Oakland Co. Sheriff Bouchard attends Trump bill signing

BY: - January 11, 2019

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard on Wednesday was in the Oval Office as President Donald Trump signed a human trafficking bill. Bouchard posted on Facebook that he talked with Attorney General nominee William Barr about priorities for large county sheriffs afterward. He has been seen as Republicans’ best hope to keep the top job in […]

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Amash: ‘Huge mistake’ for Trump to declare national emergency

BY: - January 10, 2019

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.) sees an increasing likelihood that President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to secure funding for a wall at the Mexican border. Speaking with the Advance on Thursday afternoon, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District said that based on his recent conversations with legislative leaders, it […]

Former LG launches bipartisan charm offensive on Twitter

BY: - January 10, 2019

Updated, 4:40 p.m. Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is out of office and on to another job as president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). And he’s also repeatedly been extending social media olive branches the next crop of Michigan leaders from both parties. In his farewell speech to the Michigan Senate last […]

MI Dept. of Civil Rights will take discrimination complaints during federal shutdown

BY: - January 10, 2019

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MCDR) on Thursday put out a notice that it is still handling discrimination complaints, even as federal agencies are shut down. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) held an event with people impacted by the partial government shutdown. Attorney Jack Schulz said he has a client whose discrimination […]

Whitmer names permanent head of sprawling Health and Human Services Dept.

BY: - January 10, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has tapped a veteran of former President Barack Obama’s administration to lead the state’s largest department.  Robert Gordon, former acting deputy director for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and current finance executive for New York City nonprofit The College Board, is Whitmer’s pick to head up the sprawling Department of […]

Right to Work repeal 1st bills for new Labor Caucus members

BY: - January 10, 2019

The first bills that will be introduced by members of the new Legislative Labor Caucus are familiar ones repealing Right to Work. The legislation signed by GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder in 2012 was a huge blow to the labor movement in Michigan, the home of the UAW. The law makes it easier for workers […]

Lawrence nominated for Appropriations Committee

BY: - January 10, 2019

The magnitude of Michigan’s pink wave is poised to increase in its scope. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) has been nominated by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Steering Committee to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.   “I am excited to be nominated to serve on the powerful and exclusive House […]

Study: Michigan top 10 state for insured children

BY: - January 10, 2019

Michigan children are healthier, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. The state ranks 10th in the nation for the number of children benefiting from health insurance — and is second in the Midwest only to Illinois, per the study. The Medicaid expansion part of the Affordable Care Act, known […]

Kildee lands on powerful Ways and Means Committee

BY: - January 10, 2019

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has been selected to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. “We need to have a tax code that grows the middle class, fair trade deals that benefit workers and affordable health care for all Americans,” Kildee said in a statement. “My position on the Ways and Means […]

FOIA expansion, pension tax repeal among 1st House bills introduced

BY: - January 10, 2019

As the Michigan Legislature convened its 100th session on Wednesday, House members introduced bills improving government transparency, repealing the pension tax and banning minors both from getting married and buying vaping paraphernalia. The Advance reported that the first bills presented in the House would reform the state’s process of seizing private property in criminal cases. […]

Shutdown halts Michigan domestic produce inspections

BY: - January 9, 2019

Domestic produce being sold in Michigan grocery stores is not being federally inspected because of the partial government shutdown, according to state agriculture experts and national media reports. The shutdown has halted federal inspections of domestic produce, including fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S., per a federal lobbyist for the Michigan Farm Bureau and […]

House kicks off on bipartisan note with private property seizure reform

BY: - January 9, 2019

As the Michigan House of Representatives reconvened on Wednesday, two bills aimed at criminal justice reform reemerged as priorities for lawmakers. The legislation, which would require a conviction before law enforcement officials could seize private property using the state’s civil asset forfeiture process, have bipartisan support including from state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), who […]