State Government

Heeding Steve Bannon’s call, election deniers organize to seize control of the GOP

BY: - September 5, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. One of the loudest voices urging Donald Trump’s supporters to push for overturning the presidential election results was Steve Bannon. “We’re on the point of attack,” Bannon, a former Trump adviser and […]

Trump still wants a so-called 2020 election ‘audit’ in Michigan, per state GOP co-chair

BY: - September 4, 2021

Former President Donald Trump still won’t let go of his 2020 loss in Michigan.  He called Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser about a so-called audit of Michigan’s 2020 election, according to remarks made by Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock. It’s not clear when the call took place.  The call was first reported by the […]

GOP leader urges state to investigate debunked COVID-19 treatment 

BY: - September 3, 2021

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) tweeted Friday that Michigan should investigate ivermectin as a treatment to COVID-19, even though medical professionals across the country have found that it is ineffective and potentially dangerous.  “I am not qualified to determine the veracity of these studies. That requires medical professionals. However, these claims beg the […]

GOP bill bans Whitmer from using warning system — but not the one she used during pandemic

BY: - September 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate passed a bill Wednesday to bar the state’s public threat alert system from being used to inform Michiganders about a new law or executive order.  House Bill 4061, introduced by state Rep. Bradley Slagh (R-Zeeland), was in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer using an alert system to tell residents about stay-home orders […]

Supreme Court lets Texas abortion ban stand, sets stage for Roe v. Wade fight nationwide

BY: - September 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court stayed quiet Tuesday night as abortion advocates across the country nervously waited for the right-wing-majority court to act on an emergency appeal to block a strict Texas abortion ban, as it’s done for past laws.  But the Supreme Court didn’t take action. The Texas law, Senate Bill 8, went into effect […]

How Michigan became a success story for prisoner college programs

BY: - August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: Pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

Michigan Republicans announce voting restrictions ballot measure as end-run around Whitmer

BY: - August 31, 2021

Updated, 9:58 a.m., 9/5/21 with Johnson’s correct party affiliation After months of hearings on legislation restricting voting rights, Michigan Republicans, as expected, unveiled on Monday a citizen-led ballot measure. The advantage of going this route is that the GOP-controlled Legislature has the power to approve it, thus going around Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has […]

Why wasn’t the pandemic worse? Federal funds and public programs, experts say.

BY: - August 31, 2021

When Effie Alofoje-Carr saw the stimulus payment from the American Rescue Plan Act hit her bank account this year, she cried.  “It was huge; it has saved our lives,” Alofoje-Carr, who lives in East Lansing with her husband and eight-year-old son, said of the stimulus checks that the federal government sent to residents across the […]

Here’s where you can get your COVID shot this week

BY: - August 30, 2021

If you haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19, check out this list of clinics available this week across the state from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Protect Michigan Commission. In order to reach community-wide immunity that can protect others who cannot get vaccinated, Michigan is working to vaccinated at least 70% […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Census shows Michigan is still losing the race to attract young talent

BY: - August 30, 2021

Alarm bells should be ringing in the heads of state policymakers over Michigan’s latest census figures. Why, you ask? At first glance, the numbers look pretty good. The 2020 census, released earlier this month, shows Michigan has 10,077,331 residents. That’s the first time the state has cracked the 10 million mark since 2008. Many of […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: As COVID surges again in Michigan, Whitmer’s leadership shrinks

BY: - August 28, 2021

For weeks, terrified parents, anxious teachers and weary administrators have been waiting for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to step up and be the leader she was at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sane majority is sick and tired of being pushed around by wild-eyed anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers berating and threatening health and elected officials […]

Educators feel ‘less supported’ by state going into another COVID-19 school year

BY: - August 27, 2021

As school districts enter into their third school year impacted by the pandemic, teachers and education leaders tell the Advance they’re feeling less supported by the state to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updated its guidance for the new school year, which […]