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Kildee embraces role as dean of Michigan House Dem delegation

BY: - February 7, 2019

Updated, 2:10 p.m. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) hasn’t just ascended to leadership on Capitol Hill as chief deputy whip for the new majority Democratic caucus. He’s also the senior member of the Michigan House Democratic delegation after the Dean of the House now-former U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) stepped down amid a sexual harassment […]

House votes to kill environmental order, Whitmer vows to defend it

BY: - February 7, 2019

Early assurances of bipartisanship in Michigan’s new era of divided government may be coming to a halt. On Wednesday, legislative Republicans sought to undo Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new executive order meant to better protect the state’s environment, as she vowed to defend it. This comes after Michigan has been plagued by environmental crises with […]

Report: Almost 200K could lose coverage under Medicaid work mandate

BY: - February 7, 2019

Up to one-quarter of the roughly 650,000 Michiganders on Medicaid could lose health coverage under the state’s new work requirements law. That’s according to the findings of a new report released on Wednesday by Manatt Health, a health care consulting and law firm. The federal government in December approved the changes to the Healthy Michigan […]

Nessel pries Michigan from 2 more federal cases, bringing total to 26

BY: - February 6, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has withdrawn the state from two more federal lawsuits, bringing the total to 26 cases since taking office on Jan. 1. On Wednesday, the attorney general’s office announced that Nessel, a Democrat, had withdrawn from cases involving voting rights and “dark money” in politics. “These cases simply do not reflect what […]

Princeton project unveils report on improving Michigan redistricting

BY: - February 6, 2019

As proceedings are underway in a Detroit federal courtroom to determine whether Michigan’s legislative districts are gerrymandered, a new report looks ahead to more changes in the state’s redistricting process. In November, voters approved Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment establishing an independent commission that will be in change of determining congressional and legislative districts after […]

Dingell misses SOTU to be with spouse, the former Dean of the House

BY: - February 6, 2019

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) wasn’t at President Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday night because she was home with her husband, former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn). The congresswoman tweeted a message Wednesday morning that “we have entered a new phase.” John Dingell, who is 92, suffered a heart attack in September 2018. Debbie […]

Whitmer gets kudos from key Republican on environmental shakeup

BY: - February 6, 2019

There’s been some Republican grumbling about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s move on Monday to restructure the beleaguered Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), but a key GOP official has her back. Candice Miller, a former congresswoman who now oversees environmental and water issues for Macomb County as public works commissioner, praised Whitmer for her new Department of Environment, […]

McCormack: No ‘witchcraft’ in winning over GOP colleagues on High Court

BY: - February 6, 2019

It’s not easy for a Democrat to win enough votes on a GOP-dominated Supreme Court to become chief justice, but that’s exactly what Bridget McCormack did last month. And the vote was unanimous. The court is currently split 4-3 in favor of Republicans. But the once-fractured and highly partisan court has been a more collegial […]

SOTU: Trump still wants his wall, namechecks Michigan on NAFTA

BY: - February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Trump implored Congress Tuesday to move past political gridlock in favor of bipartisan cooperation before he dug in on the border security fight that threatens to shut down the government yet again. “We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and our middle class bigger […]

Senate Advice and Consent Chair Pete Lucido, Feb. 5, 2019

Hearings for Whitmer appointees to be ‘informal’ process

BY: - February 6, 2019

A key member of Michigan’s GOP-led Senate indicated Tuesday he has no plans to use the Advice and Consent Committee to hold up appointments made by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The hearings were largely absent during the tenure of former Gov. Rick Snyder, during which time Republicans controlled all branches of state government, as the […]

Could Detroit get its first national park?

BY: - February 5, 2019

State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López want the city of Detroit to deed Historic Fort Wayne to the federal government. They’re asking for the landmark to be designated as a national park and their Change.org petition has gathered nearly 3,000 signatures in support of the plan. “We launched this […]

Solicitor General names new lead Flint investigator

BY: - February 5, 2019

Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud has put a new lead investigator in charge of the state’s ongoing Flint water criminal probe and fired a former Detroit FBI director who had been in charge of it before. Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office announced Tuesday that Jeff Seipenko will now lead the ongoing investigation related to criminal […]