With 26 newly elected state representatives, the Michigan House is still getting organized while the state Senate is already starting to move legislation.
Detroit News political reporters ferret out what's really going on in Lansing and Washington D.C.
House Speaker Jase Bolger does not plan to create a formal defense fund to pay for his legal representation in an election rigging investigation – and that’s prompting another legal complaint against the Marshall Republican, The Detroit News has learned.
Lansing – The Michigan Democratic Party on Thursday resurrected allegations that House Speaker Jase Bolger used taxpayer resources to help state Rep. Roy Schmidt defect to the Republican Party and plant a fake Democrat to be Schmidt’s opponent in a Grand Rapids district. The complaint seeks a new elections probe by Secretary of State Ruth … Continue Reading →
Lansing — A protest planned for Wednesday at the state Capitol is the latest salvo in the uproar sparked June 14 by House Republican silencing two female Democratic representatives for a day after they said “vagina” and “vasectomy” on the chamber’s floor. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan is organizing the rally from 11 a.m. to … Continue Reading →
With July quickly approaching, special interest groups will likely be rolling out their endorsements of candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives on an almost daily basis between now and the Aug. 7 primary. Last week, Right to Life of Michigan posted its endorsements for candidates for U.S. Senate down to county commissions. On Monday, … Continue Reading →
At the center of the House Republican majority’s controversial one-day silencing of two Democratic female representatives are claims that women are second-class citizens in the House of Representatives. State Rep. Lisa Brown’s now infamous June 13 “vagina” remark on the House floor and Rep. Barb Byrum’s disruptive yelling at Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh for … Continue Reading →
It’s been widely known in Lansing for months that state Rep. Lesia Liss, D-Warren, was on the outs with fellow Democrats. In March, building trades unions and the Michigan Nurses Association endorsed state Rep. Jon Switalski of Warren in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for Macomb County’s 28th District. Liss, a registered nurse, was elected … Continue Reading →
House Republicans have scheduled a vote Wednesday on two bills that would lower the state’s income tax by one-tenth of a percentage point and increase the personal exemption on Oct. 1. The proposed tax cut from 4.35 percent to 4.25 percent was scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, but Republicans want to speed up … Continue Reading →
Republican who control the Michigan House are dominating the Democrats in fundraising less than seven months before the November general election. The House Republican Campaign Committee on Wednesday reported having more than $1 million in cash on hand after raising $529,909 from Jan. 1 to April 20, according a campaign finance report. The Michigan House … Continue Reading →