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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 […]

Settled into new homes, refugees in U.S. say they are working for a better life for all

BY: - June 21, 2021

Updated, 9:14 a.m., 6/23/21 Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million. Of those […]

Supreme Court ends challenge by states to Obamacare

BY: - June 18, 2021

Health care advocates cheered a U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday rejecting a challenge of the Affordable Care Act pushed by Texas and more than a dozen other GOP-led states, including Georgia. The justices ruled with a 7-to-2 majority that the states lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. […]

Mayors of U.S. cities plead for federal funds to alleviate housing crisis

BY: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The mayors of cities in Ohio, Montana and Arizona stressed the need for affordable housing to be included in any congressional infrastructure package during a Tuesday hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee. Mayors Daniel Horrigan of Akron, Ohio, Cyndy Andrus of Bozeman, Mont., and Corey Woods of Tempe, […]

Trump wanted Supreme Court to order new election in Arizona, Michigan and other states

BY: - June 16, 2021

Documents obtained by the U.S. House Oversight Committee showed that former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona, to hold new presidential elections and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden. On Dec. 29, Trump assistant […]