At Michigan-Wisconsin border, enviros and tribes fight to keep new mine at bay

BY: - July 17, 2021

For years, Indigenous and environmental groups have been standing up against Calgary-based Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, arguing a rupture could harm the areas’s freshwater and ecosystem. And about 200 miles west across Lake Michigan, in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a similar story is unfolding. On Friday, […]

GOP lawsuits restrain governors’ COVID-19 actions

BY: - November 18, 2020

Governors of both parties are facing a deluge of lawsuits from right-wing lawmakers, conservative legal groups and Republican activists who say chief executives need legislative approval to shut down businesses, require mask-wearing or force residents to stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Judges have tossed out the lawsuits or sided with […]

Wisconsin recruits Michigan National Guard to assist in Kenosha

BY: and - August 28, 2020

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers released details Thursday that Michigan, Arizona and Alabama are assisting in Kenosha, providing mutual aid in the form of National Guard troops, as well as equipment. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer authorized the troop deployment. “Michigan’s dedicated National Guardsmen and women have played a vital role to keep Michiganders safe in recent months […]

Former Kenosha alder is proud of urging militia members to descend on Wisconsin city

BY: - August 27, 2020

The man who called gunmen to gather on the streets of Kenosha Tuesday night — culminating in the deaths of two people and an injury to a third — says he did so to keep the city safe. Despite the deaths, he believes they made it safer. Kevin Mathewson is a former Kenosha alder who […]

Proposed U.P. mine faces mounting troubles

BY: - August 24, 2020

A controversial proposed open pit metallic sulfide mine on the Michigan-Wisconsin border has suffered major financial and permitting setbacks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increasing public concerns over the safety of tailings dams to store mine waste. The proposed Back Forty Mine would be located next to the Menominee River, which flows into […]


Column: Shut down Line 5 — it’s too risky

BY: - July 5, 2020

Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline is too risky to keep operating and now the state of Wisconsin can permanently shut it down. (Part of Line 5 is currently, temporarily shut down thanks to the efforts of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel after the discovery of damage to the pipeline.) The 67-year old pipeline has already […]


Column: Bullies in charge: The ‘reopen’ crowd loves beating up on women

BY: - May 20, 2020

Wisconsin has been re-opened for business. Forcibly reopened, it turns out, by Republican legislative leaders and four state Supreme Court justices. In a messy decision filled with incendiary language and spurious claims, the court overturned Gov. Tony Evers stay-home by “torturing the plain language” of a state statute, as Justice Rebecca Dallet put it in […]


Column: Trump’s defamation suits pose a chilling prospect for the press

BY: - May 9, 2020

In the long and dubious history of nasty presidential politics, the anti-Trump attack ad that the pro-Democratic SuperPAC Priorities USA paid NBC affiliate WJFW-TV in Rhinelander, Wisc., to televise in America’s 134th largest market seemed tame enough. The 30-second spot uses rapid-fire audio snippets of President Trump dismissing the seriousness of the nascent but fast-growing COVID-19 […]

Whitmer, govs. ask feds for aid as state could face $7B revenue hit

BY: - April 16, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, sent a letter to President Trump Wednesday requesting that he expedite additional resources for all states and localities so that they can address economic shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. “Without this leadership, the damage to our state economies will be […]

Mail-in voting gains traction, but concerns remain for disabled, Native people

BY: - April 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the COVID-19 virus continues to sweep the country, voting rights advocates are demanding Congress fully fund a national vote-by-mail program so people aren’t forced to choose between their health and their right to vote. In Michigan, voters approved a slew of voting reforms in 2018, including measures to allow no-reason mail-in voting. […]

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Michigan manufacturing sees ups and downs on Trump’s watch

BY: and - February 25, 2020

In 2016, Donald Trump ran on “bringing back” manufacturing jobs to Rust Belt states like Michigan, which was one factor in his surprise wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (and less surprising victory in neighboring Ohio).  The results of that promise, however, have been quite muddled.  Michigan is down 5,300 manufacturing jobs since Trump took […]


Purple States: What Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania can tell us about 2020

BY: - February 11, 2020

As the 2020 election is in full swing, the Michigan Advance and our sister publications in Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania bring you “Purple States,” an ongoing series on issues that matter to our states. On Monday, the Advance ran a column to kick off the project from Editor Susan J. Demas, “What the national media […]