Michigan has made big strides on voting rights. Here’s what to expect next.

BY: - September 15, 2023

This article is part of U.S. Democracy Day, a nationwide collaborative on Sept. 15, the International Day of Democracy, in which news organizations cover how democracy works and the threats it faces. To learn more, visit usdemocracyday.org Michigan has made strong progress in protecting voters’ rights and access to the ballot box in recent years, […]


Column: Breaking down barriers to voting for people with disabilities

BY: and - September 8, 2023

There is much excitement that comes with an Election Day in Michigan.  It’s an opportunity for all of us – no matter our background or political affiliation – to decide as an electorate on the important issues of the day and on who will represent us at the various levels of government. And it’s a […]

Lawsuit arguing racial gerrymandering in Michigan’s legislative districts to go to trial

BY: - August 30, 2023

A case brought by 20 metro Detroit voters raising concerns about Michigan’s new voting districts lowering Black voter percentages in Detroit-area districts will go to trial, a three judge panel in a Michigan federal court determined this week. At the end of 2021, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) approved the new voting districts […]

It’s official: Former President Donald J. Trump booked at Fulton jail on 13 charges related to 2020 election

BY: - August 24, 2023

Former President Donald Trump, who is accused of trying to overturn Georgia’s election results, has been booked at the Fulton County Jail, according to the county jail website. Trump, who was indicted by a grand jury last week, arrived at the Rice Street jail in a sprawling motorcade at 7:34 p.m. Thursday. Outside the jail, his fans […]

Americans are worried about democracy. You wouldn’t know it from the GOP debate.

BY: - August 24, 2023

There’s a growing feeling, among both experts and ordinary Americans, that our democracy isn’t functioning well — and even that it’s under threat. “American democracy is cracking,” the Washington Post reported August 18. “I’m terrified,” one democracy expert told the paper. “I think we are in bad shape, and I don’t know a way out.” […]

Dispute over documents delays considerations to move election tabulators trial

BY: - August 24, 2023

Oakland County Circuit Judge Jeffery S. Matis will consider a request to move the case against attorneys Stefanie Lambert Junttila and Matt DePerno and former state rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City) to Antrim County in two weeks, following a hearing on the motion Wednesday afternoon.  Lambert Junttila, who was the last person charged in Special […]

DePerno present for ‘tests’ on voting machines, court documents say

BY: - August 14, 2023

Matt DePerno, the former 2022 Republican attorney general nominee, was present as individuals met throughout Oakland County to perform “testing” and examinations on voting machines in 2021, court documents allege.  A brief filed by Special Prosecutor DJ Hilson on Aug. 10, said DePerno and co-defendant Stefanie Lambert Junttila were “frequently” present in Oakland County hotel […]

Coleman and Stone advance in two SE Michigan mayoral races 

BY: - August 9, 2023

Following Tuesday’s local primary elections, Democrats are one step closer to potentially losing, albeit temporarily, their slim majority in the Michigan House. Two of the contests in Southeast Michigan featured Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) and Lori Stone (D-Warren), who advanced in mayoral races in their respective cities amid light voter turnout. In Westland, […]

Westland, Warren mayoral primaries could hamper Michigan Dem House majority

BY: - August 5, 2023

Two primary elections taking place Tuesday in metro Detroit could have the power to stall statewide Democratic legislative priorities if Reps. Kevin Coleman (D- Westland) and Lori Stone (D-Warren) emerge victorious in their respective mayoral races.  The delicate 56-54 majority won by House Democrats after the November 2022 midterm election has enabled longtime party policy […]

‘We are fortunate that Jesse Louis Jackson came our way’

BY: - July 29, 2023

Earlier this month, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, now 81, officially retired from the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the civil rights organization that he founded in 1971. Known as the “Conscience of the Nation” and “the Great Unifier,” Jackson was awarded in 2000 the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — by then- President […]

What can Barbie tell us about women and work?

BY: - July 23, 2023

“Because Barbie can be anything; women can be anything,” according to the narrator of the new “Barbie” movie directed by Greta Gerwig that broke the box office record for 2023, grossing more than $70 million on opening day.  In the film that debuted Friday, “Barbieland” is run and sustained by Barbies performing the various roles […]


Column: Underperforming political journalism and pitfalls of conventional wisdom

BY: - July 19, 2023

Writers covering election politics these days generally do not disclose anything relevant about issues and top candidates. Mostly, they read online speeches and social media posts, view broadcast and YouTube segments, report poll predictions, scan databases and launch wave after wave of commentary. We are drowning in a tsunami of political opinion. There are a scant […]