Nessel creates new pot law work group

BY: - May 8, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced this week that her office is creating a new work group to examine laws and regulations related to recreational and medical marijuana. The group, led by Nessel, will be made up of law enforcement, attorneys specializing in marijuana issues and state officials with the goal of making recommendations to the […]

Constant robocalls got you down? Nessel and 41 AGs want the FCC to stop them.

BY: - May 8, 2019

If you don’t pick up the phone anymore to avoid the flurry of annoying automated sales calls, 42 state attorneys general are trying to fight back. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a bipartisan group that filed comments this week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against what they call the “noxious intrusion of […]

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Whitmer wins Michigan Chamber kudos for Line 5 talks

BY: - May 8, 2019

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is praising Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to negotiate with Canadian energy company Enbridge on a plan for a new Great Lakes oil pipeline. “If you’re genuinely concerned about taking action to protect the Great Lakes and get the pipeline out of the water, the governor has the best approach and […]

Like Snyder, Whitmer opposes online gambling legislation

BY: - May 8, 2019

Legislation to legalize online gambling in Michigan that former Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed last year could meet a similar fate under current Gov. Gretchen Whitmer without fiscal changes. The package of bills, which hinges on passage of House Bill 4311 sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Portage), would make Michigan just the seventh state to […]

The definitive, incomplete guide to 2020 hopefuls’ Michigan campaign stops

BY: - May 8, 2019

It’s technically possible that you haven’t heard this, but now-President Donald Trump won Michigan’s 16 electoral votes in the 2016 presidential election. According to Slate’s now-seemingly defunct Election Brag Tracker, the president reminded Americans of his electoral victory almost 100 times between his inauguration and the late summer of 2018, and he certainly hasn’t slowed […]

State ed board appoints Kalamazoo superintendent to long-vacant top post

BY: - May 7, 2019

Updated 8:00 a.m. May 8, 2019 Michigan’s Board of Education appointed Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice as the state’s new top education official, filling a position held in an interim capacity for the last year. Rice’s selection as state superintendent caps a process in which the state board evaluated more than 50 applicants for […]

‘All options on the table’ as Whitmer threatens to veto Senate no-fault plan

BY: - May 7, 2019

Michigan Republican House leaders are not ruling out anything as they consider a Senate-passed plan to overhaul the state’s auto no-fault insurance that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has already threatened to veto. Just hours after the GOP-controlled Senate approved Senate Bill 1 allowing drivers to opt out of mandatory injury coverage included in current auto insurance […]

Michigan civil rights dept. launches investigations into Grand Rapids police

BY: - May 7, 2019

Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) announced Tuesday it will investigate 23 discrimination complaints against the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD). That announcement comes after the MDCR held two “listening sessions” in the West Michigan city in late March. It’s also a week after the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and […]

Senate fast tracks auto insurance overhaul that doesn’t mandate rate cuts

BY: - May 7, 2019

A Republican plan that purports to drive down auto insurance costs won swift approval in the Michigan Senate Tuesday afternoon. The GOP-controlled Senate Insurance and Banking Committee on Tuesday morning approved a legislative overhaul that would offer tiered coverage options to Michigan drivers, including one that does not include any Personal Injury Protection (PIP). In […]

Exclusive: Weingarten fires back at DeVos, says we ‘wouldn’t even need 1 of your yachts’ to raise teacher pay

BY: - May 7, 2019

Updated, 2:30 p.m., with comments from DeVos’ office. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday blasted the head of a teachers union for her salary, which tops $500,000 annually, but Randi Weingarten hit back in an exclusive interview with the Michigan Advance. “Great teachers… perhaps should be making at least half of what [American Federation […]

Harris lauds teachers as ‘superheroes’ in 2-day Wayne County campaign swing

BY: - May 7, 2019

Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) toured three Wayne County public schools on the second day of her Michigan swing, touting her plan to give the average Michigan teacher a $13,500 raise. “Your teachers are superheroes,” she told a group of Miller Elementary School students in Dearborn. “… I want to pay your teachers […]

Union: New MSU grad student contract offers raise, helps international employees

BY: - May 6, 2019

One month after criticizing Michigan State University for “negligence and apathy” during contract negotiations, the union representing its graduate school employees has announced a tentative agreement with the institution. In a statement on Monday afternoon, the Graduate Employees Union (GEU) said it signed an agreement late last week with the university that, if ratified, would […]