Jason Wentworth

Rep. Jones stripped of committee assignments after 3rd bond violation

BY: - September 16, 2021

Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) stripped Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) of all committee assignments Thursday.  That followed Jones attempting to sneak a handcuff key into jail on Tuesday after a judge sent him to jail for committing his third bond violation after initially being arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest.  Jones was arrested […]

Rep. Manoogian alleges Rep. Marino committed domestic violence

BY: - September 15, 2021

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) released a statement Wednesday afternoon alleging that state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.), who was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday without explanation, committed domestic violence. “The unfortunate reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic abuse, which often comes from someone we would never expect,” Manoogian […]

Immigrant driver license hearing gets canceled at last minute

BY: - September 14, 2021

Updated, 4:31 p.m. 9/14/21 with a list of groups that planned to testify Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) asked to nix a long-awaited hearing Tuesday on legislation expanding access to driver licenses and state IDs for a wide range of Michiganders, including both documented and undocumented immigrants.  The Michigan House Rules and Competitiveness Committee, […]

Unemployment head tells House panel she ‘absolutely’ takes responsibility for agency failures

BY: - September 9, 2021

Liza Estlund Olson, the acting director of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), testified before a state House panel Thursday on unemployment system problems since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Olson’s appearance before the Oversight Committee comes after Republican lawmakers have leveled withering criticism at the Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer administration over its handling of […]

Wentworth calls on Whitmer to fire state unemployment head

BY: - August 26, 2021

Updated, 4:49 p.m., with comments from Whitmer’s office As the deadline for workers to claim federal unemployment benefits is set to run out in 10 days on Sept. 4, Liza Estlund Olson, the acting director of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency, will testify before a state House panel.  Olson agreed to appear before the Oversight Committee […]

‘Joyful warrior’ former U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell dies at 64

BY: - August 16, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (I-Dryden Twp.), who left the Republican Party over leadership indulging former President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election, died at age 64 on Monday after being diagnosed with stage IV renal cancer earlier this year.  He spent 40 days in the hospital in June following a removal of a […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

Dem leaders plan to investigate state ties to attack on U.S. Capitol

BY: - June 11, 2021

House and Senate Democratic leaders are calling for an investigation into Michiganders’ involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol.  On Thursday, House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) called on other members in the Legislature to create a bipartisan committee to investigate the full extent […]

Whitmer, GOP leaders agree to negotiate budget, COVID orders

BY: - May 21, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders in the Legislature struck a deal Thursday evening to work together on next year’s budget, COVID-19 relief spending and pandemic health restrictions. With the Legislature passing initial Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budgets last week — which included big cuts to some key initiatives championed by the governor — state […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY

Dr. Farhan Bhatti: GOP leaders spreading COVID vaccine misinformation are prolonging the pandemic

BY: - May 17, 2021

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are widely available for everyone, much of my work as a physician has been encouraging my patients to choose to take the vaccine. It’s natural for people to have questions, and I’m happy to answer them. When hesitant patients and I work from the same set of facts, I can persuade […]

Rep. faces felony charge with 2-year prison time, among other charges related to I-96 crash

BY: - April 19, 2021

A virtual arraignment for state Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) on Friday revealed that the 26-year-old lawmaker could face prison time related to his car crash on I-96 earlier this month. Jones was arrested on April 6 after driving erratically on the highway and eventually crashing his black Chevrolet Tahoe into a ditch. The events that […]