State Government

Here’s a timeline of action on Michigan’s abortion ban as Whitmer requests another injunction 

BY: - August 11, 2022

In another attempt to make the state’s 1931 abortion ban unenforceable, at least temporarily, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a motion Wednesday for a preliminary injunction with the Oakland County Circuit Court against enforcement of the ban.  Whitmer said the injunction “must remain in place until the courts can fully resolve the constitutionality of abortion in […]

As Michiganders struggle to afford health care, leaders push lawmakers to act

BY: - August 11, 2022

Michiganders are having trouble accessing and paying for both physical and mental health care and want their state and federal lawmakers to prioritize driving down health care costs, including by capping insurance deductibles and curbing what insurers can charge patients, according to a new survey. Lansing-based EPIC-MRA, a survey research firm, in June asked 609 […]

Lawmakers, activists call for stronger pollution regulations following Huron River chemical spill

BY: - August 10, 2022

More than 100 people gathered on the banks of the Huron River in Milford Wednesday to call for action and accountability in the aftermath of a chemical spill into the river system.  Representatives from Clean Water Action, the Environmental Council of Huron Valley stood alongside lawmakers, local officials, business owners and residents, demanding stronger polluter […]

DeVos-backed voucher initiative submits signatures late in hopes GOP Legislature will act

BY: - August 10, 2022

A right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan submitted more than 500,000 signatures Wednesday to get the proposal in front of the GOP-led Legislature. The Let MI Kids Learn campaign, backed by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate and funder of school choice and charter schools, missed the June […]

Failed Sterling Heights City Council candidate charged with forging ballot applications 

BY: - August 10, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced felony charges had been filed against a former Sterling Heights City Council candidate related to ballot application forgeries. Paul Manni, 27, of Sterling Heights, was arraigned Friday in Macomb County’s 41-A District Court with nine counts of forging a signature on an absent voter ballot application, five-year felonies; and […]

Nessel seeks special prosecutor for DePerno, 8 others in 2020 election conspiracy investigation

BY: - August 8, 2022

The presumptive Republican nominee for Michigan Attorney General may become the subject of a special prosecutor as part of an ongoing investigation into whether third parties gained unauthorized access to, and then tampered with, election equipment and data after the 2020 election. The office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, has petitioned the […]

Whitmer conducting search for Strayhorn’s replacement on state Board of Education

BY: - August 8, 2022

Citing “new academic and athletic opportunities” that will require relocation outside of Michigan, former Michigan State University football player Jason Strayhorn has resigned from the state Board of Education. Strayhorn, who was elected as a Democrat in 2020 to the eight-member board, said in a July 29 letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that while serving […]

Report: GOP lawmakers have spent $71K in taxpayer funds defending 1931 abortion ban

BY: - August 5, 2022

As the fight over implementation of Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban continues in the courts, a liberal advocacy group says Republican lawmakers have spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on legal resources to defend it. Progress Michigan says it submitted financial disclosure requests to the Michigan House and Senate Business offices to determine what public […]

Whitmer stresses ‘stark differences’ with Dixon on abortion rights, 2020 election

BY: - August 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday addressed her GOP opponent, Tudor Dixon, and right-wing attacks on abortion rights during a campaign rally held at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  Dixon, a right-wing commentator, on Tuesday won the state Republican gubernatorial nomination. Michigan has only had two female governors: Whitmer and fellow Democrat […]

Whitmer again asks Michigan Supreme Court to protect legal abortion

BY: - August 4, 2022

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday evening once more urged the Michigan Supreme Court to review a lawsuit she filed in April, asking the Court to determine if the state Constitution protects abortion.  There have been several court actions this week. On Monday morning, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a temporary injunction barring […]

Circuit court rules to keep restraining order on abortion ban law

BY: - August 3, 2022

After hearing oral arguments Wednesday in a case where some Republican county prosecutors argue they are exempt from the injunction on the state’s 1931 abortion ban, a Circuit Court judge ruled to keep a restraining order on the law in place.  This comes after a flurry of judicial action this week. The state Court of […]

DHHS warns residents after hazardous chromium spill in Huron River watershed

BY: - August 3, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human services has issued a warning to southeast Michigan residents after hexavalent chromium was released in the Huron River. At 3:21 p.m. Monday, Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom notified the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) that it had released several thousand gallons of liquid containing […]