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GOP MSU trustee resigns, citing mishandled Title IX investigations

BY: - December 1, 2022

Citing Title IX efforts he felt were mishandled, Pat O’Keefe, a Republican member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, resigned Wednesday. In a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, O’Keefe cited the investigation of MSU’s business school Dean Sanjay Gupta, who resigned in August. “My fear is that the Board will bypass yet another […]

U.S. House votes to avert calamitous rail strike, but Senate prospects murky

BY: - November 30, 2022

The U.S. House moved Wednesday to avoid an economically disastrous nationwide rail strike, voting to codify an agreement that members of some unions had already rejected and separately add paid sick leave that workers had demanded. The two-track approach allows Democrats to avert a strike that could cost the U.S. economy up to $2 billion […]

U.S. House Democrats make history electing first Black party leader in Congress

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The three U.S. House Democrats who have led their party through four presidencies and thousands of floor votes formally passed the torch to the next generation Wednesday, when the party gathered behind closed doors to elect its top leaders for the 118th Congress.  House Democrats named Hakeem Jeffries, of New York, as their […]

The future of the state’s EITC hangs in the balance this lame duck session

BY: - November 30, 2022

The Republican-led Legislature has the chance to pass a bill with bipartisan support during the lame duck session that would expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that helps working-class families. And advocates for the expansion are saying now is the time.  During a roundtable Wednesday, former state Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) said that […]

Senate passes bipartisan bills aimed at preventing sexual assault

BY: - November 30, 2022

A bipartisan bill package aimed at preventing sexual assault and protecting survivors cleared the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, nearly two years after the measures were first introduced. Senate Bill 223 requires schools to provide age-appropriate educational material and resources regarding sexual assault and harassment to students. SB 224 prohibits sexual contact and penetration under pretext […]

Karamo joins other failed 2022 candidates seeking to lead the Michigan GOP

BY: - November 30, 2022

The top three Michigan Republicans candidates who were roundly rejected by voters on Nov. 8 are all either in the running or considering a run to lead the party into 2024. On Tuesday, failed secretary of state nominee Kristina Karamo announced that she would seek to be the chair of the Michigan Republican Party, joining […]

Albertsons-Kroger mega-deal raises questions from lawmakers about higher food prices

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Members of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee panel raised concerns during a Tuesday hearing that a proposed merger between two of the largest U.S. supermarket chains could mean a monopoly on groceries and lead to higher food prices for Americans. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Subcommittee on Competition […]

Singh: New Democratic-led Legislature will represent the full diversity of Michigan’s residents

BY: - November 30, 2022

Updated, 5:14 p.m., 11/30/22 Sam Singh is no stranger to making history. At 24, he became one of Michigan’s youngest City Council members. Then he became the youngest and first person of color to serve as East Lansing’s mayor in 2006. After serving as president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, he was then […]

Biden calls CHIPS Act a ‘game-changer’ during Bay County semiconductor plant tour

BY: - November 30, 2022

President Joe Biden was in Michigan Tuesday to spotlight the expansion of a semiconductor manufacturing facility as he reinforces his economic agenda in advance of a Republican takeover in the House. Biden was in the Bay City area to visit the plant owned and operated by SK Siltron of South Korea. The $300 million expansion […]

Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn those landmark decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion this summer.  The 61-36 bipartisan vote sends the bill […]

More than $37 billion in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration wants Congress to approve more than $37 billion to help communities throughout the country recover from various natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ian, which battered Florida and the Southeast U.S. in late September, and Fiona, which hit Puerto Rico.  The supplemental funding request comes on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 […]

Michigan surpasses 40,000 COVID deaths

BY: - November 29, 2022

Michigan is reporting 8,831 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. That’s a slight drop from the last report, when the state said there were 8,933 new cases for the week. A total of 2,938,443 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start […]