Rick Haglund: Building fairer local economies is one tool to blunt right-wing extremism

BY: - January 16, 2021

Over the past several months, I’ve read articles in which the authors asserted that economic decline in small towns and old industrial cities has fueled nativism, populism and nostalgia for the past — the hallmarks of Trumpism. This is said to be especially true in Michigan and other upper Midwest communities that have lost thousands […]

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 […]

Enbridge files federal challenge to Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order

BY: - November 24, 2020

Canadian oil company Enbridge has filed a federal complaint to prevent the state of Michigan from shutting down the Line 5 dual pipeline, according to a news release from the company Tuesday evening. The filing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan seeks an injunction to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s actions earlier […]

State canvassers certify Mich. election results during lengthy meeting

BY: and - November 23, 2020

Amid national attention and concerns that Republicans may attempt to unlawfully hand Michigan’s election results to President Donald Trump — who lost the state by a significant margin to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden — the bipartisan Board of State Canvassers voted Monday 3-0 to follow their lawful duties and certify the state’s election votes. Chair […]

Pro-Trump lawyer mixes up Michigan, Minnesota in affidavit alleging election fraud

BY: - November 20, 2020

Lin Wood, the pro-President Donald Trump lawyer who filed the lawsuit against Georgia’s Secretary of State, has alleged voter fraud in an affidavit largely based on alleged inconsistencies between Michigan’s population and total vote count. Those “inconsistencies,” however, appear to be a result of the affidavit simply mixing up Michigan and Minnesota. The affidavit filed […]

Biden wins Michigan, edges closer to Electoral College victory 

BY: - November 4, 2020

A record wave of absentee voting in Michigan appears to have helped carry Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden to a win in the crucial battleground state. As of Wednesday afternoon, CNN and NBC have both called the race for Biden. He is projected to have 253 of the 270 electoral votes he needs to […]

Kamala Harris to spend Tuesday in Detroit

BY: - November 2, 2020

Democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris will be spending Election Day in Detroit, according to the campaign. The Tuesday visit is part of a last-minute “get out the vote” effort by the campaign on Tuesday in three five key battleground states, including Michigan. While Harris travels to Detroit, former Vice President Joe Biden […]


Susan J. Demas: Why Dem panic porn fuels the final days of the 2020 election

BY: - November 1, 2020

Former President Barack Obama took a break from the campaign trail in Michigan Saturday to shoot a few hoops. Before leaving, he casually sank a three-pointer as a few onlookers cheered, flashed his trademark grin and announced, “That’s what I do!” He then posted the short video on Twitter with a message to go out […]


Rick Haglund: Illinois may raise taxes on the rich. Michigan could be next. 

BY: - October 31, 2020

Tuesday’s election is largely a referendum on the record and character of President Donald Trump. But Illinois voters are also deciding a proposed and highly contentious constitutional amendment that portends a similar battle in Michigan. The so-called “fair tax” proposal on the Illinois ballot would shift the state from a fixed-rate income tax, in which […]

Michigan reports 3,168 new COVID-19 cases Friday

BY: - October 30, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 174,388 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,309 have died from the virus — an additional 3,168 cases and 11 deaths since Thursday. Friday’s numbers follow a now weeks-long trend of new daily cases reaching into the thousands as […]

State reports more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases

BY: - September 11, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 110,832 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,578 have died from the virus — an additional 1,313 cases and nine deaths since Thursday. DHHS also reports that an additional 11,419 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well […]

Whitmer lowers flags for 9/11

BY: - September 11, 2020

Updated, 8:28 a.m., 9/11/20 To honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 19 years ago, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff on Friday. “On Patriot Day, we remember the […]