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States test an electrifying idea: Roads that can recharge your EV

BY: - November 26, 2022

By Jenni Bergal for Stateline On two short stretches of road near downtown Detroit, Michigan transportation officials hope to make history. Over the next two years, they plan to embed technology in the pavement that can charge electric vehicles while they’re being driven. The wireless system will be the first U.S. test of so-called inductive […]

Nancy Pelosi, first woman to serve as speaker of the U.S. House, steps down from leadership

BY: - November 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who became the first woman in history to hold the gavel, shepherding landmark bills across four presidencies, announced Thursday she’ll step aside from leadership though she’ll remain in Congress. “With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” she […]

Democrats projected to retain U.S. Senate control after winning Nevada seat

BY: - November 12, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will win reelection, according to Associated Press projections late Saturday, ensuring Democrats will remain in the majority next year no matter what happens in a runoff election in Georgia next month.  After days of vote counting, U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Cortez Masto were both […]

GOP on track to control U.S. House, but dozens of races still undecided

BY: - November 11, 2022

Republicans remained on pace to likely wrest control of the U.S. House, even as Democrats picked up a few more victories in close races late Wednesday and into the day Thursday. As of about 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, The Associated Press had called 209 races for Republicans. That put them ahead of Democrats’ 191, […]

Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion.  Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure, […]

Fourth grader who survived Uvalde school shooting will testify before Congress

BY: - June 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of two horrific mass shootings in New York and Texas will appear before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday to relate their experiences with gun violence. The witnesses will include fourth grader Miah Cerrillo of Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two adults were gunned down at Robb Elementary […]

Florida gave voting rights to people with felony convictions. Now some face charges for voting.

BY: - May 2, 2022

Florida authorities arrested a Black man while he was staying in a homeless shelter and charged him with voting illegally in a case tied to Republicans’ drive to root out election fraud. But Kelvin Bolton’s arrest raises questions about the rollout of Amendment 4, passed by Florida voters in 2018 to restore voting rights to […]

Enbridge, Nessel fight over Line 5 pipeline in holding pattern 

BY: - May 1, 2022

Updated, 8:26 p.m., 5/3/22, with comments from Enbridge When Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel took office in 2019, both having campaigned on decommissioning Enbridge’s Line 5, they ushered in a flurry of legal and regulatory battles over the embattled oil pipeline. Two federal lawsuits could determine the fate of the 69-year-old […]

White nationalism resurgence continues to shift and shape Michigan, U.S. politics

BY: - April 13, 2022

Before that fateful day in spring 2020, Michigan Sen. Erika Geiss felt safe in Lansing. “Even on [annual] open carry day,” Geiss (D-Taylor) said. “I didn’t feel there was an active existential threat to my existence.” As a Black lawmaker from a Southeast Michigan district populated by plenty of hunters, the only real pang of […]

‘A crisis that is hiding in plain sight’: Missing and murdered women of color

BY: - March 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents at a Thursday congressional hearing about missing and murdered women of color detailed their frustrating attempts to get the attention of law enforcement and adequate media coverage.  “This is a crisis that is hiding in plain sight,” said Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat and chair of the U.S. House Oversight Subcommittee […]

Abortion access in northern Michigan is already limited. Restrictive laws make it worse.

BY: - January 30, 2022

When Hillary Brandenburg found out she was pregnant nine years ago, she was 24 and had no desire to be a mother. She was confident in her choice to get an abortion.  What she wasn’t sure about was how she would get to the reproductive health clinic about 250 miles away.  It is a question […]

Census data shows Michigan’s population grew and diversified, Detroit lost residents

BY: - August 12, 2021

Michigan’s population increased slowly over the past decade and became increasingly more diverse, but the population of Detroit decreased for the seventh decade in a row, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday.  Michigan’s population, which is now nearly 10.1 million people, grew by just 2% since the 2010 Census, making it one of […]