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U.S. House passes climate bill in a rebuke to Trump

BY: - May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday approved legislation that would force the administration to remain in the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s plans to exit the pact. The bill from U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) was passed largely along party lines by a vote of 231-190. The Michigan delegation was split on partisan […]

Michigan snags 4 presidential candidates in 4 days

BY: - May 2, 2019

Four Democrats hoping to be the one who beats President Donald Trump next year will be swinging through Michigan over the course of four days starting Friday. As the Advance previously reported, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will headline the NAACP’s annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit on Sunday. That will be her […]

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Michigan Republicans are ready to ‘turn the page’ on Mueller report. Democrats are not.

BY: - May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan Republicans are eager to put Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report behind them, but Democrats say the investigations are just getting started. The redacted report on Russian election interference in 2016, released in late April, has been the epicenter of a heated political debate on Capitol Hill this week as lawmakers have returned […]

Whitmer orders examination of Michigan auto insurance rates

BY: - May 1, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants the state’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) to look into Michigan’s sky-high auto insurance rates. In a news release on Wednesday, the Democratic governor directed the agency to examine how insurance providers in Michigan use non-driving factors like ZIP codes, credit scores and educational attainment as a way of […]

Detroit rally for undocumented immigrant rights draws 500

BY: - May 1, 2019

Five hundred people marched on Wednesday along West Vernor Highway in Southwest Detroit to demand driver’s licenses for all — including undocumented immigrants. Protests also were held in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Movimiento Cosecha, which sponsored the event, is a national movement fighting “for permanent protection, dignity and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants […]

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TSA has too few pipeline security officials, Upton and Dingell say

BY: - May 1, 2019

U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) say there are not enough federal officials within the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assigned to help protect the nation’s 2.7 million miles of pipelines carrying oil, gas and other hazardous liquids. Upton, ranking member of the Energy Subcommittee on the U.S. House Committee on […]

Michigan takes center stage in congressional hearing on auto insurance

BY: - May 1, 2019

A U.S. House panel hearing Wednesday on discrimination in auto insurance and loan rates took a familiar turn, with Michigan playing a key role. The debate in the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations was similar to discussions in Michigan’s Legislature, with Republicans pointing fingers at Michigan’s one-of-a-kind no-fault system for high […]

Michigan Senate GOP appeals gerrymandering case to SCOTUS

BY: - May 1, 2019

Updated: 5/2/19, 10:16 A.M. The Republican majority in the Michigan Senate has, as promised, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court’s order that new legislative maps be drawn. This comes after a federal ruling last week that determined multiple districts in the state had been gerrymandered to the benefit of the GOP. The […]

Audit: Many Michigan child welfare complaints not reviewed due to strained resources

BY: - May 1, 2019

Updated 1:00 p.m., 5/2/19 A report released Tuesday by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) found that the Office of Children’s Ombudsman (OCO) does not have the resources it needs to fully investigate the state’s growing number of complaints about child welfare. The report summary observes that “capacity and mandated investigations have limited the […]

Court rules unlicensed pot dispensaries can remain open — for now

BY: - April 30, 2019

Michigan’s Court of Claims ruled Tuesday that unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in the state can remain open until Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new regulatory body rules on their licensing applications. In a set of rulings Tuesday, Judge Stephen Borrello ruled largely in favor of plaintiffs in various cases against the state, agreeing with an earlier ruling that […]

Kildee reintroduces plan for PFAS limit in drinking water

BY: - April 30, 2019

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has reintroduced a bill to prompt a federal deadline for setting a limit on the amount of toxic chemicals known as PFAS allowed in the nation’s drinking water. Kildee’s legislation would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set an enforceable drinking water limit for two types of the […]

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Grand Rapids police under fire from civil rights groups for Latino arrests

BY: - April 30, 2019

Civil and immigrants’ rights groups in Michigan want the state to put the Grand Rapids Police Department under a microscope. On Tuesday, the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) filed formal complaints with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) over what they allege is a […]