Legislative efforts to protect trailer park residents from eviction show mixed results
The plight of residents in mobile home communities has caught the attention of state and federal lawmakers, who are working to craft legislation that would safeguard the rights of homeowners while helping to keep rents affordable. So far, the results have been mixed. The National Consumer Law Center says 15 states and Washington, D.C., have […]
Nessel slams stereotype that ‘female leaders can’t work together’ during DNC Zoom watch party
Attorney General Dana Nessel and other female Michigan officials (virtually) let loose Wednesday ahead of the National Democratic Convention, in a Zoom event celebrating the 2018 “pink wave” while aiming to spur enthusiasm for the 2020 Democratic ticket. Nessel kicked off the call by cracking open a can of Michigan beer and playing “Get the […]
Rep. Andy Levin: Here’s the missing link to school reopenings
I just hosted a Zoom call with suburban Detroit educators. It was heart-wrenching. They spoke of teachers asking about life insurance and legal services to ensure their wills are in order. They talked about administrators doing their best to prepare for fall, but unable — because of inaction from the Senate on additional federal relief—to […]
Levin, Warren probe if Trump admin. exerted political pressure on CDC for school openings
Two Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday asked the heads of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Education Department for their correspondence with the White House. The two legislators, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), want to determine if the CDC revised its COVID-19 reopening guidelines […]
Key senators predict victory over Trump in renaming military facilities honoring Confederates
WASHINGTON — Key U.S. senators are preparing for battle with the White House over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and they’re expecting to win. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who backs the effort, said he believes the GOP-controlled Senate would override a possible presidential veto of a defense policy bill that […]
Is this Michigan House seat held by a Trump-friendly Dem the next big pickup for progressives?
Roslyn Ogburn’s effort to defeat state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) appears to be gaining steam. The housing activist, block club president and mother of five is one of several candidates looking to unseat the first-term Democrat. As the Aug. 4 Democratic primary draws closer, key issues in the campaign for the seat that covers a […]
Did Michigan’s March 10 primary play a role in COVID-19’s spread?
Michigan has been hit the hardest of Upper Midwest states when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s still a lot that’s unknown about the spread of the new virus, but poverty and the transportation hub of Detroit Metro Airport have been cited as possible factors driving Michigan’s numbers. As of Sunday afternoon, Michigan has […]
Biden confirms Whitmer on VP short list
Likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden surprised no one in putting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on his running mate short list, according to national reporting. Whitmer endorsed Biden before Michigan’s March 10 primary, in which he defeated U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by almost 17 points. Biden holds a significant delegate lead that would be […]
Drugmakers say they’re racing to develop COVID-19 treatments, but Dems say they must be affordable
Drug companies like Takeda, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Lilly Research Laboratories, Pfizer and Sanofi say they are working on treatments and vaccines to combat COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus. There are now 4,650 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Saturday. The state reports […]
Susan J. Demas: Sanders’ biggest mistake was not backing Warren in 2019
It’s a despondent time for many inspired by Bernie Sanders’ progressive vision, as he lost Michigan big Tuesday night — four years after his surprise victory here gave birth to his theory of electability. Former Vice President Joe Biden took a buzzsaw to that idea, notching a 15-point victory and pulling what we like to […]
Young people gear up for the 2020 election, whether they can vote or not
Updated, 10:03 a.m., 3/9/20 Zion Helms, a 17-year-old senior at Cass Tech High School in Detroit, won’t be able to vote in Tuesday’s presidential primary, but that isn’t stopping her from getting involved in the political process. “I’m very, very passionate about the way that people are treated, and I’ve always been that way. I […]
Warren had diehard fans, especially women. So why couldn’t she win?
“Michigan needs a social justice warrior,” state Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) announced to a crowd of Elizabeth Warren fans at a Detroit rally on Super Tuesday. “Warren is a lot like Detroit. She is scrappy; she never gives up; she hopes for better things — and like the phoenix, she will rise.” And with that, […]