Kara Hope

Secrecy around LaFave’s COVID-19 diagnosis prompts concern from journalists, lawmakers

BY: - October 1, 2020

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) announced Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. The GOP-led House hasn’t been in session this week, but officials have not answered questions about safety issues, drawing concerns from reporters and legislative officials on Wednesday.  LaFave, who has previously criticized mask wearing and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency orders, told the […]

Michigan can’t count absentee ballots until Election Day. A local clerk wants Whitmer to change that.

BY: - September 11, 2020

Updated, 1:31 p.m., 9/11/20, with comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum this week sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, asking the former to issue executive orders that would speed up ballot processing for the Nov. 3 general election. Byrum requested on Tuesday that Whitmer […]

Election officials beg Legislature for help with surge in absentee voting 

BY: - August 4, 2020

The novel coronavirus has already shaken up work, schools, travel, recreation and more. Now as Michigan’s primary election arrives Tuesday and pandemic-stricken America nears the November general election, the virus looks like it could wreak havoc on the process. In Michigan — where a little more than 2 million voters requested an absentee ballot for […]

Michigan GOP senator tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - August 2, 2020

State Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) announced Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Barrett said that he tested positive during a health screening on Friday issued by the Michigan Army National Guard, which has implemented a COVID-19 screening policy for all soldiers one week prior to their departure for training events. He said he found […]

Dem bill bans tear gas, GOP bills establish crimes of ‘anarchy’

BY: - June 30, 2020

As protests against racism and police brutality persist in Michigan and beyond, two pieces of legislation introduced in the state House last week illustrate just how differently Democrat and Republican lawmakers are approaching the issue. House Bill 5925, introduced by state Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt), would create the “tear gas prohibition act.” The legislation would […]

After having coronavirus symptoms, Rep. sponsors measure requiring masks on House floor

BY: - May 27, 2020

Updated, 4:04 p.m., 5/27/20 A resolution was introduced Wednesday that would change the House rules to require every person on the floor to wear a mask or another type of protective face covering during the COVID-19 pandemic.  State Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt), who introduced House Resolution 268, says “it’s about public health, plain and simple.” […]

Panel punts on Capitol gun ban, another right-wing protest planned for Thursday

BY: - May 11, 2020

Updated, 5:36 p.m. 5/11/20, with remarks from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer The hotly debated issue of whether to prohibit firearms at the Michigan Capitol found itself Monday in the hands of a commission usually focused on building restoration and grounds maintenance. That panel, the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC), chose not to make an immediate decision. […]


The Legislature is meeting amid coronavirus. Some lawmakers are worried.

BY: - March 16, 2020

Updated, 7:41 p.m., 3/16/20 Michigan is under a state of emergency due to the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is banning events of more than 50 people and she already shuttered all K-12 schools. Bars and restaurants are restricted to take-out only. Gyms, movie theaters, recreation centers, casinos and other venues are closed. But […]

Michigan House adopts pro-2nd Amendment resolution on Moms Demand Action day

BY: - February 25, 2020

Michigan’s Republican-led state House voted Tuesday afternoon to adopt a resolution reaffirming the right of residents to keep and bear arms. House Resolution 227 is one of several resolutions that state Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.) has introduced at both the state and local level to uphold citizens’ rights to bear arms. The measures […]

Bills you may have missed: Clamping down on millage renewals, banning fossil fuels 

BY: - February 11, 2020

During an eventful start to the year, state lawmakers are busy introducing bills they hope to see passed in 2020.  Here is this week’s Michigan Advance roundup of recently introduced legislation you may have missed. Millage renewal restrictions State Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) introduced a bill in January that would limit the time frame […]

Bills you may have missed: Universal background checks, pet scams and plugging Nestlé water loophole

BY: - December 8, 2019

December is set to be a busy month in the Michigan Legislature, with a flurry of new bills being introduced and long-idle state budget negotiations finally gaining ground. Here is the Michigan Advance roundup of noteworthy recent legislation you may have missed. Expanding universal background checks On Thursday, six Democrats from both chambers introduced legislation […]

State lawmakers introduce bills to protect survivors of domestic violence

BY: - October 23, 2019

Domestic and sexual violence survivors could gain increased protections at work and home from a bill package introduced Wednesday by members of the Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus.  At a news conference on Wednesday morning at the state Capitol, members of the caucus and sponsors of the bills gathered to explain the need for new laws […]