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Michigan city on edge as lead water crisis persists

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shortly after sunrise on a recent Saturday in Benton Harbor, Michigan, residents began lining up for free bottled water so they could drink and cook without fear of the high levels of lead in the city’s tap water.

Free water distribution sites are a fixture of life in the majority Black city, where almost half of the nearly 10,000 residents live below the poverty line. For three years, tests of its public water system revealed elevated levels of lead.

Waiting for bottled water is time consuming and some residents wonder why, in a state that recently dealt with the Flint water crisis, the problem wasn’t fixed sooner.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has promised to spend millions of dollars to replace the city’s lead service lines within 18 months – a blistering pace for a process that often takes decades. For now, residents have been warned not to cook, drink or make baby formula with tap water.

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Michigan motorists to receive insurance refunds, with when and how much to be determined

LANSING — A nonprofit corporation controlled by the insurance industry voted Wednesday to issue refunds to Michigan motorists, just two days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called for such action.

But the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association did not say how big the refunds would be or exactly when they would be issued.

“Today, the MCCA unanimously voted to support issuing refund checks to Michigan consumers,” the board said in a news release. “Details on the specific refund amount per vehicle, along with a proposed timeline and logistics, will be announced in the next several weeks.

“The goal is to issue the largest possible refunds to consumers while maintaining sufficient funds to ensure high-quality care to those who have been catastrophically injured.”

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Whitmer Vetoes GOP Election Integrity Bills

Republicans protest: ‘Proving who you are before you vote is a very basic concept that the vast majority of Michigan voters support.’

Surprising no one, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed several GOP election reform bills on Friday.

“Access to the ballot box is a right, and I will continue to fight any attempt to limit the right to vote,” Whitmer tweeted.

She vetoed Senate Bill (SB) 303304, and House Bill 5007.

The first bill sought to require stricter voter ID measures. Voters seeking an absentee ballot would have to submit a copy of their driver’s license or state ID, provide the last four digits of their Social Security number, or present ID to the city clerk in which the voter is registered. If the applicant could not provide the above information, the clerk would have been required to issue a provisional absentee voter ballot that wouldn’t count unless the applicant verified their identity to the clerk before 5 p.m. on the sixth day after election day.

The bill aimed to prohibit election officials from sending out absentee ballot applications unless they are specifically requested. Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sent out absentee ballot applications before the 2020 presidential election, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason to make socially distanced voting easier.

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Michigan Redistricting Commission meeting delayed after death threat

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission had to put their meeting on hold today after they received a death threat through an email.

Edward Woods III, a spokesperson for the commission, confirmed to 6 News that the meeting was stopped at 1:06 p.m. when they got the threat. The commission informed law enforcement and they opened and investigation, Woods said.

At the time, the commission said that the meeting was suspended until further notice. However, after roughly two hours, the meeting was restarted.

The Associated Press reported that a commissioner made a motion to reduce public comment time from 1 minute to 30 seconds for today only, which passed 11-2.

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Michigan redistricting commission to weigh input from Black voters

Michigan’s redistricting commission will soon decide whether it wants to heed the calls it heard during its statewide tour to make wholesale changes to how it drew Black voters in its draft congressional and legislative districts.

Some of the loudest criticism the commission received targeted the draft districts it drew in Detroit that would pair predominantly Black neighborhoods in the city with whiter suburban communities.

Many of those draft districts would be safe Democratic seats. But civil rights activists, Detroit voters and lawmakers from the city are doubtful Black candidates could win primary elections in the proposed political boundaries.

“Being a Democrat and being Black sometimes is two separate things,” said Michigan state Rep. Tyrone Carter, D-Detroit, explaining his opposition to the commission’s maps.

The federal Voting Rights Act requires redistricting plans that ensure minority voters have an opportunity to elect their preferred candidates. The current maps dilute the influence of Black voters by unnecessarily concentrating them, according to an analysis that drove the commission’s decision to eliminate majority-Black districts.

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Michigan Catholic Conference: Whitmer Ought to Back School Choice Bill, Not Veto It

Republican lawmakers pass school voucher bills Whitmer promises to veto

LANSING, Mich. – Republican lawmakers took final votes on veto-destined bills early Wednesday that would let Michigan students attend private schools and pay other educational expenses with scholarship accounts funded by people and corporations that would get tax credits for their donations.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who opposes vouchers, has called the fast-tracked legislation a “nonstarter.” The state has what is considered to be the country’s strictest constitutional ban on providing public assistance to nonpublic schools.

GOP legislators say the bills would boost educational opportunities for kids who have fallen behind during the coronavirus pandemic and give parents additional choices. Democrats call the proposal unconstitutional and say it would drain resources from public schools.

