Several petitions are moving forward to get in front of the state Legislature or on the November ballot. These three most recent petitions are wide-ranging. One would put the right to an abortion in the state Constitution. One would create an audit board to hire contractors to review statewide elections. Another would raise the..
Michigan’s redistricting commission has approved new legislative and congressional district maps. But that’s just the beginning of a new chapter of court battles and political maneuvering. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Slate’s Cheyna Roth and WDET’s Jake Neher talk about what happens next. Subscribe to MichMash on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, NPR One or wherever you get your podcasts. It..
It’s a wrap on 2021, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still look back at some of the highs and lows of last year. As part of the weekly series MichMash, WDET’s Jake Neher and Slate’s Cheyna Roth focus on the blunders of 2021 with Gongwer Michigan's Jordyn Hermani. Hermani, Gongwer's state House reporter, took on an interesting..
Michigan may be reaching a breakthrough moment when it comes to access to justice. That’s according to Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. She tells MichMash hosts Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher that the pandemic has played a big role in getting Michigan's justice system to a better, fairer place. Subscribe to MichMash on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, NPR One or..
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on a Mississippi abortion law could have a big impact in Michigan. The nation’s highest court recently heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization last week, and a decision by the court is expected this summer. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Slate’s Cheyna Roth and WDET’s..
Businessman Kevin Rinke's entrance into the GOP primary for Michigan governor represents a major shake-up in the race. There are now more than a dozen candidates who want to be the one to take on Democratic incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022. But when it comes to campaign cash, none of them has been able to come..
It seems like the more we hear about the negotiations in Congress over the infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better reconciliation package, the more the initiatives and actual policies that make up those bills get lost in the sauce. One of the things that people might lose track of is what both of these..
The commission to redraw Michigan's congressional and state legislative maps is hard at work trying to figure out which voting districts Michiganders will be in for the next decade. And given some of the proposed drafts, this could have a major impact on the makeup of Michigan’s Legislature and who the state sends to D.C. starting next year. As..
Efforts to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 oil and gas pipeline are becoming more complicated. On MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth look at the Canadian government’s latest move to block Michigan’s attempts to stop the flow of oil in the Straits of Mackinac and talk with Crain's Detroit Business Senior Editor Chad Livengood..
For three years, residents of Benton Harbor have been dealing with contaminated drinking water, and it seems to be getting worse. Last month, 20 environmental and public advocacy organizations filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the federal government to intervene to make sure Benton Harbor residents have access to clean water. The story..