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Michigan sets 2020 deadline to establish limit for toxic chemicals in water

BY: - April 4, 2019

The state has set an April 2020 deadline to implement rules limiting the amount of toxic chemicals acceptable in the water supply, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on Thursday. Michigan’s task force on PFAS — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly found in industrial waste, cosmetics and other consumer goods — also formally approved […]

Gov. Whitmer signing an environmental measure

Whitmer doesn’t rule out Enbridge tunnel plan

BY: - April 4, 2019

Speaking with reporters this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not rule out ultimately supporting a plan from Canadian oil titan Enbridge to build a new buried pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer, along with Attorney General Dana Nessel, took action last week to stop construction plans for a planned new pipeline 100 feet beneath […]

Democrats: Chatfield’s remarks on Whitmer, Nessel show he’s ‘intimidated by powerful women’

BY: - April 4, 2019

Updated 4:44 p.m. Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes on Wednesday accused state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) of being “intimidated by powerful women” in making “sexist remarks” about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel’s handling of the Line 5 tunnel issue. “If [Chatfield] wants to use science as the excuse for his […]

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Michigan Supreme Court to hear sick leave, minimum wage case

BY: - April 3, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a case that could determine whether Republican lawmakers violated the state Constitution in adopting watered-down sick leave and minimum wage laws last fall as part of an attempt to pre-empt citizen petitions on the issues. Michigan’s highest court agreed to hear the case on […]

Gov. Whitmer presenting the FY2020 budget

Whitmer, GOP leaders spar, no closer on deal for road funding

BY: - April 3, 2019

Michigan’s Legislature may be enjoying its final week of spring break before budget season begins in earnest, but the challenge of funding Michigan’s infrastructure continues to loom large. State House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have each taken to the airwaves over the last few […]

Kasich forms dark money group with Snyder, Schwarzenegger

BY: - April 3, 2019

They’re back. Former Ohio Gov. and 2016 GOP presidential candidate John Kasich has announced a new political group called “Two Paths America,” with fellow Republican former Govs. Rick Snyder and Arnold Schwarzenegger on board as part of the group’s advisory committee. Two Paths America is a 501(c)4 organization that does not have to disclose political […]

Transparency experts: Michigan not immune to Baltimore-style kickbacks

BY: - April 2, 2019

An ongoing scandal over questionable payments for a children’s book written by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh serves as a useful reminder of Michigan’s weak financial disclosure laws, according to the state’s transparency advocates. On Monday Pugh, a Democrat, announced she was taking a leave of absence, citing a “health matter,” as the Advance’s sister publication, […]

Attorney General Dana Nessel

Nessel has received violent, anti-Semitic threats over Catholic Church investigation

BY: - April 2, 2019

Updated 11:15 a.m. Attorney General Dana Nessel has continued the investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church started by her predecessor, Republican Bill Schuette. However, the response to the Democrat has been markedly more hostile from conservatives than when Schuette began the probe. That includes state Rep. Beau LaFave* (R-Iron Mountain), who accused Nessel […]

Attorney General Dana Nessel

GOP lawmaker accuses Nessel of ‘religious bigotry’ after retweet

BY: - April 1, 2019

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) is accusing Attorney General Dana Nessel of “religious bigotry” after a recent retweet. The accusation stems from the Democratic attorney general retweeting a comment from a sexual assault survivor and campus sexual assault prevention coordinator for the state. The message was critical of Michigan State University’s decision to hire […]

Demonstrators in Flint, MI in 2016

Judge allows Flint water class-action lawsuit to proceed, adds Snyder back as defendant

BY: - April 1, 2019

A federal judge issued a court order Monday allowing a class-action lawsuit over the Flint water crisis to proceed and reinstated former Gov. Rick Snyder as a defendant. U.S. District Court Judge Judith Levy said in Carthan v. Snyder that new evidence shows Snyder was aware of the health risks associated with drinking Flint River […]

Whitmer makes play for Georgia’s film industry, sans incentives

BY: - April 1, 2019

Updated 8:25 p.m. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping to attract some of Georgia’s lucrative film industry as that state’s impending anti-abortion legislation has many in Hollywood threatening to take their work — and their money — elsewhere. That legislation, expected to be signed into law soon by Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, would outlaw […]

Chatfield and Shirkey

Court battle looms after Whitmer, Nessel stall Enbridge pipeline

BY: - April 1, 2019

Top state officials may end up in court over their efforts to halt Canadian energy company’s plans to build a new buried pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, according to Republican leaders in the Legislature. In an interview Monday morning, state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) called a recent opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel […]