Black lawmaker who had racist threats leveled against her chided by white colleague
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 […]
Plenty cooking in Lame Duck, but little COVID-19 action so far
There are a number of coronavirus-related bills that have been introduced in Michigan’s House and Senate. But even as the Legislature packs its agendas before the end of this term, most bills haven’t seen any further action. The House took votes Tuesday and Wednesday this week and the Senate did on Thursday. Both chambers are […]
Mental health hotline bill goes to gov.
A bill establishing a hotline that connects those experiencing a mental health crisis with resources is now on the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. House Bill 4051, sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.), was presented to the governor Thursday after receiving final passage in the Legislature this week. The hotline would be available 24 […]
Lawmakers start year by focusing on human trafficking
Ruth Rondon, who was a victim of human trafficking for 18 years, shared on Thursday her emotional story of trauma, abuse, rape and corruption to increase awareness of the issue in Michigan. “I wanted my stories to be told,” Rondon said at a joint hearing of the state House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human […]