Reps. Dingell and Upton

Bipartisan bill makes state jobless benefits available for federal workers during shutdown

BY: - January 24, 2019

A bipartisan pair of Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), have teamed up with legislation for unpaid federal workers during the partial government shutdown. They introduced this week emergency legislation to allow states to make unemployment benefits available to unpaid federal workers, who, despite the shutdown, have continued to […]

GOP senators could see terms cut in half under gerrymandering settlement

BY: - January 24, 2019

At least three Republican members of Michigan’s Senate are concerned their terms could be cut in half should a proposed settlement in a federal lawsuit alleging gerrymandering move forward. Sens. Jim Stamas (R-Midland), Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) and Lana Theis (R-Brighton) each filed briefs on Tuesday in League of Women Voters v. Benson. The three senators […]

Activists sue to remove marijuana as controlled substance

BY: - January 24, 2019

A group of pro-cannabis groups and legendary poet John Sinclair have sued the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and its chair, Nichole Cover, seeking to remove the body’s continued listing of marijuana as a controlled substance under state law. Under Michigan law, the Board of Pharmacy is charged with the duty to regulate, control and inspect […]

Michigan’s newest members of Congress baptized by fire as shutdown rages

BY: - January 24, 2019

Michigan’s four new members of Congress — all Democrats — have taken their place on Capitol Hill at a pivotal moment in its history, having immediately been tasked with addressing the longest government shutdown in history. “We just flipped the House of Representatives; we’ve ushered in a lot of new voices, and that was to […]

Report: Michigan congressional races cost $80M in 2018

BY: - January 24, 2019

National donors pouring money into campaigns for candidates vying for U.S. House seats made for the most expensive House race in state history, according to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. The nonprofit organization — which advocates for greater transparency when it comes to money in politics — said a combined $80 million was poured into […]

Senate GOP votes to join effort to halt gerrymandering settlement

BY: - January 23, 2019

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday continued their effort to slow down Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson from settling a federal lawsuit alleging gerrymandering in several of the state’s congressional and legislative districts. The GOP-led Senate passed Senate Resolution 6, sponsored by Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth), allowing state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) to seek […]

Michigan gets $3M in Johnson & Johnson medical device settlement

BY: - January 23, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today that she and 45 other attorneys general reached a settlement with companies over medical devices. Michigan’s cut is $2.93 million. The AG office said the $120 million Consent Judgment with Johnson & Johnson and Medical Device Business Inc, formerly known as DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., resolves allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted […]

Google-affiliated autonomous car company gets $8M from Michigan to expand

BY: - January 23, 2019

Waymo, a self-driving car company affiliated with Google, plans to ramp up its manufacturing of autonomous vehicles in Michigan. The board of the Michigan Strategic Fund — the state’s economic development incentives program administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) — on Tuesday voted to award the company an $8 million incentive grant. In […]

Tlaib joins progressives on powerful House Oversight Committee

BY: - January 23, 2019

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and a host of other influential progressives have been appointed to the powerful House Oversight Committee, according to various media reports on Tuesday night. Tlaib will be joined on the committee — which has oversight and subpoena power over the Trump administration — by U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna […]

AG to weigh in on another GOP Lame Duck law

BY: and - January 23, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel “welcomes” the opinion request from Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson that challenges the legality of the newly established law limiting ballot petition drives, Public Act 608 of 2018. “Restricting the right of Michiganders to participate in the political process is a serious subject matter,” said Nessel, a Democrat. “PA 608 […]

Secretary of State Benson names leadership team

BY: - January 23, 2019

New Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson last week announced several top members of her executive staff. Benson, the state’s top elections chief and a former dean of Wayne State University’s law school, announced in a statement that those appointments include her assistant secretary of state, top legal aides and a veteran communications executive. “These […]

Workers struggle without paychecks as government shutdown hits day 32

BY: - January 22, 2019

Sarah, a federal employee who didn’t want to give her last name or the agency where she works, talked to the Michigan Advance on Tuesday about taking a job at a local Denny’s just to help make ends meet. She’s one of more than 5,000 Michigan workers who are missing paychecks during the partial federal […]