Special committee formed for no-fault fix

BY: - January 17, 2019

As lowering Michigan’s auto insurance rates is a key legislative priority, the state House of Representatives has announced the membership of a special committee to tackle the issue. Chaired by state Rep. Jason Wentworth (R-Clare), the nine-member special committee also includes Reps. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City) as vice chair and Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) as […]

Lawrence to help lead women’s caucus

BY: - January 17, 2019

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) has been elected co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus. She will share duties with U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.). “Working together to support the needs of women and families is a cornerstone of our country’s overall success,” Lawrence said. “I am committed to continue to collaborate in creating legislation […]

MSU trustee declares Engler ‘reign of terror’ over, board hires Udpa

BY: - January 17, 2019

After interim Michigan State University President John Engler said on Wednesday he would step down effective Jan. 23, the MSU Board of Trustees met on Thursday morning and accepted his resignation immediately. The board also had a replacement ready to go — high-level MSU administer Satish Udpa. Members named him acting president on the spot. […]

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Engler resigns from MSU, blames Democrats

BY: - January 17, 2019

In a defiant and verbose 11-page resignation letter, interim Michigan State University President John Engler appeared to blame a familiar target for his woes: Democrats. As the Advance reported earlier on Wednesday, the board issued a notice to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday and apparently had the votes to fire Engler. The GOP former governor […]

Dems, women’s group slam Shirkey for equal pay comments

BY: - January 17, 2019

Advice from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) on how state contractors should deal with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new equal pay directive is being met with criticism from Democrats and a women’s group. Last week, Shirkey told the Advance in an interview that he does not believe in the existence of a wage gap between […]

Whitmer will comply with federal Flint water crisis probe

BY: - January 16, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will continue to work with the federal oversight panel investigating Michigan’s Flint water crisis, according to MLive-The Flint Journal. The new Democratic governor has pledged to help the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform collect whatever additional documents the committee still needs for the panel’s probe into who may be […]

Medical marijuana dispensaries get green light

BY: - January 16, 2019

With medical marijuana said to be in short supply, the state’s regulatory body on Wednesday lent a helping hand. Dispensaries will be allowed to reopen even without a license. The state’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board (MMLB) voted unanimously to allow retail provisioning centers to source product from certified caregivers through March 31. During that same period, […]

5 vying to lead Michigan Democrats

BY: - January 16, 2019

The five candidates running for Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) chair have all pledged to build on last year’s wins at the top of the ticket. The election will occur at the state convention, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Current Chair Brandon Dillon, a former state representative who […]

Bills on PFAS, pension tax, election changes hit Senate

BY: - January 16, 2019

The Michigan Senate on this week targeted reform of the state’s “no-fault” auto insurance law as its top priority for the new legislative session. Senators also unveiled a bevy of other bills. There’s legislation to accompany the House’s push for reform of civil asset forfeiture and bills repealing the “pension tax,” a cornerstone of former Gov. […]

Engler may be out at MSU after Nassar comments

BY: and - January 16, 2019

Will interim Michigan State University President John Engler make it until a scheduled board meeting first thing Thursday morning? As board members suggest they have the votes to remove Engler, speculation is growing that the GOP former three-term Michigan governor could resign beforehand. Engler has repeatedly been criticized for his handling of the aftermath of […]

Gillibrand gives shout-out to Whitmer while talking presidential run

BY: - January 16, 2019

After announcing that she is running for president in 2020, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) mentioned Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “Gretchen Whitmer just got elected to be governor of Michigan and she crushed it in the last election,” Gillibrand said. The comment came after Colbert presented her with a […]

AG taps Hammoud to oversee Flint water prosecutions

BY: - January 16, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday that newly appointed Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud will take over the state’s ongoing Flint water crisis criminal prosecutions. Nessel told the Advance Tuesday evening that Hammoud, who will be the nation’s first Muslim, Arab-American solicitor general, is the perfect person for the job, calling her a “rock star.” The […]