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Whitmer, Cousins to speak at MSU commencement

BY: - March 26, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will both speak at Michigan State University’s commencement ceremonies in May, the university announced this week. The two alumni, who have distinguished themselves in very different — yet no less competitive — fields, will both receive honorary doctorates at the May 3 ceremonies. Whitmer will speak […]

What’s next for Enbridge Line 5? It may come down to Nessel

BY: - March 26, 2019

Updated, 12:34 p.m. 3/26/19 and 9:21 p.m. 3/29/19. For years, environmentalists have called to shut down a 66-year-old oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. What happens next may be determined by an upcoming legal opinion from the state’s new attorney general. Attorney General Dana Nessel is expected to soon release a legal opinion on […]

Hammoud says foe’s criticism of his alcohol-limit bill rooted in Islamophobia

BY: - March 25, 2019

State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud’s bill package lowering Michigan’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold has drawn sharp criticism from a Democratic political foe. Brian Stone claims Hammoud is “legislating his personal preferences.” The lawmaker has fired back that he welcomes criticism, but not that which is rooted in Islamophobia.   HB 4420 and HB 4421, sponsored […]

Meet the ‘ridiculously well-sourced’ Michigan journalist at the heart of the Mueller investigation

BY: - March 25, 2019

While President Donald Trump falsely claims that he’s “totally exonerated” by a four-page summary saying there’s no evidence that his administration colluded with Russia, Michigan-based journalist Marcy Wheeler is far from done with her work. Wheeler, an independent journalist who tweets and blogs under the name “Emptywheel,” has been covering the Mueller investigation since its […]

AG creates new Elder Abuse Task Force

BY: - March 25, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel and two Michigan Supreme Court justices on Monday announced a new task force dedicated to investigating the abuse of seniors. Nessel, Justices Richard Bernstein and Megan Cavanagh, a coalition of lawmakers and more than 20 different organizations are urging awareness and greater action to stop the abuse of senior citizens, an […]

GOP celebrates AG’s summary of Mueller report, Dems want full report released

BY: - March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON —  Attorney General William Barr’s conclusions of the long-awaited report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller have Republicans declaring victory for President Donald Trump, while Democrats demanded the full report see the light of day. Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s report into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was submitted on Sunday to […]

Report: Michigan should stop treating transit as a ‘social welfare program’

BY: - March 25, 2019

Michigan needs to rethink its approach to public transit, treating it as a “public utility” rather than as a “social welfare program.” That’s according to a new report from the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan (CRC) a Livonia-based public policy organization that was released last week during the Michigan Municipal League’s (MML) annual conference […]

2020 organizing effort in Detroit looks to attract college Dems

BY: - March 24, 2019

The Michigan Democratic Party is recruiting college juniors to work this summer in Detroit to become field organizers for the 2020 presidential election. The program, which is called Organizing Corps 2020, is a national project created, in part, by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). It will be carried out in 10 other cities: Atlanta; Charlotte; […]

Nessel on MSNBC: State AGs will use ‘every tool’ to make Mueller report public

BY: - March 24, 2019

Michigan’s Dana Nessel, who was one of 17 state attorneys general to sign onto a statement urging Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be made public, said on national TV Sunday that the officials will use “every tool” to ensure transparency. Nessel appeared on MSNBC with a backdrop of her alma mater, the University of Michigan. […]

Dem SuperPAC spending $50M in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

BY: - March 24, 2019

American Bridge, a Democratic SuperPAC that’s chaired by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, has her old stomping grounds in its 2020 sights with a big ad buy in the Upper Midwest. That’s the group that released the infamous video of 2018 Michigan gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette telling a TV reporter, “I will do anything you want.” […]

Whitmer names new chief medical officer

BY: - March 23, 2019

Detroit’s health department director will be Michigan’s new chief medical executive. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Dr. Joneigh Khaldun as the state’s leading medical authority on Thursday, the Associated Press and other outlets reported. Khaldun will also be chief deputy director for health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Khaldun was an emergency physician […]

DeVos under fire from Michigan Dems over school sexual assault policy

BY: - March 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing intense criticism from congressional Democrats and advocacy groups as she prepares to overhaul how schools handle sexual assault allegations. The forthcoming final rule — expected in the coming months — stands to be one of the most controversial moves of her tenure as education secretary. DeVos […]