Enbridge files federal challenge to Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order

Canadian oil company Enbridge has filed a federal complaint to prevent the state of Michigan from shutting down the Line 5 dual pipeline, according to a news release from the company Tuesday evening. The filing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan seeks an injunction to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s actions earlier this month to halt the pipeline by May, citing “unlawful” interference by the state in the pipeline’s safety regulation.  “In the face of continued roadblocks by this Administration it’s time for the State to stop playing politics with the energy needs and anxieties of U.S. and...

Detroit elections consultant owns historic home

As tens of thousands of people viewed the virtual State Board of Canvassers meeting on Monday, they may have seen Daniel Baxter, who helped to lead the city of Detroit’s absentee vote counting process earlier this month at TCF Center. He was among those interviewed during the marathon meeting that resulted in the certification of Michigan’s presidential election votes. What some viewers may not know is that Baxter’s family has owned the historic Ossian Sweet home located on Detroit’s east side since 1958. It is the site where a white mob converged on the home of Sweet, an African-American physician...
Census protesters

6 Mich. Congress members demand answers on the state’s Census count

A number of Michigan’s Democratic members of Congress penned a letter Monday to U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham asking for details about the accuracy of the 2020 Census count in Michigan.  U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) wrote the letter after two census takers told AP they were directed to falsify census numbers.  In Detroit, census workers said they were understaffed, had vacant supervisor positions and lacked support. The 2020 Census had a rocky year amid a pandemic that made door-to-door...

Packard: Affordable Care Act saved my life. What happens if it’s gone?

Demonstrators protest changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on June 22, 2017. Three years ago I walked into a doctor’s office with a nagging cough, and walked out with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. I’m here, today, because the Affordable Care Act saved my life. But now it’s under attack, again. The care I received cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, money that most of us don’t have. Without it, I would be bankrupt or dead. I’m a small business owner in Denver with a market-rate policy through the exchange. Before the ACA, I had junk insurance policies. There is...

State canvassers certify Mich. election results during lengthy meeting

Amid national attention and concerns that Republicans may attempt to unlawfully hand Michigan’s election results to President Donald Trump — who lost the state by a significant margin to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden — the bipartisan Board of State Canvassers voted Monday 3-0 to follow their lawful duties and certify the state’s election votes. Chair Jeannette Bradshaw and member Julie Matuzak, both Democrats, along with Republican Vice Chair Aaron Van Langevelde, all voted in favor of certifying the results after many hours of discussion and input from election experts and officials. Republican member and longtime GOP activist Norman Shinkle was the...

218 K-12 schools, colleges face ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

At least 270 public schools and 41 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data. More than 175 public schools and 40 colleges and universities, 218 total, are facing ongoing outbreaks, which are outbreaks that have already been identified previously but have had at least one new associated case in the last 28 days. Last week, Whitmer and health officials announced that high schools and colleges will stop in-person learning on Nov. 18 until Dec. 8 due to a spike in coronavirus cases. K-8 schools may stay...

GOP leaders urge leeway for state canvassers ahead of certification meeting

After attending a meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday — amid rumors that doing so would be playing into Trump’s plan of illegally handing himself the election that he lost to President-elect Joe Biden — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) failed to rebuff Trump’s own tweets that framed the meeting as more of a discussion about election fraud than one about federal COVID-19 relief. https://www.michiganadvance.com/2020/11/21/trump-says-meeting-with-michigan-gop-leaders-much-different-than-reported-by-the-media/ Both GOP leaders also insisted over the weekend that the Michigan Board of State Canvassers, which meets Monday afternoon to certify election results, should be allowed to take...

Jeff Timmer: Monday’s state canvassers meeting could be a circus

Ladies and gentlemen. Children of all ages. Step right up. Get your tickets and find your seats. Prepare to be dazzled, amazed and amused. The circus is about to begin! Everyone is watching Michigan. The two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers beclowned themselves before the nation and world last week. Not wanting to be left out, Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) donned silly wigs and big floppy shoes and headed to the big top (the White House) to yield any self-respect and integrity they may have had to the ringmaster of the...

Detroit rally calls for Trump to concede, Board of State Canvassers to certify Michigan...

During a small but spirited rally on Saturday in Detroit at the Joe Louis fist, Anthony Cardamone said it's time for President Donald Trump to give up election lawsuits, concede to Joe Biden, and "get out!" “ needs to concede now, so we can undo the damage that he’s done,” Cardamone of Clinton Twp. said.   The rally was part of a coordinated effort by RefuseFascism.org to demonstrate in cities throughout the country. Efforts were scheduled on Saturday in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Honolulu, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.  President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, won Michigan over Trump,...

Trump says meeting with Michigan GOP leaders ‘much different than reported by the media’

After Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and other GOP lawmakers visited the White House Friday, President Donald Trump said their meeting went differently than how it was reported by the media.  That reporting was largely based on a press release issued from the Republican leaders’ offices that emphasized they asked for more COVID-19 relief in the meeting. The meeting came while the Trump campaign is still pushing for the election to be overturned in key states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia, which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won. Trump reportedly has invited Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers...