Politics + Gov

Levin ‘upset’ over Democratic member of Congress using ‘anti-Semitic trope’

BY: - February 11, 2019

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) weighed in Monday on remarks made by a fellow freshman Democratic member of Congress, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. He said he’s concerned about the use of an “anti-Semitic trope,” but rejects “the speech but not the human being.” Omar, who is one of the first two Muslim congresswoman ever elected […]

Metro Detroit leaders offer Whitmer advice before 1st State of the State

BY: - February 11, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State message on Tuesday at the state Capitol. Expectations are always high for a governor’s first address, which will be televised at 7 p.m. Both chambers of the Legislature will attend. The Advance talked to civic and political leaders in Southeast Michigan about issues they […]

Our look back at the life of John Dingell

BY: - February 11, 2019

It’s difficult to capture the the life of someone who has had such a far-reaching impact in both Michigan and the entire country. From Medicare to the Clean Air Act, the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) shaped some of the biggest issues in the post-World War II era. He also touched the lives of thousands […]

Biden, Bill Clinton to speak at Dingell memorials

BY: - February 10, 2019

The late U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) will be eulogized by former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden, among other political leaders who have been longtime friends. The office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) on Sunday announced speakers for memorials this week scheduled in both Dearborn and Washington, D.C. John Dingell […]

Yes, Dan Kildee went to Iowa recently. No, he’s not running for president in 2020.

BY: - February 10, 2019

Just before Michigan’s August 2018 primary election, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) turned up in Iowa. He was campaigning for now-U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), a Grand Rapids native. The senior member of Michigan’s House Democratic delegation also visited Iowa in the fall of 2017. Any time a politician spends time in the Hawkeye State […]

Gov. declares state of emergency in Grand Rapids after storm

BY: - February 10, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued her fourth executive order since taking office and declared a state of emergency for the city of Grand Rapids after 42,000 lost power due to a winter storm. Whitmer issued the order late Saturday after the city requested assistance on late Saturday afternoon due to severe winter weather that began […]

Dems try to ax tampon tax again

BY: - February 9, 2019

Michigan could become the 11th state to eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products if legislation introduced this week is signed into law. State Reps. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) and Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) announced they’re introducing House Bills 4165 and 4166 that exempt tampons, pads and other products from Michigan’s 6-percent sales and use tax. The School Aid […]

Debbie Dingell shares John Dingell’s last days, story behind his final op-ed

BY: - February 9, 2019

On Friday, the Washington Post ran one last op-ed from the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) on his vision for the nation. Dingell, the former Dean of the House, died Thursday night at age 92 in hospice care. The piece written by the World War II veteran was a love letter to America. “One […]

Pro-Whitmer group to pay $37,500 campaign finance fine

BY: - February 9, 2019

A political group advocating for now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during her campaign has agreed to pay a $37,500 settlement and close down after Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson found that it violated state campaign finance law. Build a Better Michigan agreed to pay the fine and dissolve within 60 days after Benson’s office alleged the group […]

Whitmer tells feds she wants changes to Medicaid work requirements

BY: - February 8, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday notified the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that she plans to work with state lawmakers on changes to new work requirements for the state’s Healthy Michigan plan. That comes after a new report was released this week showing almost 200,000 Michiganders could lose health coverage as a result […]

Tlaib questions state’s word on Detroit air quality worries

BY: - February 8, 2019

Updated at 7:15 p.m. with comments from Marathon. U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) is questioning assurances from state environmental regulators that a “rotten-egg” smell in southwest Detroit is not harmful. In an email to the Michigan Advance, Tlaib spokesman Denzel McCampbell explained a recent statement the congresswoman made in Detroit over an issue at the […]

Updated: Dingell services to be held in Dearborn next week

BY: - February 8, 2019

Updated, 9:00 p.m. with new location for the mass. Services for former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) will be held next week in Dearborn, the office of his wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), announced on Friday. Dingell died Thursday night after a battle with cancer. He was the longest-serving member of Congress. He was […]