Local group ‘disgusted’ by Lucido photo
An organization that has called for the resignation of Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido is “disgusted” by a recent photograph on social media that involves a birthday party fundraiser for him held on Thursday. It shows the GOP official’s right hand on the buttocks of a woman. “You would think someone with four sexual harassment […]
State House committee considers bill aimed at requiring sexual harassment settlements in the Legislature be made public
A bill that would make some information about settlements regarding sexual harassment in the Legislature available to the public stirred discussion in the House Oversight Committee Thursday. House Bill 4920, introduced by House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), states that “if a settlement agreement that provides for the payment of money is entered following […]
Women leaders speak up about harassment, misogyny in Michigan politics
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 […]
‘Enough is enough’: Macomb women’s group calls on Lucido to resign
A new grassroots organization of Macomb County women is demanding the resignation of their county’s new prosecutor, Republican former state Sen. Peter Lucido, citing a pattern of behavior they say makes him unfit to represent Macomb County families seeking justice. The Macomb Accountability Project held a virtual press conference Tuesday morning and encouraged others to […]
Angela Vasquez-Giroux: Where is the allyship for BIPOC women in politics?
We’ve been talking a lot about what it’s like to be a woman working in politics in Lansing – a long overdue conversation that is finally shedding some light on the sexual harassment, toxic workplaces and abusive bosses that chased all too many of us out of jobs we loved and excelled at. And, as […]
#MeToo was founded by a Black woman. So why are the voices of Michigan women of color often missing on the issue?
Inforum Michigan, a leading women’s organization, was recently holding a virtual information session to discuss the issue of sexual assault when Kalimah Johnson happened to stumble on the conversation via social media. Given that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who is African American, was a featured guest, Johnson […]
Former Trump-nominated attorney hired to lead CMU probe
Former U.S. attorney Matthew Schneider has been tapped by Central Michigan University to investigate whether CMU staff members knew about alleged sexual harassment from CMU alumnus and Vanguard Public Relations owner T.J. Bucholz, yet sent students to work for Bucholz anyway. Schneider served as U.S. Attorney for Michigan’s Eastern District for three years starting in […]
CMU suspends pair after fallout over Bucholz sexual harassment allegations
Two Central Michigan University staff members have been suspended as the university investigates claims of sexual harassment against CMU alumnus and Vanguard Public Relations owner T.J. Bucholz. The allegations were first reported by Eclectablog, a progessive news and commentary blog, after Michigan LGBTQ+ activist Emily Dievendorf, who was a former employee under Bucholz, shared on […]
Judge on alleged ‘inappropriate’ touching by Lucido: ‘If I don’t speak up, how is anything going to change?’
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. […]
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A Senate probe found Lucido sexually harassed women. Now he’s running for Macomb County prosecutor.
State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) says he will run for Macomb County prosecutor this fall. This announcement follows a state Senate sexual harassment investigation this month that resulted in Lucido losing his position chairing the Senate Advice and Consent Committee, which oversees key gubernatorial appointments. Lucido serves on Michigan’s Elder Abuse Task Force, the […]
A Senate probe found Lucido sexually harassed women. The Republican falsely claims he was exonerated.
State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) lost his position chairing the Senate Advice and Consent Committee after a Senate Business Office investigation released Thursday determined accusations of sexual harassment were deemed “credible” and the incidents in question “more likely than not” occurred. Investigators wrote in their report: “Lucido’s conduct ‘demonstrates an unfortunate pattern of behavior’ […]