State Government

In Benton Harbor’s water crisis, a long history of systemic racism — and a chance for justice

BY: - October 26, 2021

Every day, Elnora Gavin wakes up terrified that her young son will use the tap water in their Benton Harbor home to brush his teeth when she’s not looking.  She thinks of the horror stories emanating from children drinking lead infused water in Flint — which, like Benton Harbor, is a predominantly Black city that […]

GOP leaders seek new avenue to undermine elections: local canvassing boards

BY: - October 25, 2021

As Michigan Republican Party members continue to perpetuate false claims on the 2020 election won by President Joe Biden, party leaders have shifted their focus on those in charge of certifying vote counts in future elections. Republicans are now replacing members on county canvassing boards who certified the 2020 election results with those who falsely […]

State redistricting stumbles amidst familiar partisan infighting

BY: - October 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — This year’s round of redistricting is already crumbling into partisanship and court challenges in multiple states, even as voters pay more attention than ever to new political maps that will shape elections for a decade. Hopes were high initially. Advocates in several states pushed measures over the last few years that they hoped […]

COMMENTARY

Alex Rossman: A personal perspective for policy action on youth justice

BY: - October 25, 2021

I had my first formal interaction with the police when I was 14 and got caught for a particularly extensive and expensive act of vandalism. The incident was thankfully settled out of court, and while I was ordered to pay restitution, I was able to stay out of the juvenile justice system.  At the time, […]

Voting rights groups organize against GOP ballot measure at farmers markets, community events

BY: - October 25, 2021

As a controversial, Republican-led petition to restrict voting access has begun collecting signatures, groups opposing the “Secure MI Vote” initiative have ramped up efforts to rally people against signing the petition.  Opposition groups have even launched information campaigns to fight what voting rights advocate Nancy Wang called a “vehicle for perpetuating the Big Lie” that […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism

BY: - October 24, 2021

Updated, 7:35 a.m., 10/24/21 If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long […]

Report: McBroom was on Jan. 2 call with Trump, Eastman and Giuliani

BY: - October 23, 2021

Michigan Senate Oversight Committee Chair Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) was on a call with hundreds of GOP lawmakers days before the Jan. 6 insurrection with President Donald Trump and his legal advisers, the Washington Post reported Saturday. Trump was on the call along lawyers John Eastman — who wrote a memo outlining how Vice President Mike […]

Report: Homelessness in Michigan dropped 19% in 2020

BY: - October 22, 2021

Homelessness in Michigan dropped 19% in 2020 from 2019, according to a new report. “Ending Homelessness in Michigan” was created in collaboration with several state government departments and agencies. It outlines a combination of factors contributing to 2020’s reduction in homelessness, including the implementation of eviction moratoriums. It also highlights the Michigan State Housing Development […]

Michigan civil rights chief says redistricting maps violate the Voting Rights Act

BY: - October 21, 2021

Add the Michigan Civil Rights Department director to the growing number of voices who say that the initial redistricting maps proposed by the state’s new independent panel violate the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. Department of Civil Rights Executive Director John E. Johnson Jr. spoke Wednesday evening at the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission […]

Activists temporarily turn off Line 5 valve in Vassar

BY: - October 20, 2021

Updated and corrected, 3:38 p.m., 10/20/21 with comment from Whitmer’s office and Detroit Will Breathe A Michigan water protector dressed up as a pipeline worker traveled to a Tuscola County Enbridge station in Vassar and physically turned the valve to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline for several hours on Tuesday. According to a […]

Republicans pass voucher-style education bills that opponents say are unconstitutional

BY: - October 20, 2021

The Republican-led state Senate and House passed bills Tuesday that would give tax credits to Michiganders who contribute to a scholarship program for nonpublic schools, which Democrats are blasting as an unconstitutional voucher program.  “We know that these bills are unconstitutional, and we know that mechanisms for private donors to support public schools already exist. […]

Pregnant people in prison have been shackled while giving birth. Whitmer plans to change that.

BY: - October 20, 2021

When Siwatu-Salama Ra received the news yesterday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a policy directive meant to overhaul the way pregnant people in prison are treated, she was in the hospital watching her 3-year-old son struggle to breathe. “He’s being so strong in the hospital now, and I remember him as a baby who, at […]