Politics + Gov

Gilchrist visits Detroit homeless shelter during frigid weather

BY: - January 31, 2019

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist today visited a westside Detroit Rescue Mission center that provides food, shelter and other services to the city’s homeless population. He met with the nonprofit’s staff and served lunch to about two dozen men who are seeking to stay warm during today’s frigid weather. “These are the coldest wind chills […]

Weather delays campaign finance disclosure reports

BY: - January 31, 2019

The ongoing brutal winter weather affecting all of Michigan has given state candidates a brief reprieve from one of the few transparency measures in place. Thursday marks the day when candidates for the Legislature — as well as officials who did not seek re-election or were term-limited out-of-office in 2018 — were required to file […]

Ex-Michigan legislators want to triple gas tax to fix roads

BY: - January 31, 2019

Updated at 5:50 p.m. with Senate Majority Leader Shirkey’s comment A bipartisan group of former Michigan legislators is calling on the state’s current crop of lawmakers to adopt a proposal for raising the state’s gas tax to fix the beleaguered roads. The newly formed group, which calls itself the Michigan Consensus Policy Project, has proposed […]

It’s an uphill battle to quash Lame Duck in Lansing

BY: - January 31, 2019

A bipartisan measure sponsored by more than two dozen state House members would eliminate the final period of a two-year legislative session commonly referred to as Lame Duck. But killing the post-election session requires changing Michigan’s Constitution. And it’s a high bar to do so — two-thirds of the House and the Senate must approve […]

On this day in 1984: Senate Republicans seize majority

BY: - January 31, 2019

On this day in 1984, Senate Republicans took the majority for the first time in 10 years. They have kept their vice grip on the upper chamber to this day. The GOP’s 1984 majority came after winning two special elections, essentially referendums on the 1983 Gov. James Blanchard-supported income tax increase. That set up Republican […]

Consumers Energy fire spurs state to lower thermostat

BY: - January 31, 2019

State offices are turning down the thermostat by 5 degrees and asking residents to do the same during record-breaking sub-zero temperatures, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) announced Wednesday night. After an explosion at a Consumers Energy facility in Macomb County spurred a gas shortage, MPSC Chair Sally Talberg asked Lower Peninsula residents to turn […]

Michigan Republican, new chairwoman spar over ‘stinking rules’

BY: - January 30, 2019

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) is off to a rocky start with the new chairwoman of a powerful U.S. House committee. Huizenga, a fifth-term Republican who represents West Michigan’s 2nd District, had a tense exchange with U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Wednesday as the committee held a pro forma organizational […]

Wicked weather forces state offices to stay closed Thursday

BY: - January 30, 2019

With frigid temperatures expected to stick around, Michigan’s state of emergency remains in effect and the vast majority of state offices and several institutions will stay closed through Thursday. The state cited the “historic emergency weather conditions” in Michigan that has dropped more than a foot of snow in many parts of the state and […]

All Michigan congressional Dems endorse Barnes for party chair

BY: - January 30, 2019

All nine Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are swinging their support to Lavora Barnes as the next Michigan Democratic Party chair. The last time this happened in a contested MDP race was in the heated 2013 battle when Lon Johnson earned the entire Democratic congressional delegation’s support, helping him oust then-Chair Mark Brewer. Democrats […]

Detroit nonprofit vows to continue fight against ‘illegal’ tax foreclosures

BY: - January 30, 2019

It was a living nightmare. “We were stuck in the dark,” Sonja Bonnett recalls. “We were losing our home. We didn’t know how to tell our kids that. We woke up every morning with that heaviness on our minds, trying to figure out how we were going to do this.”   The 38-year-old wife and […]

Michigan Capitol closing again as cold rolls in

BY: - January 30, 2019

For the second time this week, Michigan’s Capitol is shutting down, with state offices, the Legislature and Lansing City Hall closing as temperatures drop below zero. But this time, state offices will be shuttered in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas on Wednesday, as a polar vortex sweeps over Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday […]

Updated: With Trump overlap, Whitmer’s first State of the State pushed back

BY: - January 29, 2019

Updated at 5:20 p.m. with approval on the date change from Chatfield Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first address to the Legislature is being pushed back to avoid conflicting with President Donald Trump’s overlapping State of the Union address, her office announced in a press release Tuesday. Whitmer’s State of the State address was planned for Feb. […]