Kim LaSata

Black lawmaker who had racist threats leveled against her chided by white colleague

BY: - December 8, 2020

State Rep. Cynthia Johnson (D-Detroit) said she received a barrage of hateful voicemails, including a death threat, following Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing where people falsely claimed that voting fraud had taken place in Detroit during the Nov. 3 presidential election.  On Monday, the Black first-term lawmaker made public on Monday a critical response from […]

Updated: LaSata has COVID-19, senators blast her for attending meetings while awaiting test results

BY: - November 13, 2020

Updated, 8:18 p.m., 11/13/20 State Sen. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Twp.) has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Senate GOP spokesperson Amber McCann.  LaSata was tested during a medical procedure. Her colleague, Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), learned of her health status on Friday and is concerned. He was, at times, within whispering distance of her during […]

Whitmer, Legislature mark Juneteenth, tensions flare in Senate

BY: - June 19, 2020

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring Friday as Juneteenth Celebration Day in Michigan to commemorate the day in 1865 when slavery was abolished in the United States. Whitmer noted the recent deaths of several African Americans that have sparked anti-police brutality protests in more than 2,000 cities across the country. “Juneteenth is […]

GOP senator calls female colleagues ‘shrill,’ accuses them of ‘feigned’ outrage during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - May 28, 2020

Tensions boiled over in the state Senate chamber during session Thursday, with one Democratic state lawmaker saying she walked out of session after hearing a Republican senator describe her female colleagues in dismissive and sexist terms. “The ability to simply generalize who is and who isn’t in support of your district or your people … […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Some leaders have lost their humanity during COVID-19. We don’t need to follow them.

BY: - May 28, 2020

We hit a ghastly, unthinkable milestone in the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday, with more than 100,000 people losing their lives in our country. That’s a little more than the entire population of Flint, which knows something about brutal health crises. About 1.7 million have been sickened in the United States, more than the populations of 11 […]

Republican declares ‘I am not Detroit’ in heated COVID-19 oversight hearing

BY: - May 22, 2020

State lawmakers clashed over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday during a Joint Select Committee meeting. The tensest moment came when Sen. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Twp.) argued areas outside of hardest-hit Southeast Michigan should reopen, despite a continued rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths in many areas in the state. “This pandemic is not […]