Danny Glover to testify at House slavery reparations hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify...
Detroit Council President Brenda Jones sworn into Congress
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones has been sworn in to fill Michigan's 13th District House seat, but will only serve in Congress for a few weeks.
Jones was given the oath of office Thursday after leaders in the House reached a deal on seating her while she keeps her job in Detroit. Jones will not take a city salary or conduct Detroit city business while a member of Congress.
Muslim woman wins Michigan congressional seat long held by John Conyers, who resigned amid sexual harassment complaints
DETROIT (AP) — Muslim woman wins Michigan congressional seat long held by John Conyers, who resigned amid sexual harassment complaints .
Detroit council’s Jones to seek 13th District as write-in
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones is making another push for the two-year 13th U.S. House District seat.
Michigan Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams said Monday that the Wayne County Clerk's Office has confirmed that Jones filed to run in the Nov. 6 general election as a write-in candidate.
Conyers accuser is charged in Detroit corruption probe
DETROIT (AP) — A woman who made headlines when she accused a Detroit congressman of sexual harassment has been charged with passing thousands of dollars to a city official in a corruption scheme.
In a court filing, federal prosecutors say Elisa Grubbs accepted money from a business owner and turned it over to a city official. The official isn't named.
City: Jones may be able to serve on Council, in Congress
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit councilwoman elected to serve just two months in Congress to finish former Rep. John Conyers' term may not have to leave her current job.
Brenda Jones won a special election last week to finish Conyers' term, but she didn't win the Democratic primary to run for a full two-year term in Congress.
Michigan US House seat deals with quirky double election
DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. House district representing Detroit and some surrounding cities has made some major news: First came last year, when longtime Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned after being accused of groping and sexually harassing women. Then this week, when Rashida Tlaib won the primary election that set her up to become the first female Muslim member of Congress.
Michigan attorney set to be first Muslim woman in Congress
DETROIT (AP) — Rashida Tlaib's opposition to President Donald Trump began while he was still candidate Trump and before she decided to run for Congress.
The 42-year-old attorney, who is set to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, was booted from a 2016 Trump campaign speech in Detroit for heckling the polarizing Republican.
The Latest: First Muslim woman poised to join Congress
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Missouri, Kansas, Michigan and Washington state and a congressional special election in Ohio (all times local):
Former Michigan state lawmkaer Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for a House seat, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.
Tlaib wins Conyers’ seat; Congress to get 1st Muslim woman
DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for the House seat long held by former Rep. John Conyers, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.
The Latest: Michigan Dems pick Tlaib to replace Conyers
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's primary election (all times local):
Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for the House seat long held by former Rep. John Conyers and likely will become the first Muslim female elected to Congress.
No Republicans ran in Tuesday's District 13 primary race, meaning Tlaib is set to win the seat in November's election and begin serving a full two-year term in January.
DETROIT (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers is hoping to get his name on the 13th Congressional District ballot as an independent.
The Detroit News reports that John Conyers III is circulating petitions and that candidates with no party affiliation have until July 19 to submit qualifying signatures to make the November ballot.
DETROIT (AP) — John Conyers III has failed in another attempt to get his name on the ballot for the Congressional seat held by his father.
Michigan's Appeals Court on Tuesday upheld a county court ruling that denied Conyers III's request to be on the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot for the 13th Congressional seat.
DETROIT (AP) — A request by former U.S. Rep. John Conyers' son to be included on the Democratic primary ballot for the 13th Congressional District seat has been rejected.
The Detroit News reports that a judge on Tuesday denied John Conyers III's request.
DETROIT (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers is asking a judge to order that his name be placed on this summer's Democratic primary ballot.
The Detroit News reports John Conyers III filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court.
DETROIT (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers will not have his name printed on the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot to replace his father.
Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett decided Monday that John Conyers III had fewer than the 1,000 valid nominating petition signatures needed.
Garrett said Conyers III didn't have enough signatures to make the ballot to fill out the final two months of his father's term or for the full term that starts in January.
Two Democrats seeking to replace resigned U.S. Rep. John Conyers in the 13th Congressional District would hold the seat for less than two months because they filed signatures to complete his current term but not compete for the two-year term that begins in January.
Former state Rep. Mary Waters of Detroit intentionally filed for just the special election, saying it would be an honor to complete Conyers' term while others compete for the longer-term job.
Washington — Female candidates running for Congress in Michigan started the year with a strong fundraising quarter, with Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ellen Lipton leading the early money race in their bids to succeed Reps. John Conyers Jr. and Sandy Levin, respectfully.
Democrat Elissa Slotkin generated more money than Republican Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester for the third quarter in a row, and Gretchen Driskell, another Democratic challenger, outraised GOP Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton.
