On this day in 1971: KKK bombs empty Pontiac buses set to racially integrate schools
On Aug. 30, 1971, 10 idled Pontiac School District buses were destroyed by Ku Klux Klan members. Dynamite was the weapon. Black- and silver-haired Kevin Davidson, 61, remembers it like yesterday. He was 11 when his African-American family moved to Pontiac from Detroit 50 years ago. They lived in the newly constructed and predominantly Black […]
McDonald aims to bring human-first approach to Oakland County prosecutor’s office
A big shift is underway in Oakland County. Karen McDonald, just 103 days into her role as county prosecutor, is making way for a new type of prosecutor’s office — one that she says values humanity and fairness more than it values obtaining a conviction. McDonald is part of a growing wave of criminal justice […]
Oakland County marks 1-year anniversary of COVID-19 in Michigan with memorial trail
Oakland County marked the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan on Wednesday, opening a memorial trail where residents can reflect on the 15,706 lives lost to the virus since March 10, 2020. “We need this moment to remember and express our feelings as a community after enduring a year of pandemic challenges, […]
Trump touts large crowd in Waterford day after Michigan, U.S. set new COVID-19 records
President Donald Trump returned to Michigan on Friday for a rally in Waterford Township where he touted his large crowd, just one day after the state and country set separate records for most daily cases of COVID-19. Michigan reported 3,675 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, while the United States reported a total of 87,164 […]
Trump schedules 2nd Michigan visit in a week
President Donald Trump, who just held a rally Tuesday in Lansing, plans to return to the state for another event on Friday. Trump’s campaign announced that he is slated to do a rally at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township. Vice President Mike Pence last week appeared in Waterford and is in Flint on […]
Can Democrats win back the Michigan House after a decade?
Updated, 4:12 p.m., 10/25/20 During a presidential election year, most of the attention is on the top of the ticket and top-tier congressional races. But control of Michigan’s House of Representatives is also at stake on Nov. 3. Republicans currently hold a 58-51 voting advantage and have targeted several Democratic districts in areas where President […]
Pence touts Barrett, James at Oakland County stop
Vice President Mike Pence made a stop in Oakland County Thursday afternoon to stump for President Donald Trump 12 days before the general election. Pence touted Trump’s economic policies, support for law enforcement, his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and gave a number of nods to GOP U.S. Senate nominee John James during his […]
Pence heading to Oakland County
Another week, another visit to Michigan from Vice President Mike Pence. President Trump’s No. 2 campaigned in Grand Rapids last week. On Thursday, he’s scheduled to be in Oakland County and focus on trade, the economy and China, the Oakland Press reports. Both the Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden campaigns have made Michigan […]
Rick Haglund: Why does Michigan still lag in the race to attract and keep talent?
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. […]
Manoogian flipped a state House seat in 2018. Now she’s addressing the DNC.
State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) will deliver the biggest public address of her political career on Tuesday. She is one of 17 “rising stars” who give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), which enters its second day. “I’m excited to put Michigan front and center in this address, especially during the keynote […]
Coulter leads in Dem Oakland County exec race, 2 progressives ahead in big prosecutor primaries
There were some big primaries for top local government offices on Tuesday, particularly in populous Southeast Michigan counties. Here’s a look at where top races stand: Oakland County Executive Incumbent Democrat Dave Coulter has held a steady lead over challenger Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner as Oakland County executive. Coulter has 53.3% to Meisner’s 46.7% […]
If you live in Oakland County, you won’t have to pay to mail back your ballot
Oakland, the state’s second-largest county by population, is offering prepaid return postage for all mail-in ballots used by its constituents in the November general election. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners made the announcement on Monday. https://www.facebook.com/oakgov.boc/posts/755614718600654 The board plans to do that by using up to $575,000 from the Oakland Together Local Government […]