Flint water adviser draws on personal health trauma in helping city cope

BY: - January 21, 2019

This is 1990. She’s a 19-year-old college freshman with a healthy lifestyle. Then, suddenly, she’s in a hospital bed. Liver and kidney failure are among her overall ailments, and doctors can’t figure out why. She fearfully wonders, “Am I going to die?” What could be the cause? Think of all those industrial smokestacks on her […]

Benson reflects on legacies of Richard Austin and MLK

BY: - January 21, 2019

Prior to being elected secretary of state last year, Jocelyn Benson had a long career dedicated to both civil right and voting rights. A former intern and researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Benson has served on the board of the organization dedicated to tracking extremist groups and “fighting hate and bigotry and to […]

Photo gallery: Scenes from the Women’s March

BY: - January 20, 2019

Women’s March events were held over the weekend for the third straight year in Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Detroit, East Lansing, Saugatuck/Douglas and Holland. Those at the Grand Rapids event had a scare when a car drove into the crowd, FOX-17 TV reported. Advance reporter Ken Coleman was at the snowy Detroit rally on Saturday and […]

Michigan Republicans adjust to life under Speaker Pelosi

BY: and - January 20, 2019

Not long ago, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton ran the powerful U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, whose sweeping jurisdiction has been famously described as “everything that moves, burns or is sold.” Things have changed dramatically since then for the St. Joseph Republican, who’s entering his 17th term on Capitol Hill in the minority. Upton, who […]

Photo gallery: MSU after John Engler

BY: - January 20, 2019

It was a snowy Thursday morning when the Michigan State University Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of interim President John Engler after a series of missteps in handling the Dr. Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The board also hired his replacement, MSU administer Satish Udpa. Reporter Michael Gerstein spent the day on MSU’s campus. […]

Women’s March draws more than 1,000 in Detroit despite controversy

BY: - January 19, 2019

More than 1,000 people braved snowy conditions and attended today Women’s March at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “This freedom that we have is not free. It was fought for. It was cried over. It was prayed for by someone for you. The cost of that freedom is this movement and […]

If Trump came to Michigan, would it really be a SOTU address?

BY: - January 19, 2019

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) may have made a splash on Friday by inviting President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech in the state Capitol. While critics expressed skepticism that such an event would ever happen, there’s another debate taking place. Historians disagree whether a presidential address in Lansing would […]

Gerrymandering suit settlement could spark political showdown for 2020

BY: - January 19, 2019

Voters may have believed they settled the issue of how to draw fairer legislative and congressional districts in Michigan when they voted for Proposal 2 on Nov. 6. But a new front in the redistricting fight could open up before the new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) is seated. And it could mean new maps […]

Chatfield makes play for Trump to move State of Union speech to Michigan

BY: - January 18, 2019

In a move that may get national attention, Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) has submitted an “official invitation” to President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union address in the Michigan Legislature. Trump may not be delivering his speech in Congress, as is tradition, as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) disinvited […]

Judge Miller dies at age 80

BY: - January 18, 2019

Updated, 1:55 p.m., with Attorney General Dana Nessel’s statement: Former Macomb County Judge Donald Miller, husband of longtime former U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, died Friday morning, the Macomb Daily reports. Appointed by Gov. John Engler, Donald Miller served as a circuit court Judge from 1998 until he retired in 2010. He also served for seven […]

Benson: Michigan’s team of female executives is a ‘win-win’

BY: - January 18, 2019

As the first Democrat to serve as Michigan Secretary of State in almost 25 years, Jocelyn Benson is also part of a brand-new leadership team in the state. Michigan is the only state in the country with women in top four leadership posts: Benson, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Chief Justice Bridget […]

Democrats stand ready to grill DeVos

BY: - January 18, 2019

Betsy DeVos could have a tough year ahead. President Trump’s education secretary, who also is a Michigan billionaire, has been a prime target of Democrats and liberal groups since she was nominated for the post in late 2016. DeVos has been under fire for her high-profile policy moves on issues like campus sexual assault, civil […]