State Government

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 […]

Half of incoming Michigan GOP lawmakers are election deniers

BY: - November 20, 2022

Despite a wave of “pro-democracy” candidates winning office on Nov. 8, a large portion of election deniers on the ballot have also secured positions of power in the new Michigan Legislature — as well as two individuals in the state House who were at pro-Trump protests in Washington, D.C., last January. Attention has mostly been […]

Wentworth defends House Republicans over response to Chatfield allegations

BY: - November 18, 2022

As he prepares to vacate the leadership of the Michigan House, Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) defended his party’s handling of allegations against the man he succeeded. Wentworth, who is term-limited and will leave office at the end of the year, spoke to reporters Thursday during a media roundtable during which he said House Republicans had […]

As RSV cases climb among kids, here’s what health experts say you should know 

BY: - November 18, 2022

Amid a surge in visits to pediatric emergency rooms, doctors and public health officials are advising families to take preventative measures to stop the spread of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other respiratory illnesses.  Increases in RSV cases have been found in multiple regions of the U.S. including Michigan, according to the Centers for Disease […]

Antisemitic vandalism prompts new lawmaker to push for hate crime law overhaul

BY: - November 17, 2022

Following the spray-painting of antisemitic symbols on a West Michigan Democratic Party office, a newly elected state lawmaker says he plans to introduce legislation that would better deal with such incidents. On Monday, officials with the Kent County Democratic Party reported that their headquarters in Grand Rapids had been vandalized with antisemitic graffiti, including swastikas, […]

Report: Michigan earns failing grade on pipeline information transparency

BY: - November 16, 2022

A new report from the Pipeline Safety Trust concluded on Thursday that Michigan is among the worst states for public transparency regarding intrastate pipelines. The review, conducted annually by the Washington-based nonprofit watchdog group, looks at how easily members of the public can access information about pipeline safety and pipelines near their homes. Michigan houses […]

Nessel announces $3.1 billion settlement with Walmart over opioid epidemic allegations

BY: - November 16, 2022

A settlement has been reached between Walmart and the states resolving allegations that the company’s failure to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores contributed to the opioid addiction crisis. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the deal Tuesday, saying it will provide more than $3 billion nationally while also requiring significant improvements […]

Study: Childhood hunger in Michigan has worsened since federal child tax credit ended

BY: and - November 16, 2022

A Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article in October confirmed previous research that food insecurity increased substantially after the expiration of federal monthly advanced child tax credits on Jan. 15. The study looked at the period between January and July of this year in a series of national surveys, and found a nearly […]

Lasinski says Democratic leadership will ‘restore integrity’ to the state House after scandals

BY: - November 14, 2022

With Democrats set to take control in the Michigan House of Representatives in 2023, Democratic leadership has reaffirmed their commitment to investigating former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering).  House Democrats began calling for a bipartisan committee to investigate Chatfield’s conduct in office in March, following allegations that Chatfield sexually abused his sister-in-law beginning when she […]

After Michigan shatters midterm election turnout record, canvas of results begins

BY: - November 10, 2022

Michigan saw 4.47 million voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results — a record-breaking result. The previous record for a midterm election was 4.34 million votes cast in the 2018 contest. With the reporting complete of nearly all unofficial results from the general election, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said the […]

Democrats wrest control of Michigan Legislature for first time in almost 40 years 

BY: - November 9, 2022

Updated, 9:31 a.m., 11/10/22  Democrats will now have a political trifecta in Lansing after retaining the top office with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and winning in both chambers of the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday. This is the first time Democrats will have total party control in the Michigan Legislature in roughly 40 years.  The Democrats last […]

Michigan abortion, voting rights and term limits proposals are ahead in returns

BY: - November 8, 2022

Michigan voters on Tuesday appear to have supported three statewide proposals that would make changes to term limits, enshrine abortion rights and add voting rights measures in the state Constitution.  The Associated Press has not made calls as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, but NBC News said that Proposal 3, the abortion rights measure, will pass. […]