ballot measures

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 […]

While you were out: Gov. signs Flint settlement bills, Supreme Court blesses Benson sending absentee ballot applications

BY: - January 4, 2021

As the 2019-20 Michigan Legislative session came to an end last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed several bills into law. Similarly, the Michigan State Supreme Court carried out session-ending action.  Flint water settlement bills  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 1251 and Senate Bill 1252, which creates the Flint Settlement Trust Fund within […]

Shirkey teams up with Unlock Michigan to ‘put pressure’ on Whitmer over COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - December 21, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), who continues to rally against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders — even after similar rhetoric led to a foiled terrorist plot to murder Whitmer and take state officials hostage — has appeared to teamed up with the right-wing Unlock Michigan campaign to mount further pressure on the governor. “Michigan […]


Michigan LGBTQ rights effort submits almost 500K signatures

BY: - October 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic wounded an effort to ban discrimination in jobs and housing for LGBTQ people in Michigan this year. But on Tuesday, the Fair and Equal Michigan campaign announced it turned in almost 500,000 signatures for an initiative that could be taken up by the Legislature or go on the 2022 ballot. “Michigan stands […]

Here are two statewide ballot proposals you should know about

BY: - October 13, 2020

Presidential, congressional and state House candidates are on the Nov. 3 general election ballot in Michigan.  But there are also issues before voters, although not as many as in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out ballot initiative efforts for LGBTQ rights, lobbying reform and a progressive income tax, as it was too difficult to […]

Unlock Michigan campaign forges on, even after Supreme Court ruling

BY: - October 5, 2020

The same day a GOP-linked group turned in nearly 540,000 petition signatures to repeal an emergency powers law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has leaned on throughout Michigan’s COVID-19 outbreak, that very law was declared unconstitutional by a narrow Michigan Supreme Court ruling. But the Unlock Michigan campaign, which had been collecting signatures for months to repeal […]

Nessel opens criminal investigation into anti-Whitmer ballot group

BY: - September 28, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday that she will open an investigation into the GOP-linked coalition Unlock Michigan, following complaints that the group’s signature gatherers may have engaged in criminal activity to gather more signatures. Unlock Michigan’s petition drive, if successful, would repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act (EPGA) that Democratic Gov. Gretchen […]

League of Women Voters asks AG to criminally investigate Unlock Michigan petition drive

BY: - September 25, 2020

The League of Women Voters of Michigan (LWV) on Friday sent a letter asking Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to conduct a criminal investigation into a petition drive that aims to revoke an emergency powers-granting law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  The LWV, a nonpartisan voter education group, asked Nessel to […]


Susan J. Demas: The majority backs Whitmer’s pandemic actions. But it could only take 3% to stop her.

BY: - September 14, 2020

If I were governor, most things would still be shut down in Michigan, including outdoor dining, malls and gyms that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has allowed to open with restrictions. It would be easy, because as a longtime female political columnist, I’m quite comfortable being resented and hated, but that’s also why few journalists ever succeed […]

The Michigan Legislature could repeal Whitmer’s emergency powers. And she can’t veto the law.

BY: - September 9, 2020

There’s been no shortage of attempts to quash Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic, from bills in the Republican-led Legislature to lawsuits to recall petitions. But the right-wing Unlock Michigan ballot proposal has emerged as the strongest effort to take on the Democratic governor.  An official for the group said Tuesday that […]