On this day in 1992: Presidential candidate Bill Clinton visits MSU

BY: - September 22, 2021

On this day in 1992, Democratic presidential nominee Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton visited Michigan State University and spoke to a crowd behind the Beaumont Tower at the East Lansing-based institution.  After the speech, Clinton walked on campus and along Grand River Avenue shaking hands with passersbys. Clinton went on to win the presidency, defeating Republican […]

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 […]

BREAKING: FCC proposes $5M fine for Wohl, Burkman over Michigan election robocall

BY: - August 24, 2021

Updated, 7:56 p.m. 8/24/21, with comments from AG Nessel The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday proposed a $5.13 million fine against Jack Burkman, Jacob Wohl and J.M. Burkman & Associates LLC over a robocall targeting Black Michigan voters before the 2020 election. Burkman and Wohl allegedly concocted and paid for a robocall that targeted […]

Former Trump U.S. attorney Schneider takes a pass on ’22 AG race

BY: - August 19, 2021

Updated, 10:04 a.m., 8/19/21 Matthew Schneider, who former President Donald Trump tapped as the U.S. attorney for Michigan’s eastern district, announced Wednesday evening that he would not run as a Republican candidate for attorney general in 2022. “I’m successfully, busily, and happily fulfilling my commitment to build and grow the investigations and white collar defense […]


Column: Top Trump DOJ official’s letter staked out Georgia as path to a coup

BY: - August 9, 2021

On Dec. 28, a top official in the Trump Department of Justice circulated an extraordinary, potentially history-altering letter to his colleagues, writing that “I see no valid downsides” to issuing the letter and proposing that they “get it out as soon as possible.” In that letter, reported this week by ABC News, Jeffrey Clark falsely […]

Trump allies’ so-called election ‘audits’ spark public skepticism, concerns in Congress

BY: - August 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The months-long, Republican-led investigation in Arizona into the results of last year’s presidential election has cost millions of dollars and produced no evidence yet of major issues in tallying Maricopa County ballots. Yet supporters of former President Donald Trump are still attempting to follow Arizona’s lead by pushing for so-called audits in several […]

State Supreme Court allows Detroit charter proposal to appear on ballot

BY: - August 2, 2021

Advocates of a proposed revision to Detroit’s city charter scored a major victory Thursday after the Michigan Supreme Court ordered the controversial initiative to be placed on the Aug. 3 ballot. The panel voted 4-3 to overturn the Wayne County Circuit Court and Michigan Court of Appeals’ decision to remove the proposed revisions from the […]

Election conspiracy groups paid $5.7M for Ariz. ‘audit,’ includes link to Mich. AG candidate

BY: - July 30, 2021

After months of questions, the leader of the Arizona Senate’s election review released a list of financial contributors, showing the self-styled audit has been funded by organizations that have aggressively promoted baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election — and in some cases sought to overturn results. Five groups were responsible for providing more than […]

State board OKs anti-Whitmer petition, heads to GOP-led Legislature

BY: - July 13, 2021

After a year of right-wing acrimony over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders and legal turbulence over an effort to permanently strip some of her emergency powers, the controversial Unlock Michigan campaign prevailed Tuesday at getting its petition approved by the Board of State Canvassers. The bipartisan panel had previously deadlocked on the petition along party […]

Harris calls Michigan a ‘bellwether’ at Whitmer 2022 fundraiser

BY: - July 13, 2021

Following an event promoting vaccinations in Detroit on Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris headlined a fundraiser for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is up for reelection in 2022. At the event at the TCF Center, Harris noted that she was last in the Motor City on Election Day 2020. President Joe Biden carried Michigan by more […]

Experts warn against ‘sham audits’ movement across the country

BY: - July 13, 2021

We know: You’ve always been worried this day would come. And even though it was easier to pass notes or catch a few “Zzzs” during the lecture about separation of powers, the moment is here. That time when you wish you would have paid more attention in civics class. Experts for four different organizations came […]

‘This is really fantastical’: Federal judge blasts pro-Trump attorneys, hints at sanctions 

BY: - July 12, 2021

In a six-hour long hearing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker blasted the “Kraken” litigation team’s sworn affidavits claiming unsubstantiated instances of voter fraud in Michigan’s 2020 general election and signified sanctions requested by state officials are a strong possibility.  Sanctions are allowed when attorney’s submit frivolous or baseless arguments. Michigan Attorney General Dana […]