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Voting rights activists in Detroit call out GOP ‘suppression’ efforts

BY: - August 11, 2021

Seven-year-old Kaylee Armour is too young to vote, but she encourages others to do so. When asked by the Advance Tuesday if voting is important, Armour said emphatically: “Yes.”   The Detroit resident and her mother, Nicole Denson, were part of the dozens who rallied Tuesday evening at New Center Plaza One in Detroit to speak […]

LGBTQ+ rights group appeals to Michigan Supreme Court after state board rejects ballot measure

BY: - August 5, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group aiming to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday after the Board of State Canvassers last week rejected the group’s petition.  The LGBTQ+ rights advocates are aiming to get the initiative on the […]

State board nixes LGBTQ protections ballot initiative

BY: - July 26, 2021

The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers unanimously voted Monday to reject the Fair and Equal Michigan petition to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents due to a lack of valid signatures. The group was aiming to get the issue before voters in 2022. The board, which consists […]

Michigan Senate quickly OKs anti-Whitmer petition

BY: - July 15, 2021

The GOP-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday voted 20-15 to support the Unlock Michigan petition initiative, a measure designed to limit Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive powers to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The right-wing group turned in almost 540,000 signatures in October 2020 to overturn the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA), which the governor […]

State board OKs anti-Whitmer petition, heads to GOP-led Legislature

BY: - July 13, 2021

After a year of right-wing acrimony over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders and legal turbulence over an effort to permanently strip some of her emergency powers, the controversial Unlock Michigan campaign prevailed Tuesday at getting its petition approved by the Board of State Canvassers. The bipartisan panel had previously deadlocked on the petition along party […]

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Nessel says she isn’t the proper defendant for minimum wage, paid sick leave lawsuit

BY: - June 8, 2021

Updated, 9:05 p.m., 6/8/21 with additional comments Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a motion Monday in response to a lawsuit that aims for an increase in the state’s minimum wage and appropriate paid sick time, arguing that she isn’t the right defendant for the suit. The lawsuit, Mothering Justice, et al v Nessel, challenges 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 […]

State board deadlocks on Unlock Michigan petition

BY: - April 22, 2021

Updated, 4:24 p.m., 4/22/21, with comment from Unlock Michigan The controversial GOP-linked campaign to permanently repeal a 76-year-old law that granted emergency powers to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the first stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic has once again hit a snag, as the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on approving the Unlock Michigan petition Thursday […]

Group challenges signatures for ballot initiative scrapping Whitmer’s emergency powers

BY: - April 9, 2021

Keep MI Safe, a group that backs Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive powers exercised during the pandemic, on Friday filed a challenge against Unlock Michigan’s petition effort, alleging conflicts of interest and defective signatures, among other issues.  The conservative Unlock Michigan coalition turned in signatures last year to overturn the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act […]

Legislation to expand LGBTQ rights gets GOP support in House, Senate 

BY: - March 8, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic lawmakers announced Monday that for the first time ever, they have bipartisan support in both chambers of the Legislature for key LGBTQ rights legislation. The bills would expand Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. There have been several attempts in […]

Shirkey-tied group donated $550K to Unlock Michigan

BY: - February 2, 2021

A group with connections to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) donated more than half a million dollars to the embattled anti-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer group “Unlock Michigan” group in 2020, according to newly filed campaign finance disclosures. Unlock Michigan turned in signatures last year to dump a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue COVID-19 […]

Court case to end term limits fails in federal court

BY: - January 22, 2021

A lawsuit that challenged Michigan’s legislative term limits was dismissed by a federal court Wednesday. The bipartisan lawsuit, Kowall et al v Benson, signed by 10 former Democratic and Republican state lawmakers, cites that Michigan’s strict term limits violate the U.S Constitution. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan sided with Attorney […]