018

Michigan Democrats who voted in September to OK minimum wage and sick leave ballot initiatives were counting on Republicans honoring the long-standing precedent not to fiddle with measures after passage.

Michigan Senate votes to alter gerrymandering ballot proposal

BY: - December 6, 2018

The Republican-controlled Senate approved a measure early this evening that Democrats blasted as interference with a voter-approved proposal to create fairer political districts in Michigan.

Unions fight GOP effort to seize power over schools

BY: - December 5, 2018

As the frenzied-pace Lame Duck session continues, state GOP lawmakers are looking to maximize their power and influence over schools before Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is sworn in. But teacher unions are fighting back.

Enbridge pipeline plan flows to Michigan House

BY: - December 5, 2018

With almost no debate, the state Senate approved legislation that would create a three-person panel to finalize a deal between Gov. Rick Snyder and a major Canadian energy company to keep oil flowing through the Great Lakes.

A meeting on third-grade reading standards

Detroit groups work to prepare kids for new 3rd grade reading law

BY: - December 5, 2018

Fewer than half of Michigan third-graders earned a proficient score or higher on the English language arts test, according to results from the 2018 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, better known as M-STEP.

Former lawmaker leading economic opportunity nonprofit slams GOP-led Lame Duck assault

BY: - December 5, 2018

A former longtime state lawmaker who now leads a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity is dismayed by the frenetic Lame Duck session.