Susan J. Demas: As COVID surges again in Michigan, Whitmer’s leadership shrinks
For weeks, terrified parents, anxious teachers and weary administrators have been waiting for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to step up and be the leader she was at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sane majority is sick and tired of being pushed around by wild-eyed anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers berating and threatening health and elected officials […]
Nessel won’t criminally charge Michigan GOP chair for ‘insidious’ $200K payoff
Updated, 3:23 p.m., 8/23/21 Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday that her office will not criminally charge Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser for using Michigan GOP funds to pay former Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot for his withdrawal from the 2018 Secretary of State race. Weiser paid a $200,000 fine through a conciliation […]
Susan J. Demas: Whitmer could be able to ‘fix the damn roads,’ despite GOP obstruction
If you were around for the before time in 2019, you know that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first year in office was dominated by GOP leaders in the Legislature doing everything they could to thwart her attempts to “fix the damn roads” — her signature 2018 campaign promise. That preceded Republicans doing everything they could […]
State GOP chair settles payoff complaint for $200K
Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser has agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve a complaint alleging the state party paid a candidate to drop out of the 2018 secretary of state race. The Michigan Secretary of State’s office has been investigating a February complaint filed by Laura Cox, the immediate past GOP chair, about alleged […]
He spent $10M of his own money running for governor in ‘18. So why does Shri Thanedar want to join the Legislature next year?
It’s a 92-degree July afternoon and with Election Day approaching, Shri Thanedar is stumping for votes in Northeast Detroit. Armed with a bull horn, a lawn sign, and sporting a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, he’s holding court on the corner of East Seven Mile Road at Van Dyke. “I need your vote,” Thanedar says to […]
Judge dismisses GOP suits against independent redistricting commission
U.S. District Judge Janet Neff on Monday dismissed two Republican lawsuits designed to upend the voter-approved constitutional amendment that established the Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. “Michigan’s Constitution begins with, ‘All political power is inherent in the people.’ The courts have vindicated the people’s right to use our political power to take back our redistricting […]
Jeff Timmer: The GOP succumbs to Stockholm Syndrome
Warren Zevon wrote the lyric “Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland’s Thompson gun and bought it,” in a 1978 song, referencing the kidnapping and radicalization of the heiress by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). If Zevon were alive today he might update that lyric to read, “The GOP read the worst of Donald’s Twitter […]
Anti-Trump group calls on moderate Republicans to vote Biden
The Lincoln Project, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-Trump group, is targeting moderate Republicans in Michigan to help vote President Donald Trump out of office in November. George Conway, a lawyer, vocal opponent to Trump and husband to top White House aide Kellyanne Conway, said during a Tuesday night virtual town hall that the group’s primary motivation […]
Updated: Benson counters Trump’s inaccurate voting tweet: ‘We sent applications, not ballots’
Updated, 5:15 p.m. 5/20/20 A day after Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Michigan residents would receive absentee ballot applications for the August and November elections, the president took to Twitter to falsely accuse the state of voter fraud. In a Wednesday morning tweet, President Trump claimed Michigan is sending absentee ballots to its 7.7 […]
Betsy DeVos said her husband would halt ‘political contributions.’ He hasn’t.
WASHINGTON — In January 2017, a senior Senate Democrat grilled Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s then-nominee to lead the Education Department, on whether she planned to use her family’s vast wealth to influence politics while she was in office. In 1997, DeVos had written of her West Michigan billionaire family’s widespread contributions to conservative causes: […]
Susan J. Demas: Trump told us to drink bleach. Whitmer has tried to keep us safe. What side are you on?
Last week, President Donald Trump told people that drinking disinfectants could fight off COVID-19. There wasn’t a peep from Michigan Republican leaders that this was a dangerous idea, even though, quite predictably, there’s been a national spike in people using bleach and other products improperly. This week, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) went […]
Updated: Peters banks $4M, James raised $4.8M in 1st quarter
Updated 1:40 p.m., 4/7/20 with James’ numbers U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has raised more than $4 million in the first quarter of 2020. He’s banked more than $13.4 million since January 2019. The figure represents the largest quarterly haul for any Democrat candidate running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan history, his campaign […]