U.S. high court kills Michigan gerrymandering case ordering new districts

U.S. high court kills Michigan gerrymandering case ordering new districts

October 21, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The decision makes it official: A federal district court order to redraw gerrymandered lines and stage new elections is moot.

Anti-gerrymandering group may team with GOP to tackle term limits

October 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Interest in changing Michigan’s strict legislative term limits may produce an unlikely alliance: Voters Not Politicians, the GOP and Michigan Chamber.

Pure Michigan gets reprieve, but its future is cloudy amid budget showdown

October 22, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Work on Pure Michigan tourism ads will continue through at least the end of the year after approval to use $740K to pay firms. Its long-term status remains shaky after a $37.5 million budget veto.

Opinion: Wayne County’s diversity poses Census challenges, opportunities

October 22, 2019 | Alisha Bell in Guest Commentary

The county's diverse population poses challenges, especially regarding language and trust in local governments. These barriers increase the chances immigrant Americans will be undercounted in the 2020 census.

Opinion | Gov. Milliken's enduring legacy: civility, bridging divides

October 22, 2019 | Dave Dempsey in Guest Commentary

Milliken's biographer pauses after his passing to revisit what the former Michigan governor was able to accomplish, and how he got it done.

Get tickets for Lansing event on growth of long-term substitute teachers

October 21, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt in The Center for Michigan

Bridge Magazine uncovered that up to 50,000 K-12 students in Michigan are being taught by long-term (often uncertified) substitute teachers. You can weigh in and hear experts talk about this troubling trend, and how to fix it.

Phil Power | Our colleges require more support from Lansing to survive

October 21, 2019 | Phil Power in Phil's Column

Declining student enrollment, reduced state support, rising tuitions and political skepticism are all creating a perfect storm that's battering our state campuses.

How Michigan Republicans nearly gutted discrimination investigations

October 21, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

In an under-the-radar move, the GOP tried to shift $1.5 million from the Department of Civil Rights to three private museums. The move came as hate crimes are increasing.

Former Michigan Governor William Milliken dies at 97

October 18, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Known for his ability to reach across the aisle, the Republican and state’s longest serving governor served Michigan as waterways commissioner, state senator and lieutenant governor before becoming governor.

Opinion | I’m a victim of Detroit gentrification. Don’t let me lose my home.

October 18, 2019 | Paul Horton in Guest Commentary

As rents skyrocket in hip neighborhoods like Corktown, long-term residents are vulnerable and Detroit needs to consider subsidies or other programs to prevent displacement.

This flu season looks deadly. Yet much of Michigan won’t get its shot.

October 18, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

In much of rural Michigan, and in Detroit, fewer than 20 percent of residents get flu shots, even though the vaccine makes it far less likely that people will die or get seriously ill from the virus.

New law shields 10,000 Michigan counselors from limits to their practice

October 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

The measure approved Thursday overrides proposed state regulatory changes critics said would be “devastating” to mental health care in Michiga

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer eases access to welfare in Michigan

October 17, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

The Democratic governor loosens policies restricting how much money recipients can have in the bank. Critics of the old rules called them ‘cruel and unusual,’ but Republicans fear the new limits will increase fraud.