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With the balance of power on the line, Supreme Court candidates clash on judicial philosophy

BY: - September 22, 2022

During a Wednesday candidate forum, five candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court differed on whether previously elected officeholders should serve on the body and judicial philosophy. Political parties nominate candidates, although their political affiliation is not listed on the ballot. The candidates are vying on Nov. 8 for two spots with eight-year terms on the […]

Abortion ballot initiative drama sparks new focus on Michigan Supreme Court races this fall

BY: - September 17, 2022

What a difference a week makes. Prior to Sept. 9, the Michigan Supreme Court had yet to say anything about a proposed reproductive rights ballot initiative and whether it should be on the ballot in November. And up until Monday, the court’s leadership wasn’t even considered an issue. But all of that has changed, starting […]

U.S. Senate delays same-sex marriage vote until after midterm elections

BY: - September 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate won’t vote on legislation to secure marriage equality for millions of Americans until after the midterm elections, bipartisan negotiators announced Thursday. The move follows weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions among five U.S. senators from both political parties who have been drafting an amendment to the House-passed legislation that they hoped would […]

Experts warn of anti-democratic peril from upcoming SCOTUS case

BY: - September 16, 2022

Updated, 12:41 p.m., 9/16/22 Despite seeing progress in advancing voting rights in the last several years, the organization that spearheaded the 2018 initiative that created the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission says an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) threatens to undo that effort — and much more. Voters Not Politicians (VNP) held […]

Updated: Chief Justice McCormack to resign from Michigan Supreme Court

BY: - September 12, 2022

Updated, 4:35 p.m., 9/13/22 with McCormack’s new job Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack intends to retire later this year, the Democratic-nominated justice announced in a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday. McCormack is roughly two years into an eight-year term. She first won election in 2012, was sworn in as an associate […]

Dana Nessel

Nessel files bypass application for Michigan Supreme Court to hear insulin case

BY: - September 10, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a motion this week asking the Michigan Supreme Court to take up her challenge of past decisions by the court that her office says have limited enforcement of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.  The Democrat filed the bypass application on Tuesday because she says the Michigan Supreme Court’s former rulings […]

It’s official: Abortion, voting rights proposals will be on Michigan’s Nov. ballot

BY: - September 9, 2022

Updated, 12:32 p.m., 9/9/22, with comment from Voters Not Politicians The two Republicans on the Board of State Canvassers who voted against certifying the Reproductive Freedom for All (RFFA) and Promote the Vote (PTV) ballot proposals insisted Friday morning there was “nothing partisan” about their decision. Moments later, they followed a Michigan Supreme Court order […]

Voting rights measure should be on Nov. ballot, Michigan Supreme Court rules

BY: - September 8, 2022

After a week of uncertainty for the fate of two major ballot measures, the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday evening ruled that a constitutional amendment expanding voting rights will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot for Michiganders to decide. Promote the Vote 2022 (PTV) had gathered more than 664,000 signatures in July — over 200,000 […]

Michigan Supreme Court rules abortion rights proposal should go before voters

BY: - September 8, 2022

Updated, 5:42 p.m., 9/8/22 and 8:22 p.m. 9/8/22 After months of silence on the multiple attempts in the courts to protect abortion rights in Michigan, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that voters should get the chance to decide if abortion rights should be enshrined in the state Constitution. The question in front of the […]

Bill codifying same-sex marriage nears critical vote in U.S. Senate

BY: - September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is on track to vote on a bill codifying marriage equality as soon as next week with negotiators increasingly confident it could become law. Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday they’re close to getting at least 10 Republicans to back the same-sex marriage […]

Michigan Supreme Court strikes down challenge to term limits ballot measure

BY: - September 7, 2022

An attempt to have the Michigan Supreme Court either reject a constitutional amendment or have petitioners break it up into two ballot measures before Michigan voters in November has failed. The Michigan Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment (Proposal 1) will now likely be on the ballot as written. It seeks to reduce the […]

Nessel: Board’s deadlock on abortion rights ballot proposal sets ‘most dangerous precedent’

BY: - September 7, 2022

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel is calling on the Michigan Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus to force the Board of State Canvassers to certify the language of the Reproductive Freedom For All (RFFA) constitutional amendment. Last week, the board deadlocked on whether the spacing between words in the RFFA proposal summary is […]