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Trump commutes Kwame Kilpatrick’s sentence before departing office

BY: - January 20, 2021

Outgoing President Donald Trump on late Tuesday evening commuted the sentence of disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick more than 20 years before it was scheduled to end. It was part of a series of last-minute pardons and commutations for longtime allies, like former top adviser Steve Bannon, and others, like Kilpatrick, who had champions […]

Progressives split on Duggan reelection bid, as he secures support from all 3 Dem 2018 gov. candidates 

BY: - December 11, 2020

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday formally announced he will seek reelection to lead Michigan’s largest city, but the news has received mixed reaction by some progressive Democrats.   “I’m not going anywhere,” Duggan said. “If you hire me for four more years, I will work every single day to continue to make sure every neighborhood […]

Republicans cancel Thursday House hearings, Dem leader concerned about COVID-19

BY: - November 11, 2020

State House Republicans have canceled Thursday’s committee meetings and session, an action that has caused some speculation about whether more members or staff have contracted COVID-19.  Gongwer first reported that Wednesday afternoon. Gideon D’Assandro, spokesperson for House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), said on Wednesday that “there’s nothing immediately time sensitive on the floor tomorrow with […]

‘A game-changer’: Whitmer signs bills wiping some criminal records clean

BY: - October 12, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed into law a package of bipartisan expungement bills that reforms how Michigan residents can have portions of their criminal records wiped clean. The seven-bill, bipartisan package, dubbed the “Clean Slate” plan, gives thousands of residents options to clear their records of old criminal convictions. Advocates say that erasing convictions […]


Column: Here’s our new legislative partnership to fight racism and anti-Semitism 

BY: , , and - July 24, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has exposed what many who grow up facing discrimination already knew: This nation still has a long way to go to eradicate the stain of racism and hatred. The outrage in our state and around the country is palpable. But we don’t have the luxury of merely being angry. We must not wait […]

Black House Dems unveil ‘Equal Justice for All’ policing package

BY: - July 8, 2020

For Tyrone Carter, a retired Wayne County sheriff deputy who toiled for 25 years on the force, the recent deaths of African Americans at hands of police has been difficult to endure.  “We have an opportunity to restore the trust that doesn’t exist right now,” said Carter, an African American state House member from Detroit.  […]

Leaders push for 1st responders’ safety amid COVID-19 crisis

BY: - April 1, 2020

Several Michigan officials are raising concerns about first responders’ safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. State Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Linden) has issued letters to county health departments in his district urging them to update their practices to ensure first responders’ safety when entering a home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) also has […]

Trump attempts to woo Black voters in Detroit. Will it work this time?

BY: - March 2, 2020

As Black History Month drew to near close on Thursday, a group of about a dozen Black supporters joined President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House. In African-American church tradition, the men and women lay hands on him. They prayed for him. They vowed to reelect him. They chanted, “Four more […]

Lawmakers start year by focusing on human trafficking

BY: - January 9, 2020

Ruth Rondon, who was a victim of human trafficking for 18 years, shared on Thursday her emotional story of trauma, abuse, rape and corruption to increase awareness of the issue in Michigan. “I wanted my stories to be told,” Rondon said at a joint hearing of the state House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human […]

Whitmer creates state task force on poverty

BY: - December 18, 2019

With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed an  executive order to create the Michigan Poverty Task Force within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). “No parent should have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table for their families,” said Whitmer during the announcement, which […]

Bipartisan ‘Clean Slate’ criminal expungement bills get House hearing

BY: - September 24, 2019

Members of the Michigan House Judiciary Committee convened Tuesday to hear testimony on a series of bipartisan bills that would expand access to Michiganders who seek to have their criminal offenses expunged. “I think today, we could be making one of the most significant efforts in generations to help our fellow citizens gain fuller participation […]

Bipartisan lawmakers eye next criminal justice reform: expungement legislation

BY: - September 9, 2019

Ted Kelly has a dream to become a nurse. Sure, he’s made a good living as a Detroit 3 autoworker for the last 35 years, but Kelly wants more. However, the Detroit resident made a critical mistake many years ago. “About 20 years ago I made some bad choices,” Kelly said on Monday about two […]