Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Senator says reconciliation bill ‘is our opportunity’ for immigration reform

BY: - August 2, 2021

Immigration reforms, including a path to citizenship, should be included in the sweeping agenda Democrats are about to consider in a reconciliation bill that will circumvent a Republican filibuster, U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) and several other Senate Democrats told President Joe Biden last week. Cortez Masto was among a group of Congressional Hispanic […]

‘There will never be another Carl Levin’: Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator dies at 87

BY: - July 30, 2021

Updated, 3:43 p.m., 7/30/21 with comments from President Biden Carl Levin, former Detroit City Council member and U.S. senator, died Thursday at 87. The cause of death is not known. The Levin Center at Wayne State University issued a statement, saying, “With great sadness and heavy hearts, the [center and family] announce the passing of […]

Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, has been meeting with other […]

Amid Democratic opposition, GOP-led Senate adopts first round of voter restriction bills

BY: and - June 16, 2021

The Senate passed three bills Wednesday that would make it more difficult for voters to vote absentee and at the ballot box if they aren’t able to present a state-issued photo ID, despite fierce objections from Democrats that the new rules would be especially harmful to vulnerable voters and communities of color. For months after […]

Senate unanimously passes $4.4 billion in federal funds for K-12 schools

BY: - June 15, 2021

Through a unanimous vote Tuesday, the state Senate passed more than $4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief aid to Michigan’s K-12 schools. The passage of these federal dollars didn’t come easy after months of no negotiations between the GOP-led Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with previous education funding proposals being tie-barred to bills that would […]

Judge on alleged ‘inappropriate’ touching by Lucido: ‘If I don’t speak up, how is anything going to change?’

BY: - March 22, 2021

Updated, 6:26 p.m., 3/23/21 with comments from Lucido Ingham County Judge Lisa McCormick said in an interview with the Advance this month that then-state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) in 2019 inappropriately touched her during a formal meeting.  Lucido last year stepped down from the Legislature after winning his race for Macomb County prosecutor. Gov. […]

U.S. Senate confirms Granholm as Energy secretary

BY: - February 25, 2021

Updated, 6:02 p.m., 2/25/21 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday in a 64-35 vote confirmed former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to run the Department of Energy. She is the second woman to lead the $35 billion agency. Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Granholm several hours after the Senate confirmation vote. Her husband, daughter […]

Peters to lead panel overseeing Line 5 regulators

BY: - February 25, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), who has come out in favor of shutting down the Canadian Line 5 oil pipeline in the Mackinac Straits, has been selected to lead the Senate panel responsible for overseeing the pipeline’s federal regulators. Peters was named chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and […]


Column: Trump’s acquittal is a sign of ‘constitutional rot’ – partisanship overriding principles

BY: - February 15, 2021

The Senate’s decision to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial may have been a victory for Trump, but it is a clear sign that democracy in the U.S. is in poor health. As a constitutional scholar, I believe the United States – the world’s first constitutional democracy – is in a […]


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. […]

Whitmer fills Line 5 panel vacancy after 8 months

BY: - February 10, 2021

One week after the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) met for the first time in 11 months, having been a two-man panel for nearly eight of those months due to a vacancy, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that she has appointed Democrat Paul Novak of Detroit. The MSCA was created as a three-member panel in […]