Jocelyn Benson

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 […]

Judge sanctions pro-Trump attorneys for ‘historic and profound abuse of the judicial process’

BY: - August 26, 2021

Linda Parker, U.S. District Judge of the Eastern District of Michigan, on Wednesday ordered sanctions for “Kraken” attorneys, including former President Donald Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, for spreading false claims while litigating the results of the 2020 general election.  Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila also were sanctioned. Hagerstrom is a longtime […]

Nessel won’t criminally charge Michigan GOP chair for ‘insidious’ $200K payoff

BY: - August 23, 2021

Updated, 3:23 p.m., 8/23/21 Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday that her office will not criminally charge Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser for using Michigan GOP funds to pay former Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot for his withdrawal from the 2018 Secretary of State race.  Weiser paid a $200,000 fine through a conciliation […]

Independent redistricting commission considers hiring GOP-tied law firm

BY: - August 9, 2021

Updated, 11:15 a.m., 7/10/21, with new comments from Nessel’s office The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) announced Friday that it will be interviewing a Washington, D.C.-based law firm with GOP ties to represent the commission as its legal counsel. MICRC spokesperson Edward Woods III said the commission submitted two requests for proposal, but only […]

‘This is really fantastical’: Federal judge blasts pro-Trump attorneys, hints at sanctions 

BY: - July 12, 2021

In a six-hour long hearing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker blasted the “Kraken” litigation team’s sworn affidavits claiming unsubstantiated instances of voter fraud in Michigan’s 2020 general election and signified sanctions requested by state officials are a strong possibility.  Sanctions are allowed when attorney’s submit frivolous or baseless arguments. Michigan Attorney General Dana […]

AG kicks off investigation into false election fraud claims, review of GOP chair’s alleged 2018 payoff 

BY: - July 12, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel has accepted an invitation from state Republican leaders to investigate allegations of people profiting off false claims of election fraud.  Last month, the GOP-led Senate Oversight Committee wrapped its 8-month investigation into claims of widespread evidence of voter fraud in Michigan and released a 35-page report showing the continued right-wing claims […]

Michigan Supreme Court rejects deadline extension for independent redistricting panel

BY: - July 9, 2021

Updated, 1:51 p.m., 7/9/21, with comment from Voters Not Politicians The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied the independent redistricting committee’s request for a deadline extension due to delayed U.S. Census data, throwing a wrench into the new panel’s first go at drawing new district lines for the state. The 13-member Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting […]

Benson, activists blast GOP election bills 

BY: - July 2, 2021

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Detroit-area activists on Thursday continued to blast a set of state Senate GOP-sponsored bills voter suppression.   “The truth is these bills aren’t designed to increase election security; they’re designed to decrease turnout,” said Benson, a Democrat, at the meeting hosted by We The People Michigan, Michigan People’s Campaign […]

Republican introduces bill for so-called ‘forensic audit’ of 2020 general election results

BY: - June 22, 2021

Updated, 7:20 a.m. 6/23/21, with comments from Benson After Republican activists rallied last week calling for a so-called “forensic audit” of the 2020 election results in Michigan, state Rep. Steve Carra (R-St. Joseph) introduced a bill on Tuesday to create a bipartisan audit board to conduct one.  President Joe Biden won Michigan by more than […]

Bills you may have missed, from vaccine incentives to regulating meat substitutes

BY: - June 22, 2021

Michigan residents could claim a $100 tax credit for getting a COVID-19 vaccine and driver’s licenses would be extended under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in June on topics ranging from vaccines to broadband internet access to budgets. Republicans […]

Michigan hopes to be among first states to adopt digital driver’s licenses in iOS 15

BY: - June 14, 2021

Michigan hopes to be among the first states to adopt a feature coming to iPhones this fall: digital driver’s licenses. Apple announced during their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote recently that beginning with iOS 15, iPhone users will be able to scan their driver’s license and store the information in the Apple Wallet app. […]

Senate Elections Committee passes voter restriction bills 

BY: - June 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate Elections Committee voted on three bills Wednesday that could reform voting procedures to mandate photo identification being presented when applying for an absentee ballot or casting a ballot.  All bills passed 3-1 and moved on to the full Senate. SB 285, introduced by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) requires voters to present […]