Mike Shirkey

Trump goes after Michigan Republicans for Senate report confirming 2020 election’s integrity 

BY: - June 24, 2021

Former President Donald Trump slammed state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Senate Oversight Committee Chair Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) after the committee released a report Wednesday that found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election that Trump lost.  “Michigan state Sens. Mike Shirkey and Ed McBroom are doing everything possible […]

Dem leaders plan to investigate state ties to attack on U.S. Capitol

BY: - June 11, 2021

House and Senate Democratic leaders are calling for an investigation into Michiganders’ involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol.  On Thursday, House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) called on other members in the Legislature to create a bipartisan committee to investigate the full extent […]

How QAnon is seeping into Michigan GOP politics

BY: - June 3, 2021

QAnon has found a home in Michigan. The right-wing conspiracy theory — which is rooted in anti-Semitic tropes and revolves around former President Donald Trump hunting down and eventually killing Democratic politicians and wealthy liberals who lead double lives as Satan-worshipping cannibals running a child sex trafficking ring — is increasingly spreading from the fringes […]

Shirkey spreads anti-vaccine misinformation, doctor says it’s ‘endangering Michiganders who trust him’

BY: - May 25, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is once again promoting misleading information about COVID-19, as the state’s top GOP official has done numerous times during the course of Michigan’s outbreak. On Tuesday, Shirkey wrote a tweet implying that individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 are naturally immune, and therefore should not be “discriminat[ed]” against […]

Women leaders speak up about harassment, misogyny in Michigan politics

BY: - May 22, 2021

It’s been a tumultuous year and a half in Lansing. Aside from the Michigan Capitol being the epicenter of armed protests, threats to officials over COVID-19 orders and the 2020 election, and even being part of an alleged right-wing plot to blow up the building, many leaders and staff have said the culture within the […]

Whitmer, GOP leaders agree to negotiate budget, COVID orders

BY: - May 21, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders in the Legislature struck a deal Thursday evening to work together on next year’s budget, COVID-19 relief spending and pandemic health restrictions. With the Legislature passing initial Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budgets last week — which included big cuts to some key initiatives championed by the governor — state […]

Capitol panel closes open-carry loophole

BY: - May 19, 2021

In January, after months of security concerns stemming from armed right-wing demonstrations at the Michigan Capitol, a small bipartisan panel voted to ban open carry of firearms in the historic building for the first time. That panel met again Monday to strengthen that rule, following an incident earlier this month that illuminated a loophole in […]

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Dr. Farhan Bhatti: GOP leaders spreading COVID vaccine misinformation are prolonging the pandemic

BY: - May 17, 2021

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are widely available for everyone, much of my work as a physician has been encouraging my patients to choose to take the vaccine. It’s natural for people to have questions, and I’m happy to answer them. When hesitant patients and I work from the same set of facts, I can persuade […]

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Susan J. Demas: This week in Michigan right-wing radicalism, silencing fact-checkers edition

BY: - May 12, 2021

Between COVID conspiracy theories, vaccine misinformation and continued lies about the 2020 election that threaten public health and our democracy, the Republican Party is having quite the radical moment — something that may not be clear in typical political coverage that presents both parties’ views on issues with the implicit understanding that they’re rooted in […]

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Susan J. Demas: Republicans get creative to make sure Democrats don’t win any more elections

BY: - April 22, 2021

There’s an unfortunate stereotype that conservatives just aren’t very creative, probably because they’re always yammering that the National Endowment for the Arts is a boondoggle and museums would make lovely parking lots. But you don’t have to gaze at the dogs-playing-poker-style paintings of that dude that portrays Donald Trump as a Greek god saving ungrateful […]

Duggan rips GOP election bills, calls them ‘voter suppression’

BY: - April 5, 2021

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Monday blasted a recently introduced set of GOP election reform bills and called them “deeply troubling.” “It needs to get stopped right now,” Duggan said during a news conference where he announced new COVID-19 vaccination sites. “There is no other way to describe it. It’s voter suppression.” Last month, the […]

Here are the voting restriction bills introduced in Michigan this year

BY: - March 31, 2021

Last week, Republicans in the Michigan Senate joined their colleagues across the country in introducing a sweeping package of 39 bills regulating voting rights. Michigan stands apart from many states, as it has significantly expanded voting rights in recent years. In 2018, more than two-thirds of Michigan voters passed Proposal 3, a constitutional amendment that […]