Politics + Gov

GM closures cause concern, but Michigan economy still looks strong for 2019

BY: - December 14, 2018

Uncertainty over the closure of multiple General Motors plants aside, economists continue to have a favorable view of the West Michigan, state and national economies going into 2019. Speaking last week during an economic forecast event at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, economist Jim Robey said that while the GM plant closures have […]

Kildee snags House leadership position

BY: - December 14, 2018

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) will have a senior position when Democrats take over the House of Representatives next month. The fourth-term congressman will serve as one of eight chief deputy whips in the 116th Congress, joining Senior Chief Deputy Whips John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) who report to House Majority Whip-elect James […]

North Carolina gov. who endured power grab fundraises for Whitmer

BY: - December 14, 2018

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, who knows a little bit about legislative power grabs, sent out a fundraising pitch this week for his fellow Democrat, Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer. After Cooper won election in November 2016, the GOP-controlled Legislature called a special session. As North Carolina Policy Watch reported, Republicans quickly moved to claw back […]

Whitmer talks roads, Asian carp with Trump at White House meeting

BY: - December 14, 2018

At the White House today, Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer naturally took the opportunity to talk with President Trump about “fixing the damn roads,” but she also said she raised the issue of Asian carp. “That was an interesting conversation because I don’t think President Trump had really had the chance to think, or learn much about […]

Snyder to decide whether to adopt puppy mill bills

BY: - December 14, 2018

Bills regulating so-called “puppy mills” that have angered animal rights activists cleared the Michigan Senate tonight and await action by Gov. Rick Snyder. House Bill 5916 and House Bill 5917, both sponsored by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Fowlerville), would “act to regulate pet shops, animal control shelters, and animal protection shelters” and seeks to “establish uniform procedures […]

Michigan House approves limits to voter proposals

BY: - December 13, 2018

Late last night, the GOP-controlled Michigan House approved new rules for petition drives. Legislation would limit the number of signatures that could be collected from voters who live in any one part of the state, something a prominent Democratic attorney decried as unconstitutional. In a 60-49 vote around 11 p.m., the lower chamber passed House […]

Peters, up for reelection in 2020, lands key Homeland Security committee post

BY: - December 12, 2018

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) will serve as the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee next term. That’s the upper chamber’s principal oversight committee. Peters, a freshman who succeeded U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Detroit) when he retired in 2014, is up for re-election in 2020. The GOP is […]

Progressive protestors push back against Lame Duck

BY: - December 12, 2018

Scores of citizens from across the state rallied this chilly afternoon on the state Capitol grounds in Lansing to raise their voices against a host of GOP-sponsored legislation. “We’re tired of them pulling the corporate agenda and doing what their donors want them to do and not doing what the people of Michigan want instead,” said […]

Dillon stepping down as Michigan Dem Party chair, Barnes seen as frontrunner

BY: - December 12, 2018

Citing accomplishments in the 2018 mid-term elections, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon announced today he won’t seek re-election for the position he’s held since 2015. The decision to step aside comes just over a month after the party flipped two congressional seats; elected a Democratic governor, attorney general and secretary of state; re-elected a […]

Snyder says he’ll sign Line 5 bill, but stays mum on other Lame Duck action

BY: - December 12, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder said today that he plans to sign Enbridge Line 5 legislation, but will not necessarily go along with all GOP-sponsored Lame Duck bills. Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who unsuccessfully ran in the GOP primary this year to succeed him, met this afternoon with about three dozen reporters, including some from […]

Updated: Economic development leaders urge Whitmer to stay the course

BY: - December 12, 2018

Updated: 12/12 at 11:15 a.m. As Michigan’s next governor prepares to take office next month, Gretchen Whitmer has met with leaders about keeping the economy moving in areas across the state. Birgit Klohs is the president and CEO of The Right Place Inc., a West Michigan business and economic development organization. She told reporters in […]

Bill honoring Detroit educator clears Michigan Senate

BY: - December 11, 2018

A bill that would rename a portion of the John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) in Detroit after legendary educator Violet T. Lewis last week unanimously cleared the Michigan Senate. The measure, Senate Bill 1137 sponsored by state Sen. Ian Conyers (D-Detroit), is now being considered in the House of Representatives. In 1929, Lewis, an African […]