Democrats

U.S. House Democrats advance impeachment investigation 

BY: - September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats edged closer to Thursday to launching formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 along party lines to adopt a resolution laying out procedures for an impeachment investigation in the committee.  Five Michigan members of the U.S. House have come out in favor of an […]

Who’s got the bill? Michigan lawmakers receive record amount of free food from lobbyists in 2019

BY: - September 12, 2019

A handful of state lawmakers have received record amounts of free food and drink from lobbying groups for the first seven months of the year.  A data analysis done by the nonpartisan, Lansing-based Michigan Campaign Finance Network, which tracks money in politics, shows three House members benefited from more than $4,000 of food paid by lobbyists, […]

Jeff Irwin introduces bill after Anuja Rajendra election case

BY: - September 12, 2019

State Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) has introduced a bill that would have helped one of his 2018 political opponents avert criminal charges. Senate Bill 458 would eliminate MCL 168.944, which makes it a misdemeanor for a political candidate to claim to be an incumbent in campaign advertising. The issue came up in the four-way, […]

Another Michigan budget standoff dawns

BY: and - September 11, 2019

Budget talks between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative Republicans again broke down on Thursday night.  While the statements from all parties offer a fair bit of political posturing, they also cast a clear light on the opposing viewpoints, with Whitmer calling for new funding sources for roads vs. GOP calls to move around existing General […]

U.S. House votes to ban offshore drilling  

BY: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the U.S. coast — despite pushback from many Republicans. The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, blocking drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a […]

Ananich: End big business tax breaks to fund roads, schools

BY: - September 11, 2019

State Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) wants to phase out the state’s former tax credit economic incentive program for good and use the money for other priorities, such as roads and schools.  The Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) may have wound down and no new tax credits have been granted since 2011. But the […]

Shirkey says he’s open to hearing on ‘red flag’ gun control bills

BY: - September 11, 2019

Proposed legislation aimed at curbing gun violence is likely to at least receive a committee hearing in the GOP-controlled state Senate. While it’s unclear when that may occur, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said on a radio show last month that he has committed to holding at least “a hearing or two” on the […]

U.S. House panel advances gun control bills along party lines, as Whitmer joins govs. in urging passage

BY: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee committee advanced three gun safety bills on Tuesday, despite unified Republican opposition.  The committee voted along partisan lines to approve “red flag” legislation that seeks to limit access to firearms for those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The committee also voted to advance legislation that would […]

On open carry day at the Capitol, Democrat sponsors bill to end sign ban

BY: - September 10, 2019

Dozens of people gathered outside the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday for the annual pro-gun rally. Many open carried in the halls afterward, as has become a Lansing tradition, although their pro-Second Amendment and pro-President Donald Trump signs had to be left behind. State Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) took the opportunity to point out that although […]

Deep-red Livingston County no longer has an all-GOP county board

BY: - September 10, 2019

The growing Detroit exurbs of Livingston County have long been a GOP bastion, but there are some signs that the red wall is being breached. The county was supposed to be the Republican firewall in the mid-Michigan 8th Congressional District, but now-U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) triumphed in 2018 over then-U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester). […]

COMMENTARY

Kara Hope: There’s no excuse for Michigan Republicans failing to act on common-sense gun reform

BY: - September 10, 2019

Many people are frustrated with the U.S. Senate for its failure to act on the expanded background checks legislation passed by the House. I share that frustration.  But if you are frustrated by inaction in Washington, you will find no comfort in what is going on in the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. My Democratic colleagues and […]

Whitmer denies caving to GOP on road fix, says she’s being the ‘adult in the room’

BY: - September 9, 2019

Just hours after walking back a long-held pledge to veto any budget without a big boost for infrastructure funding, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought to downplay any notion that she gave into GOP demands.  Rather, she says that she’s being the “adult in the room” and stressed that the Monday morning joint announcement with Republican legislative […]