Bills you may have missed, from banning workplace vaccine mandates to increasing LGBTQ protections

BY: - March 16, 2021

State lawmakers have introduced bills in March on topics ranging from expanding unemployment benefits to protecting members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination to barring employers from requiring workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, in the House with a six-seat margin and the Senate with a four-seat margin. […]

Michigan Poor People’s Campaign pushes back against GOP voter restrictions 

BY: - March 15, 2021

In a throwback moment reminiscent of the heyday of the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and ‘60s, a group of Lansing demonstrators on Monday sang the anthem, “We Shall Not Be Moved,” at the Michigan Capitol and pushed back against GOP-led efforts to enact “anti-voter, anti-democracy restrictions.” It was part of a national Poor […]

Ananich to Shirkey: ‘The world doesn’t revolve around you’

BY: - February 17, 2021

State Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) did not mince words Wednesday morning when it came to recent conspiratorial remarks about the 2020 election from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake). “The earth is round. The moon landing is real. Nine-eleven happened. And on Jan. 6 of this year, a violent insurrection against America happened, […]

AG: ‘Baseless’ right-wing voter registration lawsuit dismissed

BY: - February 17, 2021

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced on Tuesday the voluntary dismissal of another lawsuit that challenged the integrity of Michigan’s 2020 general election. Tony Daunt sued Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Director of Elections Jonathan Brater last June alleging inadequate voter registration list maintenance. Daunt is executive director of the conservative Michigan Freedom Fund, […]

Shirkey falsely claims ‘dead people voted’ in election, again says Trump ‘did not cause’ insurrection

BY: - February 16, 2021

Updated, 4:46 p.m., 2/16/21 with comments from House Minority Leader Lasinski In one of Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s first interviews since the Clarklake Republican came under fire last week for recent comments about the election and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, he said he “should be more careful,” but maintained that former President Donald Trump did […]

Election reform to return as a priority for Dems in Congress

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats who control Congress by narrow margins and the White House are making a fresh attempt to move forward a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security. The architect of the bill, Rep. John Sarbanes, said in an interview that the tumultuous 2020 election was a perfect […]

Benson rolls out plan to increase voting access, security

BY: - February 1, 2021

Updated, 3:54 p.m. with comments from Rep. Bollin Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Monday rolled out a number of election-related initiatives, centered around expanding voter accessibility and strengthening election security.  “Michigan voters want elections to be accessible, strong and secure. We saw this in 2018 when voters enshrined expanded voting rights in our […]

From the primary to post-election conspiracy theories and everything in between: The Advance’s best stories

BY: - December 28, 2020

Quotable of the Year: “Sometimes I really step back and look at how big that primary stage was and so many talented people were on it, and yet throughout the process we picked the leader [Joe Biden] we need in this moment. That’s why I do trust the American system. It’s not perfect but it’s […]

State canvassers certify Mich. election results during lengthy meeting

BY: and - November 23, 2020

Amid national attention and concerns that Republicans may attempt to unlawfully hand Michigan’s election results to President Donald Trump — who lost the state by a significant margin to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden — the bipartisan Board of State Canvassers voted Monday 3-0 to follow their lawful duties and certify the state’s election votes. Chair […]


Jeff Timmer: Monday’s state canvassers meeting could be a circus

BY: - November 23, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen. Children of all ages. Step right up. Get your tickets and find your seats. Prepare to be dazzled, amazed and amused. The circus is about to begin! Everyone is watching Michigan. The two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers beclowned themselves before the nation and world last week. Not wanting to be […]

Detroit rally calls for Trump to concede, Board of State Canvassers to certify Michigan votes.

BY: - November 21, 2020

During a small but spirited rally on Saturday in Detroit at the Joe Louis fist, Anthony Cardamone said it’s time for President Donald Trump to give up election lawsuits, concede to Joe Biden, and “get out!” “[Trump] needs to concede now, so we can undo the damage that he’s done,” Cardamone of Clinton Twp. said.   […]

Shirkey, Chatfield don’t announce election action, say they asked Trump for COVID-19 funding

BY: - November 20, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) said that the group of Michigan lawmakers who met with President Donald Trump Friday used the rare one-on-one time with the president to advocate for more federal COVID-19 funding to the state. The White House visit came amid the Trump campaign reportedly pursuing […]