Mike Shirkey

COVID-19 metrics have met the threshold to close some businesses, but the state is keeping them open

BY: - March 30, 2021

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and case positivity rates are spiking across Michigan, but restaurants, bars and schools remain open with some health restrictions. In the early days of the pandemic, the state put in place the MI Safe Start Plan to create COVID-19 safety metrics by region which would contribute to reopening plans for different sectors […]

After months of hearings airing 2020 election conspiracies, Republicans drop big voter restriction package

BY: and - March 25, 2021

A new package of voter restriction bills introduced this week by Republicans in Michigan is part of a national trend in states across the country following now-President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.  “They want to make it harder for people to vote. They want to make the process more cumbersome,” said state Sen. […]

Despite GOP criticism, DHHS director Hertel’s appointment stands

BY: - March 23, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment of Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel made it past the opposition of many Senate Republicans Tuesday. On the last day the GOP-controlled chamber could reject Hertel’s appointment under the Michigan Constitution, the Senate voted in support of the DHHS director with an 18-16 vote.  Four Republicans, Sens. […]

House, Senate adopt resolutions condemning hate crimes against Asian Americans

BY: - March 18, 2021

After shootings at three spas in the Atlanta area on Tuesday killed eight people, including six Asian-American women, resolutions condemning racism and violence against Asian Americans were adopted in both the state House and Senate Thursday.  Robert Aaron Long was arrested and held without bond. He faces four counts of murder and a charge of […]

Michigan educators, civil rights leaders work to stop anti-Asian violence during pandemic 

BY: - March 17, 2021

Updated, 4:33 p.m., 3/17/21 University of Michigan professor Melissa Borja says that as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year in Michigan, she’s concerned that acts of anti-Asian hate in America are on the rise.  “The pandemic is still here. We still have leaders who are choosing to use stigmatizing rhetoric,” said Borja, a Saginaw […]

The Senate plans to sue Whitmer over COVID relief vetoes. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - March 17, 2021

When presented with a COVID-19 supplemental plan interlinked with a “political poison pill” from GOP leaders last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer didn’t take the bait. She signed certain bills worth about $2.5 billion, while vetoing others laced into the plan that sought to permanently limit her administration’s emergency powers. In December, then-President Trump signed a […]

8 chambers of commerce form group to end COVID business restrictions

BY: - March 5, 2021

A statewide economic coalition led by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce has formed to urge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration to fully reopen Michigan businesses during the COVID pandemic, the groups announced Thursday. As of Thursday, there are a total of 593,279 COVID-19 cases recorded and 15,600 deaths in Michigan. The coalition cites declines in new […]

How the anti-COVID vaccine movement mobilized in Michigan before anyone ever got their first shot 

BY: - March 2, 2021

Not long after the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in Michigan almost exactly one year ago, so did those opposed to any future vaccine.  Buoyed by decades of an anti-vaccination movement, in Michigan and across the country, anti-vaccination activists were determined to cast doubt on a COVID-19 vaccine not yet created. They combined sharing longtime […]

Michigan Senate GOP fundraises off Shirkey controversies as fight against ‘cancel culture’

BY: - February 25, 2021

The Michigan Senate Republican Committee sent a fundraising email Feb. 24 claiming the party and members were being subjected to “cancel culture.” The letter, signed by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) alleges “The far-left groups want to ‘cancel’ us and you!” “The far-left is targeting me, the Senate Republicans, and our supporters. They are […]

Ananich to Shirkey: ‘The world doesn’t revolve around you’

BY: - February 17, 2021

State Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) did not mince words Wednesday morning when it came to recent conspiratorial remarks about the 2020 election from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake). “The earth is round. The moon landing is real. Nine-eleven happened. And on Jan. 6 of this year, a violent insurrection against America happened, […]

Shirkey falsely claims ‘dead people voted’ in election, again says Trump ‘did not cause’ insurrection

BY: - February 16, 2021

Updated, 4:46 p.m., 2/16/21 with comments from House Minority Leader Lasinski In one of Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s first interviews since the Clarklake Republican came under fire last week for recent comments about the election and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, he said he “should be more careful,” but maintained that former President Donald Trump did […]


Jeff Timmer: All things must pass: Shirkey shows nearly 4 decades of capable GOP Senate leadership is at an end

BY: - February 12, 2021

The Republicans wrested majority control of the Michigan Senate following two January 31, 1984, special elections — and they’ve held it ever since.  Eight men (sorry, women) have led the majority caucus since that chilly winter night 37 years ago in the Great Lakes State. I’ve known them all and been an adviser to most. […]