Rudy Giuliani

GOP state House candidate spreads white supremacist comments in Facebook video

BY: - December 22, 2021

During a Facebook live video Tuesday, Mellissa Carone, a Republican candidate running for the state House in 2022 who is known for testifying to state lawmakers alongside Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani last year, said that public schools and the government are trying to “eliminate” white people in America.  “They’re trying to eliminate the white people […]

How an election denier’s fan club got its start in the states

BY: - December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The suddenly famous election denier behind the circulation of a PowerPoint filled with plans to overturn the 2020 election has a long history of election subversion attempts in multiple states, including Michigan. Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron also has close ties to former President Donald Trump’s legal team and served as one of […]

GOP-led Michigan House passes voter ID, absentee ballot restrictions

BY: - October 14, 2021

The Michigan House of Representatives voted Thursday to concur with Senate versions of three election bills tightening requirements for absentee ballots and voter ID.  Senate Bill 303, introduced by Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte), will require in-person voters and absentee voters to present their state IDs when going to cast a ballot. Currently, you can sign […]

Judge sanctions pro-Trump attorneys for ‘historic and profound abuse of the judicial process’

BY: - August 26, 2021

Linda Parker, U.S. District Judge of the Eastern District of Michigan, on Wednesday ordered sanctions for “Kraken” attorneys, including former President Donald Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, for spreading false claims while litigating the results of the 2020 general election.  Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila also were sanctioned. Hagerstrom is a longtime […]

Pohutsky: Threats of violence against lawmakers will continue unless GOP leaders issue ‘full throated condemnation’

BY: - December 23, 2020

When state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) shared screenshots of an email she received from a Michigander calling for “mass execution of public officials” “very soon,” the Democrat noted that it is just one of many violent, threatening emails her office receives every day. Pohutsky told the Advance Wednesday that she mostly feels “numb” to the […]

What are the powers and limits of public health officials in a pandemic?

BY: - December 19, 2020

When Rudy Giuliani, the erstwhile attorney for outgoing President Donald Trump, sat in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee to expound upon false and unproven allegations of voter fraud in Michigan’s November election, no one knew he was already playing host to coronavirus. With each breath Dec. 2, he likely sent ten of thousands […]

Benson refuses invite to House panel, says GOP-led proceedings are ‘wounding our democracy’

BY: - December 17, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson declined an invitation from state Rep. Matt Hall (R-Marshall) to speak with the House Oversight Committee because she said the Republican chair and the committee are “amplifying already debunked conspiracy theories” about the Nov. 3 general election. “I believe that the Committee has a responsibility to state unequivocally and publicly […]

‘It was a digital lynching’: Rep. Johnson discusses video and punishment 

BY: - December 10, 2020

Detroit Democratic state Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson didn’t hold back when asked about the findings of an Advance investigation into how her personal Facebook live video was edited and moved through the right-wing mediasphere.  “It was a public lynching,” she said. “It was a digital lynching is what it was. And it was accepted by […]

How many lawmakers have had COVID-19? Here’s what we know.

BY: and - December 10, 2020

Michigan House leaders are starting to share more information about how many people working in the Capitol have contracted COVID-19, but questions remain. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) opened an investigation Tuesday into the state House for possible violations of COVID-19 emergency workplace rules after an employee filed a complaint. The rules, […]

County health officer, House Business Office huddle on possible COVID-19 exposure from Giuliani hearing

BY: - December 9, 2020

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said Wednesday that she had a “very good conversation” with the state House Business Office Director Doug Simon late Tuesday about procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This comes after a House Oversight Committee meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in which two of President Trump’s lawyers, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna […]

Veteran elections official tells panel no voter fraud occurred in Detroit

BY: - December 8, 2020

Chris Thomas, who served as Michigan’s nonpartisan elections director for 36 years, told the state Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday that no election is perfect and some mistakes were made — but no fraud was present during vote-counting operations at the TCF Center in Detroit.   “It is an unreasonable leap to equate mistakes with fraud,” […]

Ingham Co. health officer is ‘unaware’ of Michigan House doing COVID-19 contact tracing

BY: - December 8, 2020

While the Michigan House will not be holding committee meetings or sessions for the remainder of the week over concerns about COVID-19 spread, Ingham County officials are struggling to get cooperation from chamber to address contact tracing.  “I have left a message for the clerk of the committee,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. […]