• Governor Nov 30, 2019

    Michigan, Illinois Set to Usher in Recreational Pot Sales

    James Daly is eager to make marijuana history on Sunday, when he plans to open the doors to Arbors Wellness, beckon the lengthy line outside and legally start selling recreational pot for the first time in the Midwest. “We’ve worked very hard to be prepared,” said Daly, who owns the medical dispensary that, for now, is among just six shops...

  • JUDGE Sep 27, 2019

    Michigan Adoption Agencies Can Turn Away LGBT Couples, Judge Rules

    Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state Attorney General Dana Nessel, Michigan’s first openly gay statewide officeholder, from barring the faith-based agencies from excluding LGBT couples...

  • Donald Trump Sep 22, 2019

    UAW Strike Puts Trump, GOP in Political Bind in Key States

    Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity. It’s a union they long have aligned with politically. Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show...

  • Donald Trump Aug 3, 2019

    Impeachment Summer? August Town Halls May Decide Next Steps

    It’s freshman lawmakers who will likely decide when, if ever, House Democrats start formal efforts to impeach the president. With half the House Democrats now in favor of beginning an inquiry, the pressure will only mount on the holdouts to reach a tipping point. And with lawmakers returning home to voters during the August recess, what happens next may prove...

  • Donald Trump Jul 30, 2019

    Suburban Women Recoil as Trump Dives Into Racial Politics

    Carol Evans approves of Donald Trump’s immigration policy. She gives him credit for the strong economy. But the Republican from the affluent Milwaukee suburbs of Waukesha County, a GOP bedrock in the state, just can’t commit to voting for the president next year like she did in 2016. “I just don’t like the way he talks about other people,” Evans,...

  • Donald Trump Jul 30, 2019

    Stakes Rising for 2020 Dems Ahead of 2nd Presidential Debate

    Democrats gathering in Detroit for a pivotal presidential debate will have to decide, once again, how to respond to President Donald Trump while presenting their own vision for the country. Candidates are sure to use the high-profile setting on Tuesday and Wednesday to blast Trump’s recent string of racist and incendiary tweets and comments, first about four congresswomen and more...

  • director Jun 29, 2019

    Flint Hears From Prosecutors Who Dropped Water Charges

    Prosecutors who dropped charges against eight people in the Flint water scandal explained their decision in a public forum Friday night, telling frustrated and shocked residents they must look at hundreds of mobile devices and millions of documents that a previous investigative team never reviewed. Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy spoke to about 100...

  • California Jun 11, 2019

    Medical Pot Takes Hit When Weed Legal for All

    When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press. Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill or not, had medical cards in their states because it was the...

  • Donald Trump Jun 1, 2019

    Wide Range of Emotions on Impeachment Underscores Challenge

    In suburban Philadelphia, it took a little more than eight minutes into the question-and-answer session at freshman Rep. Madeleine Dean’s town hall before someone asked about impeachment. The topic was broached in Southern California as Rep. Katie Porter fielded other questions on health care, homelessness, border security and the minimum wage. In military heavy Yorktown, along coastal Virginia, another newly...

  • energy May 28, 2019

    Michigan State Chooses New President After Sex Abuse Scandal

    Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., a medical researcher who has led Stony Brook University in New York for nearly a decade, was named Tuesday as the next president of Michigan State University in the wake of the most extensive sexual abuse scandal in sports history. Stanley was chosen in an 8-0 vote by the school’s board of trustees, effective Aug. 1....

  • Donald Trump Apr 14, 2019

    Workers' Rights Are a 2020 Campaign Focus This Weekend

    The issue of workers’ rights is a focus this weekend for some of the Democrats running for president. At a rally in Warren, Michigan, where General Motors is closing a plant, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called on President Donald Trump to “go back to the drawing board” on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the tentative pact that would replace NAFTA. Sanders...

  • Congress Feb 8, 2019

    Former Rep. John Dingell, US's Longest-Serving Lawmaker, Dies

    Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history and a master of legislative deal-making who was fiercely protective of Detroit’s auto industry, has died. The Michigan Democrat was 92. Dingell, who served in the U.S. House for 59 years before retiring in 2014, died Thursday at his home in Dearborn, said his wife, Congresswoman Debbie...

  • Associated Press Jan 30, 2019

    Midwest Freeze Cancels Flights, Even Stops the Mail

    A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures on Wednesday, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and the canceling of more than 1,800 flights from Chicago’s airports. The cold even prompted the U.S. Postal Service to suspend mail delivery to a wide swath of the region. Hundreds of public schools and several large universities from North...

  • Associated Press Jan 30, 2019

    Deadly Polar Vortex Plunges States in Below Freezing Temps

    A deadly polar vortex has descended on the Midwest. The extreme winter temperatures are already being blamed for several deaths. As much as 85 percent of the continental United States was below freezing Wednesday. Winds pushed the temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero in some areas.

  • Associated Press Nov 21, 2018

    Ex-MSU President Charged With Lying to Police About Nassar

    Ex-Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation of the handling of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar — the third current or former campus official other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the scandal....
    Simon, who stepped down under pressure in January, spoke with state police investigators on May 1. She...

  • Governor Nov 18, 2018

    GOP Legislatures Try to Curb Democratic Governors' Power

    With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance their own conservative agendas. In Michigan, where the GOP has held the levers of power for nearly eight years, Republican legislators want to water down a minimum wage law they approved before...

  • Georgia Nov 9, 2018

    Michigan Seeks Changes to Abuse Reporting Law After Nassar

    Michigan is looking to shore up its law that requires certain people to report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities to address gaps that were exposed after disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar admitted to sexually assaulting female athletes. Nassar’s victims are spearheading the initiative, saying he could have been stopped decades ago if coaches, athletic trainers or others at...

  • Facebook Oct 30, 2018

    Pence Criticized for ‘Christian Rabbi's' Prayer at Campaign Stop

    A rabbi invited to pray at a Michigan campaign stop with Vice President Mike Pence on Monday referenced “Jesus the Messiah” at the event. Rabbi Loren Jacobs of Messianic congregation Shema Yisrael offered prayers for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. Messianic Jews follow Jewish law but believe that Jesus is the Messiah. The major denominations of Judaism reject...

  • Facebook Oct 30, 2018

    Pence Criticized for ‘Christian Rabbi's' Prayers for Victims

    Vice President Mike Pence was roundly criticized by rabbis and Jewish social media users on Monday when he invited a Messianic rabbi to pray for victims of a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

  • Congress Oct 29, 2018

    Candidates Sidestep Trump in Midterm Closing Message

    Tom MacArthur is doing something that’s familiar to dozens of candidates in the most fiercely contested congressional races: Tiptoeing around President Donald Trump. The Republican congressman has done more than anyone in New Jersey to help Trump. He was the only member of his delegation to vote for Trump’s tax cuts. And he personally authored a provision that briefly resurrected...

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