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2018 Michigan Midterm LGBTQ Analysis: State Supreme Court

The current makeup of the seven-member court is five Republicans and two Democrats. Two Republicans were up for re-election Tuesday: Kurtis Wilder, who was appointed to the Court in 2017 by Gov. Rick Snyder; and Elizabeth Clement, who was also appointed in 2017 by Snyder. Wilder lost his seat to Democrat Megan Cavanagh. The other Democrat in the running, Samuel Bagenstos, came in third place while candidates from the third parties of Libertarians and Natural law came in fifth and sixth respectively.

By |2018-11-14T16:18:33-05:00November 14th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

Michigan’s Progressive Voter Guide: What Voters Need to Know for Nov. 6

When searching for guidance about candidates who support progressive values, families, fairness, education, healthier children and a healthier planet, look no further than Michigan's 2018 Progressive Voter Guide. The guide aggregates endorsements from 10 state and national organizations dedicated to LGBTQ issues, women's rights, labor and the environment.

By |2018-10-18T13:28:35-04:00October 17th, 2018|Election 2018, News|

Dana Nessel Joined by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed at Dearborn Town Hall

Candidate for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel fielded questions on what she’ll do to fight hate crimes, tackle the opioid epidemic and safeguard abortion rights during a town hall in Dearborn on Friday, Hosted inside the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium, Nessel was joined by State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) and former candidate for Governor Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, both of whom vouched for her candidacy.

By |2018-10-18T10:18:40-04:00October 17th, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

City Council Hopeful Bill Ostash Talks Rebirth of Saginaw’s Downtown

Saginaw City Council hopeful Bill Ostash likens the city’s blueprint to a donut. At its core, Ostash said Saginaw is lacking in terms of its development. Building up the city’s urban core is essential to creating a strong, vibrant community, he believes, and a top priority for him if elected to the Saginaw City Council this November.

By |2018-10-18T10:20:05-04:00October 17th, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News|

Pending Recall

When Ingham County voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, they'll find a usual list of candidates on their ballot everywhere except where it concerns the Williamston School Board. In that election, voters will find that four of the seven existing members have been targeted for recall: Board President Greg Talberg and Nancy Deal, whose terms would have expired in 2020; and Sarah Belanger and Chris Lewis, who would have been in office until 2022.

By |2019-07-16T12:29:51-04:00October 10th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

LGBTQ Ally Sam Bagenstos Vies for Seat on Mich. Supreme Court

Considered by some to be the most important race for the people, the campaign for justice of the Michigan Supreme Court can often be overlooked when the public is particularly focused on the gubernatorial and congressional races. This year, two of the court's seven seats are up for consideration and following the November election, 25-year strong civil rights attorney Sam Bagenstos is hoping to fill one of them.

By |2018-10-09T15:33:42-04:00October 2nd, 2018|Election, Election 2018, Michigan, News, Statewide Races|

Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan Hopes to Make 2018 Ballot

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. — The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, a statewide ballot initiative campaign, announced on May 16, that it has now collected beyond the required minimum number of signatures, 252,523, and is collecting a "cushion" it hopes will be in time for the November 2018 ballot. Campaign director LuAnne Kozma said "It's now up to the new volunteers and dedicated volunteers that have been with the campaign for a long time to collect a healthy 'cushion' of extra signatures. It's not too late to join the campaign."

By |2018-10-03T15:34:28-04:00June 6th, 2018|Ballot Issues, Election, Election 2018, Michigan, News|

When There Were Seven

Come Jan. 1 there will be a new governor, but for now, there are seven competing for the position. And, with all seven people vying to occupy the office sitting on a simple stage in East Lansing May 10, one would expect a clash of ideas and a battle of wills. But, the four GOP and three Democratic candidates answered questions for the Michigan Press Association with relatively few bumps.

By |2018-10-03T15:40:56-04:00May 16th, 2018|Election, Election 2018, Michigan, News, Statewide Races|

Michigan State Senate Candidate Jeremy Moss calls February ‘Bad Month’ for LGBTQ Michiganders

February hasn't even ended, but anti-LGBTQ actions this month have prompted State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) to dub it "bad" for LGBTQ Michiganders. Moss is referring first to the appointment of Bishop Ira Combs Jr. of Jackson to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. The Commission has eight members appointed by the governor who investigate civil rights complaints and recommend new laws to him.

By |2018-10-03T15:54:48-04:00February 21st, 2018|Election, Election 2018, LGBTQA Races, Michigan, News, Statewide Races|