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Study: Utility shutoffs help drive evictions in Michigan

BY: - August 3, 2021

Updated, 3:31 p.m., 8/3/21 As a national moratorium expired Saturday that will likely trigger a massive wave of evictions, a new report shows that utility shutoffs are a big reason renters in Michigan face evictions and subsequent homelessness. The Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) study outlines policy recommendations for how lawmakers should deal […]

State Supreme Court allows Detroit charter proposal to appear on ballot

BY: - August 2, 2021

Advocates of a proposed revision to Detroit’s city charter scored a major victory Thursday after the Michigan Supreme Court ordered the controversial initiative to be placed on the Aug. 3 ballot. The panel voted 4-3 to overturn the Wayne County Circuit Court and Michigan Court of Appeals’ decision to remove the proposed revisions from the […]

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6 Michigan GOP lawmakers sign brief to overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - July 30, 2021

Six Michigan Republican members of Congress signed on to an amicus brief Thursday seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade. In May, the Supreme Court, which is considered to have the most right-wing tilt in decades, agreed to hear arguments on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  U.S. […]

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Michigan Supreme Court rules for state on local govt. and school funding case

BY: - July 29, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday primarily ruled in the state’s favor on a major case regarding how the state funds local governments and schools. The case, Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government v. Michigan, deals with the 1978 Headlee Amendment, the culmination of a conservative movement to cap taxation in the state. The case involved […]

Legislature yanks Whitmer’s emergency powers used during pandemic — and governor can’t veto

BY: - July 21, 2021

As expected, the GOP-led Michigan House voted Wednesday mostly along party lines to permanently topple a 76-year-old state law that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used during the first months of COVID-19. The vote came down to 60 members in favor of repealing the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA), with 48 opposed and two […]

Here’s what could happen in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is overturned

BY: - July 18, 2021

In 1973, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade granted Americans the constitutional right to access a safe and legal abortion.  But in May, the Supreme Court, which is considered to have the most right-wing tilt in decades, agreed to hear arguments on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, Dobbs […]

State board OKs anti-Whitmer petition, heads to GOP-led Legislature

BY: - July 13, 2021

After a year of right-wing acrimony over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders and legal turbulence over an effort to permanently strip some of her emergency powers, the controversial Unlock Michigan campaign prevailed Tuesday at getting its petition approved by the Board of State Canvassers. The bipartisan panel had previously deadlocked on the petition along party […]

Michigan Supreme Court again orders state board to certify anti-Whitmer petition

BY: - July 9, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Michigan Board of State Canvassers must certify conservative group Unlock Michigan’s petition signatures and move the group’s proposal to the GOP-controlled Legislature, which is expected to adopt it. It is the second time the state high court made the ruling. In June it said that the […]

Michigan Supreme Court rejects deadline extension for independent redistricting panel

BY: - July 9, 2021

Updated, 1:51 p.m., 7/9/21, with comment from Voters Not Politicians The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied the independent redistricting committee’s request for a deadline extension due to delayed U.S. Census data, throwing a wrench into the new panel’s first go at drawing new district lines for the state. The 13-member Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting […]

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Michigan Supreme Court to hear landmark LGBTQ rights case

BY: - July 6, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court will bypass the Court of Appeals to hear arguments on a key LGBTQ civil rights case. In an order dated Friday that was released on Saturday, the high court said it will hear the appeal of Rouch World LLC v. Department of Civil Rights. The case will effectively determine whether Michigan’s […]

Supreme Court upholds Arizona law in setback for voting rights

BY: - July 2, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s ban on third-party ballot collections, reversing the 9th Circuit’s ruling last year that the prohibition violated the Voting Rights Act and raising the bar on future voting rights lawsuits. In a 6-3 opinion, the high court ruled on Thursday that Arizona’s 2016 law doesn’t violate Section 2 of the Voting […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]