The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether they should direct the state’s redistricting commission to redraw recently approved district maps. A coalition of current and former Detroit politicians and activists allege the newly-redrawn districts violate the Voting Rights Act and would limit Black representation in state and federal government. If you reduce those majorities of African-American districts, and you look at the voting patterns, it's..
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) says he's going to wait until challenges against Michigan's new political maps play out in court before deciding whether to run for re-election. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission approved new district maps in December. Its congressional map puts Upton living in the same district as another Republican incumbent,..
There are 100,000 Russian troops stationed near that country’s border with Ukraine. Fears continue to grow that an invasion is around the corner. The United States has ordered the families of staff at the American embassy in Kyiv to leave the country and is also allowing nonessential embassy employees to leave. Meanwhile, President Biden is..
A report released last week by Michigan’s Auditor General used a broader definition of long-term care facility to determine the number of deaths in the first several months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It included places not required to report deaths to the state, like adult foster care homes. Using that expanded definition, the report saw..
State Sen. Adam Hollier is jumping into the fray of Michigan’s newly-redrawn 13th Congressional District. Hollier’s Senate district lies within the 13th. He says he’s running to help bring about structural change. “It's cliche to say that our system is broken,” Hollier says. “We all know that, but what we don't talk about is that is by design. Our system is..
The Gen Z-fueled "The Birds Aren't Real" movement says birds are all actually government drones sent to surveil us from the skies, the streets and in our own backyards. Sound ridiculous? Well, it is. And that’s the point. "What I find most interesting is it's an attempt to change peoples' beliefs about conspiracy theories by..
In 2009, 11,000 untested rape kits were found sitting in a Detroit Police Department storage room. Some of them had been there for over 20 years. Last year, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced that the backlog had been cleared. Earlier this week, a local activist and the Wayne County Prosecutor were honored by the..
Legislative Republicans are accusing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of intentionally minimizing the number of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan’s long-term care facilities. There’s no evidence that’s true — and there’s no indication in an Auditor General’s report that a Whitmer executive order to have some nursing homes take in COVID-positive patients led to more deaths. For the long-term care facility related deaths or linked deaths, we knew the..
An independent study conducted by Michigan State University researchers found that Black drivers are pulled over more than any other racial group in the state. The results also showed Black and Hispanic drivers are more likely than White and Asian drivers to be arrested after a traffic stop. Michigan State Police Director Col. Joe Gasper says..
Last year’s municipal elections brought about some big changes in city government in Detroit. That’s especially true on City Council, which has been plagued by corruption probes and criminal charges in recent months and years. On Wednesday, a federal judge sentenced former Councilman Andre Spivey to two years in prison. "I'm looking forward to restoring..