elections

Huizenga, Wozniak win special state Senate GOP primaries

BY: - August 4, 2021

State Reps. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) and Doug Wozniak (R-Shelby Twp.) won their respective special state Senate GOP primaries on Tuesday and are likely on their way to joining the upper chamber in November. Republicans currently hold a 20-16 majority. In a tight race for the 28th District in the Grand Rapids area of West Michigan, […]

Study: Michigan electing more LGBTQ+ local officials, still far off from equity

BY: - August 2, 2021

LGBTQ+ representation in elected offices has taken big strides in the last year nationwide, especially on the local level in Michigan, according to a recent study.  A report by the Victory Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to help LGBTQ+ people get elected to office, shows that nationally there are 986 openly LGBTQ+ people currently […]

Breaking: Complaint alleges Michigan GOP lawmakers got illegal campaign money from ALEC 

BY: - July 28, 2021

At least two Michigan Republican lawmakers allegedly received illegal campaign contributions from a national nonprofit that has ties to the Republican National Committee (RNC) and works with corporate lobbyists to push conservative legislation in state legislatures across the country, according to a complaint set to be filed Wednesday by the Center for Media and Democracy […]

Dems detail being on the front lines of state voting rights struggles

BY: - July 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — State Democratic legislators last week outlined their efforts to not only protect voting rights, but also expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures. During a Tuesday panel discussion, state lawmakers from Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida discussed how they’ve fought against restrictive elections measures introduced and passed in their legislatures. This year […]

With redistricting as an X factor, Republicans set their sights on Kildee in 2022

BY: - July 20, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has just had his best fundraising haul since he was first elected in 2012, raking in over $420,000 in the second quarter alone.  In total, Kildee — who represents the 5th Congressional District spanning Arenac, Bay, Genesee, and Iosco counties, as well as parts […]

Michigan GOP conference to feature Pence, Cruz, Haley and Graham

BY: - July 19, 2021

The Michigan Republican Party announced Monday that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will join the lineup for its biennial conference on Mackinac Island. The confab is scheduled for Sept. 24 to 26. “Lindsey Graham has been an outspoken advocate for conservative principles and is a dedicated problem-solver,” said Michigan GOP Chair Ron Weiser. “We are […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Biden threw down the gauntlet in the battle over voting rights. It’s a fight we can’t shirk.

BY: - July 16, 2021

It was hard to miss the challenge that President Joe Biden posed to Americans as he burned through a fiery speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon. Led by “bullies and peddlers of lies,” Republicans in Congress and state legislatures around the country are engaged in an historical assault on the right to vote that poses […]

Election fraud activist announces Michigan attorney general bid

BY: - July 15, 2021

Matthew DePerno, a Kalamazoo-based attorney who filed a case challenging the Antrim County 2020 general elections results and made a number of unfounded accusations and false statements about the election, is running for Attorney General in 2022, according to a press release. DePerno made his announcement around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, but didn’t specify in […]

Hamtramck settles Voting Rights Act lawsuit, will provide Bengali language assistance

BY: - July 14, 2021

After the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) sued the city of Hamtramck for violating the federal Voting Rights Act, a court order and consent decree have been issued, calling for the metro Detroit city to provide a more ethnically diverse elections environment.    “I am really happy to hear that this agreement was reached,” […]

Here’s how democracies die

BY: - July 13, 2021

If you want to know at what point America’s democracy started to die, experts say 2016 seems like a logical point: With nearly a year to go until his term expired, President Barack Obama’s attempt at appointing a Supreme Court justice failed when the Republican-controlled Senate vowed to block any nominee. Steven Levitsky and Daniel […]

LGBTQ rights group ready to file suit after state rejects petition signatures

BY: - July 9, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, is prepared to file a lawsuit against the Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) after determining the petition failed to clear a hurdle to get on the 2022 ballot. The BOE issued a report Thursday stating that the Fair and […]

VP Harris says DNC will pour $25M into voting rights protection

BY: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will spend $25 million to protect voting rights, in response to a wave of laws pushed by Republican lawmakers in state legislatures that would restrict voting access. The move comes after Democrats have been stymied in their attempts to enact a national […]