8 Republicans introduce articles of impeachment against Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel

BY: - November 10, 2023

A group of eight Republican state representatives on Thursday introduced a resolution bringing articles of impeachment against Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel that has little chance of being adopted.  State Reps. James DeSana (R-Carleton), Neil Friske (R-Charlevoix), Joseph Fox (R-Fremont), Rachelle Smit (R-Martin), Matt Maddock (R-Milford), Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers), Josh Schriver (R-Oxford) and Angela […]

State, local elections offer good news for democracy

BY: - November 10, 2023

The big news out of Tuesday’s elections was wins for Democrats and for reproductive rights in Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. But small “d” democracy also had a good night: The result, advocates say, could be to make future elections, including the 2024 presidential contest, freer and fairer. “Americans sent a clear message that they […]

Michigan Supreme Court hears 2020 election robocall misinformation case

BY: - November 9, 2023

Two far-right operatives who made tens of thousands of calls spreading misinformation about voting across Midwestern states ahead of the 2020 presidential election, had oral arguments taken Thursday in their robocall voter intimidation criminal case in the Michigan Supreme Court. Investigators who have looked into calls made in Michigan, Ohio and New York estimate that […]

Michigan House leadership prepares for a 54-54 partisan tie with two Dems departing soon

BY: - November 9, 2023

For 10 months, Michigan Democrats have held the first bicameral majority in the state Legislature in almost 40 years. But now that’s ending. Two Democratic House members won their mayoral elections in Southeast Michigan on Tuesday, knocking Dems 56-54 majority down to 54-54 once they get sworn into their new offices, likely next week. Democrats […]

Four metro Detroit communities resoundingly vote against cannabis dispensaries

BY: - November 8, 2023

Voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals Tuesday to allow recreational marijuana sales in four metro Detroit cities. The proposals were defeated in Birmingham, Grosse Pointe Park, Rochester and Keego Harbor. Recreational marijuana use will be legal in 21 states after ballot measures pass In Birmingham, 73.6% of the voters rejected a proposal to provide a license to […]

Democrats win mayoral races in Westland and Warren — and temporarily lose Michigan House majority

BY: - November 8, 2023

Two Democrats may have won their respective mayoral races Tuesday, but the result will be a loss — albeit likely temporarily — for Democrats in the Michigan House. Two of the Tuesday contests in Southeast Michigan featured state lawmakers, Reps. Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) and Lori Stone (D-Warren), who triumphed in mayoral races in their respective […]

Ohioans vote to legalize recreational marijuana by passing Issue 2 law

BY: - November 8, 2023

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Ohio after voters passed Issue 2 on Tuesday. The Associated Press called the election on Issue 2 shortly after 9:30 p.m. With nearly 99% of precincts reporting early Wednesday, the proposed law was passing with 56.79% of the vote, or 2.144 million voters out of nearly 3.8 million […]

How abortion factors into five major elections on Tuesday

BY: - November 7, 2023

It’s Election Day. Results could serve as a barometer for key issues ahead of 2024’s presidential race. Abortion is directly on the ballot on Tuesday in Ohio and underscoring contests in several states. Here’s a primer: Issue 1 asks voters whether to guarantee state constitutional rights to abortion, birth control, childbirth, fertility treatment and miscarriage management. […]

One year out: how a free and fair 2024 presidential election could be under threat

BY: - November 7, 2023

The last time America elected a president, it led to a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol and a failed coup that gravely damaged the political system and marred the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in U.S. history. A year from now, the nation’s voters will decide another presidential contest — likely […]

Hamtramck candidate doubles down on comments about Holocaust, child marriage and homosexuality

BY: - November 3, 2023

Updated, 12:23 p.m., 11/6/23 A Hamtramck City Council candidate on Thursday defended his disturbing social media comments about the Holocaust, child marriage and homosexuality. Nasr Hussain, who is among six people running for Hamtramck City Council, suggested on Facebook on Monday that the Holocaust was “advance punishment” for Israel’s “savagery” against Palestinians in the Israel-Hamas war. “A […]

Michigan House advances protections for poll workers, restrictions on AI in political ads

BY: - November 2, 2023

With the 2024 election looming on the horizon, the Michigan House of Representatives took votes Wednesday on bills addressing threats against election workers and creating restrictions on the use of artificial intelligence in political advertisements.   According to a survey from the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy group aimed at upholding democratic […]

State and local election workers quitting amid abuse, officials tell U.S. Senate panel

BY: - November 2, 2023

State and local election officials face threats and intimidation, driving experienced workers out of the profession, a panel of election officials told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday. Conspiracy theories have fueled a more hostile environment for election workers, which has led many to quit, creating more challenges for the inexperienced new leaders, the top election […]