Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that eliminates the option of voting a straight-party ballot on Election Day.
Michigan was one of 10 states that allows straight-ticket voting with one mark on the ballot. Democrats opposed the bill. They say getting rid of the straight-ticket option will discourage some people from voting, and will lead to longer lines on Election Day. Continue reading →
For many Muslims in the United States, these are rather uncertain times… especially given the heated rhetoric coming out of the presidential race.
Ben Thorp recently sat down with three members of Central Michigan University’s Muslim Student Association to get their reaction to some of the comments made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump… and in particular, his comments on ‘banning Muslims’ from entering the United States.
A bill to allow no-reason absentee voting in Michigan could have a tough time in the state Senate.
The state House approved House Bill 4724 late Wednesday night. It also tied the bill to one eliminating the straight-ticket voting option on Michigan ballots. That means one bill can’t become law without the other. Continue reading →
Ohio Gov. John Kasich brought his presidential campaign to southeast Michigan on Monday.
The Republican presidential hopeful toured a business incubator in Sterling Heights and spoke with a handful of supporters. He took some jabs at Donald Trump’s policy positions while speaking with reporters. Continue reading →
Former state Rep. Todd Courser is running again for the state House seat he resigned last week. Courser filed shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday to run in a special election for the seat.
Courser admitted to trying to cover up an affair with former state Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell), who was expelled for her part in the scandal. Gamrat filed to run for her former seat on Thursday. Continue reading →
A state elections board says three more petition drives have met the technical requirements that allow them to begin collecting signatures. All of them want the force the Legislature to change laws, or put questions on the 2016 ballot.
One of the petition drives seeks to require employers to offer paid sick and family leave. Continue reading →
The new chair of the Michigan Democratic Party says he’d like to see a proposal to overhaul the redistricting process on the ballot next year.
Democrats have called for an independent commission to take the Legislature out of drawing district lines.
Democratic Chair Brandon Dillon says Democrats would like to see a process that’s less controlled by Republicans. But he says don’t look to his party to take the lead.
“I do think this is an issue that if it’s going to be on the ballot, it’s going to have to be driven by independent, good-government people who just understand across the political spectrum that the system doesn’t work well.”
Dillon was on the Michigan Public Television show “Off the Record.”
Dillon says he’d also like to see a question on the ballot next year to add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law.
Dillon is also a state representative from Grand Rapids, but has tendered his resignation.
Democrats in the Legislature are calling for changes to how legislative districts are drawn.
The effort is built off a recent US Supreme Court decision. The decision says voters can take the power to draw district lines away from the Legislature and hand it to an independent commission. Continue reading →
An effort is underway put mandatory paid sick leave for all Michigan workers on the November 2016 ballot.
The proposal would require businesses to offer paid leave if a worker or someone in their immediate family is sick. The initiative from the Time to Care Coalition would allow workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Continue reading →