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Elder to lead Legislative Labor Caucus

BY: - December 18, 2018

Beginning next year, the Michigan Legislature will have its first group geared toward working people, whether organized or not, in decades. Chaired by state Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City), the nascent Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus will aim to better help both Democratic and Republican legislators from around the state learn and address issues impacting working […]

New Enbridge tunnel process off to rocky start

BY: - December 18, 2018

Today is the last day for the public to submit written comments on a new tunnel housing Enbridge’s Line 5 under the bedrock of the Straits of Mackinac. That’s less than a week after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that would shore up the pipeline opposed by environmental groups. You can read the proposed agreement […]

‘Dark money’ bill heads to Snyder, who shut down NERD Fund in 2013

BY: - December 18, 2018

Legislation shielding the personal information of donors to nonprofits, including political groups, is heading to the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder, who has had his own rankles with political nonprofit organizations. Senate Bill 1176, which passed out of the Michigan House Tuesday afternoon, would make it illegal for a public official in Michigan to disclose […]

Chang talks pink wave and Lame Duck, stays mum on Scott

BY: - December 18, 2018

Last week was a long one in Lansing. As the two-year session ends, legislative Republicans have fired off dozens of bills, some of which are designed to usurp power from incoming Democratic executives. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the House held a marathon session that actually ended at 3 a.m. the following morning. And on Friday, […]

Bipartisan duo asks Snyder to veto GOP limits to ballot proposals

BY: - December 18, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today received an appeal from Bill Rustem, a former adviser to both he and GOP Gov. William Milliken, and Doug Ross, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate who runs a charter school. The bipartisan duo asked Snyder to veto Lame Duck legislation that would erect hurdles to Michigan’s ballot initiative process. House Bill 6595, […]

Detroit schools’ chief: GOP lawmakers treat us like ‘3rd class citizens’

BY: - December 18, 2018

Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) general superintendent, says that the GOP plan to create a statewide school grading system has had no input from administrators and teachers. For Detroit educators, Vitti said, it’s an all-too familiar story.   “All stakeholders, even in suburban and rural districts, now know what it is […]

Exclusive: Whitmer not interested in being on 2020 Democratic ticket

BY: - December 18, 2018

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer told the Advance on Monday that she has no interest in running for president or vice president in 2020. The East Lansing Democrat, who served 14 years in the Michigan Legislature, was the top vote-getter in Michigan on Nov. 6. She defeated GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette by 9 points. Given Whitmer’s […]

Schuette and Nessel, who faced off on same-sex marriage case, haven’t met during transition

BY: - December 18, 2018

The Lame Duck session has been marked by a partisan power struggle, with the GOP-led Legislature fighting to strip powers from newly elected Democratic statewide officials. But the actual transition of power has been very collegial overall, with three of the four top new leaders meeting with their term-limited counterparts. However, Attorney General Bill Schuette, […]

‘Scofflaw’ Robertson wrong man to lead campaign finance change-up, clerk says

BY: - December 18, 2018

As the Legislature enters its final scheduled week of legislative action, the top elections official in Genesee County is again slamming term-limited state Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc). Democratic Genesee County Clerk John Gleason today told reporters that Robertson appears to have a “chronic problem” with campaign finance violations. Gleason reiterated his belief that Robertson […]

Some Lame Duck bills now likely dead after missing key deadline

BY: - December 17, 2018

The Michigan Legislature is on track to make the 2018 Lame Duck period the busiest in the body’s history, taking up legislation on issues ranging from changes to the new redistricting commission called for in Proposal 2 to deer sterilization permits. But several bills introduced in the Michigan House and Senate are now considered dead. […]

Updated: House looks to take up no-fault overhaul this week in Lame Duck surprise

BY: - December 17, 2018

Updated, 5:38 p.m. Amid the flurry of Lame Duck legislation this year, a plan is circulating in the state House to overhaul Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. It could come up for a vote this week. The Michigan Advance obtained an early draft of the legislation and confirmed with multiple sources that Detroit Mayor Mike […]

Dems taking stock after last week’s loss on wage, sick time issues

BY: - December 17, 2018

Last week’s decision by Gov. Rick Snyder to sign legislation gutting citizen initiatives to raise the minimum wage and mandate paid sick time in the state was met with dismay and anger from many on the left. Among those was outgoing state Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio), who back in September voted against the GOP-dominated Legislature […]