Lana Theis

Sen. Theis says bonuses for teachers who switch to low-income schools could be ’problematic’ 

BY: - February 24, 2022

One of the biggest investments to improve teacher retention in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal is the retention bonuses for teachers who stay in their schools or switch to a Title I school. But during an Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 and Michigan Department of Education meeting Thursday, state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) […]

Michigan Republicans trumpet ‘parents rights’ education bills, part of nationwide push

BY: - February 16, 2022

The GOP-controlled Michigan House Education Committee on Tuesday weighed bills that Republicans said would strengthen the role of parents in children’s education, part of nationwide right-wing push.  One bill, House Bill 5722, introduced by state Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.), would mandate that schools, prior to the first day of instruction, make school curriculum, […]

Trump endorses Detmer, says Sen. Theis ‘forgot she’s a Republican’

BY: - November 16, 2021

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Republican real estate manager Mike Detmer in his bid to challenge incumbent state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) for her seat in 2022. Detmer lost the August 2020 GOP primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) in the 8th Congressional District. Slotkin won reelection in November 2020. However, Trump […]

Conservative activist who ‘invented’ clash over ‘critical race theory’ leads Senate hearing

BY: - October 5, 2021

A conservative activist from Washington described as someone who “invented the conflict over critical race theory” was at Tuesday’s state Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee hearing supporting a bill banning Michigan schools from teaching a decades-old theory examining systemic racism. Christopher Rufo, who the New Yorker wrote “invented” the arguments over “critical race theory,” […]

Colbeck starts petition to censure 3 GOP senators for report showing no election fraud

BY: - July 8, 2021

The deepening divide between Michigan Republicans who subscribe to the conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump did not lose to President Joe Biden in 2020 continues to grow, with the latest infighting taking shape as a Change.org petition from a GOP former state senator. Ex-state Sen. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton) started the petition on Monday, […]

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 […]

Michigan’s AG marks LGBTQ Pride Month with irreverent email

BY: - June 4, 2021

In a fundraising email Wednesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel reminded her supporters that she is gay right in the subject line. “[Name,] I’m gay,” wrote Nessel. The email came during the first week of LGBTQ Pride Month, which was recognized for the first time in Michigan’s history in the Senate on Thursday. Nessel, a Democrat […]

‘Biological females are one of our nation’s greatest treasures,’ says backer of anti-trans sports bill

BY: - May 25, 2021

A state Senate bill that aims to prevent transgender athletes in Michigan high schools from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity landed condemnation and support during a legislative hearing in Lansing Tuesday afternoon.  Senate Bill 218, which was introduced in March by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and is co-sponsored by […]

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

BY: and - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by […]

Republican introduces anti-trans sports bill, following trend in other states

BY: - March 10, 2021

Updated, 11:03 a.m., 3/11/21 with comments from Theis State Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) on Wednesday followed in the footsteps of lawmakers in more than 20 states, introducing legislation that targets transgender students. Senate Bill 218, which is co-sponsored by 12 Republicans, mandates that high schools ban transgender boys from boys’ sports teams and transgender girls […]

GOP senators pass pro-gun resolution to supersede federal law

BY: - March 4, 2021

The GOP-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday adopted a pro-gun resolution that one Democratic lawmaker referred to as “four pages of dark insurrection-laden language and militia support.” Senate Resolution 22, introduced by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and co-sponsored by 18 other Republican members, claims that the state of Michigan does not have to adhere to […]

Racial inequities resurface in coronavirus vaccinations

BY: - February 16, 2021

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun has been knee-deep in coronavirus data for nearly a year. As the state’s chief medical officer and the chief deputy director for health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), she has weighed racial disparities, partnering with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist last spring to remove barriers related to race […]