Donna Lasinski

Rep. Jones stripped of committee assignments after 3rd bond violation

BY: - September 16, 2021

Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) stripped Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) of all committee assignments Thursday.  That followed Jones attempting to sneak a handcuff key into jail on Tuesday after a judge sent him to jail for committing his third bond violation after initially being arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest.  Jones was arrested […]

Rep. Manoogian alleges Rep. Marino committed domestic violence

BY: - September 15, 2021

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) released a statement Wednesday afternoon alleging that state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.), who was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday without explanation, committed domestic violence. “The unfortunate reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic abuse, which often comes from someone we would never expect,” Manoogian […]

The 1/6 Commission wants to know what went down with Trump and Michigan Republicans

BY: - August 25, 2021

There’s been some mystery surrounding a post-2020 election White House meeting between then-President Donald Trump and Michigan legislative leaders, including state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering). Now the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol wants to know what really went […]

Lasinski: GOP voting bills passing the House are ‘attempt to stoke fear and paranoia’

BY: - August 17, 2021

The GOP-controlled Michigan House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass three bills regarding voting record retention periods, qualified voter files and a ban on voting machines connecting to the internet.  The three bills are parts of a larger bill package restricting voting rights unveiled by Republicans in Michigan following the 2020 general election that former […]

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 legislators rally in D.C., urge Congress to act on voting rights

BY: and - August 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats joined with dozens of state legislators at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon, demanding that the Senate skip August recess and pass critical voting rights legislation in reaction to Republican-led states that have adopted restrictive voting laws. Dozens of legislators from North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas, […]

6 months after deadly attack on U.S. Capitol, state Dems renew call for investigation

BY: - July 6, 2021

Six months have passed since the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and state Democrats continue to advocate for a bipartisan committee to investigate Michigan’s ties to the attack.  “I hope that more people will remember not just on Jan. 6 that there was an insurrection, but that over the last six months we haven’t […]

‘It’s unbelievable’: Michiganders chide GOP lawmakers for leaving without passing emergency flood relief

BY: and - July 1, 2021

Greg Bowens, a Grosse Pointe Park resident, has spent much of the last several days in his basement trying to drain out water and sift through damaged belongings. Bowens is just one of many Michiganders attempting to recover from historic rainfall that hit parts of the state last Friday and early Saturday. The flooding hit […]

Dem leader pushes for committee to investigate Michigan’s involvement in Jan. 6 insurrection 

BY: - June 25, 2021

Michigan House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) has introduced a resolution creating a bipartisan joint select committee to investigate Michiganders’ involvement in the Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection in the U.S. Capitol.  Lasinski held a press conference Thursday alongside Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) and members of “Common Defense,” a veteran-run organization representing veterans against racism, […]

House Republicans pass some police reforms, but Dems, activists say plan falls short

BY: - May 14, 2021

The GOP-controlled state House on Thursday approved a spending plan to provide resources to law enforcement agencies. It was a move that Democrats, who offered a similar plan the previous day, described as “lip service” and playing “partisan political games.”  State Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Linden), a retired sheriff’s deputy, said the measure, which was added […]

Rep. faces felony charge with 2-year prison time, among other charges related to I-96 crash

BY: - April 19, 2021

A virtual arraignment for state Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) on Friday revealed that the 26-year-old lawmaker could face prison time related to his car crash on I-96 earlier this month. Jones was arrested on April 6 after driving erratically on the highway and eventually crashing his black Chevrolet Tahoe into a ditch. The events that […]

Rep. Jones reportedly facing one felony, two misdemeanor charges after I-96 crash 

BY: - April 15, 2021

State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) was found at the scene of a car crash on I-96 last week and spent the night in jail. Multiple news outlets are reporting the 26-year-old will face one felony and two misdemeanor charges in Livingston County. According to FOX-2 Detroit, the initial charges include a felony charge of obstructing […]