DeVos family

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Are some Republicans gearing up for a tax incentive fight next year?

BY: - December 12, 2020

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been writing about the business tax incentives controversy since the start of my journalism career 45 years ago. I accept your condolences in advance. One of the early stories I covered in my first job at a northern Michigan weekly newspaper was a request by the […]

Education groups say $1.3B GOP reopening plan is a ‘good start’

BY: - June 23, 2020

Republicans in the State House and Senate rolled out their “Return to Learn” plan Tuesday which offers a list of policy recommendations and $1.3 billion of federal funding to Michigan schools to help safely reopen next school year.  The plan includes an $800 bump for per-pupil funding, a $500 one-time hazard and overtime payment for […]

Republican sues Michigan to purge voter rolls, SOS says suit uses old data

BY: - June 10, 2020

Michigan’s election officials are being sued in federal court for failing to “clean up the state’s voter rolls,” according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Grand Rapids. The Republican activist who filed the lawsuit, Tony Daunt, alleges that Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has not done enough to purge ineligible voters and other irregularities […]

Betsy DeVos said her husband would halt ‘political contributions.’ He hasn’t. 

BY: - May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — In January 2017, a senior Senate Democrat grilled Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s then-nominee to lead the Education Department, on whether she planned to use her family’s vast wealth to influence politics while she was in office.  In 1997, DeVos had written of her West Michigan billionaire family’s widespread contributions to conservative causes: […]

National Guard aids Sparrow Hospital Wednesday as ‘traffic jam’ protest planned against Whitmer

BY: and - April 14, 2020

The Michigan National Guard is providing aid to Sparrow Hospital, putting up a COVID-19 screening tent on Wednesday for patients entering the building. Sparrow had smaller shelters used for screening, but members of the 110th Civil Engineering Squadron, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base were requested through the City of Lansing Office of Emergency Management […]

Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams direct money to Peters for 2020 (not in a galaxy far, far away)

BY: and - November 7, 2019

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has scored some major Hollywood donors for his 2020 reelection bid against Republican businessman John James. Peters landed $5,600 from filmmaker Steven Spielberg, director of such classics including “E.T.,” “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Peters collected another $5,600 from director and producer J.J. Abrams, best known for his […]