Gov. gets 1st bill, would add back northern Michigan judge

BY: - March 15, 2019

The Legislature on Thursday sent its first bill to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — a plan to restore the 95-A District Court in Menominee County. Whitmer and lawmakers have been in office for about two-and-a-half months. The Advance reported that more than 400 bills had been introduced in the first two months, including high-profile bills reforming […]

Washtenaw students plan climate strike Friday

BY: - March 14, 2019

Washtenaw County students are planning to walk out of school Friday morning in protest of human factors contributing to rising global temperatures. Supporters of a student-led environmental strike hung a banner advertising the action from a University of Michigan power plant in Ann Arbor, MLive reports. Anonymous supporters hung the banner on one of U […]

Help available for customers part of Wells Fargo settlement

BY: - March 14, 2019

As part of a settlement late last year, Wells Fargo Bank has begun a new consumer compensation review program for those affected by its litany of scandals, which first emerged in 2016. In December, the San Francisco-based bank settled with attorneys general from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., for $575 million over allegations that […]

Detroit chamber CEO: ‘Growing split’ with GOP, biz community on roads

BY: and - March 14, 2019

Sandy Baruah, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said on Thursday that his organization believes Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $2.5 billion roads proposal is the right amount to get the job done.   Whitmer spoke at the group’s luncheon at MGM Grand Casino in Detroit and received a warmer reception on her 45-cent gas […]

Peters, Stabenow vote to reject Trump’s border emergency

BY: - March 14, 2019

Updated, 3:50 p.m., with comments from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. WASHINGTON — The Republican-led U.S. Senate today delivered a stinging rebuke to President Trump by voting to approve a resolution to end the national emergency he declared at the southern U.S. border. Both of Michigan’s Democratic senators, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Lansing and Gary […]

National org: Michigan FOIA bills ‘good starting point’ for transparency

BY: - March 14, 2019

As the Michigan Legislature considers bills to open up the Legislature and governor’s office to public records requests, national advocates say it would be a major step forward for transparency in the state. On Tuesday, a state panel advanced House Bills 4007–4016 that would open the governor’s office to certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) […]

Amash votes ‘present’ on making Mueller’s Trump report public

BY: - March 14, 2019

Updated, 2:35 p.m. with comments from Congressman Andy Levin: WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Justin Amash was one of four Republicans who voted “present” on a resolution stating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s forthcoming report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election should be made public. The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed […]


Michigan awarded $10M from Bloomberg charity to fight opioid overdose deaths

BY: - March 14, 2019

Bloomberg Philanthropies will grant Michigan $10 million to combat opioid overdose deaths as part of its $50 million initiative. Michigan, which ranks eighth in the nation for the number of overdose deaths, is the second state to receive funding after neighboring Pennsylvania. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office made the announcement early Thursday morning ahead of a joint […]

Stacey Abrams to keynote annual Mackinac Policy Conference

BY: - March 13, 2019

Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the national Democratic Party, will be in Michigan this spring. Abrams, who narrowly lost her race for Georgia governor last year and delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last month, will be a keynote speaker at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference in […]

Think tank: Trump budget cuts training key to Black workers

BY: - March 13, 2019

President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget includes $1.2 billion in cuts to several job training programs will hurt African-Americans and other underserved communities, a national think tank said this week. “A budget reflects national priorities, and unfortunately the Trump administration’s budget does not prioritize the need to ensure the American workforce has the […]

Whitmer joins bipartisan governors resisting Trump’s Great Lakes cuts

BY: - March 13, 2019

A bipartisan group of five Midwest governors joined forces on Wednesday to rip President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). As the Advance reported this week, the Republican again wants to slash funding 90 percent. Congress has not gone along with this ask in the past. […]

Schor under fire for Lansing Fire Dept.’s lack of diversity

BY: - March 13, 2019

There’s been a very public war of words between Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and former Lansing Fire Department Chief Randy Talifarro. Now Dale Copedge, president of the Lansing NAACP, says he wants to hear more from both men regarding the lack of diversity within the Lansing Fire Department. There’s also been a high-profile discrimination lawsuit […]