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Nessel finds Lame Duck pipeline authority law unconstitutional

BY: - March 28, 2019

Updated, 8:38 p.m. with Enbridge’s comments. A law that created a new political body allowing Enbridge to go forward with plans to build a pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac is unconstitutional, Attorney General Dana Nessel argued in an opinion issued Thursday. The Democrat’s first legal opinion as attorney general argued that the content of […]

Brisbo to lead new Marijuana Regulatory Agency

BY: - March 28, 2019

The state official who led Michigan’s medical marijuana division will new head the state’s new Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). Andrew Brisbo will direct the agency as it steers through a new era of legal recreational marijuana in Michigan as it rolls out separate regulations for medicinal pot. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her appointment of Brisbo […]

Lansing smokestacks ‘iconic,’ but city moves to cleaner power

BY: - March 28, 2019

Updated and corrected, 9:10 p.m. 3/29/19. Lansing’s famous smokestacks may have become an enduring part of the city’s legacy and branding, but they are fated to the dustbin of industrial legacy — and the fetish made of them by city leaders and entrepreneurs. A new $61,000* city branding campaign features the three smokestacks as a […]

4 business groups endorse Whitmer’s post-high school training programs

BY: - March 28, 2019

Michigan’s leading business groups are again throwing their support behind some of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposals. In a joint statement on Thursday, the heads of Business Leaders for Michigan, the Small Business Association of Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership with Whitmer […]

DeVos: ‘Let’s not use disabled children in a twisted way’

BY: - March 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had another rough day on Capitol Hill. DeVos, a West Michigan native and former big GOP donor, appeared before a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday, in which Democrats slammed her requests to slash spending on a host of federal education programs — including funding for the Special Olympics. […]

Nessel: Trump is a ‘huge factor’ in hate crimes rising in Michigan

BY: - March 28, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has earned blowback from some right-wing critics over her new hate crimes unit, so they’re really going to love this: She unabashedly says that President Donald Trump is a big reason why these crimes have spiked. “I think he is a huge factor,” she said last week at a small […]

Affordable housing initiatives ramp up in Michigan amid shortage

BY: - March 28, 2019

As housing costs rise across the state, there are efforts to help underway in the second-largest city in Michigan. The Grand Rapids City Commission approved three new recommendations on Tuesday that leaders hope will encourage the development of more affordable housing units. Lawmakers voted to offer incentives for “small-scale development” that would favor two-family dwelling […]

New: Former Dem presidential hopeful Richard Ojeda to headline anti-Trump rally

BY: - March 27, 2019

Retired Army Maj. Richard Ojeda, who briefly ran for president, will be the main speaker at the “Rise Above” rally on Thursday protesting President Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Grand Rapids. Ojeda, a Democratic former state senator from West Virginia who helped lead a teachers’ revolt, was defeated in his 2018 congressional race. He garnered […]

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the Fiscal Year 2020 budget presentation

Whitmer calls for MCCA audit as group announces insurance fee hike

BY: - March 27, 2019

Updated, 8:55 p.m. As lawmakers in Lansing have vowed, once again, to reform the state’s high auto insurance rates, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered an audit into the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA). The Livonia-based nonprofit was created by the Legislature in 1978. It collects annual fees from all insured Michigan drivers, in order to […]

A Secretary of State office in Lansing, Michigan

Secretary of State revamping troubled online customer service system

BY: - March 27, 2019

The Secretary of State’s much-touted system that allows customers to virtually take their place in line ahead of a branch visit has been down since the end of February, leading to customer complaints and long wait times. At branches across the state throughout March, signs have been posted advising customers, “The MI-TIME queuing system for […]

AG, high court could still weigh minimum wage, sick leave laws

BY: - March 27, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state’s highest court could still weigh whether Lame Duck laws that dramatically scaled back ballot proposals regarding paid sick leave and the minimum wage are constitutional. But Nessel won’t do so before Friday, when they are slated to take effect, according to spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney. Another request for the […]

DeVos lashes out at media, Dems over Special Olympics cuts

BY: - March 27, 2019

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday struck back at the media and members of Congress after she was on the hot seat on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. DeVos, a Michigan native, testified before U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee. It was the first time she appeared in the chamber since Democrats took control earlier this year. […]