Key police reform bills were urgently drafted in June, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But they are still awaiting approval in Lansing, which one lawmaker predicted would come in this year’s lame-duck session.
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Bills to wipe criminal records clean pass Michigan Legislature
The package may make hundreds of thousands more Michiganders eligible for expungement.
In Senate bid, John James is blunt about police, racism. Less so about Trump.
Seen as a rising star and the GOP’s best chance at flipping a Senate seat, John James opens up about his mistreatment at the hands of police and sympathies for protesters. But he’s less candid about the president he once said he supports “2,000 percent.”
Jocelyn Benson to aid Detroit clerk after problems plagued primary election
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office will help Detroit train workers and expand satellite clerk’s offices to reduce election issues. Nearly three-quarters of the city’s absentee precincts were ineligible for recounts.
MI news coalition urges Gov. Whitmer to identify school COVID-19 outbreaks
A statewide group of news and government transparency groups is pushing the Whitmer administration to timely name schools and colleges in Michigan with coronavirus outbreaks as families decide whether to send children to classrooms.
Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November
Vote counts at hundreds of precincts were out of balance in the city’s primary election in August, prompting concerns that a recount could disenfranchise many Detroit voters in the fall presidential election. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is facing pressure to step in.
8 Detroiters remain potential candidates for Michigan redistricting commission
After more than 9,300 Michigan voters applied to become members of the state’s first Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, only eight Detroiters remain in the applicant pool. A computer will randomly select the final 13 individuals, who must represent the state’s political, geographic and population demographics.
Michigan election experts discuss Detroit’s historic primary 2020 results
Expanded absentee voting has changed the game in Michigan, political observers say. Here’s the analysis of Detroit’s August primary.
Opinion: Detroit needs another stimulus check
As the economic crisis reaches its fifth month, Detroit is experiencing mass unemployment and almost half of the city’s residents are facing extreme financial hardship. Detroiters need another stimulus check. Here’s why.