Ken Horn

Another slate of ‘voter suppression’ bills make it through Senate

BY: - October 7, 2021

Republicans in the Senate passed a bill Thursday to eliminate the fee to obtain a state ID card, but tie-barred it to another bill that Democrats argue will make it harder for Michiganders to vote.  House Bill 5007, introduced by Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.), would drop the $10 fee for issuing state ID cards, […]

GOP-led Senate committee to reconsider state dept. funding over ‘how to form a union’ webinar

BY: - April 28, 2021

After the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity hosted a webinar on how to form a union, the GOP-led Senate Appropriations subcommittee held a meeting Tuesday to discuss the reconsideration of the department’s budget recommendation, saying the webinar was “strictly outside the mission of the department.” Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor and Economic Opportunity and […]

GOP-led Senate rejects 13 Whitmer appointees to ‘send a signal’ to her

BY: - January 27, 2021

The state Senate rejected 13 of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointees Wednesday to “send a signal that [Republicans are] displeased with [the] governor’s actions and refusal to listen [or] work with [the] Legislature,” according to a Senate Advice and Consent Committee document obtained by the Advance.  Rejecting the governor’s appointees is one of the moves Republicans […]

‘Now is the time to find our moral compass’: Dems push accountability for GOP election conspiracies

BY: - January 15, 2021

Michigan Democrats are calling on Republican legislative leaders who control the chambers to prioritize accountability in the new term, especially amid fresh federal warnings of violent protests in all 50 state capitols. That comes after the pro-President Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In an unusual start to a new legislative term […]

Black lawmakers warned of extremism and white supremacism for months. Leaders didn’t take action.

BY: and - October 20, 2020

The news that members of the Boogaloo Bois and a self-described militia group had plans to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her COVID-19 emergency actions shook Michiganders in the last weeks.  But for months, several lawmakers, particularly African Americans, have been sounding the alarm and calling on Republicans who run the Legislature to […]

Teachers finally invited to testify about school reopening concerns

BY: - July 29, 2020

Two teachers were asked to testify during the Senate Education and Career Readiness committee meeting Tuesday — the first time educators were able to share their perspectives on the state’s school reopening plans during a legislative hearing.  A number of Democratic legislators raised concerns during a July 15 state House and Senate joint Education Committee […]

Republican compares Whitmer mask order to Soviet-era East Germany

BY: - July 14, 2020

State Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) is the latest Republican to criticize Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to wear a mask in businesses or outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. Horn compared the order to East Germany, the former Soviet Union satellite state, and the Berlin Wall in a series of Facebook comments on Friday. […]

Whitmer: Facts, science will guide Michigan’s economic reentry when COVID-19 cases drop

BY: - April 17, 2020

Updated, 7:23 a.m. 4/18/20 Michigan’s stay home order is in place until April 30 and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has not yet given a firm* timeframe for loosening regulations to stop the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, she did release some details about her plan to reopen Michigan’s economy, which she said is dependent on facts, […]

GOP Legislature rebuffs Whitmer, only extends state emergency to April 30

BY: and - April 7, 2020

The GOP-led Legislature shot down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to extend the state of emergency order 70 days due to COVID-19, instead extending it only to April 30.  After lengthy health screenings for those entering the Capitol, the House and Senate passed the resolution on Tuesday in under 20 minutes combined. Whitmer announced the state […]