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Detroit group to protest against Trump police plan on Friday

BY: - August 6, 2020

Detroit Will Breathe, the progressive anti-police brutality group, on Wednesday continued to push back against President Donald Trump’s recent decision to send federal agents to Detroit to help reduce firearm violence. During a rally and march — its 69th since late May — the group announced that it will hold a demonstration on Friday evening, […]

Michigan Advance wins second in 2019 Newspaper of the Year*

BY: - March 11, 2020

Updated, 6:15 p.m., 3/12/20 The Michigan Advance came in second in the 2019 Newspaper of the Year in its circulation category by the Michigan Press Association (MPA). The nonprofit politics and policy outlet began publishing four months into the yearlong contest. The first place finisher is the Advance out of Blissfield, which the MPA’s Lisa […]

‘It’s my duty’: Flint voters head to the polls

BY: and - March 10, 2020

The north end of Flint is riddled with evidence of poverty, with crumbling buildings, broken or boarded up windows and vacant storefronts, but a vibrant community center known as Berston Field House is a sign that there is still life in the area.  The steady stream of people flowing in and out of Berston on […]

Civil Rights Commission votes to fire Arbulu

BY: - August 27, 2019

This was a breaking story. It was updated at 11:13 a.m. 8/28/19 with additional information. By a vote of 5-to-2, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission has voted to fire Augustin Arbulu, the embattled director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR).  Arbulu*, who was appointed to the commission in 2013 by Republican former Gov. […]

Nessel on MSNBC: State AGs will use ‘every tool’ to make Mueller report public

BY: - March 24, 2019

Michigan’s Dana Nessel, who was one of 17 state attorneys general to sign onto a statement urging Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be made public, said on national TV Sunday that the officials will use “every tool” to ensure transparency. Nessel appeared on MSNBC with a backdrop of her alma mater, the University of Michigan. […]

Snyder riles up Right to Life, environmentalists with Lame Duck decisions

BY: - December 29, 2018

Updated, 12/28, 11:30 p.m. Gov. Rick Snyder today vetoed legislation backed by Right to Life of Michigan that would have permanently banned doctors from prescribing abortion pills over the phone. The term-limited Republican has butted heads with anti-abortion forces before, as he’s often said he’s not focused on social issues, instead prioritizing business and economic […]

GOP clamps down on ballot proposals after progressive victories Nov. 6

BY: and - December 21, 2018

Updated, 6:36 a.m. Dec. 21 Legislation that would make it more difficult to gather signatures for ballot proposals is headed Gov. Rick Snyder’s way. It hasn’t escaped notice that the measure was introduced and sped through the GOP-led Legislature only after three progressive initiatives for marijuana, redistricting reform and voting rights passed on Nov. 6. […]

Court intervention bill pops, undermining new Dem AG’s power

BY: - December 20, 2018

Updated, 5:30 a.m. Dec. 21 In a matter of minutes, Michigan Senate Republicans Thursday afternoon approved a bill that cinches the power of Democratic Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel. This has been, perhaps, the most hotly contested bill of a long and fiery Lame Duck session and has been the subject of considerable national media attention, […]

Senate shifts $200M from schools for roads, environmental cleanup

BY: - December 20, 2018

Updated, 7:20 p.m. The Michigan Senate today passed legislation that would divert sales tax dollars that traditionally go to the School Aid Fund (SAF) to fix roads and do environmental cleanups. The House is expected to take action on what is supposed to be the last day of legislative action in Lansing. After the vote, […]

Breaking: Whitmer endorses Barnes for Michigan Democratic Party chair

BY: - December 17, 2018

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer today endorsed Lavora Barnes as the next Michigan Democratic Party chair. In an exclusive interview with the Advance this morning, Whitmer said that she believes that Barnes, who currently serves as the MDP’s chief operating officer, is the best person for the job. “Lavora was a critical partner in this last cycle,” […]

Dillon stepping down as Michigan Dem Party chair, Barnes seen as frontrunner

BY: - December 12, 2018

Citing accomplishments in the 2018 mid-term elections, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon announced today he won’t seek re-election for the position he’s held since 2015. The decision to step aside comes just over a month after the party flipped two congressional seats; elected a Democratic governor, attorney general and secretary of state; re-elected a […]

Updated: Enbridge tunnel bill awaits Gov. Snyder’s signature

BY: - December 11, 2018

Updated: 2:08 p.m. Both houses of the Legislature today wasted no time acting on legislation that could ensure that oil and natural gas continue running through the Straits of Mackinac. The bill is now on Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. This has been one of term-limited governor’s top priorities in his last few weeks in office […]