Jim Ananich

Dozens of Michigan Dems sign brief to protect Roe v. Wade

BY: - September 24, 2021

Forty-five Michigan Democratic lawmakers signed onto an amicus brief demanding that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold Roe v. Wade. “Abortion is health care. We will not sit quietly while a certain small faction attempts to dismantle a person’s right to their own reproductive freedom,” Sens. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) said in a […]

GOP-led Senate Oversight panel debunks 2020 voter fraud conspiracies in new report

BY: - June 23, 2021

After nearly eight months of GOP state lawmakers questioning the 2020 presidential election results, the Senate Oversight Committee this week released a 35-page report concluding that there is no widespread evidence of voter fraud, despite continued right-wing claims to the contrary. Since November, many Republican activists and lawmakers have largely refrained from crediting President Joe […]

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. […]

State depts. to review severance agreements after Whitmer admin. payouts

BY: - March 9, 2021

After news reports about top state officials receiving hefty severance packages on their way out the door, state departments will be reviewing these deals moving forward.  The first such case reported was former Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon, who received a $155,000 severance in exchange for “releasing all claims against” the […]

Frank Kelley, the Michigan’s longest-serving attorney general, dies at 96

BY: - March 6, 2021

Updated, 4:36 p.m., 3/6/21 Affectionately known as the “eternal general” for his record tenure of service in Michigan, former state Attorney General Frank J. Kelley has died at age 96, according to his family. The Detroit-born Democrat served as Michigan’s chief law enforcement officer from 1961 to 1999 — 37 years — who was the […]

No vote on DHHS director, but 7 GOP senators urge rejection

BY: - March 4, 2021

Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel testified in front of the Senate Advice and Consent Committee again on Thursday, but the more than two-hour meeting was inconclusive on whether or not the committee will reject her appointment.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in January appointed Hertel, a former GOP legislative staffer who most recently […]

Ananich to Shirkey: ‘The world doesn’t revolve around you’

BY: - February 17, 2021

State Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) did not mince words Wednesday morning when it came to recent conspiratorial remarks about the 2020 election from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake). “The earth is round. The moon landing is real. Nine-eleven happened. And on Jan. 6 of this year, a violent insurrection against America happened, […]

Shirkey doubles down on insurrection ‘hoax’ comments amid calls to resign

BY: - February 10, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) remains in hot water Wednesday following a video showing the state’s top Republican lawmaker making sexist comments about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, joking about inviting her to a fistfight and claiming that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was perpetrated by enemies of former President Donald Trump. Despite […]

Republican says balance of power has been ‘emasculated’ as Senate rejects another 5 Whitmer appointees

BY: - February 3, 2021

State Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) said the “balance at the bargaining table” has been “emasculated” over the pandemic, culminating with the Senate voting Wednesday to reject more of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state board appointees.  “Where is the balance at the bargaining table? It’s gone. It’s been abrogated, emasculated, taken away,” McBroom said on the Senate […]

Updated: Former Gov. Snyder charged in Flint water crisis probe

BY: - January 13, 2021

Updated 5:48 p.m., 1/12/21, 9:47 p.m., 1/13/21 with charges Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday was charged in connection with the Flint water crisis. He faces two counts of willful neglect of duty, misdemeanors which could each result in up to a year in prison and as much as a $1,000 fine. On Tuesday, […]

SCOTUS chucks Texas suit trying to overturn election in Michigan, other states

BY: and - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results from four battleground states, despite pressure on the justices from President Donald Trump on social media. Indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, sued to invalidate the voting results of Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin […]

Sen. Ananich tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - November 6, 2020

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) announced Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19. “I am feeling ok and am currently recovering at home. I haven’t been at the Senate since exposure and I’m following my doctor’s advice and all MDHHS [Michigan Department of Health and Human Services] protocols,” Ananich tweeted. I wanted to update […]