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Lawmakers walk out amid protest after panel advances bills cramping powers of new governor, AG

BY: - December 4, 2018

A controversial bill to allow the Michigan Legislature to “intervene” in any state legal case moved forward after a House committee ending hearing ended early due to protest, all while a false alarm bomb scare played out one block away.

Police inspect ‘suspicious package’ near Capitol during tense Lame Duck

BY: - December 4, 2018

Law enforcement cleared a threat from a “suspicious package” at the Michigan Capitol this afternoon after police allowed people to return to the Binsfeld Office Building adjacent to where the Legislature meets.

‘I’m insulted’: Service industry worker berates Michigan lawmakers over minimum wage, sick time maneuvers

BY: - December 4, 2018

Longtime service industry worker Tracy Pease told House members on Tuesday morning that she was “insulted” by GOP maneuvering to override citizens who supported a minimum wage increase via ballot proposal. The comments came during a hearing of the GOP-led House Competitiveness Committee, in which members voted along party lines to advance legislation that would […]

Koch think tank leads legal push with big implications for Great Lakes

BY: - December 4, 2018

A conservative think tank founded and led by one of the Koch brothers is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a case that could determine whether people have the right to walk along Great Lakes shorelines.

New bill could trash part of Milliken’s environmental legacy

BY: - December 4, 2018

The “bottle bill” was a key part of GOP former Gov. William Milliken’s environmental legacy.

Fish out of water: ‘Soapy’ Williams was an environmentalist before it was cool

BY: - December 4, 2018

G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams, the lanky, bow-tied, Michigan governor of the late 1940s and 1950s, is generally remembered as a progressive who supported civil rights and fought for the “little guy.”

U of M prof: Insurance cost hikes might convince people of global warming

BY: - December 4, 2018

For many people, climate science may not seem real until it hits their wallets, a University of Michigan professor says.

Michigan is one of 16 states with lower tax revenue than before the Great Recession

BY: - December 4, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder is fond of bragging about Michigan’s “comeback” since the Great Recession, but one key economic indicator continues to lag.

Trump report: Rising temps could hurt Michigan farmers, Great Lakes

BY: - December 4, 2018

A new report from the Trump administration says rising temperatures over the next century will pose serious consequences for the United States and the world.

Michigan is almost at full employment. What impact will minimum wage maneuvering really have?

BY: - December 4, 2018

While many progressives are up in arms at the GOP-led Legislature’s attempts to gut an initiative raising the minimum wage, a report this week in Crain’s Detroit points out that it could be a moot point anyway. That’s because many economists believe that because Michigan’s low unemployment rate is under 4 percent, the market rate […]

Legendary civil rights lawyer Dean Robb dies

BY: - December 4, 2018

Dean Robb, the Michigan attorney who filed suit against the FBI after civil rights activists were murdered by Ku Klux Klan members in the 1960s, died on Sunday at age 94. The Traverse City resident earned a law degree from Wayne State University in 1949. Robb made history, both as an activist and as an […]

Blacks took lead as Michigan ‘freed the weed’

BY: - December 4, 2018

“I think it’s a tremendous victory that we freed the weed, as I like to say, or legalize marijuana in a time when African-Americans are four times more likely to be convicted of marijuana."