The Michigan Supreme Court has announced the cases it will hear during its November oral arguments. One is a civil rights challenge to a controversial Grand Rapids Police Department policy. The plaintiffs in this combined case are two young African Americans who were stopped, photographed and fingerprinted under a city policy that allows police officers..
A new state Department of Corrections directive outlines the rights of pregnant prison inmates to medical resources and support. The directive expands rights for pregnant inmates to choose one non-medical person to support them as they give birth, and it allows a new mother to spend more time with a newborn before returning to prison...
The GOP-led state House gave final approval Thursday to a bill that would require people to show a photo ID to vote, sending it to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a near-certain veto. Democrats opposed the bill as an unnecessary obstacle to voting and would actually discourage participation in elections. “I can assure you we do..
President Joe Biden traveled to Michigan Tuesday to pitch his Build Back Better and infrastructure plans to swing-state voters in a politically critical region. His destination was a union hall in Howell. Presidential visits are not random choices. And Biden’s stop by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324 was no exception. “Hello, Michigan,” he..
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed the final bills of a budget deal with the Legislature in time to meet the deadline of Friday, when the state’s new fiscal year begins. The Democratic governor praised the budget as a bipartisan agreement that will spend more on child care, roads, dam safety and other infrastructure, and job training...
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will veto language in a budget bill that would punish local health departments that issue COVID-19 mask orders or restrictions. She will sign a budget with line-item before the state’s new fiscal year begins Friday. Whitmer Press Secretary Bobby Leddy says the provision is both unenforceable and unconstitutional. The Michigan Constitution requires the..
A pair of former Democratic and Republican party leaders have teamed up to change how Michigan participates in the Electoral College and it could change the course of future presidential elections. Former Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer and former state GOP chair Saul Anuzis are launching a petition drive to add Michigan to the..
Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced Tuesday that he is running as a Republican for governor of Michigan. Craig retired in June, has already said he will run, and this announcement has been expected for months. The surprise was how the event played out. This was not a smooth operation as campaign rollouts go...
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is ready to use her veto pen to stop Republican legislation to limit schools and local governments from enacting mask requirements. As the governor traverses the state to sell her COVID-19 recovery plans, she remains trapped in the present as she’s confronted by a surge in cases. On Wednesday at..
The Michigan State Medical Society says it’s time for people to return to masking up indoors, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. The reason is the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant. The recommendation from the doctors’ organization comes amid fights over whether schools should be allowed to adopt COVID-related requirements..