insurrection

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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 […]

Trump endorses 2 Michigan Republicans for 2022

BY: - September 8, 2021

Former President Donald Trump, who appears to be prepping to run in 2024, was busy this week with politics in Michigan, which is expected to again be a battleground state. Trump endorsed two Michigan Republicans for 2022: State Rep. Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers) and Kristina Karamo, who have both aligned themselves with Trump’s base and […]

Heeding Steve Bannon’s call, election deniers organize to seize control of the GOP

BY: - September 5, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. One of the loudest voices urging Donald Trump’s supporters to push for overturning the presidential election results was Steve Bannon. “We’re on the point of attack,” Bannon, a former Trump adviser and […]

The 1/6 Commission wants to know what went down with Trump and Michigan Republicans

BY: - August 25, 2021

There’s been some mystery surrounding a post-2020 election White House meeting between then-President Donald Trump and Michigan legislative leaders, including state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering). Now the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol wants to know what really went […]

Former GOP congressman to advise Jan. 6 investigation

BY: - August 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Republican U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman will serve as a nonpartisan senior staff member on a panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. “Doing this might be one of the biggest things I’ve ever done in my life,” Riggleman said in a video he posted to Twitter. “We can’t worry […]

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Column: Top Trump DOJ official’s letter staked out Georgia as path to a coup

BY: - August 9, 2021

On Dec. 28, a top official in the Trump Department of Justice circulated an extraordinary, potentially history-altering letter to his colleagues, writing that “I see no valid downsides” to issuing the letter and proposing that they “get it out as soon as possible.” In that letter, reported this week by ABC News, Jeffrey Clark falsely […]

Dems back AG probe into election conspiracists, again push for bipartisan 1/6 panel

BY: - August 5, 2021

Seven months after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to overturn the 2020 election, Michigan Democrats are supporting new efforts by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to hold those spreading false claims of election fraud accountable, while still advocating for a bipartisan committee to investigate Michigan’s ties to the insurrection. “We need to restore […]

Son of former Michigan lawmaker sentenced to time served for participating in Jan. 6 insurrection

BY: - August 4, 2021

An Upper Peninsula man who threatened “war everywhere if we let this election get stolen” was sentenced Wednesday to time served after spending six months in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Karl Dresch, 41, of Calumet, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of willfully and knowingly demonstrating in a Capitol building. […]

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Susan J. Demas: Every day since the Jan. 6 insurrection has been gaslighting

BY: - July 31, 2021

If you spend enough time reading how empires fall, as I did during my younger days studying obscure accounts of European history (and being lectured that it would never be useful in the real world), it becomes clear that we are living in the jittery, pivitol period between coup attempts. And the next one is […]

Congress clears $521M to pay for National Guard costs tied to Jan. 6 attack, Tlaib votes no

BY: and - July 30, 2021

Updated, 4:06 p.m., 7/30/21 with comments from Tlaib’s office WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for providing 26,000 troops to protect the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot — an unexpected expense that was poised to result in training cutbacks for Guard units across the country. The National […]

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Susan J. Demas: Republicans have us trapped in a deadly COVID stupidity loop

BY: - July 22, 2021

Republicans — with the help of four cowardly Democrats — celebrated their ignoble victory Wednesday over common sense and public health, as they ditched a 76-year-old law that makes it easier for governors to respond to catastrophes. It was a pro forma action — the Michigan Supreme Court last year overturned the law when it […]

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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 […]