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Nessel, Oregon AG join lawsuit against feds for delisting gray wolves from endangered species list

BY: - July 27, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined the fight against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) delisting of gray wolves from the endangered species list. Nessel’s office announced Monday that she and Democratic Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum submitted an amicus brief Friday in the federal Defenders of Wildlife et al v. U.S. Fish and […]

DACA ruling scrambles Dreamers’ plans — yet again

BY: - July 23, 2021

Following a favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year, undocumented immigrants rushed to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, which protects from deportation people who arrived in the United States as minors. They were met with months-long agency delays and backlogs, all happening amid a pandemic. And now their applications are […]

State pushes back against Enbridge’s request to pause Line 5 suit during Canada treaty talks

BY: - July 22, 2021

Updated, 8:58 a.m., 7/23/21, with comment from Enbridge In a court filing Friday, Attorney General Dana Nessel shot back against Canadian oil company Enbridge’s “legally unfounded suggestion” that State of Michigan v Enbridge should be put on pause while Canadian and U.S. officials discuss the possibility of a Line 5 closure. Arguing on behalf of […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Fred Upton […]

Here’s what could happen in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is overturned

BY: - July 18, 2021

In 1973, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade granted Americans the constitutional right to access a safe and legal abortion.  But in May, the Supreme Court, which is considered to have the most right-wing tilt in decades, agreed to hear arguments on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, Dobbs […]

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 […]

Election fraud activist announces Michigan attorney general bid

BY: - July 15, 2021

Matthew DePerno, a Kalamazoo-based attorney who filed a case challenging the Antrim County 2020 general elections results and made a number of unfounded accusations and false statements about the election, is running for Attorney General in 2022, according to a press release. DePerno made his announcement around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, but didn’t specify in […]

Hamtramck settles Voting Rights Act lawsuit, will provide Bengali language assistance

BY: - July 14, 2021

After the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) sued the city of Hamtramck for violating the federal Voting Rights Act, a court order and consent decree have been issued, calling for the metro Detroit city to provide a more ethnically diverse elections environment.    “I am really happy to hear that this agreement was reached,” […]

‘This is really fantastical’: Federal judge blasts pro-Trump attorneys, hints at sanctions 

BY: - July 12, 2021

In a six-hour long hearing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker blasted the “Kraken” litigation team’s sworn affidavits claiming unsubstantiated instances of voter fraud in Michigan’s 2020 general election and signified sanctions requested by state officials are a strong possibility.  Sanctions are allowed when attorney’s submit frivolous or baseless arguments. Michigan Attorney General Dana […]

State, Enbridge to conclude mediation in Line 5 lawsuit by late August

BY: - July 9, 2021

While it is still unclear when a federal judge will make a ruling on which court — state or federal — will preside over Michigan’s lawsuit against Enbridge to shut down its controversial Line 5 oil pipeline, a recent filing in State of Michigan v Enbridge offers a clue for the timeline. Canadian oil company […]

LGBTQ rights group ready to file suit after state rejects petition signatures

BY: - July 9, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, is prepared to file a lawsuit against the Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) after determining the petition failed to clear a hurdle to get on the 2022 ballot. The BOE issued a report Thursday stating that the Fair and […]

VP Harris says DNC will pour $25M into voting rights protection

BY: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will spend $25 million to protect voting rights, in response to a wave of laws pushed by Republican lawmakers in state legislatures that would restrict voting access. The move comes after Democrats have been stymied in their attempts to enact a national […]