Ed McBroom

Trump torches McBroom, Shirkey as ‘RINOs’ for not backing so-called ‘audit’

BY: - August 16, 2021

Former President Donald Trump is back to slamming Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) for not standing up for him after his 2020 election loss. Trump’s latest broadside came in a Thursday statement, as he’s been permanently banned from Twitter, torching the two GOP leaders as Republicans in Name […]

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 […]

AG kicks off investigation into false election fraud claims, review of GOP chair’s alleged 2018 payoff 

BY: - July 12, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel has accepted an invitation from state Republican leaders to investigate allegations of people profiting off false claims of election fraud.  Last month, the GOP-led Senate Oversight Committee wrapped its 8-month investigation into claims of widespread evidence of voter fraud in Michigan and released a 35-page report showing the continued right-wing claims […]

Colbeck starts petition to censure 3 GOP senators for report showing no election fraud

BY: - July 8, 2021

The deepening divide between Michigan Republicans who subscribe to the conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump did not lose to President Joe Biden in 2020 continues to grow, with the latest infighting taking shape as a Change.org petition from a GOP former state senator. Ex-state Sen. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton) started the petition on Monday, […]

Flush with federal cash, states invest in their crowded parks

BY: - June 29, 2021

For years, Michigan officials have fretted about the ever-growing list of overdue maintenance needs at their 103 state parks: roads and trails, water and sewer systems, restrooms and electrical infrastructure. All are in dire need of replacement or repair — with a price tag that exceeds a quarter-billion dollars. “A lot of these parks are […]

Trump goes after Michigan Republicans for Senate report confirming 2020 election’s integrity 

BY: - June 24, 2021

Former President Donald Trump slammed state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Senate Oversight Committee Chair Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) after the committee released a report Wednesday that found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election that Trump lost.  “Michigan state Sens. Mike Shirkey and Ed McBroom are doing everything possible […]

GOP-led Senate Oversight panel debunks 2020 voter fraud conspiracies in new report

BY: - June 23, 2021

After nearly eight months of GOP state lawmakers questioning the 2020 presidential election results, the Senate Oversight Committee this week released a 35-page report concluding that there is no widespread evidence of voter fraud, despite continued right-wing claims to the contrary. Since November, many Republican activists and lawmakers have largely refrained from crediting President Joe […]

SOS says bill would halt absentee ballot counting, Republican says changes coming

BY: - May 20, 2021

A Senate committee on Wednesday continued discussions on bills in a sweeping GOP voting restriction package that’s been widely criticized by voting rights activists and Democratic officials. During a two-hour meeting, the Elections Committee discussed several bills, including measures that would cut back the hours that ballots can be dropped off on Election Day and […]

Biden administration mum so far on returning gray wolves to endangered species list

BY: - April 4, 2021

A controversial decision in the last months of the Trump administration to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list led to a massive overhunt in Wisconsin this year that Ojibwe tribal representatives said disrespected their wishes. But there’s no indication yet that the Biden administration will attempt to roll back that move, despite an order the […]

After being reshaped by extremism, Houghton County faces an uneasy, uncertain future

BY: - March 10, 2021

With an average of 200 inches of snowfall a year, Houghton County is a winter lover’s dream. At the end of January, the weather was warmer than usual in the western U.P. But it didn’t stop the “sled heads” — as locals call them — from driving to area hotels with their snowmobiles in tow.   […]

‘It’s become toxic’: Houghton County wrestles with its past, Trump and coronavirus

BY: - March 8, 2021

There’s an unwritten, and unquestioned, rule in the Upper Peninsula, including in the far-western area where Houghton County lies between the shores of Lake Superior. Generally, folks stay out of each other’s business and leave each other alone. But if there is a problem, and one can help, it’s an expectation. It’s known as the […]

Senate passes small COVID relief plan, Dem calls it ‘callous cruelty fueled by elitism and racism’ 

BY: - February 25, 2021

After fierce partisan debate on the floor, the GOP-led Michigan Senate voted along party lines Thursday to adopt a $727 million supplemental funding bill packed with controversial Republican amendments. Those amendments to Senate Bill 114 include a measure to prohibit Michigan from acknowledging race and socio-economic factors while distributing COVID-19 vaccines, and a Right to […]