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One woman’s Facebook post leads to Michigan vote against gerrymandering
The improbable story of how a political novice upended Michigan’s biased system for drawing legislative districts, transforming the state’s political landscape.
Republican bill would shield donors to ‘dark money’ groups in Michigan
Nonprofits that spend millions in MI elections already don't have to disclose their donors. But a bill introduced less than 48 hours after polls closed on election day would preemptively bar any policy that might require it.
Michigan’s Republican black-sheep justice is winning some unlikely allies
Justice Elizabeth Clement, appointed to the bench last year by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, is discovering this election season just how hard that can be, as she tries to navigate the most unusual of Supreme Court journeys.
New administration places Western Kentucky varsity esports in jeopardy
Western became an early adopter of the nationally growing trend toward university-sanctioned varsity esports. With more than 20,000 enrolled students, it is still one of the largest schools to support a program. Now, that program is in jeopardy.
Michigan's biggest primary winners weren’t red or blue. They were women
2018 has been a record-breaking year for the number of women running for office across the country, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. In Michigan, more women ran for U.S. Congressional and state legislative seats than in recent elections.
Amid jeers, Michigan Republicans select a supreme court justice who strayed
In the weeks leading up to the Michigan Republican Party Convention, some party insiders had attempted to find a challenger to replace the incumbent Clement, who angered activists by allowing a citizen proposal that would create an independent commission to control redistricting decisions to appear on the November ballot.
In Charlevoix and Petoskey, pricey housing leaves businesses without workers
Housing is in high demand in idyllic northern Michigan, and it is affecting local businesses. Multiple business owners said they have had potential employees turn down jobs because they couldn’t afford to live in the area. Others said their workers commute from towns as far away as the Upper Peninsula where housing is cheaper.
Here’s how Michigan’s redistricting commission would work
An explainer piece on Michigan's Proposal 2. The initiative, put forward by the group Voters Not Politicians, aims to end gerrymandering in Michigan by having this commission replace the current system, in which the state political party in power generally controls the process.
As hacking fears mount, Michigan election security gets middling marks
As fears increase about foreign interference in American elections, experts are raising the alarm that many states are unprepared to fend off an attack. Michigan — a perennial swing state — runs in the middle of the pack.
Old divisions, new blood: The Michigan GOP in the era of Trump
Early in the campaign season, two wings of the state GOP — traditional business-friendly Republicans, and populist conservatives who emerged from the tea party movement — are competing for the affections of Trump voters to propel their candidates into office.
Friction among Michigan Democrats might pose threat to victory in November
Democrats across Michigan hope to turn President Trump’s unpopularity into a blue wave that sweeps the party back into power in Lansing after eight years in the political wilderness. But to have a chance, Democrats must quell lingering tensions between a labor-dominated establishment and the increasingly impatient demands of progressives.
Two Michigan Attorney General rivals. One day to make their pitch.
Two Democratic Attorney General candidates spend one full day trying to convince other Democrats to choose them as their candidate, hinting at a split between the progressive and moderate wings of the state Democratic party.
Breaking down the Michigan bills intended to stop the next Larry Nassar
Serial predator Larry Nassar sent shockwaves through Michigan, leading several legislators to push a broad body of legislation intended to stop similar horrific crimes from happening again.
Analysis: Michigan Republican governor candidates actually focus on substance in first full debate
All four Republican hopefuls vying for the Michigan governor’s seat faced off for the first time in a debate that predictably featured sparring between leading candidates Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and, less predictably, a conversation that balanced spirited rhetoric with the real issues affecting Michiganders.
Traverse City grows as local workers search for a place to call home
In tourist-heavy northern Michigan, local workers are forced out of living in the communities they serve by out-of-reach rent.