Laurie Pohutsky

GOP-led House adopts anti-abortion resolution 

BY: - June 23, 2021

The state House adopted a resolution Tuesday to “call for the enforcement of all laws regulating or limiting the practice of abortion” in Michigan amid the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to hear challenges against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established the constitutional right to abortion at least in the first trimester of pregnancy. […]

Women leaders speak up about harassment, misogyny in Michigan politics

BY: - May 22, 2021

It’s been a tumultuous year and a half in Lansing. Aside from the Michigan Capitol being the epicenter of armed protests, threats to officials over COVID-19 orders and the 2020 election, and even being part of an alleged right-wing plot to blow up the building, many leaders and staff have said the culture within the […]

Lawmakers roll out equal pay bills, say it’s ‘unconscionable’ reforms haven’t passed yet 

BY: - March 24, 2021

On Equal Pay Day, marking the day when white women will have earned the same amount on average as men have at the end of 2020, the Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus announced a package of bills Wednesday to address the state’s gender wage gap and form a commission on pay equity within the Michigan Department […]

Legislation to expand LGBTQ rights gets GOP support in House, Senate 

BY: - March 8, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic lawmakers announced Monday that for the first time ever, they have bipartisan support in both chambers of the Legislature for key LGBTQ rights legislation. The bills would expand Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. There have been several attempts in […]

GOP leader backing Capitol open carry ban is ‘absolutely helpful,’ commission vice chair says

BY: - January 8, 2021

Updated, 5:26 p.m., 1/8/21 Michigan Democrats and gun control groups are once again calling on the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) to ban firearms at the Capitol, and now even state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is backing one restriction.  Shirkey spokesperson Amber McCann said the Republican leader is supportive of a ban on […]

DLCC calls for Rep. Maddock to resign over pro-Trump riot, but will any lawmakers face consequences?

BY: - January 7, 2021

Updated, 4:30 p.m. 5:05 p.m., 1/7/21 Heeding calls from outgoing President Donald Trump to protest the election results at the U.S. Capitol, thousands of armed right-wing extremists stormed the building in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, broke windows, flew Confederate and Trump flags, ransacked congressional offices and broke into House and Senate chambers — leading to armed […]

Pohutsky: Threats of violence against lawmakers will continue unless GOP leaders issue ‘full throated condemnation’

BY: - December 23, 2020

When state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) shared screenshots of an email she received from a Michigander calling for “mass execution of public officials” “very soon,” the Democrat noted that it is just one of many violent, threatening emails her office receives every day. Pohutsky told the Advance Wednesday that she mostly feels “numb” to the […]

House approves $465 million COVID-19 relief before year-end

BY: - December 21, 2020

The Michigan House passed a $465.07 million supplemental funding bill for COVID-19 relief, focused on vaccination and test distribution and providing money to health care workers and small businesses, during a rare Monday session. The House concurred in Senate Bill 748, including $443.3 million in General Fund Money and $21.7 million in federal funding to […]

A rainbow wave? More than 880 LGBTQs are running for office in 2020.

BY: - July 17, 2020

According to a recent report, 2020 is shaping up to be a historic year for LGBTQ elected officials in the United States with more openly LGBTQ people running for office than ever before.  Research from the Victory Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to help LGBTQ people get elected to office, more than 880 openly […]

Republican posts ammunition photo in response to Floyd protests

BY: - June 5, 2020

State Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.) posted on Facebook this week that he may “load up a few more mags” in response to statewide protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a 45-year-old African American man from Minneapolis, was killed last week by a police officer who pinned a knee on Floyd’s neck. […]

Lawmaker inboxes spammed with anti-’quarantine’ emails from group

BY: - April 28, 2020

At least 1,000 Michiganders spent their Tuesday jamming up legislator inboxes with copies of a draft resolution that would reject another extension of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency and disaster declarations over the COVID-19 pandemic that’s killed more than 3,500 Michiganders.  Whitmer has asked the Legislature to extend the emergency declaration, which expires Thursday. President Donald […]

Warren had diehard fans, especially women. So why couldn’t she win? 

BY: - March 6, 2020

“Michigan needs a social justice warrior,” state Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) announced to a crowd of Elizabeth Warren fans at a Detroit rally on Super Tuesday. “Warren is a lot like Detroit. She is scrappy; she never gives up; she hopes for better things — and like the phoenix, she will rise.” And with that, […]