Christine Greig

As Michigan enters year 2 of COVID-19, scars in the Capitol remain

BY: - March 10, 2021

A year after Michigan officials recorded the first two positive COVID-19 tests on March 10, 2020, two state lawmakers who had the virus — one Democrat, one Republican — have recovered. But their views over how to handle the pandemic that has killed almost 16,000 Michiganders underscore the Capitol’s deep partisan divide. Last March, state […]

‘It was a digital lynching’: Rep. Johnson discusses video and punishment 

BY: - December 10, 2020

Detroit Democratic state Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson didn’t hold back when asked about the findings of an Advance investigation into how her personal Facebook live video was edited and moved through the right-wing mediasphere.  “It was a public lynching,” she said. “It was a digital lynching is what it was. And it was accepted by […]


Todd A. Heywood: Down the right-wing rabbit hole: How did the video of Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson go viral?

BY: - December 10, 2020

Updated, 3:12 p.m., 12/10/20 It started with a Facebook Live Video that was sucked into the underbelly of the internet. There it churned and clipped and passed from person to person. Someone slapped a label on the video accusing the speaker of being a domestic terrorist. As it slushed around the far-right social media site […]

Two legislative staffers have COVID-19, Dems say ‘pause’ needed on in-person sessions

BY: - December 7, 2020

Updated, 5:28 p.m., 7:22 p.m., 12/7/20 President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday appeared maskless for hours in front of the state House Oversight committee and is now hospitalized for COVID-19. Now that Giuliani may have unknowingly spread COVID-19 to state lawmakers, some Democrats are concerned about in-person sessions. Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) […]

Republicans cancel Thursday House hearings, Dem leader concerned about COVID-19

BY: - November 11, 2020

State House Republicans have canceled Thursday’s committee meetings and session, an action that has caused some speculation about whether more members or staff have contracted COVID-19.  Gongwer first reported that Wednesday afternoon. Gideon D’Assandro, spokesperson for House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), said on Wednesday that “there’s nothing immediately time sensitive on the floor tomorrow with […]

House Dems seek to abolish Capitol Commission, citing inaction on gun ban

BY: - September 18, 2020

A group of House Democrats announced late Thursday that they are moving to dissolve a small historic maintenance panel tasked with coming up with a firearms policy for Michigan’s state Capitol. The five-bill package to abolish the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) comes in response to what the lawmakers are calling “deliberate and continued delay […]

Court of Appeals upholds Whitmer’s emergency powers in 2-1 decision

BY: - August 21, 2020

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 2-1 in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s favor in a lawsuit led by Republican state legislators, who have sought to strip away the emergency powers she has used to make decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The case is likely to be appealed and next go to the Michigan Supreme […]

Key state House races: Thanedar headed to Lansing, Whitsett holds on

BY: and - August 5, 2020

It looks like millionaire Shri Thanedar will finally be coming to Lansing — as a member of the state Legislature in January. Here’s a look at some noteworthy state House primaries on Tuesday on both the Democratic and GOP sides: 3rd House District There was a crowded eight-candidate Democratic field vying for the 3rd state […]

‘No shirts, no shoes, no mask — no service’: Gov. toughens COVID-19 requirements

BY: and - July 10, 2020

Businesses will now be required to deny service to people who don’t wear masks indoors, with limited exceptions for individuals and houses of worship, according to an executive order signed Friday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She summed up the policy in her order as: “No shirts, no shoes, no mask — no service.” Michigan has […]

Legislature’s taxpayer-funded contract with GOP-connected firm in Whitmer suit raises transparency concerns

BY: - June 2, 2020

For months, Republican legislative leaders have slammed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, alleging a lack of transparency while she exercised emergency powers, even going so far as to create a special oversight committee to investigate her administration’s COVID-19 response.   One of the issues Republican lawmakers have zeroed in on is the Democratic administration last month awarded contracts […]

Why did a Detroit Democrat refuse to condemn protesters’ racism, join GOP slapdown of Whitmer’s powers?

BY: - May 12, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, a vexing pandemic that has sickened more than 47,000 and killed 4,500 in Michigan, a Detroit Democrat — herself a victim — has cast aside the will of her local delegation and bucked her party in a key vote that has left many incredulous. State Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) was the […]

Panel punts on Capitol gun ban, another right-wing protest planned for Thursday

BY: - May 11, 2020

Updated, 5:36 p.m. 5/11/20, with remarks from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer The hotly debated issue of whether to prohibit firearms at the Michigan Capitol found itself Monday in the hands of a commission usually focused on building restoration and grounds maintenance. That panel, the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC), chose not to make an immediate decision. […]