Politics + Gov

Keenan, Hammoud, Knezek part of AG executive team

BY: - January 15, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced key staff positions on Tuesday. As the Advance previously reported, Kelly Keenan will be her deputy attorney general. Keenan has worked in the attorney general’s office under former Attorneys General Frank Kelley and Jennifer Granholm, both Democrats. Keenan served under Granholm when she was governor. He worked most recently on […]

Whitmer to convene 1st ‘quadrant’ meeting Wednesday

BY: and - January 15, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday will hold her first meeting with the four leaders of each legislative caucus, her spokeswoman confirmed to the Advance. Michigan has a divided government, with a Democratic governor and both houses of the Legislature led by Republicans. Whitmer has said it’s a priority to restart the “quadrant meetings,” which lapsed during […]

1st judicial appointment coming for Whitmer

BY: - January 15, 2019

It looks like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is in her third week on the job, will get to make her first judicial appointment. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans announced on Monday in a Facebook Live video that she will be retiring. She did not give a retirement date. “It’s time now for me […]

Michigan to issue Feb. food assistance early due to shutdown

BY: - January 15, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services (MDHHS) plans to issue Food Assistance Program benefits early for February as directed by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. The move is in response to the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, which is now the longest in U.S. history. Democratic members of Congress, such as U.S. […]

Nessel not considering Sareini for any position

BY: - January 15, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she is not considering a permanent job for a transition team staffer with a history of domestic violence accusations. “There’s no position that we’re evaluating him for, and nor has he applied for anything,” Nessel said in an exclusive interview with the Michigan Advance. In December, the Detroit Free Press […]

Congressional Dems angry at GM layoffs as Detroit car show kicks off

BY: - January 14, 2019

The North American International Auto Show kicking off in Detroit on Monday still offers the shiny debut of several new cars, albeit with the cloud of a vastly changing automotive industry. Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation used the show to express frustration with large-scale corporate reorganizations at automotive manufacturers, namely General Motors. The Detroit-based […]

Whitmer recruits Prusi as Northern Michigan director

BY: - January 14, 2019

Former Sen. Mike Prusi (D-Ishpeming), a longtime mentor of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, has been named director of the governor’s Northern Michigan Office in Marquette. Prusi, who was a co-chair of Whitmer’s transition team, served as Senate minority leader from 2009 to 2011 before Whitmer took over the Democrats’ top job. The Yooper won the slot after […]


Poletown closing cuts deep

BY: - January 14, 2019

Southeastern Michigan residents are still reeling over General Motors’ announcement that it will lay off almost 15,000 workers and close out production at five North American plants. One of them is the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, known to many as the “Poletown Plant.” Just before the North American International Auto Show kicked off in Detroit this week, […]

Breaking: Watchdog org. filing complaint against anti-abortion group with state contract

BY: - January 14, 2019

A nonpartisan consumer watchdog group plans to file a complaint on Monday calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as well as Attorney General Dana Nessel and Auditor General Doug Ringler, to investigate and terminate Michigan’s contract with Real Alternatives, an anti-abortion pregnancy and parenting support services firm. Campaign for Accountability (CFA), a nonprofit based in Washington, […]

ICYMI: Interviews with Whitmer, Gilchrist, Nessel and Calley

BY: - January 14, 2019

Within our first month of starting up, the Michigan Advance has brought you in-depth interviews with four of the top leaders in Michigan: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, Attorney General Dana Nessel and former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. We brought you breaking news you couldn’t find anywhere else. We’ve talked with them about […]

Peters asks why Trump Hotel is exempt during government shutdown

BY: - January 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) wrote a letter this week to the acting Interior secretary asking why a clock tower within the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., has escaped closure during the partial federal government shutdown. Peters asked whether the hotel’s attraction, which is staffed by National Park rangers, is receiving “special treatment” […]

Bliss seeks to expand racial equity as she nears re-election campaign

BY: - January 12, 2019

As the mayor of Michigan’s second-largest city prepares to run for a second term in office, she’s focused on continuing to make Grand Rapids a business-friendly city for enterprises of all sizes.   Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, a long time city commissioner who was elected as Grand Rapids’ first female mayor in 2016, has prioritized trying […]