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Michigan lawmakers enter lame duck sessions with newly controlled Democratic house and senate

As lawmakers in the state legislature and congress wrap up a year that saw contentious election races, major debates over abortion access, and a plethora of other big decisions, the traditional lame duck sessions coming in the next few weeks may look a little different. 

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That’s because, for the first time in nearly 40 years, Democrats have taken control of the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives following the 2022 midterm election. In a year where Republicans had expected to maintain the state’s representative majority, Democrats narrowly won the advantage with a 56-54 majority in the house and a 20-18 advantage in the senate. 

With the state’s political power leaning blue, what might we see come out of the year-end lame duck sessions ahead? One Detroit contributors Nolan Finley, the editorial page editor for the Detroit News, and Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” sit down together to talk about the important discussions and decisions that could come out of these sessions, and they share what they would like to see happen. 

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Developers begin community input efforts for District Detroit, but some residents remain skeptical of plans

Plans for the newly proposed $1.5 million “District Detroit” development around downtown Detroit’s popular nightlife and sports venues are facing scrutiny and skepticism from residents who live in the neighborhoods adjacent to the proposed developments. The first wave of legally required community input efforts from the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development of Michigan and Stephen Ross’ Related Companies took place just after Thanksgiving, giving residents the opportunity to weigh in and negotiate how the community should benefit from the plans. 

The “District Detroit” plans include proposed sites for hotels, office buildings, restaurants and housing. Developers hope to add six new buildings to Detroit’s skyline and renovate five other historic buildings over the next five years. One Detroit producer Will Glover sat down with BridgeDetroit reporter Malachi Barrett, who’s been following the proposed development plans, to get an update on how residents are feeling and the development’s impact on the community. 

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Detroit Public Theatre presents Heather Raffo’s ‘Noura,’ an Iraqi American story of belonging

A new play by the Michigan-born and internationally renowned Iraqi American actor and playwright Heather Raffo has premiered as part of the Detroit Public Theatre’s eighth season and the theatre’s first season at its new, permanent home in Detroit. 

Heather Raffo’s play, “Noura,” tells the story of an Iraqi American woman named Noura and her family after fleeing their home in Iraq eight years prior. But, as the family gears up for a festive Christmas dinner in their New York home, the arrival of an unexpected visitor causes Noura to retrace their past and confront what they’ve left behind. The play runs at the Detroit Public Theatre through Dec. 18, 2022

One Detroit Arts & Culture producer Sarah Smith talked with Heather Raffo, who also acts as the lead role in “Noura,” actor Amanda Najor, who plays the character Maryam in the play, and Detroit Public Theatre Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director Courtney Burkett about the production, its themes of family, marriage, motherhood and belonging, and the diverse story it tells. Plus, viewers can see snippets from a performance of the play. 

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Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley talk about what could happen during Michigan’s lame duck sessions following big changes to the state’s legislature. BridgeDetroit reporter Malachi Barrett provides updates on the new “District Detroit” development plans. Plus, a look at the new play “Noura,” by Heather Raffo at the Detroit Public Theatre.
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Stephen Henderson is the Founding Editor of BridgeDetroit, and a former writer and editor for the Detroit Free Press, Baltimore Sun and Chicago Tribune. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary,...

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