Politics + Gov

Nessel withdraws from EPA pollution lawsuits

BY: - January 22, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is withdrawing from legal battles against President Barack Obama-era rules meant to fight pollution. Nessel’s office on Friday filed to remove Michigan from two lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One challenges the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, while the other lawsuit aims to fight limits on toxic substances emitted by […]

Michigan GOP looks to hit pause on Benson gerrymandering settlement

BY: - January 22, 2019

Attorneys representing Michigan GOP lawmakers are seeking to delay a pending settlement agreement in a lawsuit alleging Republican gerrymandering in several of the state’s congressional and legislative districts. In a role reversal from last year’s Lame Duck legislative session, now it’s Republicans accusing Democrats of a “power grab.” On Tuesday morning, lawyers for Republicans in League […]

Trump bypasses Michigan for State of the Union speech

BY: - January 22, 2019

Michigan’s dream of hosting President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech is over almost as quickly as it began. After landing on “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning, Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) tweeted Tuesday afternoon his thanks to Trump “for the great conversation earlier this AM and for your continued commitment to […]

Chatfield’s Trump SOTU invite lands him on Fox News

BY: - January 21, 2019

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield’s invitation to President Donald Trump to hold the State of the Union speech in Lansing landed him on Fox News on Monday. The Michigan Advance noted that the Levering Republican’s letter, which he tweeted on Jan. 18, seemed designed to get national attention. Chatfield appeared on “Fox and Friends,” the popular conservative […]

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey

Shirkey talks divided government, touts Medicaid work rules

BY: - January 21, 2019

On Jan. 1, state Sen. Mike Shirkey became the most powerful Republican in the Michigan Legislature. As the new Senate majority leader, the Clarklake businessman will now lead the GOP, along with the new House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), through a time of divided government following Democrats’ key statewide office wins. The election of Gov. […]

Twitter roundup: Kildee calls Trump a #manbaby, Tlaib has Cardi B’s back

BY: - January 21, 2019

This week in Twitter is probably best summed up with the fire emoji, as past and present members of Michigan’s congressional delegation weighed in on the partial federal government shutdown and more. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), majority chief deputy whip, took his case against President Donald Trump to both MSNBC and social media. Kildee […]

Flint water adviser draws on personal health trauma in helping city cope

BY: - January 21, 2019

This is 1990. She’s a 19-year-old college freshman with a healthy lifestyle. Then, suddenly, she’s in a hospital bed. Liver and kidney failure are among her overall ailments, and doctors can’t figure out why. She fearfully wonders, “Am I going to die?” What could be the cause? Think of all those industrial smokestacks on her […]

Benson reflects on legacies of Richard Austin and MLK

BY: - January 21, 2019

Prior to being elected secretary of state last year, Jocelyn Benson had a long career dedicated to both civil right and voting rights. A former intern and researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Benson has served on the board of the organization dedicated to tracking extremist groups and “fighting hate and bigotry and to […]

Michigan Republicans adjust to life under Speaker Pelosi

BY: and - January 20, 2019

Not long ago, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton ran the powerful U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, whose sweeping jurisdiction has been famously described as “everything that moves, burns or is sold.” Things have changed dramatically since then for the St. Joseph Republican, who’s entering his 17th term on Capitol Hill in the minority. Upton, who […]

Women’s March draws more than 1,000 in Detroit despite controversy

BY: - January 19, 2019

More than 1,000 people braved snowy conditions and attended today Women’s March at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “This freedom that we have is not free. It was fought for. It was cried over. It was prayed for by someone for you. The cost of that freedom is this movement and […]

If Trump came to Michigan, would it really be a SOTU address?

BY: - January 19, 2019

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) may have made a splash on Friday by inviting President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech in the state Capitol. While critics expressed skepticism that such an event would ever happen, there’s another debate taking place. Historians disagree whether a presidential address in Lansing would […]

Gerrymandering suit settlement could spark political showdown for 2020

BY: - January 19, 2019

Voters may have believed they settled the issue of how to draw fairer legislative and congressional districts in Michigan when they voted for Proposal 2 on Nov. 6. But a new front in the redistricting fight could open up before the new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) is seated. And it could mean new maps […]