Politics + Gov

SOTU: Trump still wants his wall, namechecks Michigan on NAFTA

BY: - February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Trump implored Congress Tuesday to move past political gridlock in favor of bipartisan cooperation before he dug in on the border security fight that threatens to shut down the government yet again. “We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and our middle class bigger […]

Senate Advice and Consent Chair Pete Lucido, Feb. 5, 2019

Hearings for Whitmer appointees to be ‘informal’ process

BY: - February 6, 2019

A key member of Michigan’s GOP-led Senate indicated Tuesday he has no plans to use the Advice and Consent Committee to hold up appointments made by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The hearings were largely absent during the tenure of former Gov. Rick Snyder, during which time Republicans controlled all branches of state government, as the […]

Could Detroit get its first national park?

BY: - February 5, 2019

State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López want the city of Detroit to deed Historic Fort Wayne to the federal government. They’re asking for the landmark to be designated as a national park and their Change.org petition has gathered nearly 3,000 signatures in support of the plan. “We launched this […]

Dems fume as GM layoff start soon

BY: - February 5, 2019

Detroit-based auto manufacturer General Motors will begin thousands of job layoffs in the coming weeks, according to media reports. The company has become a lightning rod for Michigan’s Democratic congressional delegation. At the North American International Auto Show last month, lawmakers expressed anger at the manufacturer for moving to cut jobs during a time of […]

Gerrymandering suit heads to trial after U.S. Supreme Court nixes delay

BY: - February 5, 2019

Proceedings on a federal case challenging how Michigan’s legislative districts are drawn are slated to begin on Tuesday morning in Detroit after Republicans’ last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected. GOP attorneys had argued that the case would be rendered irrelevant because the High Court is set to rule on similar redistricting cases […]

‘Rotten egg’ smell traced to Detroit Marathon refinery

BY: - February 4, 2019

A pungent rotten-egg smell originated from the Marathon Petroleum refinery in southwest Detroit, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) discovered this weekend. The DEQ caught wind of the odors on Saturday and promptly investigated the issue, according to a department press release. State officials traced the smell to a refinery coke-flare system and said that […]

Benson skips MDP convention for SOS conference

BY: - February 4, 2019

While Democrats gathered on Saturday in Detroit to pick new leadership and look ahead to the 2020 election, a key member of the state’s new executive team wasn’t there. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who was elected as part of the 2018 blue wave, was at the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) 2019 […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: GOP’s 2018 pork-laden spending spree wounds Whitmer’s plans

BY: - February 4, 2019

Can we just end the myth of fiscally responsible Republicans once and for all? It’s bad enough that in 2017, President Trump and his GOP Congress passed a budget-busting tax giveaway to the rich, which has left us with a national debt of $21 trillion and counting. And the federal deficit is projected to approach […]

Attorney General Dana Nessel

Nessel says after Schuette, ‘Every day I don’t set a kitten on fire, I’m a hero’

BY: - February 3, 2019

As Michigan Democrats gathered this weekend in Detroit to pick new party leadership, the 2020 election loomed large. Almost 3,000 activists filled Cobo Hall and elected Michigan Democratic Party Chief Operating Officer Lavora Barnes as chair. Leaders also talked about 2018 victories and how to defeat President Donald Trump next year. In an interview last […]

Lavora Barnes

Barnes elected MDP’s first Black female chair

BY: and - February 3, 2019

Lavora Barnes made history Saturday as she became the first African-American woman to lead the Michigan Democratic Party. “It’s a huge deal,” she said. “I’m trying not to cry, because this is a big deal for me and my mother — the fact Michigan, of all places, has never had a black woman [MDP] chair. […]

Demonstrators in Flint, MI in 2016

Audit: DEQ still lags on some post-Flint drinking water requirements

BY: - February 2, 2019

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has improved, but still falls short on some post-Flint water crisis drinking water requirements, according to a new report from the Office of Auditor General (OAG) Doug Ringler. A 2016 audit uncovered DEQ officials during GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration failed to ensure that Flint applied corrosion control […]

Gerrymandering case will go to trial, unless Supreme Court intervenes

BY: - February 2, 2019

After a flurry of activity in the last two weeks, a federal lawsuit alleging Republican gerrymandering in Michigan seems likely to go to trial next week. A three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Friday night denied a motion by Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to settle […]