Politics + Gov

AG seeks to settle Flint civil cases, taps Worthy for criminal case

BY: - February 21, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel will stay out of the ongoing criminal prosecution cases against current and former state and local officials related to the Flint water crisis, she said Thursday. She held a wide-reaching press conference in Lansing that also touched on that ongoing criminal probe and two separate investigations related to sexual abuse from […]

Dem senator pushes huge boost to the Earned Income Tax Credit

BY: - February 21, 2019

A Democratic lawmaker doesn’t just want to restore a tax credit Gov. Rick Snyder and Republicans chopped for low-income people during their 2011 tax overhaul. State Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) is introducing Senate Bill 107 increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to a higher rate than it was pre-Snyder. This would impact more than […]

On this day in 1965: Former Michigander Malcolm X is killed

BY: - February 21, 2019

Malcolm X was killed on this day in 1965. The former Lansing, Detroit and Inkster resident was fatally shot by rival Black Muslims while addressing Organization of Afro-American Unity members at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Neb., in 1925, he was the son of James Earl Little, a […]

Peters wants answers from DeVos over effort to fire watchdog

BY: - February 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) is demanding answers from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about her department’s abrupt decision last month to fire its internal watchdog. Peters, the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, was one of five House and Senate lawmakers who sent DeVos a […]

Detroit turns page on Cobo, bank to rename convention center

BY: - February 20, 2019

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) on Wednesday awarded the naming rights of 723,000-square-foot Cobo Center in Detroit to Chemical Bank. The facility is named for former Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo. Many African-Americans have long called for the facility to be renamed, given Cobo’s record of racial discrimination in the city. The Rev. […]

House Republicans offer ‘guiding principles’ for term

BY: - February 20, 2019

Republican members of the Michigan House on Tuesday unveiled their action plan for the 2019-20 legislative term, hitting on issues they’ve stressed before. During the 12-minute, broad-strokes presentation, the 58-member majority caucus talked about: Improving infrastructure, including roads, public water systems and broadband. Protecting constitutional rights and religious freedoms. Addressing mental illness and victims of […]

How to build a better Michigan House map

BY: - February 20, 2019

Michigan voters can, at least in theory, have more competitive state House districts than what we have now. That’s according to a hypothetical state House map drawn for the Advance by Steve Mintline, a Democratic data expert and organizer in Southeast Michigan. The Advance asked Mintline to craft a map with as many competitive seats […]

On this day in 1922: Michigan’s first Black Supreme Court justice is born

BY: - February 20, 2019

Otis M. Smith, the first African-American to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court, was born on this day in Memphis, Tenn., in 1922. Smith attended Fisk University and Syracuse University. In 1950, he earned a degree from Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C. In January 1951, he began to practice law in Flint. Five […]

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GOP lawmaker appears to compare poll taxes to gun license fees

BY: - February 19, 2019

It was a fairly routine Michigan House committee hearing until a GOP lawmaker unexpectedly raised the idea of a poll tax, which hasn’t been legal in more than a half-century. On Tuesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel was invited to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. The Democrat talked about the organization of her office and […]

GOP legislators want to bypass AG on minimum wage, sick time initiatives

BY: - February 19, 2019

Updated, 7:50 p.m. with comments from Rep. Darrin Camilleri: GOP legislative leaders hope to go around the attorney general over questions on two ballot initiatives and instead go straight to the Michigan Supreme Court. State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) last week asked Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, to review the GOP-controlled Legislature’s decision last […]

AG: Trump’s national emergency ‘violates’ separation of powers

BY: - February 19, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Tuesday told reporters that President Donald Trump has run afoul of the Constitution with his declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. On Monday, Nessel joined attorneys general in 15 other states who filed an injunction against the action, as the […]

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Is ranked-choice voting the next election reform for Michigan?

BY: - February 19, 2019

Another big change could be coming for elections in Michigan — if the measure can get on the ballot. In 2018, Michigan voters approved sweeping reforms to Michigan’s elections with two ballot questions. Proposal 2 created an independent redistricting commission and Proposal 3 reinstated straight-ticket voting, implemented same-day voter registration and added no-reason absentee voting. […]