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Group Uses Quirk Of State Law To Push Abortion Restriction

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Basic insurance coverage for abortions could soon be banned in Michigan, even without support from Republican Governor Rick Snyder. A petition seek...

Dearborn's Arab Americans: The Promise of the City's Future

James Zogby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

For those of us who've worked with Dearborn Michigan's Arab American community during the past three decades, victories in this past week's municipal elections were more than just big news. They represent confirmation of our belief in the strength and vitality of the Arab American community.

Homeless Man Runs For Mayor

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact

A homeless man in Michigan is asking people for a different kind of change. George Golubovskis is hoping his fellow residents of Traverse City will gi...

GOP Governor Dodges Gay Rights Question, Again

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has historically avoided choosing sides on LGBT rights. He sidestepped the issue again on Thursday, doing an impressive ...

Taking the Wheels Off the Motor City

Michael Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Rose

Sadly, Governor Snyder's bankruptcy plan seems more about weakening unions and protecting corporate subsidies and tax breaks than it does about shoring up Motown for the long haul.

LOOK: GOP Gov. Wears A Wet Suit, Pushes Divisive Medicaid Reform

Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is One. Wet. Nerd. A certified diver, the Republican governor (who gave himself the "One Tough Nerd" nickname during his ...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Another State Becomes Fracking Battleground | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green

It's been more than a year ago since Michigan auctioned more than 100,000 acres of public land for use by oil and gas companies. But the fight over fr...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Michigan GOP Leaders Could Support Expanding LGBT Rights | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.05.2013 | Detroit

More than half of Michigan residents support gay marriage, according to a recent poll, despite the statewide ban prohibiting it. Just as worrisome for...

Study: Controversial Law Helps Avoid City Bankruptcy

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2013 | Detroit

(Corrects first paragraph to show name of organization is Pew Charitable Trusts, not Pew Center on the States) * Michigan one of 19 st...

Is Bankruptcy A Step Forward?

AP | COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 09.18.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT — In Detroit, it can take police nearly an hour to respond to a 911 call. Despite razing close to 10,000 vacant houses, three times as m...

Challenge To State's Gay Marriage Ban Moves Forward

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2013 | Detroit

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT, July 10 (Reuters) - A challenge to Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage brought by a subur...

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Gay Marriage Case

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 08.07.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- A judge signaled Monday that a trial is possible to determine whether Michigan's ban on gay marriage is constitutional, nearly nine years a...

Michigan's Same-Sex Couples Net A Big Win In Court

Posted 06.28.2013 | Detroit

Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, a landmark case for gay rights, a Detroit judge's new decision will imp...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Next Up: Gay Marriage In Michigan? | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.26.2013 | Detroit

Will Michigan soon change its stance on same-sex unions? New bills, recent polls and a move to put a referendum on the ballot suggest that the gay mar...

GOP Rep. Loses Senate Poll To A Liberal Twitter Account

The Huffington Post | Ashley Woods | Posted 06.11.2013 | Detroit

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash might want to think twice about campaigning for the state's vacant Senate seat next year -- a new poll shows the Republican...

Republicans Have An Official Contender For Levin's Senate Seat

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 06.04.2013 | Detroit

A Republican has finally stepped forward in the race for the seat of departing U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich). Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan Secre...

Study: Motorcycle Injuries Got Worse Without Helmet Law

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 07.30.2013 | Detroit

WASHINGTON — The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiri...

Vote Or Joke? City Council Move Baffles

AP | Posted 07.23.2013 | Detroit

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Three members of a Michigan city council have abstained from voting on a measure that would have prevented them from abstaini...

John Celock

Like Son, Like Father | John Celock | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Some parents hope their children follow in their footsteps. One mayoral candidate in Michigan, however, is seeking to follow the path once walked by h...

Controversy Over Michigan GOP Official's Anti-Gay Comments Shows That Times Have Changed

Brian Stone | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

Former Republican State Rep. Dave Agema has been getting a lot of press for his anti-gay comments. The good news is that even though the national party recently reaffirmed Agema's stance, many members of the GOP have nothing but criticism for it.

The GOP's Problem of Selective Transparency

Sen. Bert Johnson | Posted 06.13.2013 | Detroit
Sen. Bert Johnson

This year, in an unprecedented shift away from transparency, the General Government budget legislation allots two bulk sums of money, totaling nearly $240 million, to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. I believe this is bad governance.

John Celock

GOP Welfare Proposal Could Have 'Devastating Effects' On Families | John Celock | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri wants to tie welfare benefits to school attendance with a bill that would require 90 percent attendance for children...

'Right to Work' Is an Act of Cowardice, Not Courage

Hoon-Yung Hopgood | Posted 05.28.2013 | Detroit
Hoon-Yung Hopgood

Was it courageous for Sen. Meekhof to bring this bill up for a vote without allowing a single moment of public debate on it? Or was it courageous when the doors of the Capitol building were locked while the vote was taking place to keep the public from even seeing what was to transpire?

Offering the Best Education to Our Most Vulnerable Students

Rashida Tlaib | Posted 05.21.2013 | Detroit
Rashida Tlaib

I believe that the EAA is an experiment that should be stopped now. I don't believe it should be operating schools in Detroit, and it certainly should not be expanded statewide.

GOP Legislators Propose Retaliatory $75 Million Cuts For Universities

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 03.20.2013 | Detroit

After two Michigan universities circumvented new anti-union laws to lock in new labor contracts, Republican legislators in the state House are strikin...