Politics + Gov

Lawrence to help lead women’s caucus

BY: - January 17, 2019

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) has been elected co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus. She will share duties with U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.). “Working together to support the needs of women and families is a cornerstone of our country’s overall success,” Lawrence said. “I am committed to continue to collaborate in creating legislation […]

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Engler resigns from MSU, blames Democrats

BY: - January 17, 2019

In a defiant and verbose 11-page resignation letter, interim Michigan State University President John Engler appeared to blame a familiar target for his woes: Democrats. As the Advance reported earlier on Wednesday, the board issued a notice to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday and apparently had the votes to fire Engler. The GOP former governor […]

Dems, women’s group slam Shirkey for equal pay comments

BY: - January 17, 2019

Advice from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) on how state contractors should deal with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new equal pay directive is being met with criticism from Democrats and a women’s group. Last week, Shirkey told the Advance in an interview that he does not believe in the existence of a wage gap between […]

5 vying to lead Michigan Democrats

BY: - January 16, 2019

The five candidates running for Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) chair have all pledged to build on last year’s wins at the top of the ticket. The election will occur at the state convention, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Current Chair Brandon Dillon, a former state representative who […]

Bills on PFAS, pension tax, election changes hit Senate

BY: - January 16, 2019

The Michigan Senate on this week targeted reform of the state’s “no-fault” auto insurance law as its top priority for the new legislative session. Senators also unveiled a bevy of other bills. There’s legislation to accompany the House’s push for reform of civil asset forfeiture and bills repealing the “pension tax,” a cornerstone of former Gov. […]

Engler may be out at MSU after Nassar comments

BY: and - January 16, 2019

Will interim Michigan State University President John Engler make it until a scheduled board meeting first thing Thursday morning? As board members suggest they have the votes to remove Engler, speculation is growing that the GOP former three-term Michigan governor could resign beforehand. Engler has repeatedly been criticized for his handling of the aftermath of […]

Gillibrand gives shout-out to Whitmer while talking presidential run

BY: - January 16, 2019

After announcing that she is running for president in 2020, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) mentioned Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “Gretchen Whitmer just got elected to be governor of Michigan and she crushed it in the last election,” Gillibrand said. The comment came after Colbert presented her with a […]

AG taps Hammoud to oversee Flint water prosecutions

BY: - January 16, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday that newly appointed Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud will take over the state’s ongoing Flint water crisis criminal prosecutions. Nessel told the Advance Tuesday evening that Hammoud, who will be the nation’s first Muslim, Arab-American solicitor general, is the perfect person for the job, calling her a “rock star.” The […]

Neeley re-elected as Black Caucus leader

BY: - January 16, 2019

State Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) has been re-elected to chair the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) for the 2019-20 session. Neeley was first elected chair in January 2017, following a stint as the caucus’ first vice chair during the 2015-2016 legislative session. “We’re moving forward in a positive and unified way, tackling the challenges of […]

Tlaib responds to charges of ‘anti-Semitism’

BY: - January 15, 2019

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), who has come under fire after calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment using profanity and is the subject of a White House petition to expel her, is now facing blowback for her position on Israel. Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American to be elected to the U.S. House and wore a […]

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 […]