Bridget McCormack

Chief justice highlights Michigan’s eviction diversion plan at White House

BY: - July 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — With a national moratorium on evictions set to expire at the end of next month and delays in federal assistance for struggling renters, the Biden administration says it wants to help state and local officials aid Americans on the brink of eviction. To that end, the administration on Wednesday highlighted efforts in Michigan and Philadelphia to […]

The Michigan Supreme Court is in the spotlight for striking down Whitmer’s emergency powers. The balance of power will be decided Nov. 3.

BY: - October 17, 2020

Voters on Nov. 3 will select two candidates to fill two seats on Michigan’s seven-member court of last resort. This nonpartisan race is farther down on the ballot, but don’t be mistaken: The court wields major influence as the state’s top judicial body. Most recently, it had the final word in striking down a decades-old […]

State Supreme Court denies gov. 28-day extension for state of emergency

BY: - October 12, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court denied Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to delay its ruling that struck down her emergency orders. Whitmer asked for a 28-day delay, but after this decision by the court on Monday, her executive orders are no longer in effect.  Chief Justice Bridget McCormack said that while she disagreed with the majority’s decision […]

Whitmer, Nessel, Dems urge residents to vote during virtual rally

BY: - September 13, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and a bevy of other Michigan Democratic politicians during a Saturday virtual rally conveyed support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and called on residents to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. The two-hour “Vote Michigan” event was organized by the Lansing-area affiliate of the Blue Brigade, […]

Here are the candidates on the ballot for MSU, ed boards and state Supreme Court

BY: - August 31, 2020

The Michigan Democratic Party and Michigan Republican Party held state conventions over the weekend and voted on their nominees for the state Board of Education, the Michigan Supreme Court and the managing boards of the state’s three flagship universities.  Candidates will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. The Michigan State University Board of […]

Report: Michigan ranks 3rd in women’s political participation

BY: - August 26, 2020

From 2011 to 2019, Michigan only had one female top statewide officeholder in then-Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Now women run Michigan — and that’s one reason why the state ranks third in the country for women’s political participation in a new study from the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The state was […]

Michigan chief justice: SCOTUS should allow video streaming

BY: - June 25, 2020

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack on Thursday highlighted state judiciary efforts to provide virtual access to courtrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic and told members of a congressional subcommittee that the U.S. Supreme Court could do the same. McCormack, who testified before lawmakers of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property […]

Leaders push for 1st responders’ safety amid COVID-19 crisis

BY: - April 1, 2020

Several Michigan officials are raising concerns about first responders’ safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. State Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Linden) has issued letters to county health departments in his district urging them to update their practices to ensure first responders’ safety when entering a home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) also has […]

Coronavirus cases climb to 45, casinos closing

BY: - March 15, 2020

In a press conference with other state officials Sunday evening, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the total cases of COVID-19 has risen to 45 — and notably, one of the newest cases is a young person. The updated number is 12 more cases than Saturday. The first two positive cases in Michigan were detected less […]

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Michigan drivers to get break on license suspension fees ‘to stop penalizing poverty’

BY: - March 9, 2020

A court decision last May allowed the state to continue to suspend driver licenses for failure to pay court fees. But leaders, including Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, are working to offer alternative payment options. A decision by […]

Warren had diehard fans, especially women. So why couldn’t she win? 

BY: - March 6, 2020

“Michigan needs a social justice warrior,” state Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) announced to a crowd of Elizabeth Warren fans at a Detroit rally on Super Tuesday. “Warren is a lot like Detroit. She is scrappy; she never gives up; she hopes for better things — and like the phoenix, she will rise.” And with that, […]

State task force delivers 18 criminal justice reforms to GOP leaders, Nessel abstains

BY: - January 14, 2020

Updated, 9:23 a.m., 1/17/19 Nine months after Gov. Whitmer appointed a Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to examine and improve Michigan’s criminal justice system, the task force released its final report. It delivered 18 policy recommendations to legislative leaders at the state Capitol Tuesday morning. The task force was created by the […]