ballot measures

New: Appeals Court dismisses lawsuit to stop anti-Whitmer petition, appeal planned

BY: - August 19, 2020

A lawsuit challenging the Board of State Canvassers’ approval of a right-wing ballot petition drive was dismissed Monday by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The “Keep Michigan Safe” committee, headed by former Republican state Sen. and U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, with legal counsel from attorney and former Michigan Democratic Party chair Mark Brewer, had filed […]


Abortion ban fails in Michigan 

BY: - July 21, 2020

Right to Life of Michigan announced Tuesday that it is ending a petition drive to ban the dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedure after the Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) said the petition did not have enough valid signatures. “Instead of focusing on court challenges regarding the counting process, we will be focusing on the […]

Board faces suit after approving ‘defective’ anti-Whitmer petition language

BY: - July 16, 2020

The first major right-wing ballot petition aimed at permanently limiting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive powers to clear the first hurdle with the Board of State Canvassers is being challenged in court, just 10 days after it received the go-ahead to collect signatures. The “Keep Michigan Safe” committee, led by former Republican state Sen. and U.S. […]

Whitmer reveals why she tightened Michigan’s mask mandate

BY: - July 15, 2020

Like many who can, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team are still mainly working at home as Michigan has entered its fifth month of the coronavirus pandemic. “For the most part, I’m working from home. That’s how we’ve got everyone working. It just made sense. We’ve been able to do it without missing a beat […]

Here’s when two cases challenging Whitmer’s emergency powers will be decided

BY: - July 7, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court won’t hear a case that asks just how far Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority goes until after the state Court of Appeals weighs in.  The state’s highest court gave the Court of Appeals until Aug. 21 to make a decision in a case brought against Whitmer by the GOP-controlled state Legislature, […]

Board OKs petition language to yank governor’s emergency powers

BY: - July 6, 2020

The Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved language for a petition that would repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to keep Michigan in a state of emergency since the first reported case of COVID-19 was found here on March 10. Unlock Michigan, a group with ties […]

Voters to decide in Nov. if police need a warrant for online info 

BY: - June 26, 2020

Should law enforcement be required to obtain a search warrant for a person’s online data and correspondence? That question will be left up to Michiganders in November.  The Michigan House on Wednesday passed on a 106-0 vote Senate Joint Resolution G, a constitutional amendment that will now go on the general election ballot.  If passed […]

Anti-abortion group given 2nd chance for petition

BY: - June 18, 2020

After Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) staff reviewed a 500-signature sample for an anti-abortion petition and deemed that an insufficient amount of signatures were valid, the Board of State Canvassers voted unanimously Thursday to give the group a second chance and pull a larger sample of signatures. Michigan Values Life, a coalition of anti-abortion groups […]


Susan J. Demas: How long will Michigan LGBTQs have to wait for full equality?

BY: - June 17, 2020

Amid the unfettered joy unleashed by this week’s surprise U.S. Supreme Court decision barring LGBTQ discrimination in federal law — thanks in great part to the late Michigan transgender activist, Aimee Stephens — was an uncomfortable realization. Because now the most conservative high court in modern history has managed to lap Michigan’s GOP-controlled Legislature in […]


Mich. LGBTQ rights leaders prepare for next steps after SCOTUS ruling

BY: - June 16, 2020

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that established that individuals can’t legally be fired based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, Fair and Equal Michigan, an LGBTQ rights group, is considering its next steps.  “This ruling is great news for the LGBTQ+ community across the country,” Fair and Equal Michigan Campaign Co-Chair Trevor […]

State review: Anti-abortion petition falls short by 7K signatures

BY: - June 15, 2020

After a review of signatures by the Bureau of Elections (BOE), the initiative aimed to ban the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure (D&E) filed by Michigan Values Life, a coalition of anti-abortion groups, is over 7,000 signatures short of the required amount.  Because of the shortcomings, BOE staff recommends that the Board of State Canvassers […]

SCOTUS ruling protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

BY: and - June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. In a 6-3 opinion, the court ruled that employers who fire individuals “merely for being gay or transgender” violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, […]