Google-affiliated autonomous car company gets $8M from Michigan to expand

BY: - January 23, 2019

Waymo, a self-driving car company affiliated with Google, plans to ramp up its manufacturing of autonomous vehicles in Michigan. The board of the Michigan Strategic Fund — the state’s economic development incentives program administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) — on Tuesday voted to award the company an $8 million incentive grant. In […]

Tlaib joins progressives on powerful House Oversight Committee

BY: - January 23, 2019

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and a host of other influential progressives have been appointed to the powerful House Oversight Committee, according to various media reports on Tuesday night. Tlaib will be joined on the committee — which has oversight and subpoena power over the Trump administration — by U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna […]

AG to weigh in on another GOP Lame Duck law

BY: and - January 23, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel “welcomes” the opinion request from Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson that challenges the legality of the newly established law limiting ballot petition drives, Public Act 608 of 2018. “Restricting the right of Michiganders to participate in the political process is a serious subject matter,” said Nessel, a Democrat. “PA 608 […]

Secretary of State Benson names leadership team

BY: - January 23, 2019

New Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson last week announced several top members of her executive staff. Benson, the state’s top elections chief and a former dean of Wayne State University’s law school, announced in a statement that those appointments include her assistant secretary of state, top legal aides and a veteran communications executive. “These […]

Workers struggle without paychecks as government shutdown hits day 32

BY: - January 22, 2019

Sarah, a federal employee who didn’t want to give her last name or the agency where she works, talked to the Michigan Advance on Tuesday about taking a job at a local Denny’s just to help make ends meet. She’s one of more than 5,000 Michigan workers who are missing paychecks during the partial federal […]

Nessel withdraws from EPA pollution lawsuits

BY: - January 22, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is withdrawing from legal battles against President Barack Obama-era rules meant to fight pollution. Nessel’s office on Friday filed to remove Michigan from two lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One challenges the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, while the other lawsuit aims to fight limits on toxic substances emitted by […]


Whitmer’s LGBTQ directive could face lawsuit on religious grounds

BY: - January 22, 2019

The head of the State Bar’s Religious Liberty section is seeking to file a lawsuit that would challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new executive directive barring LGBTQ discrimination, according to an email obtained by the Michigan Advance. Tracey Lee, a West Bloomfield family law and nonprofit attorney, wrote to a group of lawyers encouraging them to […]

Michigan GOP looks to hit pause on Benson gerrymandering settlement

BY: - January 22, 2019

Attorneys representing Michigan GOP lawmakers are seeking to delay a pending settlement agreement in a lawsuit alleging Republican gerrymandering in several of the state’s congressional and legislative districts. In a role reversal from last year’s Lame Duck legislative session, now it’s Republicans accusing Democrats of a “power grab.” On Tuesday morning, lawyers for Republicans in League […]

Trump bypasses Michigan for State of the Union speech

BY: - January 22, 2019

Michigan’s dream of hosting President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech is over almost as quickly as it began. After landing on “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning, Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) tweeted Tuesday afternoon his thanks to Trump “for the great conversation earlier this AM and for your continued commitment to […]

Chatfield’s Trump SOTU invite lands him on Fox News

BY: - January 21, 2019

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield’s invitation to President Donald Trump to hold the State of the Union speech in Lansing landed him on Fox News on Monday. The Michigan Advance noted that the Levering Republican’s letter, which he tweeted on Jan. 18, seemed designed to get national attention. Chatfield appeared on “Fox and Friends,” the popular conservative […]

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey

Shirkey talks divided government, touts Medicaid work rules

BY: - January 21, 2019

On Jan. 1, state Sen. Mike Shirkey became the most powerful Republican in the Michigan Legislature. As the new Senate majority leader, the Clarklake businessman will now lead the GOP, along with the new House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), through a time of divided government following Democrats’ key statewide office wins. The election of Gov. […]

Twitter roundup: Kildee calls Trump a #manbaby, Tlaib has Cardi B’s back

BY: - January 21, 2019

This week in Twitter is probably best summed up with the fire emoji, as past and present members of Michigan’s congressional delegation weighed in on the partial federal government shutdown and more. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), majority chief deputy whip, took his case against President Donald Trump to both MSNBC and social media. Kildee […]