Mike Shirkey

MSU board pulls voter suppression resolution following GOP defunding threat

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees postponed Friday voting on a resolution seeking to restrain the activities of university vendors connected to “voter suppression” efforts. The resolution in question, sponsored by Democratic trustees Rema Vassar and Kelly Tebay, was in response to the Secure MI Vote initiative, which would require mandatory identification for both […]

Intra-party disputes break up GOP county conventions before state Republicans set to meet in Lansing

BY: - August 12, 2022

Two Michigan Republican party conventions erupted into conflict Thursday with opposing factions vying for control of each. In Hillsdale County, a GOP enclave, the executive committee of the Hillsdale County Republican Party canceled its convention after attempting to prevent approximately 70 delegates considered to be “disavowed” from attending and warning they would face arrest if […]

How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states

BY: - June 23, 2022

Part of Donald Trump’s plan to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election hinged on replacing legitimate electors in a handful of swing states with “fake electors.” In theory, these bogus Republican slates in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin would cast their electoral votes for the incumbent — canceling out […]


LGBTQ+ lawmakers detail ‘toxic’ atmosphere in GOP-led Legislature

BY: - June 22, 2022

Following the high-profile rejection of a Pride Month resolution in the Michigan Senate last week, and amid a historic rise in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, three LGBTQ+ state lawmakers told reporters Wednesday that they are having to maneuver in the GOP-led Legislature’s “toxic atmosphere.” “This agenda that they have of division prevents us from getting other work […]

Michigan GOP lawmaker wants to declare Jan. 6 as ‘Remembrance Day’

BY: - June 21, 2022

State Rep. Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers) introduced a resolution on Tuesday that would declare Jan. 6 as “Remembrance Day,” claiming it should be recognized “for the heinous and tyrannical actions levied on society by an unhinged and politically motivated ruling elite seeking compliance and subversion from the American people.” The Michigan Republican, who has repeatedly […]

GOP Legislature quickly approves tax cut plan, but will Whitmer sign on?

BY: - May 20, 2022

GOP lawmakers moved quickly to pass a $2.5 billion tax cut plan through both chambers Thursday, while Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democrats push her $500 rebate plan.  This is the second time this year that Republicans who control the Legislature and the Democratic governor have squabbled over tax policy during what’s already been a […]

White nationalism resurgence continues to shift and shape Michigan, U.S. politics

BY: - April 13, 2022

Before that fateful day in spring 2020, Michigan Sen. Erika Geiss felt safe in Lansing. “Even on [annual] open carry day,” Geiss (D-Taylor) said. “I didn’t feel there was an active existential threat to my existence.” As a Black lawmaker from a Southeast Michigan district populated by plenty of hunters, the only real pang of […]

Sen. Bizon pleads guilty to assaulting nurse practitioner

BY: - February 18, 2022

State Sen. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek), facing a misdemeanor assault and battery charge stemming from a medical visit in August, entered a guilty plea Thursday in Calhoun County. Bizon was arraigned last month on the charge. He said in a statement Thursday that the incident is “regrettable.” “As a doctor who has spent decades caring […]

Gun safety legislation to receive hearing in wake of Oxford school shooting

BY: - January 28, 2022

Legislation intended to address gun violence will receive a committee hearing in the GOP-led Michigan Senate following the November shooting at Oxford High School that killed four students. State Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills), whose district includes Oxford High School, told the Michigan Advance that Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) had offered to hold […]

While Whitmer touts bipartisanship, Republicans say it’s ‘other people’s accomplishments’ 

BY: - January 27, 2022

In her fourth State of the State speech Wednesday evening, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer chose to hone in on themes of bipartisanship and teamwork with Republicans after a whirlwind three years of public policy clashes with them on budget issues, COVID-19 restrictions and more. GOP legislators, in response, didn’t return the favor, in a preview of […]

Whitmer proposes cutting taxes, insulin costs in 4th State of the State address

BY: - January 27, 2022

Taxes, health care, including lowering insulin costs and increasing access to mental health resources, and growing Michigan’s electric vehicle industry were among the highlights Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tackled in her State of the State address Wednesday night. Speaking live from the Detroit Diesel manufacturing floor, Whitmer delivered her second fully virtual State of the State […]

Breaking: AG to sue drugmaker Eli Lilly, Whitmer to announce plan to cap insulin costs

BY: - January 26, 2022

Updated, 8:40 a.m. 1/26/22, with comments from Nessel Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will announce in her State of the State address Wednesday night she wants to sign a law chopping the cost of insulin for people with diabetes, and Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to sue an insulin manufacturer under the Consumer Protection Act. Whitmer told […]