Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 10:55 PM EDT Aug 13, 2019 As two anti-abortion ballot proposals circulate through Michigan, Planned Parenthood officials are assessing the “appetite” of the state's voters for a separate ballot initiative that would protect a woman’s right to choose. The potential initiative, floated as the national Planned Parenthood Federation of America leader visited Detroit in late July, could oppose the anti-abortion proposals expected to become law next year or attempt to protect abortion rights ahead of the possible U.S. Supreme Court reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision. Michigan’s current abortion law is one of the toughest in the nation but lies dormant while the landmark 1973 court decision remains in place. “We’re trying to figure out what really is the appetite in the state of Michigan to protect women and to protect women’s ability to make this choice in the way that they choose … [Read more...] about Abortion rights advocates eye Michigan ballot initiative
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The Detroit News Published 10:45 PM EDT May 13, 2019 For 33 years, The Detroit News has saluted a group of Michigan’s best and brightest high school students in the spring of their senior year. Partnering with CATCH — Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children — we call it the Outstanding Graduates program. It is an honor to share the stories of these remarkable young people and to consider that Michigan will benefit from their future endeavors, and the endeavors of so many of their friends and classmates. The top seniors were chosen from a field of outstanding nominees. Public and private high schools in Michigan were invited to nominate students in each of 11 categories. Students were selected on the basis of grades, test scores, honors, community involvement and a demonstrated ability in one of the academic areas. In a special category called “Against All Odds” students were recognized for succeeding despite a physical hardship or special, … [Read more...] about 2019 Outstanding Grads: Honoring the exceptional
Sarah Rahal The Detroit News Published 8:38 PM EDT May 3, 2019 West Bloomfield — Michigan members of Congress announced a bill Friday that would grant Iraqi nationals with orders of removal two years of relief from detainment and deportation while they await individual hearings. Democratic U.S. Rep. Andy Levin of Bloomfield Township and Republican Rep. John Moolenaar of Midland are spearheading the bipartisan effort and plan to introduce the bill Tuesday. The two previously sent a letter signed by more than 20 other lawmakers from across the country calling on the Department of Homeland Security and for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to halt the deportation of Iraqi nationals, including Christians at risk of religious persecution. "We're asking for fairness and this is about humanity,” Levin said Friday evening at the Shenandoah Country Club just before the annual Chaldean Awards Dinner. “Iraqi nationals with orders for … [Read more...] about Michigan members of Congress seek pause in Iraqi deportations
opinion Brian Dickerson Detroit Free Press Published 1:14 PM EDT Apr 28, 2019 Have you ever wondered why Michigan politics are so maddeningly dysfunctional? Why our state embraced a Democratic presidential candidate who pledged to expand health care coverage, then elected a Republican congressional majority dedicated to repealing that expansion? Why we chose a Democratic governor who vowed to fix the damn roads, then decided -- in the very same election! -- to preserve a GOP legislative majority determined to thwart her plan? Late this past week, a federal court panel (composed of life-tenured judges appointed by presidents from both major parties) advanced a simple explanation for this seemingly irrational electoral behavior: In a unanimous ruling, the panel concluded that the Republican legislators and the Republican governor who drew Michigan's current political boundaries after the 2010 census … [Read more...] about GOP wants to rig one more Michigan election.
Mick McCabe Special to Detroit Free Press Published 12:45 PM EDT Mar 11, 2019 Three years ago, New Haven basketball coach Tedaro France thought it was possible for his young phenom to be a Mr. Basketball candidate. “I knew when he was a freshman that if he stayed here all four years he’d have a chance for this,” France said. “I knew then he had the talent and the potential and the drive and the work ethic to be special.” A year later, France realized that sophomore Romeo Weems was a dead solid lock to be the 2019 Mr. Basketball. “I knew his sophomore year when we won the state title and he had a huge, huge game in the state championship game,” France said. “The next morning he called me to let him in the gym. I knew right then that this kid is not content with just being good, he wanted to be great. I knew that with his drive and how hard he works that he was going to do it.” Weems did it all right. Weems, who signed with … [Read more...] about 2019 Michigan Mr. Basketball: New Haven’s Romeo Weems