Legislature

Norm Eisen: Following midterms, threats to democracy remain

BY: - December 2, 2022

Experts warned that democracy itself was on the ballot during the Nov. 8 midterm election.  In Michigan, Republican election deniers were nominated for all three top statewide posts — Tudor Dixon for governor, Matt DePerno for attorney general and Kristina Karamo for secretary of state — and at least 54 candidates ran for Congress and […]

The future of the state’s EITC hangs in the balance this lame duck session

BY: - November 30, 2022

The Republican-led Legislature has the chance to pass a bill with bipartisan support during the lame duck session that would expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that helps working-class families. And advocates for the expansion are saying now is the time.  During a roundtable Wednesday, former state Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) said that […]

Senate passes bipartisan bills aimed at preventing sexual assault

BY: - November 30, 2022

A bipartisan bill package aimed at preventing sexual assault and protecting survivors cleared the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, nearly two years after the measures were first introduced. Senate Bill 223 requires schools to provide age-appropriate educational material and resources regarding sexual assault and harassment to students. SB 224 prohibits sexual contact and penetration under pretext […]

Singh: New Democratic-led Legislature will represent the full diversity of Michigan’s residents

BY: - November 30, 2022

Updated, 5:14 p.m., 11/30/22 Sam Singh is no stranger to making history. At 24, he became one of Michigan’s youngest City Council members. Then he became the youngest and first person of color to serve as East Lansing’s mayor in 2006. After serving as president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, he was then […]

What’s next in the fight over regulating short-term rentals in Michigan?

BY: - November 27, 2022

New Buffalo Mayor John Humphrey has been outspoken about his opposition to the rise of Airbnb-style rentals in his community, which held several packed public meetings in 2021 as the City Council took up the issue. Tackling short-term rentals was a tumultuous two-year process that included a moratorium on city-issued licenses for rentals in May […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: After the election, let’s celebrate, analyze and build a better Michigan

BY: - November 17, 2022

Last week’s election results were astounding.  For the first time in my 39 years in Michigan, stalwart allies of public education and working people are the majority in both the Michigan Senate and House and Gretchen Whitmer will be our governor for four more years.  Moreover, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana […]

Lasinski says Democratic leadership will ‘restore integrity’ to the state House after scandals

BY: - November 14, 2022

With Democrats set to take control in the Michigan House of Representatives in 2023, Democratic leadership has reaffirmed their commitment to investigating former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering).  House Democrats began calling for a bipartisan committee to investigate Chatfield’s conduct in office in March, following allegations that Chatfield sexually abused his sister-in-law beginning when she […]

Brinks and Tate make Michigan history as next leaders of the Legislature 

BY: - November 10, 2022

When Lansing rings in the new year in January 2023, the state Legislature will have new leaders in both Democratic-led chambers. Democratic candidates sweeped Tuesday’s midterm election, making history by gaining control of the Michigan Senate for the first time since 1984 and the Michigan House for the first time since 2011. Also historic are […]

Democrats wrest control of Michigan Legislature for first time in almost 40 years 

BY: - November 9, 2022

Updated, 9:31 a.m., 11/10/22  Democrats will now have a political trifecta in Lansing after retaining the top office with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and winning in both chambers of the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday. This is the first time Democrats will have total party control in the Michigan Legislature in roughly 40 years.  The Democrats last […]

Whitmer pledges to continue bipartisan effort even after Dems win Legislature, Dixon concedes

BY: - November 9, 2022

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledged to continue to lead in a bipartisan fashion during a 15-minute address to reporters, family members, state elected officials, and campaign staff on Wednesday after being elected to a second term. “This victory reminds us all that our governor’s office does not belong to any person or political party. It […]

Parents say gender-affirming health care is ‘life-affirming care’ for their trans children

BY: - November 7, 2022

The American Medical Association says gender transition-related care for minors can be “medically necessary.” But some Republican lawmakers, including several in Michigan, want to place those doctors, and the parents of those children, in prison for life. But debates in which the medical and political spheres collide can often leave the actual people involved more […]

These races could decide which party controls the Michigan House and Senate next year

BY: - November 3, 2022

Michiganders are heading to the polls to make their voices heard on who will be governor, who will represent them in Congress and whether ballot proposals should pass on Nov. 8. But races taking place for dozens of state Senate and House seats could prove just as consequential.  Party control is up for grabs in […]