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Susan J. Demas: Whitmer could be able to ‘fix the damn roads,’ despite GOP obstruction

BY: - August 15, 2021

If you were around for the before time in 2019, you know that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first year in office was dominated by GOP leaders in the Legislature doing everything they could to thwart her attempts to “fix the damn roads” — her signature 2018 campaign promise. That preceded Republicans doing everything they could […]

GOP Rep. Berman announces AG bid in ‘22

BY: - August 13, 2021

State Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) announced his bid for attorney general on Wednesday. Berman has been a frequent critic of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 response and Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s plans to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.  In his campaign announcement, Berman said he values “the […]

House moderates won’t back Dem budget without passage of infrastructure bill

BY: - August 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nine moderate U.S. House Democrats including Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia and Jared Golden of Maine are threatening to oppose a budget resolution needed to pass a major social policy package unless a bipartisan infrastructure bill is first signed into law, according to multiple media reports. Opposition from the […]

Independent redistricting panel hires GOP-connected law firm, despite concerns

BY: - August 13, 2021

Updated, 8:20 a.m., 8/13/21 After hours of discussion, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) voted 9-2 on Thursday to hire the only law firm that applied to be the panel’s legal counsel once its new U.S. House, and state House and Senate district lines are finalized later this year. The consideration of the Washington, […]

Why aren’t Dems targeting any Michigan U.S. reps. in 2022?

BY: - August 12, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 election cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has announced 22 Republican-held or open seats the party is trying to flip — but none are in Michigan.  Ken Kollman, a University of Michigan political science professor, said the DCCC’s decision could be because recent history shows the party likely will lose […]

U.S. Senate to try again on voting rights in September

BY: - August 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to bring a comprehensive voting rights package to the Senate floor for a vote when the chamber returns from recess next month. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday that the Senate will take up a compromise version of the voting and elections bill, S.1, known […]

Republican pops resolution against school mask mandates, board passes pro-mask measure instead

BY: - August 10, 2021

The Michigan Board of Education voted Tuesday to adopt a resolution supporting local school districts’ decisions on whether to put in place mask mandates in K-12 schools this upcoming school year during a more than eight-hour meeting. The resolution, introduced by Republican Tom McMillin, a former state House member, initially encouraged schools not to impose […]

House Dems document U.S. history of discrimination in shaping John Lewis voting rights bill

BY: - August 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — A House panel released a new report on Friday that will help lawmakers craft  legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that aims to protect voting rights across the United States. The 124-page report, put forth by the House subcommittee on elections, outlines the U.S. history of discrimination in voting and […]

‘Big and bold’ infrastructure bill still falls short on helping states fight climate change

BY: - August 6, 2021

The Senate is poised to pass a massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would upgrade state transportation networks, electric grids, water systems and more. It’s a major spending boost and potential job-creator that yet falls short of the administration’s goals to address climate change and reduce its effects in the states. The White House worked […]

Dems back AG probe into election conspiracists, again push for bipartisan 1/6 panel

BY: - August 5, 2021

Seven months after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to overturn the 2020 election, Michigan Democrats are supporting new efforts by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to hold those spreading false claims of election fraud accountable, while still advocating for a bipartisan committee to investigate Michigan’s ties to the insurrection. “We need to restore […]

Michigan AFL-CIO proposes redistricting maps for state commission

BY: - August 5, 2021

Updated 11:14 a.m., 8/5/21 The Michigan AFL-CIO drew up its own set of state legislative maps for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) to consider before the panel begins crafting new U.S. House and state House and Senate district lines for the next 10 years. Along with drawing up maps for the state House […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Don’t be fooled. Conservatives are still on a mission to destroy LGBTQ+ rights.

BY: - August 5, 2021

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage six years ago, many Republicans and conservative outfits have shifted their rhetoric from gleefully declaring LGBTQ+s deserve scorn instead of basic human rights, to couching their bigotry in more genteel terms and desperately rooting out wedge issues. That’s the odd way we seem to mark progress […]