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Coronavirus powers ruling puts spotlight on Michigan Supreme Court election

Coronavirus powers ruling puts spotlight on Michigan Supreme Court election

October 5, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers were effectively ended by a 4-3 decision Friday, with the court majority nominated by Republicans. Voters will decide two seats in November that could tip the balance.

COVID masks can still be required in Michigan schools, despite ruling

COVID masks can still be required in Michigan schools, despite ruling

October 5, 2020 | Ron French

How does Friday’s Supreme Court ruling upending Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency power authority impact coronavirus mandates in Michigan schools? We answer some of your major questions.

GOP leader: No mask mandates, Michigan needs to learn to live with coronavirus

GOP leader: No mask mandates, Michigan needs to learn to live with coronavirus

October 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

One day after Michigan Supreme Court rules Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can’t impose emergency powers during pandemic without input from lawmakers, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says the panel is unlikely to agree to far-reaching restrictions. ‘The virus ultimately was going to win,’ he says.

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Kelly House

A divided court declared unconstitutional  a 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to issue orders without input from the Legislature. The GOP declares it a ‘great day’ and the fate of 120-plus orders from Whitmer are now in question.

Gov. Whitmer, GOP clash on Michigan ban on public funds for private schools

Gov. Whitmer, GOP clash on Michigan ban on public funds for private schools

January 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Religious and non-public school groups want the Michigan Supreme Court to strike down a constitutional amendment banning taxpayer funding for private schools, arguing it was motivated by anti-Catholic bias and violates free exercise rights.

Michigan to allow cellphones in all courts, striking down local bans

Michigan to allow cellphones in all courts, striking down local bans

January 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Lawyers and advocates argued that cellphone bans create barriers to justice, while some judges raised concerns over court chaos.

Michigan Supreme Court urged to release Bill Schuette emails on private accounts

Michigan Supreme Court urged to release Bill Schuette emails on private accounts

January 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A liberal advocacy group argues the state is unjustly refusing to give up government emails the group requested in 2016. Current Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has picked up Schuette’s defense, citing technical concerns with the suit. 

 Bill Schuette opts against Michigan Supreme Court run

Bill Schuette opts against Michigan Supreme Court run

October 2, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Bill Schuette, the former congressman and attorney general who ran for governor last year, was considered a top Republican recruit for the Michigan Supreme Court.   

Teens raped in Michigan prisons can get day in court, Supreme Court says

Teens raped in Michigan prisons can get day in court, Supreme Court says

June 17, 2019 | Ron French

The Michigan Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal made by the state in a lawsuit filed by former teen inmates alleging the Department of Corrections didn’t do enough to prevent them from being raped.

Michigan minimum wage, paid sick leave case to get Supreme Court review

Michigan minimum wage, paid sick leave case to get Supreme Court review

April 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state’s high court will hear arguments in July on whether the Legislature followed the rules when it watered down the impact of citizen-drafted legislation to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. But the court stopped short of saying it will issue an opinion.

GOP lawmakers want Michigan Supreme Court to rule on minimum wage, sick leave

GOP lawmakers want Michigan Supreme Court to rule on minimum wage, sick leave

February 19, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A request from the Republican-majority Legislature would sidestep the traditional litigation process, and do an end-run around Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Michigan Supreme Court up for grabs after 2018 election

Michigan Supreme Court up for grabs after 2018 election

November 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Out with a reliable conservative justice, in with a progressive, and it’s anyone’s guess which way a more closely divided high court in Michigan will swing following years of Republican advantage.

Who's running for Michigan Supreme Court

Who's running for Michigan Supreme Court

November 2, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The six lawyers running for two open seats include two nominated by Democrats, two nominated by Republicans, a Libertarian and a man who poses in a straightjacket.

Amid jeers, Michigan Republicans select a supreme court justice who strayed

Amid jeers, Michigan Republicans select a supreme court justice who strayed

August 25, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Elizabeth Clement, an incumbent justice who voted in favor of two Republican-opposed causes, secured her party’s nomination Saturday despite some palpable frustration on the convention floor.

Minimum wage hike on November ballot, pending Michigan Supreme Court appeal

Minimum wage hike on November ballot, pending Michigan Supreme Court appeal

August 24, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Board of State Canvassers on Friday voted to certify the proposal, following a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling this week ordering that a citizen petition to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 appear on the November ballot.

Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group

Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group

July 31, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Riley Beggin

A campaign treasurer for Republican-backed justices is on the board of a dark-money group that helped finance the drawing of GOP-friendly legislative districts, federal records show. The justices say they didn’t know.

Michigan Supreme Court votes 4-3 to keep redistricting proposal on ballot

Michigan Supreme Court votes 4-3 to keep redistricting proposal on ballot

July 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s highest court rules that voters can decide in November whether to approve a measure that would put an independent commission in charge of redrawing legislative lines in the state. Two Republicans join two Dems.

Four takeaways from Michigan Supreme Court upholding redistricting ballot proposal

Four takeaways from Michigan Supreme Court upholding redistricting ballot proposal

July 31, 2018 | Ron French

A high-priced battle and a wedge issue for governor. What did the Supreme Court ruling change?

Michigan politicians, others react to Supreme Court redistricting decision

Michigan politicians, others react to Supreme Court redistricting decision

July 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan's high court, in a 4-3 decision, approved a proposed ballot proposal that would change how the state draws legislative lines. See how politicians and experts reacted to the news.

Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting ballot measure

Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting ballot measure

July 18, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The state’s High Court jousted with attorneys Wednesday over whether a measure that would change the way Michigan draws voting lines should be allowed to go to voters in November.

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