Elections


Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks at a press conference on Tuesday. (Michigan Secretary of State's Office via Facebook)
Benson Plans to Protect Election Officials in Wake of Threats

After threats against election workers have soared in the wake of a right-wing campaign to push lies about the 2020 election, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Democratic lawmakers announced Tuesday plans to protect election officials and crack down on those intentionally sharing misinformation about elections and voting.

The Austin Blair Statue, erected in 1895, in front of the Michigan State Capitol building. (Shaun Pavone/Shutterstock)
Flip of Michigan Legislature Highlights Role of Fair Maps

An Associated Press analysis of election data indicates that Michigan's new state legislative districts reduced the built-in advantage Republicans had enjoyed over the last decade. It shows that gerrymandering can affect the balance of power in legislatures and, ultimately, the policies they pursue.

This April 28, 2021, file photo shows the US Capitol building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
We May Not Know Who Controls the US House and Senate for a Few Days—or Even Weeks

Control of the two chambers of Congress will come down to mail ballots that are still being counted in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon—and possibly a December Senate run-off election in Georgia.

In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
Whitmer Pledges to Continue Bipartisan Effort— Even After Dems Take Control of State Legislature

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledged to continue to lead in a bipartisan fashion during a 15-minute address to reporters, family members, state elected officials, and campaign staff on Wednesday after being elected to a second term.

Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) stands in solidarity with with Everytown for Gun Safety. Bayer has her sights set on education for the next legislative session. (Senator Rosemary Bayer via Facebook)
Michigan’s Women: ‘We Belong in the House and We Belong in the Senate’

MICHIGAN—The decision to run for state Legislature isn’t a simple one. Recently, The ‘Gander talked with seven of the women running for Michigan’s House and Senate about what motivated their campaigns—and during those conversations, a familiar theme emerged: frustration with what had become the status quo, and a desire to change it.  By the Numbers...

A growing number of faith leaders are throwing their support behind Proposal 3 in Michigan.
Michigan Clergy Endorse Proposal 3 in Last-Minute Conservative Shift

More than a dozen faith leaders from a wide range of denominations from across the state gathered for a summit of sorts to encourage Michiganders to vote yes on Proposal 3 on Nov. 8—joining a growing list of conservative voices who now support the initiative to protect reproductive freedom.