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Thirty-five states have fewer children than they did five years ago, a situation caused by declining birth rates nationwide, but also by young families migrating across state borders in search of … more
The Michigan Senate Elections Committee this week approved bills that would seek to streamline the absentee voting process by creating an online tracking system for applications and the ballots … more
Eight Republican-led states this year left an interstate cooperative that seeks to maintain accurate voter registration rolls, and three more may join them — a move that election security experts … more
In the wake of heightened scrutiny surrounding elections and the harassment of poll workers, a group of Michigan Democrats is working with municipal and county clerks from around the state to pass … more
WASHINGTON — U.S. House members walked down the steps of the Capitol building Thursday morning to head back to their districts for a Memorial Day recess that began exactly one week before the … more
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday voted to overturn the Biden administration’s one-time student debt relief plan that is currently on hold awaiting a Supreme Court decision expected within … more
The U.S. Supreme Court in a major environmental decision on  Thursday overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of wetlands that fall under the agency’s jurisdiction, siding … more
During a hearty dinner with festive music, Michigan Liberation held its “Michigan Black Mama’s Bail Out Celebration” this week in Detroit’s Old Redford community. The occasion was designed to … more
WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats in Congress together brokered dozens of debt limit agreements, including several during the past decade, marked by a desire in both political parties to … more
Across much of the country, the jobs market is as strong as it’s ever been, and Black women, young people and people with disabilities are among the workers benefiting, recent U.S. Bureau of Labor … more
It’s been almost a decade since the start of the Flint water crisis, and yet there is still no law in our state to ensure that the drinking water in our schools and childcare centers is safe for … more
When it comes to population, East Lansing was the state’s biggest winner last year, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census. But there’s a catch: The population there … more
Public Art of the Week is a new feature that rotates with Eyesore of the Week. If you have an idea for either, please email or call (517) 999-6704 . Brian Whitfield is … more
Libraries across Michigan recently put on their boxing gloves in the form of a statewide public opinion poll regarding what the state’s residents think about libraries and book banning. … more
The Lansing Housing Commission and the Capital Area Transportation Authority have plans for separate projects that would transform most of a square block on South Grand Avenue across the street from … more
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of six U.S. House lawmakers on Tuesday described details of proposed legislation that would create a legal pathway for citizenship for undocumented people through … more
Just a day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law another package of gun safety reforms, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners declared itself a “constitutional county” and “strongly” … more
Democratic lawmakers joined with environmental advocates in Lansing on Tuesday to outline their plans for a clean energy future in Michigan.  State Senate Majority Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East … more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor vetoed portions of the fiscal 2023-’24 city budget that the Council had approved, but the Council overcame his veto on a 6-1 vote. He tried unsuccessfully to restore … more
WASHINGTON — Progressives are pushing hard for President Joe Biden to take the unprecedented step of invoking the 14th Amendment as a way to avoid financial calamity if the White House and House … more
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