Susan J. Demas: Whitmer could be able to ‘fix the damn roads,’ despite GOP obstruction

BY: - August 15, 2021

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 […]

Why aren’t Dems targeting any Michigan U.S. reps. in 2022?

BY: - August 12, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 election cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has announced 22 Republican-held or open seats the party is trying to flip — but none are in Michigan.  Ken Kollman, a University of Michigan political science professor, said the DCCC’s decision could be because recent history shows the party likely will lose […]

Election conspiracy groups paid $5.7M for Ariz. ‘audit,’ includes link to Mich. AG candidate

BY: - July 30, 2021

After months of questions, the leader of the Arizona Senate’s election review released a list of financial contributors, showing the self-styled audit has been funded by organizations that have aggressively promoted baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election — and in some cases sought to overturn results. Five groups were responsible for providing more than […]

Craig: ‘I’m running’ for Michigan governor in 2022

BY: - July 22, 2021

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday night on the Fox News show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” that he is running for governor in Michigan in 2022.  “I’m running, because when I look at what some politicians are doing across our country — let’s talk about Gov. [Gretchen] Whitmer, she follows different rules,” Craig said.  […]

Former Detroit police chief forms exploratory committee for GOP gubernatorial run 

BY: - July 21, 2021

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced Wednesday the formation of his candidate committee, “Chief James Craig for Governor Exploratory Committee,” as the first step toward a 2022 run for governor. However, his official announcement that he’s running for governor is still likely weeks away.  Craig stepped down from his position with the Detroit Police […]

With redistricting as an X factor, Republicans set their sights on Kildee in 2022

BY: - July 20, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has just had his best fundraising haul since he was first elected in 2012, raking in over $420,000 in the second quarter alone.  In total, Kildee — who represents the 5th Congressional District spanning Arenac, Bay, Genesee, and Iosco counties, as well as parts […]

Election fraud activist announces Michigan attorney general bid

BY: - July 15, 2021

Matthew DePerno, a Kalamazoo-based attorney who filed a case challenging the Antrim County 2020 general elections results and made a number of unfounded accusations and false statements about the election, is running for Attorney General in 2022, according to a press release. DePerno made his announcement around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, but didn’t specify in […]

Harris calls Michigan a ‘bellwether’ at Whitmer 2022 fundraiser

BY: - July 13, 2021

Following an event promoting vaccinations in Detroit on Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris headlined a fundraiser for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is up for reelection in 2022. At the event at the TCF Center, Harris noted that she was last in the Motor City on Election Day 2020. President Joe Biden carried Michigan by more […]

Whitmer hires senior strategist for 2022 campaign 

BY: - June 23, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 Michigan gubernatorial election, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has hired Preston Elliott, a veteran Democratic campaign strategist, to join her reelection campaign, according to the Guardian U.K.  A spokesperson for Whitmer’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment. Elliott has run several successful Democratic U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns across the […]

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Michigan LGBTQ rights initiative challenged by group with ties to anti-gay law firm

BY: - June 4, 2021

A group called Citizens for Equality, Fairness and Justice filed a challenge with the Board of State Canvassers Thursday against the Fair and Equal Michigan campaign. Fair and Equal Michigan, which aims to ban discrimination in jobs and housing for LGBTQ Michiganders by expanding Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include sexual orientation and gender […]

Michigan’s AG marks LGBTQ Pride Month with irreverent email

BY: - June 4, 2021

In a fundraising email Wednesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel reminded her supporters that she is gay right in the subject line. “[Name,] I’m gay,” wrote Nessel. The email came during the first week of LGBTQ Pride Month, which was recognized for the first time in Michigan’s history in the Senate on Thursday. Nessel, a Democrat […]

Detroit police chief announces retirement, doesn’t rule out ’22 gubernatorial bid

BY: - May 10, 2021

James Craig, the longest-serving Detroit Police Department chief in 30 years, has announced his retirement as of June 1 from Michigan’s largest force at 2,200 members. He made the statement during a Monday news conference alongside Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. When asked whether he would vie for Michigan governor in 2022, as some news reports […]