This past fall U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the representative from Detroit, was accused of sexual harassment by members of his staff. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty was vocal in her opinion that he should resign his position immediately.
Congresswoman, outspoken MeToo advocate, says she won’t quit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, an outspoken advocate for the #MeToo movement, has found herself in the awkward position of apologizing for not protecting female staffers in her Washington office who say they experienced violence, death threats and sexual harassment by her former chief of staff.
Judge rejects proposed earlier vote on Conyers’ seat
Washington — A federal judge has rejected a legal challenge to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to wait until November 2018 to hold a special election to replace U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Detroit.
In his Wednesday ruling, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said the U.S. Constitution "accords considerable deference" to a governor in setting the election date to fill vacancies in Congress.
Judge: No change in election dates for Conyers seat
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has refused to set an earlier election for the seat formerly held by retired U.S. Rep. John Conyers.
Judge Mark Goldsmith on Wednesday says there's no evidence that the constitutional rights of people in the 13th District have been violated by having a vacancy for 11 months. He says critics have failed to show that Gov. Rick Snyder discriminated against black residents.
Judge is asked to move up special election for Conyers seat
DETROIT (AP) — State attorneys said Thursday it would be very difficult but not impossible to move up a special election to fill the seat of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, who suddenly quit in December.
A federal judge heard arguments on a request to set an earlier date. Michael Gilmore, a Democratic candidate and lawyer, said the rights of 13th District residents are being violated by an 11-month gap without a member of Congress.
Bankole: Don’t apply racial test in congressional race
Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party, says it is important that a qualified African-American replaces retired U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., who was forced out of office because of allegations of sexual misconduct.
Westland Mayor Bill Wild on Tuesday added his name to the growing list of candidates seeking to run for Michigan's 13th Congressional District seat left vacant after John Conyers stepped down last year.
"I believe my work ethic, energy and proven track record of getting things done are what everyday families in the 13th Congressional District need now," Wild said in a statement by his campaign.
Dem would be first Muslim woman in Congress, if elected
Former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a community organizer and the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature, said Tuesday she is running for U.S. House, aiming to win the seat of former Rep. John Conyers Jr., who resigned in December.
State lawmakers running for open seats in Congress
Two more congressional hopefuls on Monday joined the growing lists of candidates for two of Michigan's three open seats in the U.S. House.
State Sen. Mike Kowall, the Senate majority floor leader, hopes to succeed retiring Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, joining a field of a half dozen candidates vying for the Republican nomination.
State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo says she's "exploring a run" for the U.S. House seat vacated by longtime Rep. John Conyers Jr.
Conyers, 88, resigned in early December amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with female aides.
Detroit City Council head seeks Conyers’ Congress seat
Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones is running for Michigan's 13th Congressional District, she announced Friday.
Jones, who was re-elected to the council in November, intends to remain on the panel while seeking to fill the congressional seat left vacant by John Conyers who recently resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.
Detroit council president to seek Conyers’ US House seat
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones has become the first woman in the race for the congressional seat left vacant when former Rep. John Conyers resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.
Jones announced her bid on Friday. Like Conyers, she's a Democrat. She was first elected to the City Council in 2005, and she's been its president since 2014.
Washington — John Conyers III filed paperwork to run for his father's seat in Congress on Wednesday, setting up a Conyers v. Conyers primary in which he would face his cousin, state Sen. Ian Conyers of Detroit.
Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., the Detroit Democrat, resigned in early December amid allegations that he had sexually harassed female aides — claims he denied. When leaving, Conyers, 88, endorsed his eldest son to succeed him in the U.S. House.
Grand-nephew to run for Conyers’ Michigan congressional seat
DETROIT (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Ian Conyers says he is running for the Michigan congressional seat long held by his grand-uncle, John Conyers.
Ian Conyers made his announcement Friday in Detroit to join the 13th Congressional District race.
The 88-year-old Democrat John Conyers was facing sexual harassment allegations and cited health reasons when he resigned in December from the post he held since 1964.
Detroit – First-term State Senator Ian Conyers, D-Detroit, announced Friday he plans to run for the U.S. Congressional seat vacated by his great-uncle John Conyers Jr.
TV celebrity Judge Greg Mathis, who flirted with the idea of running for former U.S. Congressman John Conyers' seat, said Friday he's not giving up his day job.
In a statement, the 57-year-old Mathis said although he was "asked to consider a run for the vacant congressional seat here in Michigan," he won't dive into the 13th District race expected to feature a crowded field of candidates including relatives of the embattled 88-year-old Conyers who resigned Dec. 5.
Retired 36th District Court Judge Greg Mathis is considering leaving his long-running syndicated television show to run for Congress in former Rep. John Conyers' district.
Mathis, 57, will announce his decision on Jan. 15, spokesman Stacy Leak said in a Thursday email.
