Susan J. Demas: An overlooked goal of the rising far-right? Get good people to quit.

BY: - September 19, 2021

When U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) this week announced his retirement after being one of only a handful Republicans to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, it was greeted with the usual discourse when moderates step aside. Pundits are always atwitter if this mean that Democrats are moving too far […]

Report: Michigan has highest number of armed protests at state capitals across country

BY: - August 27, 2021

Michigan has made national news for right-wing armed protests at the state Capitol over COVID-19 health orders, such as the April 30, 2020, demonstration that has been called a “dress rehearsal” for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Now a new study shows the state had 29 armed demonstrations in the last 18 […]

Capitol panel closes open-carry loophole

BY: - May 19, 2021

In January, after months of security concerns stemming from armed right-wing demonstrations at the Michigan Capitol, a small bipartisan panel voted to ban open carry of firearms in the historic building for the first time. That panel met again Monday to strengthen that rule, following an incident earlier this month that illuminated a loophole in […]

Law enforcement officials urge action against rising numbers of ‘ghost guns’

BY: - May 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has promised a crackdown on so-called “ghost guns,” and during a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday, law enforcement officials from Pennsylvania and Maryland described how an exponential increase in those firearms — which are easily assembled from kits and not subject to federal gun laws — has expanded the workload of their […]

U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says in rolling out executive action

BY: - April 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month in Colorado and Georgia. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said […]

Biden calls on Senate to act on background checks after Colorado mass shooting

BY: - March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” Biden’s remarks […]

Bills you may have missed, from banning workplace vaccine mandates to increasing LGBTQ protections

BY: - March 16, 2021

State lawmakers have introduced bills in March on topics ranging from expanding unemployment benefits to protecting members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination to barring employers from requiring workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, in the House with a six-seat margin and the Senate with a four-seat margin. […]

As Michigan enters year 2 of COVID-19, scars in the Capitol remain

BY: - March 10, 2021

A year after Michigan officials recorded the first two positive COVID-19 tests on March 10, 2020, two state lawmakers who had the virus — one Democrat, one Republican — have recovered. But their views over how to handle the pandemic that has killed almost 16,000 Michiganders underscore the Capitol’s deep partisan divide. Last March, state […]

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 […]

Nessel backs U of M firearm ban before Mich. Supreme Court

BY: - March 2, 2021

The University of Michigan’s longtime rule banning firearms from campus now has the support of the state’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Dana Nessel. Nessel announced in a release Monday that her office has filed a legal brief in a court case challenging the rule, Joshua Wade v University of Michigan, which has been […]

Republican objects to ban on guns in House committee room

BY: - February 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House of Representatives committee meeting devolved into taunts and lectures on Thursday when Republicans, including gun-loving U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, objected to a rule banning firearms from the hearing room. A meeting to organize the Natural Resources Committee and vote on its rules, generally a staid and dry procedural affair, went […]

From guns in schools to COVID emergency powers: Key bills in the new Legislature so far

BY: - February 7, 2021

During their first month in office, members of the 101st Michigan Legislature have introduced 275 bills, and several more resolutions, addressing topics ranging from gun control to the COVID-19 pandemic. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, in the House with a six-seat margin and the Senate with a four-seat margin. Two additional Senate seats […]