Column: From Stonewall to Club Q, we continue to fight for our lives
Today I woke up numb. I should have been saddened. I should have been angry, but as I saw “Five killed and 18 injured” flash across the screen at the gym early Sunday morning, I proceeded to my next exercise, desensitized as I thought to myself, “Welp, another mass shooting in America.” For a moment, I experienced […]
Column: There is hope in the fight against homelessness
November is Homeless Awareness Month and this year’s theme, “Homeless, not hopeless”, reminds us that we have the collective power to ensure that all Michiganders, regardless of age, disability or race, have a safe place to live. We’ve proven that during the COVID-19 pandemic as policymakers have made temporary policy changes and historic investments in […]
Column: Democracy haters aren’t going away. They’re digging in.
The midterm elections this month brought widespread failure to election deniers on the ballot. The most toxic of these dishonest Republicans all went down in stinging losses. Losers included: Governor candidate Kari Lake and secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem in Arizona. Secretary of state candidate Jim Marchant in Nevada. Governor candidate Tudor Dixon and secretary of state candidate Kristina Karamo in Michigan. Governor candidate Doug Mastriano in […]
David Hecker: After the election, let’s celebrate, analyze and build a better Michigan
Last week’s election results were astounding. For the first time in my 39 years in Michigan, stalwart allies of public education and working people are the majority in both the Michigan Senate and House and Gretchen Whitmer will be our governor for four more years. Moreover, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana […]
Susan J. Demas: Republicans served up ‘red wave’ Kool-Aid. Pundits drank it up.
The election was four weeks out. Every sign pointed to Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon careening toward an epic loss. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was, by all indications, running a smart campaign that connected with voters on kitchen-table issues, which does, as she often pointed out, include abortion rights. Her authentic bond with her running mate, […]
Rick Haglund: Self-driving cars aren’t coming anytime soon
Updated, 12:19 p.m., 11/8/22 They promised us self-driving cars. Nearly a decade ago, automakers predicted that by now driving your own car or truck would be akin to riding a horse — something you do for recreation on weekends. During the week, you’d be ferried to the office, grocery store and hair salon, either by […]
Column: Reproductive freedom has always been an economic issue
New research from the Michigan League for Public Policy illustrates that the economic costs to women of restricting abortion access are great. The U.S. Supreme Court’s July decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization upended nearly 50 years of protection under Roe ensuring the right to access abortion care. This right was immediately threatened […]
Susan J. Demas: Why won’t the House investigate Chatfield’s corruption and sex abuse scandals?
Even if you’ve been in Lansing for way too long, it was pretty stunning to see a former speaker of the House last week accused of running a “criminal enterprise” out of his Capitol office — just months after he was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a child. This isn’t a name from the distant […]
Column: Men, it’s time to join the fight for abortion access
I didn’t set out to work in abortion care. In fact, I spent the first half of my career working in college athletics. But after some unexpected twists and turns, I found myself at Planned Parenthood. Over the last 15 years, I’ve learned so much about sexual and reproductive health care, and perhaps even more […]
Column: Republican ‘solutions’ will make inflation worse
My wife and I recently had the tremendous misfortune of needing to buy a car. Car prices, you may know, reached an all-time high between this year and last. There are now rumblings of a gradual decline, but rising interest rates will likely offset any savings. So with our beloved but rickety 2006 Altima facing another cruel […]
Jay Bookman: Top Republicans embrace Marjorie Taylor Greene’s violent rhetoric
In a recent campaign video, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican from Georgia, likened Democrats to destructive feral hogs allowed to range free and destroy the American countryside. But Marjorie had a solution: As the camera followed her, she grabbed a rifle and climbed aboard a waiting helicopter, where she tracked down and shot a […]
Role of secretaries of state in administering fair elections is changing – and not in a good way
The state officials who administer fair, accessible and secure elections have historically operated quietly without garnering much public attention. Elections happen, votes are counted, the winners are declared and democracy moves on. But since 2020, secretaries of state and other state officials who oversee elections have come under increasing scrutiny and been exposed to increasing […]