Lee Chatfield

Republicans try to limit state COVID-19 response again

BY: - December 18, 2020

During one of the last voting days of the term, the Michigan Senate approved a resolution Thursday that attempted to limit the powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state agencies.  Senate Concurrent Resolution 36, introduced by state Sen. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek), would allow for the Legislature to create a joint committee that could suspend […]

AG calls GOP lawmaker’s Electoral College comments ‘open sedition’

BY: - December 14, 2020

Updated, 1:28 p.m., 12/14/20 with new comments from Eisen Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday said that a state lawmaker’s announcement of a counter event to the state Electoral College meeting that might be violent “can only be described as open sedition.” Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.), a President Trump supporter, said that […]

‘It was a digital lynching’: Rep. Johnson discusses video and punishment 

BY: - December 10, 2020

Detroit Democratic state Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson didn’t hold back when asked about the findings of an Advance investigation into how her personal Facebook live video was edited and moved through the right-wing mediasphere.  “It was a public lynching,” she said. “It was a digital lynching is what it was. And it was accepted by […]


Todd A. Heywood: Down the right-wing rabbit hole: How did the video of Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson go viral?

BY: - December 10, 2020

Updated, 3:12 p.m., 12/10/20 It started with a Facebook Live Video that was sucked into the underbelly of the internet. There it churned and clipped and passed from person to person. Someone slapped a label on the video accusing the speaker of being a domestic terrorist. As it slushed around the far-right social media site […]

GOP lawmakers hide from questions about Trump’s quest to overturn the election

BY: and - December 10, 2020

In just five days, a slate of pre-selected Michigan electors will convene at the state Capitol to cast their 16 votes as part of the Electoral College. Michigan certified its election results on Nov. 23, meaning that by law, all 16 electoral votes will go to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. As straightforward as that process […]

How many lawmakers have had COVID-19? Here’s what we know.

BY: and - December 10, 2020

Michigan House leaders are starting to share more information about how many people working in the Capitol have contracted COVID-19, but questions remain. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) opened an investigation Tuesday into the state House for possible violations of COVID-19 emergency workplace rules after an employee filed a complaint. The rules, […]

County health officer, House Business Office huddle on possible COVID-19 exposure from Giuliani hearing

BY: - December 9, 2020

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said Wednesday that she had a “very good conversation” with the state House Business Office Director Doug Simon late Tuesday about procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This comes after a House Oversight Committee meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in which two of President Trump’s lawyers, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna […]

Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis reportedly has COVID-19 after Michigan visit

BY: - December 8, 2020

Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for GOP outgoing President Donald Trump who sat next to fellow Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani during their chaotic House Oversight Committee appearance last week, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Axios reported Tuesday that Ellis had informed her associates of the diagnosis, although she declined to confirm it herself to the […]

Two legislative staffers have COVID-19, Dems say ‘pause’ needed on in-person sessions

BY: - December 7, 2020

Updated, 5:28 p.m., 7:22 p.m., 12/7/20 President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday appeared maskless for hours in front of the state House Oversight committee and is now hospitalized for COVID-19. Now that Giuliani may have unknowingly spread COVID-19 to state lawmakers, some Democrats are concerned about in-person sessions. Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) […]

Whitmer wants $300M more for COVID-19, including vaccine distribution

BY: - December 7, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday asked the GOP-led state House and Senate to approve $300 million in state spending to fight COVID-19 into 2021. It would include funds designated to support distribution of coronavirus vaccines. The request is in addition to her previous call for $100 million in direct aid to people and businesses hit […]


Susan J. Demas: How does Michigan’s Legislature come back from last week’s conspiracyfest?

BY: - December 6, 2020

As millions tuned into “Saturday Night Live’s” parody of Rudy Giuliani and slurring star witness Mellissa Carone last night, they were laughing at Michigan, not with Michigan. And we deserved it. I’m not sure how the GOP-controlled Legislature comes back from hosting almost 12 hours of insane right-wing election conspiracy theories and (again) flirting with […]

Some Michigan GOP lawmakers not yet ruling out illegal post-election intervention

BY: - December 4, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden won Michigan by a margin of 154,000 votes and those results were certified by the Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 23.   Both Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) have publicly stated since then that they will follow the law and not obstruct Michigan’s slate of […]