Winnie Brinks


Column: Broadening postpartum coverage could boost maternal health

BY: - August 27, 2020

About five months ago, I became a mom.  I met my daughter in the early hours of the morning, and the days since have been the best and hardest of my life. It has been a time of healing and rapid learning. A time when feelings of exhaustion, wonder and frustration mingle and fluctuate, sometimes […]

Lawmakers advance bills to push back July budget deadline, urge congressional help

BY: - June 11, 2020

Both chambers of the Legislature on Thursday took steps on the budget process, as measures were introduced to compel Congress to provide more flexible financial assistance to states and to waive the Legislature’s quickly approaching deadline to present a budget to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. House Concurrent Resolution 26, sponsored by state Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) […]

Dems: Systemic racism is ‘government oppression’

BY: - June 3, 2020

State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to speak out about government oppression, following the killing of George Floyd, a 45-year-old African American from Minneapolis after a police officer pinned a knee on his neck. “America has changed. The murder of an unarmed Black man at the hands of four police […]


Winnie Brinks: No room for racism, sexism in fight against COVID-19

BY: - May 3, 2020

Hundreds of people gathered on the Capitol lawn this past Thursday in opposition to the restrictions put in place by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to mitigate the devastating effects of COVID-19 as it sweeps across the state. I certainly understand the frustration. We’ve been directed to wear masks, stay in our homes, and separate from our […]

Whitmer wants to lower prescription drug costs

BY: - February 24, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order aimed at bringing Michiganders financial relief by lowering the cost of prescription drugs used to treat heart disease, depression and diabetes.   Executive Order 2020-01 created the Prescription Drug Task Force, which is made up of members from the departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS); Insurance and […]

State education board votes to support undocumented immigrant driver licenses

BY: - January 16, 2020

The Michigan Board of Education voted 6-1 Tuesday on a resolution favoring a four-bill package that would allow undocumented immigrants clearer access to driver licenses.  The bills — packaged together under the name “Drive SAFE” — would allow undocumented immigrants, workers and seniors to obtain Michigan state IDs or driver licenses for work and school-related […]

Bills allow undocumented immigrants to have state IDs, driver licenses

BY: - October 31, 2019

At a Thursday press conference, state Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) called it a “matter of human dignity” for those who can’t prove their lawful presence to be able to obtain state identification. Chang and other Democratic legislators said they’re moving forward with plans to introduce a “Drive SAFE” package of bills that would allow undocumented […]

Heated mayoral race busts through East Grand Rapids ‘bubble’

BY: - October 21, 2019

Drive through the Kent County suburb of East Grand Rapids and you’ll find a mix of new and old mansions and well-kept middle-class homes. The city of about 12,000 people has a small downtown with upscale retail shops and restaurants and other services, along with Reeds Lake on the outskirts. The city boasts a median […]