Michigan in national news: Biden buoyed Upton in 2018

BY: - January 27, 2019

With 10 million people, a full-time Legislature and our status as a 2020 swing state, Michigan is frequently in the glare of the national spotlight. Here’s a roundup of some national coverage of the Mitten State that you may have missed over the last week: There’s been a flurry of stories former Vice President Joe […]

Whitmer tells D.C. leaders to strike permanent deal post-shutdown

BY: - January 26, 2019

The partial federal government shutdown may have come to a close on Friday — for at least three weeks — but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging leaders in Washington, D.C., to strike a permanent deal. “I’m glad to see that they’ve got a reprieve, but they’ve got to get [a deal] done,” Whitmer told reporters […]

Kildee: Trump took a ‘defeat lap’ on shutdown

BY: - January 26, 2019

Before President Trump even signed the bill reopening the government — without any money for his border wall — Michigan officials took to Twitter on Friday. This was the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history. As the Advance has noted, this impacted people in Michigan and across the country in many ways, including cinching […]

Food safety worries linger even as government shutdown ends

BY: - January 26, 2019

Updated, 8:15 p.m. The longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history finally ended on Friday, but some impacts, like food safety, could linger. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration dramatically scaled back food inspections due to the partial government shutdown that’s lasted 35 days. President Trump announced a deal to reopen the government Friday afternoon. […]

Benson reaches gerrymandering settlement to GOP’s ire

BY: - January 25, 2019

Updated: 10:10 a.m. 1/27/19 Eleven state House districts will be redrawn under a settlement reached in a gerrymandering lawsuit with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office, but Republicans are already calling foul on the agreement and say a court battle looms. Benson, a Democrat, agreed with plaintiffs, including the League of Women Voters of Michigan, […]

AG could weigh in on Elliott-Larsen, but GOP leader doesn’t favor adding LGBTQs

BY: and - January 25, 2019

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) will consider asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to review an opinion of her predecessor, Bill Schuette, to decide whether the term “sex” in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act includes sexual orientation and gender identity. This comes on the same day that House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) said on “Off […]

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ACLU ‘optimistic’ as AG moves to settle same-sex adoption case

BY: - January 25, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking to settle a pending lawsuit against the state that challenges Michigan’s law allowing faith-based groups to deny adoption to same-sex couples. The measure was signed into law by Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder in 2015. A motion filed on Wednesday in federal court and granted by Judge Paul […]

GOP ballot limits sponsor slams AG, SOS efforts to challenge law

BY: - January 25, 2019

The Republican who sponsored legislation making it harder to get citizen-backed questions onto the ballot is slamming efforts from Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to challenge the new law. State Rep. James Lower (R-Cedar Lake) sponsored legislation during the final weeks last year in which the GOP had control of […]

House speaker’s fine cut after bringing loaded gun to airport

BY: - January 24, 2019

Updated, 6:40 p.m. Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield only had to pay half the fine he was originally slapped with after bringing a loaded, unregistered handgun to an airport last summer, The Detroit News reported. The Levering Republican paid $1,960 to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after he brought the weapon to the Pellston Regional […]

DEQ issues Line 5 permit over governor, AG opposition

BY: - January 24, 2019

Despite opposition to the project from Michigan’s new Democratic governor and attorney general, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a permit to Canadian energy company Enbridge to begin its controversial oil and natural gas pipeline tunnel project. This also comes after environmentalists have called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shut down the pipeline, […]

MSU study: Michigan school funding lower now than 25 years ago

BY: - January 24, 2019

Some 25 years after Michigan dramatically changed how it funds its public schools, a new study suggests that financial investment has declined more sharply here than in any other state. A Michigan State University report found that after adjusting for inflation, Michigan’s education funding in 2015 was only “82 percent of what it was in […]

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Bipartisan bill makes state jobless benefits available for federal workers during shutdown

BY: - January 24, 2019

A bipartisan pair of Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), have teamed up with legislation for unpaid federal workers during the partial government shutdown. They introduced this week emergency legislation to allow states to make unemployment benefits available to unpaid federal workers, who, despite the shutdown, have continued to […]