State Government

Nessel: Board’s deadlock on abortion rights ballot proposal sets ‘most dangerous precedent’

BY: - September 7, 2022

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel is calling on the Michigan Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus to force the Board of State Canvassers to certify the language of the Reproductive Freedom For All (RFFA) constitutional amendment. Last week, the board deadlocked on whether the spacing between words in the RFFA proposal summary is […]

Criminalizing abortion would be a disaster for Michigan colleges and universities, presidents say

BY: - September 7, 2022

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, colleges and universities across Michigan are repeatedly fielding a question from prospective students and faculty: What is the status of abortion in Michigan?  So far, administrators are able to tell them that abortion is legal in Michigan amid court challenges. However, if the […]

Term limits proposal opponents ask Michigan Supreme Court to toss it from ballot

BY: - September 6, 2022

All three constitutional amendments whose supporters hope will be on the Nov. 8 ballot are now awaiting sink-or-swim rulings in the Michigan Supreme Court. Michigan Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment (Proposal 1) would reduce the state’s current system of term limits to a total of 12 years, while also allowing for six, two-year […]

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Alex Rossman: On Labor Day, big wins for workers, new hopes and unfinished business

BY: - September 5, 2022

For Michigan workers and those who advocate on their behalf, there’s a lot to be happy about this Labor Day (and it’s not just because it happens to be my birthday this year).  The state has continued to make important investments in a variety of programs and services to help workers. A longstanding fight for […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Republican canvassers say no to democracy by rejecting abortion and voting rights proposals

BY: - September 4, 2022

At its Wednesday meeting, the Board of State Canvassers twice deadlocked on partisan 2-2 votes, thereby refusing to place either the Reproductive Freedom For All (RFFA) or Promote The Vote (PTV) proposed constitutional amendments on the Nov. 8 ballot. This is just the latest example of a Michigan Republican Party that no longer supports democracy. […]

Whitmer to big tech: Prevent data from being used against women seeking reproductive care

BY: - September 1, 2022

Following recent reports of Facebook data being weaponized against women, nurses and doctors in the fallout of Roe v. Wade being toppled, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday urged five of the world’s largest tech companies to bolster data privacy protections and increase transparency. “Keyword searches, message histories, location data, and general health data can […]

Supreme Court will likely decide if Michigan abortion rights proposal will be on Nov. ballot

BY: - August 31, 2022

Updated, 5:55 p.m., 8/31/22, with additional Board action It’s not certain whether the Reproductive Freedom for All proposal will get in front of voters in November after the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on party lines Wednesday.  The board also deadlocked Wednesday on whether an initiative to expand voting rights will end up on the […]

Dems seek House investigation of GOP lawmaker linked to 2020 election probe 

BY: - August 31, 2022

Michigan House Democrats on Tuesday released a letter from House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) to House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) urging him to authorize an investigation of state Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City).  Rendon was one of nine individuals, including Republican Attorney General nominee Matt DePerno, who were referred for investigation under an […]

MIGOP restricting access to Capitol lawn for rally raises 1st Amendment issues, experts say

BY: - August 31, 2022

The Michigan Republican Party held a rally on the Capitol lawn Saturday — but not everyone was welcome at the festivities on public land. That’s raised serious concerns with First Amendment lawyers, journalists and the Michigan State Capitol Commission. After a lengthy and occasionally boisterous nominating convention at the Lansing Center, to which the Advance […]

Abortion rights group wants changes to the 100-word summary of its proposal on the ballot

BY: - August 30, 2022

The Reproductive Freedom for All (RFFA) campaign is taking issue with the proposed summary of its constitutional amendment that would appear on the ballot Nov. 8.  Last week, Director of Elections Jonathan Brater drafted proposed language for the 100-word summary that says the proposal would “invalidate all state laws that conflict with this amendment.” RFFA […]

Michigan State Police stops marijuana testing after false positives

BY: - August 30, 2022

Michigan State Police have acknowledged that its blood tests for marijuana are producing false positives for THC, and it will immediately halt testing. The Michigan State Police Crime lab notified county prosecutors about the faulty testing on Thursday. The toxicology tests failed to distinguish between THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and CBD, a non-psychoactive […]

New: Most Michigan voters support Inflation Reduction Act, want further climate change action

BY: - August 30, 2022

New polling has found that a majority of Michigan voters support President Joe Biden’s recently signed federal law that will pour $750 billion into priorities like climate and health care, while even more residents would support Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer securing those funds for energy projects in Michigan. The Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, signed into […]