A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials
The Detroit News. August 21, 2019
Benson should speed up branch wait times
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson campaigned on a promise that the wait in line at Secretary of...
Republicans file 2nd suit challenging redistricting panel
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party sued Thursday to block the formation of a commission to draw congressional and legislative lines in 2021, saying the voter-approved change is...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top election official on Thursday released proposed application wording and eligibility guidelines for people wanting to serve on a new commission that will draw...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has created a task force to support and promote opportunities for girls and women in sports.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her office will take steps to promote college-age voting to resolve a lawsuit in which young Democrats challenged two laws...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Republican-led House and Senate are suing to preserve a law that makes it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday proposed cutting spending in Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's office to fund a new redistricting commission, a...
Michigan unveils license plates for 4 Detroit pro teams
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Fans of Detroit's four professional sports teams can now support them — and their charities — while driving the roads.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, team...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says she will unveil changes designed to shorten wait times and fix broken self-service kiosks at branch offices where people renew...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has agreed to settle a lawsuit over a ban on so-called ballot selfies.
Joel Crookston, a voter in the Kalamazoo area, sued in...
Benson discloses finances, urges lawmakers to require it
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson voluntarily disclosed her personal finances Thursday while calling on state lawmakers to make such reporting mandatory.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging lawmakers to let absentee ballots be counted before Election Day and to make other changes following the passage of a ballot...
No-reason absentee voting option starts in Michigan
FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters can start casting an absentee ballot without giving a reason.
Thursday was the first day residents can request to vote by mail in the May...
Committee convened to provide input on election reforms
DETROIT (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has put together a committee to advise her administration and Michigan's Elections bureau on election reforms.
SOS services suspended for weekend during computer upgrade
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State offices and online services will go dark during a major weekend computer upgrade.
All branches and online sites will be closed from 5 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Tuesday. A new computer system is replacing decades-old technology. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson calls it a "vital project." It was in the works before she took office on Jan. 1.
Pro-Whitmer group to pay $37K fine to resolve ad complaint
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A political nonprofit that backed Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor will pay a $37,500 fine after Michigan's top elections official concluded that it had violated campaign-finance law by coordinating with her campaign and "expressly" advocating for her election in pre-primary TV ads.
Sotomayor rejects delay of Michigan redistricting trial
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court justice has denied Republicans' request to delay a trial over whether Michigan's congressional and legislative districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered.
Monday's decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor means federal judges will start the trial Tuesday.
GOP lawmakers had asked the high court to stay the proceeding until it rules in redistricting cases from Maryland and North Carolina.
Michigan redistricting deal may lead to new state House map
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At least 11 of Michigan's 110 House districts would be redrawn for the 2020 election under a proposed legal settlement announced Friday by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat who said the deal would fix "egregious" examples of partisan gerrymandering.
Benson questions GOP law making it harder for ballot drives
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday called into question the constitutionality of a Republican-enacted law that makes it harder to put proposals on the Michigan ballot, asking the state's attorney general for an opinion on a major move in the recent lame-duck legislative session.
New secretary of state seeks to settle gerrymandering suit
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson moved Thursday to settle a lawsuit that challenges the state's Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts, a step that potentially could lead to new maps for the 2020 election.
Whitmer set to become Michigan’s 49th governor
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is set to become Michigan's 49th governor.
The 47-year-old former state lawmaker from East Lansing will take the oath of office Tuesday in a swearing-in ceremony outside the state Capitol building. The inaugural theme is "Building Bridges Together."
Whitmer, who will be Michigan's second female governor, is expected to highlight "kitchen table" issues she campaigned on such as fixing the roads and improving residents' job skills.
Michigan GOP OKs shielding donors; ‘power grab’ bill stalls
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans voted Tuesday to make it a crime for government agencies to require the disclosure of nonprofits' donors and other information, a move decried by critics as shielding political "dark money" but defended by supporters as protecting people's right to freedom of association.
The Latest: Michigan bill to strip Dem’s power in trouble
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on developments during the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session (all times local):
Legislation that would strip campaign finance oversight from the incoming Democratic secretary of state and shift it to a new bipartisan commission is in trouble in Michigan's Republican-led Legislature.
The Latest: GOP Michigan Senate votes to strip Dem’s power
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session (all times local):
The Republican-led Michigan Senate has voted to strip campaign finance oversight from the secretary of state and have a bipartisan commission handle the functions instead, less than a month before a Democrat leads the office for the first time in more than 20 years.
GOP bills would weaken powers of incoming Michigan Democrats
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson ran in part on a pledge to advocate for election transparency, so the public knows more about people and groups spending to influence races and ballot drives.
