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Liberal super PAC sues Michigan over voting restrictions

Liberal super PAC sues Michigan over voting restrictions

November 13, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Priorities USA argues in two lawsuits that state laws prohibiting certain voter services unconstitutionally restrict the right to vote. A state Republican leader said the restrictions are important to discourage voter fraud.

Attorney General Dana Nessel takes hard line in juvenile inmate rape cases

Attorney General Dana Nessel takes hard line in juvenile inmate rape cases

November 5, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Like her predecessor Bill Schuette, Nessel is contesting every claim by juveniles who said they were raped by adult prisoners — including whether the teens, some as young as 14, can be called children at trial.

Michigan judge rules Enbridge Line 5 construction is constitutional

Michigan judge rules Enbridge Line 5 construction is constitutional

October 31, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The victory, which could pave the way for the tunnel plan to proceed, is a setback for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who halted work on the project in March. Attorney General Dana Nessel released a 120-page report and vowed to appeal.

Dana Nessel adopts Trump defense in heated LGBT Michigan adoption case

Dana Nessel adopts Trump defense in heated LGBT Michigan adoption case

October 11, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Nessel is asking the judge to ignore her heated rhetoric as a private citizen and suspend his recent ruling allowing faith-based adoption agencies to refuse service to gay or transgender parents. 

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's budget cuts and shifts mean to Michigan residents

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's budget cuts and shifts mean to Michigan residents

October 1, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

 No money for Pure Michigan and less for rural hospitals. More money for Medicaid work rules and water testing. How Gretchen Whitmer’s nearly $1 billion in changes could have a big impact on everyday residents.

Michigan law limiting ballot drives unconstitutional, court rules

Michigan law limiting ballot drives unconstitutional, court rules

September 27, 2019 | Riley Beggin

 The law places a 15 percent cap per congressional district on signature gathering for ballot initiatives. The court said that unfairly hampers the public’s rights.

Michigan GOP budget contains 7 big surprises for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan GOP budget contains 7 big surprises for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

September 26, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Ron French

Tucked inside the $59.9 billion budget, Michigan legislators have proposed big cuts to the Department of Education unless it creates A-F school grades, shifts money for redistricting and requires the construction of a controversial psychiatric facility in Caro.

Judge slams Dana Nessel in gay adoption case for ‘targeted attack’ on religion

Judge slams Dana Nessel in gay adoption case for ‘targeted attack’ on religion

September 26, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jonker says Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel put St. Vincent Catholic Charities “in the position of either giving up its belief or giving up its contract with the state.”

Michigan Legislature, Gov. Whitmer head for showdown on roads, redistricting

Michigan Legislature, Gov. Whitmer head for showdown on roads, redistricting

September 19, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Republican-led House and Senate committees approve road funding at levels well below what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has demanded. Constraints placed on Secretary of State and Attorney General offices may also draw pushback from the governor.

Opinion | Dana Nessel: Line 5 must close to protect all of Michigan

Opinion | Dana Nessel: Line 5 must close to protect all of Michigan

July 22, 2019 | Dana Nessel

Michigan’s attorney general explains why she sued to close the controversial Line 5 gas pipeline that passes beneath the Mackinac Straits.

Michigan AG Dana Nessel files lawsuit to shut down Line 5 in Mackinac Straits

Michigan AG Dana Nessel files lawsuit to shut down Line 5 in Mackinac Straits

June 27, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking court order to decommission Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, citing a “continual threat of grave harm” to the Great Lakes. Separately, she’s seeking to dismiss an Enbridge lawsuit to uphold an agreement to bury the pipelines in a bedrock tunnel.

Nessel splits with Whitmer, sides with Detroit kids in literacy suit

Nessel splits with Whitmer, sides with Detroit kids in literacy suit

June 7, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Michigan attorney general sides with Detroit children’s lawsuit against the state. ‘There are moments in our ... history when silence in the face of abhorrent circumstances is not an option,’ Nessel says.  

Michigan Republican lawmakers challenge Nessel opinion on ballot drive law

Michigan Republican lawmakers challenge Nessel opinion on ballot drive law

June 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Attorney General Dana Nessel claims the Republican law, which placed new restrictions on the statewide ballot initiative process, is unconstitutional. The GOP now is going to court in a bid to force the Secretary of State to ignore Nessel’s opinion.

Conflict looms for Whitmer, Nessel as Enbridge accelerates Line 5 tunnel plan

Conflict looms for Whitmer, Nessel as Enbridge accelerates Line 5 tunnel plan

May 30, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Enbridge announces it can finish Line 5 tunnel by 2024, setting up potential conflict between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel, who is threatening litigation.

Michigan Attorney General: GOP limits on petition drives are unconstitutional

Michigan Attorney General: GOP limits on petition drives are unconstitutional

May 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said the controversial election law passed by lame-duck Republicans “creates an obstacle for voters without any support in the (state) Constitution itself.”

Nessel pushes ruling on Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to high court

Nessel pushes ruling on Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to high court

April 25, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Attorney General Dana Nessel said she will not write an opinion on last-minute GOP changes to wage and sick leave laws passed in December. Instead, she deferred to the state Supreme Court on whether the changes were constitutional.  

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s brash attorney general, plows through Lansing

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s brash attorney general, plows through Lansing

April 19, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Just months into office, the state’s top lawyer has dueled with Lansing Republicans, the Trump administration and the Catholic church, while reversing course on lawsuits by her conservative predecessor. Got a problem with that?

With Line 5 tunnel plan halted, next steps may belong to Enbridge Energy

With Line 5 tunnel plan halted, next steps may belong to Enbridge Energy

April 1, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The chairman of the board that approved Michigan’s plans to pursue a tunnel around Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 oil pipeline doubts his board could defend its actions in court — because it no longer exists.

Halting Line 5 tunnel is ‘shameful.’ Prepare for a lawsuit, GOP leader says

Halting Line 5 tunnel is ‘shameful.’ Prepare for a lawsuit, GOP leader says

March 31, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey defends process to build tunnel around oil pipeline and says Attorney General Dana Nessel ‘consistently tries … to upset what has been passed into law.’

Judge upholds Line 5 tunnel authority as Dana Nessel’s review continues

Judge upholds Line 5 tunnel authority as Dana Nessel’s review continues

March 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The Michigan Court of Claims ruling won’t end of legal battles surrounding the legality of the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, created to oversee a tunnel surrounding Enbridge Energy’s Line 5. 

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