Stories tagged: "Politics"

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, armed men stand on the steps at the State Capitol after a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Lansing.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
What’s the Deal with Gun Reforms in Michigan?

Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives could cement the final votes on a sweeping gun safety package early next month, after new requirements for safe storage and universal background checks cleared the state Senate last week. Here’s the deal.

Union members, supporters and others put their hats back on after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Tuesday morning, March 14, 2023. Michigan, long known as a mainstay of organized labor, became the first state in decades to repeal a union-restricting law known as “right-to-work” that was passed over a decade ago by a Republican-controlled Legislature.  (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP)
‘New Day Here in Lansing’: Michigan First State in Decades to Repeal Right-to-Work Law

Michigan, long known as a mainstay of organized labor, on Friday became the first state in decades to restore workers' rights by repealing a union-restricting law known as "right-to-work" that was passed over a decade ago by a Republican-controlled Legislature.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reads to a classroom to celebrate National Reading Month. (Governor Gretchen Whitmer via Facebook)
Repeal of Third Grade Reading Law Restores Parental Rights in Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed a bill to repeal a controversial state law which for years has punished Michigan students who fall behind more than one grade level in reading and writing by forcing them to repeat the third grade.

The Flint water plant tower is seen, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Michigan’s Largest Civil Settlement to Make Amends in Flint Water Crisis

Republican officials repeatedly dismissed Flint residents who said their water was making them sick, until it turned into a full-blown crisis. Now, with a state government under Democratic control, Michigan is finally making some amends—in a big way.

Kristina Karamo speaks to Michigan Republican Party delegates Feb. 18, 2023, in Lansing, Mich.  (AP File Photo/Joey Cappelletti)
Gun Safety Reforms Will Not ‘Disarm’ Michiganders—or Recreate the Holocaust

The election denying extremist who is in charge of the Michigan Republican Party has cooked up some offensive new scare tactics to oppose proposed gun safety legislation in Michigan—but they’re just more bizarre conspiracy theories.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks to new troopers after providing the keynote address for the Michigan State Police's 140th Trooper Recruit School. (Governor Gretchen Whitmer via Facebook)
Whitmer Made a Promise to Crack Down on Crime—And Data Suggests She’s Keeping It

Hundreds of illegal firearms have been taken off the streets through a statewide gun violence prevention initiative. And the latest funding plan from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer includes more investments designed to keep local communities safe from crime. 

As a former member of the House Elections and Ethics committee, Moss has developed a reputation for encouraging transparency in state government. (Jeremy Moss via Facebook)
This Michigan Senator Wants to Shed New Light on State Government

Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) and other members of the new Democratic majority in Michigan plan to improve transparency and public accountability in state government, including tweaks to financial disclosure requirements and reforms to the state’s open records laws.