Labor leaders hope new West Michigan facility spurs membership

BY: - April 29, 2019

The Monday grand opening of a $15 million training facility in West Michigan for unionized tradespeople comes at a tough time for labor in Michigan. But labor leaders and Democratic officials are hopeful that the new 67,000-square foot training facility in Wayland, south of Grand Rapids, could serve as a beacon for rejuvenating organized labor’s […]

AG fires former lead investigator in Flint water criminal probe

BY: - April 29, 2019

The former prosecutor who led the Flint water criminal probe against 15 current and former state or local officials is no longer part of the case, Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office confirmed Monday. The decision to fire Todd Flood was related to the Friday discovery of 23 boxes full of evidence in a government building […]

Keith’s civil liberties and civil rights legacy lives on

BY: - April 29, 2019

“I don’t scare easily,” Damon J. Keith declared once about threats to his life stemming from his ruling in the seminal 1970 Pontiac public schools integration case. His decision that African American and white students should attend schools together prompted intense pushback from some — including the Ku Klux Klan. Keith’s decades-long tenure as a […]

Michigan NICU nurse Julia Pulver’s tweets on Trump’s abortion lie go viral

BY: - April 28, 2019

At a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed what CNN called an “incendiary falsehood” about mothers and doctors conspiring to kill babies after they’re born. Trump and other Republicans have been falsely accusing abortion rights supporters of backing “infanticide.” The president took the argument to the extreme at his campaign event. “The […]

Judge Damon Keith dies at 96, remembered as ‘crusader for civil rights’

BY: - April 28, 2019

Updated, 2:10 p.m. with comments from Gov. Whitmer and others: Damon J. Keith, the legendary federal judge from Detroit, has died at age 96. An announcement was made on Sunday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church where he has attended services for the last several years. His passing also was confirmed by his family. Keith was […]

After synagogue shooting, Nessel reiterates need for hate crimes unit

BY: - April 28, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel told the Advance on Sunday that another synagogue shooting over the weekend shows the need for the new hate crimes unit she has opened. Hate crimes have risen in Michigan by 30 percent between 2016 and 2017, per FBI statistics. The FBI reports hate crimes have increased for three straight years […]

SBAM President Brian Calley

Calley emerges as Whitmer’s favorite Republican

BY: - April 28, 2019

In the four months since leaving his job as Michigan’s lieutenant governor, Brian Calley views Sunday mornings as perhaps the biggest change. Calley, who was plucked from the Legislature to run alongside Republican gubernatorial nominee Rick Snyder in 2010, has now been president of the Lansing-based Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) since Jan. 1. […]

Oscoda residents vent to Air Force brass about PFAS worries

BY: - April 27, 2019

Beneath the natural beauty of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda lurks some of the highest concentrations of toxic chemicals from firefighting foam in the state. The Huron National Forest destination north of Michigan’s Thumb was once popular for hunting and fishing. Now it’s covered with metal signs riddled with bullet holes and messages warning locals not […]

EPA issues weaker cleanup rules for toxic PFAS chemicals

BY: - April 26, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued weaker draft standards for toxic cleanup at hazardous waste sites following pressure from the Department of Defense, the New York Times reported Thursday. The federal agency released a set of proposed standards Thursday that would do away with a section on how to respond to “immediate threats […]

Second firm sues Michigan over same-sex adoption settlement

BY: - April 26, 2019

Updated 3:48 p.m. “Religious liberty” firm the Alliance Defending Freedom announced on Friday that it has sued Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Attorney General Dana Nessel over the latter’s settlement last month that stipulates that adoption agencies contracting with the state can’t bar same-sex couples. The lawsuit is the second filed against the […]

Nessel joins fight against Trump’s coal plant, water, for-profit college rules

BY: - April 26, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined three multi-state efforts opposing the President Donald Trump administration rules on harmful air pollution, wetland regulation and “loopholes in federal laws” that may deceive veterans in school advertisements. Nessel’s office announced in a Friday press release that she has joined dozens of other attorneys general across the country in […]

Law of unintended consequences: Gerrymandering ruling could cut senators’ terms short

BY: - April 26, 2019

A federal court decision Thursday that ordered Michigan to hold special elections in at least 10 state Senate districts next year could cut short the terms — and possibly the legislative careers — of several of the chamber’s senators. That’s something that the Advance first reported in January could be a byproduct of the case. […]