State Government

Dixon: The governor should have the power to appoint the state school superintendent

BY: - September 20, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon said Tuesday she wants to change the way the state superintendent is appointed, which would mean amending Michigan’s Constitution.  But she isn’t the first Michigan leader to take issue with how the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) operates. “That the Republican nominee for governor has issues with the Michigan Department […]

In Michigan, you can now get a prescription for birth control from your pharmacist

BY: - September 20, 2022

Pharmacists in Michigan are now eligible to prescribe hormonal birth control in partnership with doctors.  Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made that announcement Monday following action from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) resulting from an executive directive Whitmer issued in May. That directive instructed state departments and agencies to identify and assess […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: We can debate issues, but public education shouldn’t be a political war zone

BY: - September 19, 2022

As a union representing educators, we have a vested interest in public policy, and therefore politics. And as a union, AFT Michigan has received our fair share of criticism from people who believe politics do not belong in education.  At best, the claims that we should keep education and politics separate are somewhat misguided. At […]

As climate change hits Michigan harder, more residents pay the price

BY: - September 18, 2022

The summer of 2021 brought an onslaught of heavy rain, flooding freeways, knocking out power and leaving standing water in basements in communities across metro Detroit. While those memories are fresh for many, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns an increase in extreme rainfall could be on the horizon. NOAA recently released its […]

Officials look to ‘fill in the ditch’ that helped displace Black Detroiters with $105M project

BY: - September 15, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Thursday during a news conference in Detroit that “wealth that needs to be created will be created” as he helped to outline plans to reimage a federal highway that displaced a historic Black community during the 1950s and 1960s.    “We know that some of the planners and politicians behind […]

Like democracy, election workers are under assault with many fearing for the future

BY: - September 15, 2022

This story is part of a project called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms across the country are shining a light on threats to democracy. They are considered “essential” to ensuring the success of elections, and yet almost a third of election workers are believed to have left their job at least in part because of fears […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Michigan has a 1931 law banning abortion. Now voters can decide if it stands.

BY: - September 14, 2022

It’s been a confusing time for women since June, when the far-right U.S. Supreme Court gleefully chucked almost 50 years of precedent and overturned Roe v. Wade. Suddenly, one in three women across America are no longer able to make intimate health care decisions for themselves and their families. There have been so many heart-wrenching […]

Updated: Chief Justice McCormack to resign from Michigan Supreme Court

BY: - September 12, 2022

Updated, 4:35 p.m., 9/13/22 with McCormack’s new job Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack intends to retire later this year, the Democratic-nominated justice announced in a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday. McCormack is roughly two years into an eight-year term. She first won election in 2012, was sworn in as an associate […]

Dana Nessel

Nessel files bypass application for Michigan Supreme Court to hear insulin case

BY: - September 10, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a motion this week asking the Michigan Supreme Court to take up her challenge of past decisions by the court that her office says have limited enforcement of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.  The Democrat filed the bypass application on Tuesday because she says the Michigan Supreme Court’s former rulings […]

Benson says poll workers breaking the law ‘will be swiftly removed’

BY: - September 9, 2022

Michigan’s top elections official is taking a no-tolerance approach following reports that GOP leaders encouraged prospective poll workers during a training session to break the rules. “Let me be abundantly clear: I will not tolerate anyone interfering with our elections or disrupting the voting process,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in a tweet. “We […]

Michigan Supreme Court strikes down challenge to term limits ballot measure

BY: - September 7, 2022

An attempt to have the Michigan Supreme Court either reject a constitutional amendment or have petitioners break it up into two ballot measures before Michigan voters in November has failed. The Michigan Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment (Proposal 1) will now likely be on the ballot as written. It seeks to reduce the […]

Updated: Court of Claims judge rules 1931 abortion ban can’t be enforced 

BY: - September 7, 2022

Updated, 3:16 p.m. 9/7/22 and 3:51 9/7/22 with comments from Planned Parenthood, Attorney General Dana Nessel The Michigan Court of Claims ruled Wednesday that the state’s 1931 abortion ban law is “unconstitutional” and cannot be enforced. Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher, who issued an injunction in May that barred enforcement of the 91-year-old abortion […]