MARY SANCHEZ: Men, let’s not take the low road to gender equality
After the dizzying rush of revelations and accusations of sexual assault and sexual harassment by movie moguls, actors, senators, editors, talking heads, bible-thumping candidates for office and all manner of other powerful men, American society finds itself at a crossroads. Women, by and large, feel a little vindicated. Men feel wary.
Here’s what’s facing Michigan, Metro Detroit in 2018
Change is brewing for 2018.
Michigan residents will choose a new governor, attorney general and secretary of state.
Aside from normal contested congressional election battles, there will be elections for someone to fill out the remaining seven weeks of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.'s term following the Nov. 6, 2018 election as well as someone to represent his 13th Congressional District for the next two years starting in January 2019.
Michigan lawmakers share their New Year’s resolutions
Washington — After a whirlwind 2017, the Michigan congressional delegation was asked to share their resolutions for the new year, with the condition that it couldn't be political.
Nine of Michigan's 15 delegation members responded to The Detroit News' inquiry. The 13th Congressional District seat is empty since Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Detroit, resigned Dec. 5 and won't be replaced until the primary and general elections are completed in August and November.
The year of 2017 was filled with nostalgic goodbyes to some of Metro Detroit's beloved sports venues, but the goodbye from one of Detroit's most established politicians amid scandal grabbed the biggest headlines of the year.
The year was also marked by the continued revival in Detroit's downtown, its mayor, Mike Duggan, securing a second term, and a mid-summer review of Detroit's most painful year of the 20th century: 1967.
Lawsuit questions long wait before election for Conyers seat
DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed challenging the 11-month gap between U.S. Rep. John Conyers' resignation and a special election.
Michael Gilmore claims the delay is unconstitutional. He filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court on behalf of five voters in the 13th District. Gilmore is also a Democratic candidate who would like to win the seat.
Lansing — A candidate vying to replace former Detroit U.S. Rep. John Conyers on Friday announced a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder alleging that the Republican governor is denying voters in the 13th Congressional district their right to vote.
OTHER VOICES: Tax money shouldn’t be used for sexual misconduct settlements
Something is truly amiss in American democracy if elected officials and political appointees think they have the right to dispense taxpayer dollars as hush-money payments to sexual harassment victims. Not only is this an egregious abuse of public money, it helps abusers think they can avoid getting caught.
New York’s Nadler to serve House Judiciary’s top Democrat
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Wednesday elected longtime New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler to serve as the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, which would take the lead on impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump if Democrats reclaim the House majority next year.
Marcus: This accused federal judge has no business sitting in judgment of others
WASHINGTON — Of the deluge of sexual harassment stories gushing forth in recent weeks, one of the most disturbing — one of the creepiest, really — has also been one of the least noted: the allegations involving federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski.
Bankole: Succession scramble over Conyers seat heats up
The quest is on in Michigan's 13th Congressional District to find a replacement for U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.
Dozens of civic leaders — from labor to clergy — have been meeting regularly to try to find a likely successor to the venerable statesman who was forced to retire amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Voters will make the choice at the polls on Aug. 7 and Nov. 6.
Washington — U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. has resigned his seat in Congress, but his staff is still working on and offices still running.
Some changes are noticeable: Conyers' official website has been deactivated and the nameplate outside his office in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill removed, replaced by a generic plaque reading, "Office of the 13th Congressional District of Michigan."
President Trump won the election as a populist. He excoriated everyone else in the primaries. His voters loved him for calling out Clinton as “Crooked Hillary.”
His campaign was built upon ridiculing the Washington elitists, including a major political media rightly perceived as fawning over Democrats and liberals until those Democrats’ or liberals’ follies were beyond ignoring.
Conyers accuser calls for change in filing complaints
Washington — One of the women who says former Rep. John Conyers Jr. sexually harassed her is pressing Congress to change its burdensome internal process for filing and settling harassment complaints from congressional staffers.
Detroit resident Marion Brown, who worked for Conyers in his district offices for 11 years, went through that process when she filed a complaint against the congressman in 2014 for wrongful termination, claiming he fired her for refusing his sexual advances.
Conyers’ exit closes doors for redress for accusers
Washington — The resignation of longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers a week ago means that those who accused him of sexual misconduct likely won't get to testify before Congress or get their day in court, legal experts say.
The sexual harassment accusations are from three to 20 years old, so the statute of limitations long ago expired under the Congressional Accountability Act, which covers employees of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Son of Detroit’s first black mayor to run for Conyers’ seat
DETROIT (AP) — The son of Detroit's first black mayor is running to replace longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers.
Democratic state Sen. Coleman Young II announced his bid Monday to replace the 88-year-old Conyers, who was facing sexual harassment allegations when he resigned from Congress last week. Conyers cited health reasons for his decision.