Wisc. man extradited, arraigned in Antrim Co. in Whitmer murder plot

BY: - May 4, 2021

A Wisconsin man, one of eight defendants accused of plotting to violently overthrow the Michigan government last fall and kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, was arraigned Tuesday in Antrim County, Michigan, before Magistrate Norene Kastys. Brian Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on a charge of material […]

3 men charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot allegedly planned to blow up bridge

BY: - April 30, 2021

Three of the men accused of plotting to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last fall are now additionally being charged for “knowingly conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction against persons or property,” according to a newly released indictment.  Six men, who were involved with self-proclaimed militias, were charged in December by a federal […]

Citing plot against Whitmer, Nessel urges Congress to adopt stronger federal anti-domestic terrorism laws

BY: - March 24, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel testified before a congressional Homeland Security subcommittee Wednesday morning, alongside two other state attorneys general, for a hearing meant to explore ways the federal government can better address and confront domestic terrorism issues. Nessel spoke and answered questions virtually along with Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and Wisconsin District Attorney John […]

Impeachment managers: Armed Michigan rally was a ‘state-level dress rehearsal’ for Jan. 6 insurrection

BY: - February 11, 2021

Democratic U.S. House impeachment managers said Thursday that an armed rally at the Michigan Capitol on April 30 was “a state-level dress rehearsal” for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Senate trial is being held to determine whether to convict former President Donald Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection […]

Slotkin vows bipartisan conversation on ‘tough and complicated’ issue of domestic terrorism

BY: - February 5, 2021

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) is bringing her years of experience evaluating intelligence on the growth of extremism and militias in Iraq to bear on a national conversation about confronting homegrown terror.  The second-term lawmaker representing the 8th District was just appointed as chair of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence […]

‘I will be on that platform’: Michigan House Dems who survived the Capitol attack look to Inauguration Day 

BY: - January 17, 2021

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) was on the House floor Jan. 6 when insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building, armed with President Trump flags, clubs, pipes, guns, bear mace, zip ties and Confederate flags. A makeshift wooden gallows stood outside. Nonetheless, she told the Advance she will attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. “These terrorists […]

Meijer on his impeachment vote: ‘I don’t believe in giving an assassin’s veto’

BY: - January 14, 2021

Freshman U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) said Thursday that he and his colleagues are taking safety measures like buying body armor, but he didn’t let threats factor into his vote to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday for inciting the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. Meijer was one of 10 Republicans joining all 222 […]

Sen. Hollier wants his resolution condemning Capitol coup to earn unanimous support

BY: - January 12, 2021

State Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) said Monday that he intends to introduce a resolution that condemns an attempted coup of American government by a mob of pro-President Trump insurrectionists — and he’s seeking unanimous support from his colleagues. The attack last Wednesday has resulted in several deaths, including a Capitol police officer. Hollier’s measure emphatically […]

U.S. House Democrats say they have enough votes to impeach Trump

BY: - January 11, 2021

Updated, 6:14 a.m., 1/12/21 WASHINGTON — At least 214 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to a measure to impeach President Donald Trump that was introduced Monday, charging him with inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Supporters of the impeachment effort say they would have enough votes to […]

Advance investigation: Michigan joins just 2 other states without Capitol firearm regulations

BY: - January 11, 2021

Updated, 10:05 a.m., 1/11/21 A months-long investigation by the Advance has revealed that Michigan is one of only three states with virtually no firearm regulations or security measures in place for its state Capitol. The Advance contacted officials and agencies in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., to gather their most recent capitol building firearm […]


Susan J. Demas: Fascists planted their flag in the U.S. Capitol this week. Let’s stop denying it.

BY: - January 10, 2021

We need to be very clear about the thousands of Trump loyalists who swarmed the U.S. Capitol last week, many decked in pro-Nazi attire, screaming the n-word at Black police officers and waving Trump, Confederate and Gadsden flags, with many looking to murder members of Congress and the vice president in a plot keep Trump […]

Multiple investigations opened into the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump insurrection

BY: - January 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Capitol Police officer died late Thursday from injuries he sustained while a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election results. The officer, Brian Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. at a local hospital, according to U.S. Capitol Police. His death is being investigated […]