State Government

Whitmer signs bipartisan bill establishing college scholarship program

BY: - October 11, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed bipartisan legislation establishing the Michigan Achievement Scholarship at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. The measure is designed to lower the cost of college by thousands of dollars a year for the vast majority of high school graduates. The Democrat also joined the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Will your vote count in 2024? It depends who wins Michigan in 2022.

BY: - October 11, 2022

It’s been a psychically scarring last few years between the pandemic, a full-blown insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the specter of a nuclear-charged war in Ukraine.  And we’ve all become inured to scaremongering political ads and election year hyperbole. But the truth is, democracy is on the ballot on Nov. 8. In Michigan, the […]

Your guide to the election deniers running in top Michigan races on Nov. 8

BY: - October 9, 2022

Even as the Nov. 8 election inches ever closer, many Republican candidates on the ballot in Michigan — a key swing state in presidential elections and the focus of many endorsements from former President Donald Trump — still refuse to accept the results of the 2020 general election that Trump lost. Aside from outrightly rejecting […]

Karamo makes abortion and religion the centerpieces of her secretary of state campaign

BY: - October 8, 2022

A Republican running a family values campaign is certainly not a headline. But Michigan GOP Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo has combined that message with her penchant for conspiracy theories, ties to extremist groups and a belief that Satan is involved in everything from yoga to churches that hang rainbow flags. In a video […]

DTE, Consumers Energy face audits due to outages and safety concerns

BY: - October 7, 2022

Following concerns about DTE Electric Co. and Consumers Energy Co.’s  progress in reducing power outages and keeping the public away from downed lines, the Michigan Public Safety Commission (MPSC) this week ordered its staff to begin a third-party audit of the utility companies. The commission also ordered DTE and Consumers to report on their compliance […]

Here’s a look at the abortion bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature this term

BY: - October 6, 2022

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, sending the issue back to the states, abortion was a hot topic in the Michigan Legislature.  Seventy bills and three resolutions that mention abortion have been introduced in Michigan during the 2021-22 session.  Some of those bills have been introduced by Democrats to […]

After 2020 drama, experts call on state canvassers to do their job after Nov. 8 election

BY: - October 5, 2022

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Michigan and longtime election experts hosted a press conference Wednesday as a reminder before the Nov. 8 election that certifying results doesn’t need to be complicated — despite what we’ve seen since the 2020 election.  In Michigan, election results are certified by county boards and the State Board […]

Mich. voters will decide 3 constitutional amendments. Here’s what’s on your Nov. 8 ballot.

BY: - October 5, 2022

The Michigan Board of Canvassers last week approved ballot language for three statewide proposals before voters.  Here’s what the constitutional amendments will do and the language that will appear on your ballot for the Nov. 8 general election: This constitutional amendment, Voters for Transparency and Term Limits, would change the existing term limit laws for […]

Whitmer signs directive seeking to lower insulin costs, wins bipartisan praise

BY: - October 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed an executive directive aimed at lowering the cost of insulin for the more than 900,000 Michiganders with diabetes. The directive seeks to achieve this through two primary approaches. The first seeks to establish a Michigan-based insulin manufacturing facility, while the second would facilitate the development, in conjunction with a […]

Judge rejects attempt to divert public tax dollars to private education 

BY: - October 3, 2022

A federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge to Michigan’s constitutional prohibition on using public funds for private education. The decision, released Friday by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Michigan’s Western District, rejected the argument advanced by the free-market Mackinac Center Legal Foundation that Michigan’s prohibition on such expenditures violated the U.S. Constitution. The […]

Nessel files suit against company over PFAS contamination in West Michigan

BY: - September 30, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday filed a suit against FKI Hardware, Inc. seeking compliance and damages from the company after contaminating multiple properties with PFAS and other hazardous materials. According to the Michigan Department of the Attorney General, FKI Hardware, Inc., the successor to the Keeler Brass Co., contaminated multiple properties in West […]

House resolutions celebrating Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities finally pass 

BY: - September 30, 2022

After initially being shunted off to committee, three resolutions celebrating the state’s Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities were finally approved by the Michigan House this week.  While the non-binding resolutions are typically non-controversial and pass on bipartisan votes, these three sponsored by Democrats were initially sent to the Government Operations Committee, normally a repository for […]