Unemployment likely rising in 11 states, including Michigan

BY: - August 30, 2020

With new jobless claims still coming in at almost 1 million a week, states are struggling to cushion the loss of the $600 federal COVID-19 supplemental pay that expired in July. Some states appear headed for higher unemployment than the official July figures released last week, according to a Stateline analysis of jobless claims data released Thursday […]

Report: Michigan ranks 3rd in women’s political participation

BY: - August 26, 2020

From 2011 to 2019, Michigan only had one female top statewide officeholder in then-Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Now women run Michigan — and that’s one reason why the state ranks third in the country for women’s political participation in a new study from the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The state was […]


Rick Haglund: Why does Michigan still lag in the race to attract and keep talent?

BY: - August 22, 2020

Local officials cheered Amazon’s recent announcement that it would build a $400 million distribution center, promising 1,200 jobs at the long-vacant Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit.  “We need good-paying jobs and jobs of the future,” Mayor Mike Duggan said about the positions, which are expected to pay about $15 an hour, plus benefits. State Sen. […]

Benson will mail postcards to promote absentee voting

BY: - August 13, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said on Thursday that she will mail postcards informing voters of their right to vote from home in the November presidential election. She will encourage them to do so by applying online or at their local election clerk’s office. “Last week’s primary election was a success in large part because […]

New: DNR finalizing review of Line 5 easement compliance

BY: - August 11, 2020

After nearly 14 months, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) appears to have wrapped up its intensive review of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s compliance with the key state agreement governing the controversial Line 5 dual oil pipeline. The contents of that review could unlock Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive ability to shut down the pipeline, […]

Whitmer signs worker protection order after Feds let unemployment benefits lapse

BY: - August 10, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday blasted a set of Trump administration COVID-19 economic relief executive orders and promoted a directive of her own. “Once again, the president has refused to work together with Congress on a bipartisan recovery package that supports our states, families, front-line workers, and small businesses,” Whitmer said. “He has routinely proven […]

U.S. Census Bureau cuts short door-to-door effort, could cost Michigan

BY: - July 31, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau was supposed to wrap up its door knocking efforts at the end of October, but on Wednesday quietly moved that date up to the end of September — which could cut critical funding allocated based on census data for the state of Michigan. NPR reported Thursday that the in-person interviews for […]


Jeff Timmer: Trump’s cult of chaos is undermining your right to vote safely

BY: - July 29, 2020

“If you have a reasonable excuse, just a reasonable excuse, you should be able to vote by mail-in.” That was President Donald J. Trump during his trip to a Ford Plant Ypsilanti in May. A tour to tout efforts to make America the “King of Ventilators.”  Mind you, touring the facility without a mask, while […]

Dingell ’emotional’ as House passes bipartisan public lands bill, next stop Trump’s desk

BY: and - July 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]


Column: Michigan legislators should heed the Constitution on school funding, in good times and bad

BY: - July 22, 2020

The Michigan Constitution, like its federal counterpart, was written to stand the test of time. It outlines, in largely broad form, the rights of the people, establishes the powers of our government and creates the foundation of our system of taxation and spending. While Michigan’s Legislature passes a budget each year that fits within the […]

Poll: Americans on board with mask mandates

BY: - July 22, 2020

A new national survey suggests that Americans strongly support wearing masks to help prevent COVID-19 spread. What’s more, they reject the argument that mask-wearing mandates are an infringement of personal freedom.  When asked whether your state government should have the authority to require everyone to wear a mask in public, 56% supported such mandates and […]

Michigan reports 489 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

BY: - July 20, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 74,152 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,126 have died from the virus — an additional 489 cases and seven deaths since Sunday. DHHS also notes that an additional 8,243 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as […]