Erika Geiss

What will happen to telemedicine abortion in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is overturned?

BY: - September 15, 2021

Following a U.S. Supreme Court opinion earlier this month allowing a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, many people across the country are considering what their future options may be for safe, legal abortions.  It’s the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. to go into effect, banning abortions as early as six weeks […]

Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, has been meeting with other […]

State police data: More than 1/5 of traffic stops involve Black motorists

BY: - July 16, 2021

More than one in every five — 21.5% — of Michigan State Police (MSP) traffic stops in 2020 involved Black motorists — a percentage significantly higher than the African-American population in Michigan that stands at about 14%.   State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), executive vice chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, was disturbed after reviewing […]

‘Biological females are one of our nation’s greatest treasures,’ says backer of anti-trans sports bill

BY: - May 25, 2021

A state Senate bill that aims to prevent transgender athletes in Michigan high schools from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity landed condemnation and support during a legislative hearing in Lansing Tuesday afternoon.  Senate Bill 218, which was introduced in March by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and is co-sponsored by […]

Women leaders speak up about harassment, misogyny in Michigan politics

BY: - May 22, 2021

It’s been a tumultuous year and a half in Lansing. Aside from the Michigan Capitol being the epicenter of armed protests, threats to officials over COVID-19 orders and the 2020 election, and even being part of an alleged right-wing plot to blow up the building, many leaders and staff have said the culture within the […]

After months of hearings airing 2020 election conspiracies, Republicans drop big voter restriction package

BY: and - March 25, 2021

A new package of voter restriction bills introduced this week by Republicans in Michigan is part of a national trend in states across the country following now-President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.  “They want to make it harder for people to vote. They want to make the process more cumbersome,” said state Sen. […]

GOP senators pass pro-gun resolution to supersede federal law

BY: - March 4, 2021

The GOP-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday adopted a pro-gun resolution that one Democratic lawmaker referred to as “four pages of dark insurrection-laden language and militia support.” Senate Resolution 22, introduced by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and co-sponsored by 18 other Republican members, claims that the state of Michigan does not have to adhere to […]

Reforms needed for pregnant people in prison, advocates say

BY: - March 3, 2021

When Siwatu-Salama Ra thinks of the future, she thinks of hope.  She thinks of sweeping, systemic change. Ra, a racial justice and environmental activist from Detroit, thinks of no one having to go through what she did: being sentenced to two years in prison when she was six months pregnant and delivering a baby in […]

Senate passes small COVID relief plan, Dem calls it ‘callous cruelty fueled by elitism and racism’ 

BY: - February 25, 2021

After fierce partisan debate on the floor, the GOP-led Michigan Senate voted along party lines Thursday to adopt a $727 million supplemental funding bill packed with controversial Republican amendments. Those amendments to Senate Bill 114 include a measure to prohibit Michigan from acknowledging race and socio-economic factors while distributing COVID-19 vaccines, and a Right to […]

After threats and armed protests, BIPOC lawmakers still struggle to get GOP leaders to address racial justice

BY: and - February 4, 2021

State Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) grew up during the 1980s and 1990s and remembers watching in astonishment the awarding-winning PBS documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement.” The African American lawmaker was raised in a Capital City community where whites and people of color interacted, for the most part, without incident. “What […]

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey

Shirkey changes story about militia leaders meeting, state police deny involvement

BY: - January 19, 2021

Updated, 8:20 a.m., 2/11/21 After facing social media backlash for his September comments about helping militia leaders in Michigan with messaging; Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) changed his story Tuesday in an interview with Bart Hawley of JTV in Jackson.  In an interview in September with Hawley, Shirkey said he met with leaders of […]

‘Now is the time to find our moral compass’: Dems push accountability for GOP election conspiracies

BY: - January 15, 2021

Michigan Democrats are calling on Republican legislative leaders who control the chambers to prioritize accountability in the new term, especially amid fresh federal warnings of violent protests in all 50 state capitols. That comes after the pro-President Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In an unusual start to a new legislative term […]