Women help Democrats take back key offices in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democrats seized power in state government again after a long drought and flipped two prized congressional seats thanks to a slate of female candidates who drew strong support from women voters.
Democrat Jocelyn Benson wins Michigan secretary of state race, defeating Republican Mary Treder Lang
DETROIT (AP) — Democrat Jocelyn Benson wins Michigan secretary of state race, defeating Republican Mary Treder Lang .
Secretary of State hopefuls eye upgrades, differ on proposal
DETROIT (AP) — The main candidates for secretary of state in Michigan differ in details but both say they'll take big steps toward offering more digital services and keeping residents out of branch offices — or at least waiting in far shorter lines when they have to be there.
Secretary of state candidate aims to expand digital services
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Mary Treder Lang says she seeks to launch a mobile app and expand online services for registering to vote and renewing driver's licenses and plates if she's elected Michigan's next secretary of state.
Benson pledges to make it easier for military to vote
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Jocelyn Benson says she will make it easier for military and overseas voters to cast ballots if she is elected Michigan's next secretary of state.
Benson on Tuesday called for online voter registration and counting military ballots as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day. She also wants to let service members in "hostile zones" return ballots through a secured website or fax, followed by a paper mailed ballot.
Michigan Democrats make official their slate of candidates
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democrats on Sunday made official their slate of top candidates for the fall election, nominating Dana Nessel for attorney general and Jocelyn Benson for secretary of state in bids to retake state offices the party has not led in years.
Lang, Guzman fight for GOP secretary of state nomination
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans hoping to extend their 24-year reign at the helm of the secretary of state's office will choose between an academic who co-chaired Donald Trump's Michigan campaign and an accountant with business and nonprofit experience.
The winner of the nomination at Saturday's GOP convention in Lansing will advance to face Democrat Jocelyn Benson. Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is term-limited.
Democratic nominee Benson outlines election security plan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic secretary of state candidate Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday unveiled a plan designed to better secure Michigan elections, calling for routine post-election audits, standardized poll worker training and a different system to crosscheck the voter file against those in other states.
Grot withdraws from Michigan secretary of state race
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican who had been seeking his party's nomination for Michigan secretary of state has withdrawn from the race.
The Detroit News reports that Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot cited family obligations Friday when announcing his withdrawal. Grot also said "timing and the overall political atmosphere" influenced his decision.
A consistent truth in Michigan politics is that when handed a golden opportunity, the state Democratic Party will do its best to squander it.
This election season should be easy street for Michigan Democrats. Not only is President Donald Trump electrifying their base, but for a half century Michigan voters without fail have ousted the party in power when its term expires. That makes 2018 the Democrats' turn.
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan Democratic Party convention (all times local):
Michigan Democrats have endorsed Dana Nessel in a hotly contested race to be the party's state attorney general candidate.
Thousands of delegates made their choice Sunday at a convention in Detroit.
NFL, Morehouse College to stage February advocacy workshop
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will co-host a three-day program in Atlanta in February to educate athletes on how to develop and implement effective advocacy platforms that positively impact society.
The league will join with Morehouse College and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) for the workshops Feb. 21-23 at the school.
Current and former NFL players, athletes from other professional sports and select students will participate in three-day program.
Jocelyn Benson enters Michigan secretary of state race
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Election law expert Jocelyn Benson announced Tuesday that she is running for Michigan secretary of state, saying no one should have to wait more than 30 minutes to renew a driver's license, register a vehicle or vote.
It is the second time the Democrat has sought the position. She was the party's 2010 nominee but lost to Republican Ruth Johnson, who cannot run for a third term in 2018.
Lansing – Former Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson jumped into the 2018 Democratic nomination race for Michigan Secretary of State on Tuesday with calls for a 30-minute customer service guarantee.
No one in Michigan should wait more than 30 minutes to renew their driver license, register their vehicle or cast a ballot, Benson said in a release announcing her campaign, also vowing to guard against any "internal and external" threat to election security.
Benson expected to run again for Michigan secretary of state
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Election law expert Jocelyn Benson is expected to run again to be Michigan's next secretary of state.
Benson, the former dean of the Wayne State University Law School, will announce her political plans Tuesday with stops in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing. She currently runs the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, which brings together athletes to improve race relations and drive social progress.
Businessmen Ross, Gilbert each giving $5M to Wayne State
DETROIT (AP) — Businessmen Stephen Ross and Dan Gilbert are each donating $5 million to Wayne State University's Law School.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/2cxRE0M ) the donations being announced Monday are in honor of outgoing dean Jocelyn Benson.