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‘A new day’ for Michigan LGBTQ+ officials preparing for leadership roles in the new Legislature

BY: - December 1, 2022

“Validation.” That’s how state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) termed the results of the Nov. 8 election, a campaign cycle he called “one of the most rabidly anti-LGBTQ campaign cycles.” Yet that agenda was roundly rejected by Michigan voters. “It just felt like maybe Republicans were onto something,” Moss, the first openly gay senator in the […]

GOP MSU trustee resigns, citing mishandled Title IX investigations

BY: - December 1, 2022

Citing Title IX efforts he felt were mishandled, Pat O’Keefe, a Republican member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, resigned Wednesday. In a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, O’Keefe cited the investigation of MSU’s business school Dean Sanjay Gupta, who resigned in August. “My fear is that the Board will bypass yet another […]

Senate passes bipartisan bills aimed at preventing sexual assault

BY: - November 30, 2022

A bipartisan bill package aimed at preventing sexual assault and protecting survivors cleared the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, nearly two years after the measures were first introduced. Senate Bill 223 requires schools to provide age-appropriate educational material and resources regarding sexual assault and harassment to students. SB 224 prohibits sexual contact and penetration under pretext […]

Singh: New Democratic-led Legislature will represent the full diversity of Michigan’s residents

BY: - November 30, 2022

Updated, 5:14 p.m., 11/30/22 Sam Singh is no stranger to making history. At 24, he became one of Michigan’s youngest City Council members. Then he became the youngest and first person of color to serve as East Lansing’s mayor in 2006. After serving as president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, he was then […]

Whitmer orders flags to be lowered to honor victims of the Oxford school shooting

BY: - November 29, 2022

To honor the victims of the shooting at Oxford High School last year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Wednesday all U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff and a statewide moment of silence.  “It’s been one year since we lost four beautiful young souls in Oxford. One year since a community was changed forever,” […]

On this day in 1870: Susan B. Anthony rallies in Detroit for women’s right to vote 

BY: - November 29, 2022

On Nov. 29, 1870, Susan B. Anthony demanded the right to vote for women during a visit to Detroit.  Anthony, who was born on Feb. 15, 1820, in Adams, Mass., spoke during the Northwestern Women’s Suffrage Association assembly.  After her presentation, the assembly adopted a resolution that read, in part, “That under a republican government […]

State board certifies Michigan election results despite protest from some GOP candidates

BY: - November 28, 2022

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously voted Monday to certify the results of the Nov. 8 election. The midterm election resulted in victories for the three Democratic incumbents in the top statewide offices. Democrats in Michigan also took control of both the state House and Senate, making it the first time in four decades […]

Google to pay Michigan $12M over location tracking services, experts say it’s a win for consumers 

BY: - November 28, 2022

Google this month agreed to pay out $391.5 million across 40 states, including $12 for Michigan, after attorneys general sued the technology company for being deceptive about their location tracking practices in what experts said is an important win for consumers.  The settlement was a result of attorneys general suing Google for violating consumer protections. […]

What’s next in the fight over regulating short-term rentals in Michigan?

BY: - November 27, 2022

New Buffalo Mayor John Humphrey has been outspoken about his opposition to the rise of Airbnb-style rentals in his community, which held several packed public meetings in 2021 as the City Council took up the issue. Tackling short-term rentals was a tumultuous two-year process that included a moratorium on city-issued licenses for rentals in May […]

AS COP27 falls short, U.S. policies position Michigan to meet healthy climate goals, expert says

BY: - November 23, 2022

Michigan is moving ahead to meet its goals in the MI Healthy Climate Plan thanks to an upgraded U.S. commitment to tackling climate change, according to an environmental expert. That support is critical as the just completed United Nations 27th Climate Conference (COP27) fell short, with participants’ focusing on an effort to assist vulnerable countries bearing […]

Whitmer taps Bolden as first Black female Michigan Supreme Court justice

BY: - November 22, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday afternoon that state Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden (D-Southfield) will be joining the state Supreme Court upon current Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack’s retirement.  Bolden will be the first Black woman to serve on the high court and is Whitmer’s first appointment to the state’s Supreme Court. Michigan […]

MPSC approves much smaller rate increase for DTE after activists pushed back

BY: - November 21, 2022

The Michigan Public Service Commission authorized last week DTE Electric Co. to implement a $30.6 million rate increase effective Friday — but that’s significantly less than the company’s original request.  In January, DTE Electric filed an application seeking a $388 million rate increase, but opponents in Southeast Michigan fought back against a hefty price increase […]