The legislation, first approved in the Republican-led Legislature last week, cleared the House on 55-49 votes during a marathon session that stretched beyond midnight.

K-12 students would be eligible if their family income is no more than double the cutoff to receive free or reduced-priced lunch — $98,050 for a family of four — or if they have a disability or are in foster care.

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Michigan Senate Approves End to Tax on Menstrual Products

The Michigan Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would eliminate the so-called “tampon tax” on menstrual products, sending it to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer who is expected to sign it into law.

Michigan would join over 20 other states that have either ended the sales tax on menstrual products or never had one, according to Period Equity, a legal organization that advocates for making menstrual products tax-exempt.

Though several bills to end the tampon tax were introduced in the Michigan Legislature in the last five years, none of those bills made it to a floor vote.

Both chambers in the Republican-controlled Legislature have voted in the last month to approve lifting the tax, and now one of the bills is heading to Whitmer’s desk where it is expected to be signed into law. The Democratic governor has backed efforts to abolish the tax in Michigan.

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Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s handling of Benton Harbor lead pipe crisis slammed in new ad

Republicans aren’t only ones fed up with Whitmer’s response to water crisis

FIRST ON FOX: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s sluggish response to the growing lead-in-water crisis in Benton Harbor has made her the target of a new ad by the Republican Governors Association (RGA).

The RGA is releasing the new ad, which was first obtained by Fox News, in a five-figure campaign hitting the governor over the Benton Harbor crisis that has seen the Great Lake State town lose access to water.

Titled “Gretchen Whitmer knew about the water crisis in Michigan and she did nothing,” the ad features news clips of the leaded water problem, with one clip pointing out that the state government first detected the lead “three years” ago in 2018.

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Donna’s Response

Here we go with projection, telling us what we think. This is what an abuser does, projecting and gas lighting to manipulate cognitive thought. First of all, we are not a racist nation other than that we have been told we are. My family is a mixed racial family, and we don’t care, nor do we see the difference in people. Once upon a time, before Marxist idiots decided to tell us how to think in their quest to destroy this nation, we said the Pledge of Allegiance…”one nation under God.” Maybe if we put God back into schools and said the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning we would remember that we are one nation…one people made out of many. CRT is the most racist agenda ever created by Marxists.

Critical race theory heating up in Michigan

LANSING, Mich, (WLNS) — The Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness voted to pass legislation that would restrict the way racism is taught in schools 4 to 1.

4 Republicans and 1 Democrat. The bill in question will now move to the legislature. Senate Bill 460 is sponsored by Republican Senator Lana Theis from Brighton.

Under Theis’ legislation, school districts in Michigan would be banned from teaching critical race theory, material from the 1619 project or quote “Anti-American and racist theories.”

That includes teaching that the United States is a fundamentally racist country, or that the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution are fundamentally racist documents.

“Children learning to treat each other with dignity and respect regardless of race, color, or religion is where we should be going but CRT is training the next generation to divide people into categories and use oppression matrices instead and that should never happen in Michigan,” said Theis.

One senator on the committee who opposed the bill was Democrat Erika Geiss from Taylor.

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Donna’s Response

Here we go with projection, telling us what we think. This is what an abuser does, projecting and gas lighting to manipulate cognitive thought. First of all, we are not a racist nation other than that we have been told we are. My family is a mixed racial family, and we don’t care, nor do we see the difference in people. Once upon a time, before Marxist idiots decided to tell us how to think in their quest to destroy this nation, we said the Pledge of Allegiance…”one nation under God.” Maybe if we put God back into schools and said the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning we would remember that we are one nation…one people made out of many. CRT is the most racist agenda ever created by Marxists.

Michigan’s Whitmer faces accusations of ‘illegal’ campaign contributions

Whitmer may have to return donations if an official recall bid is not introduced before next year

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has amassed nearly $4 million in excess campaign contributions for her 2022 reelection bid, reports showed late Monday.

Normal state contribution limits permit individuals and political action committees (PACs) to donate up to $7,150 per candidate during an election cycle.

But Whitmer has accepted donations from at least 40 individuals who gave more than the traditionally permitted amount – including Timothy Light of Kalamazoo and William Parfet of Hickory Corners, who each contributed more than $50,000 over the last three months, first reported The Detroit News.

Since July, the governor has reportedly received $550,000 in over-the-limit donations from top contributors like her father, Richard Whitmer, George Soros, and vice chairman of the Detroit Pistons, Arn Tellem.

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Donna’s Response

Whitmer received over $550,000 in over-the-limit donations from contributors like her daddy, Richard Whitmer, George Soros, and Pistons vice-chairman Arn Tellem. The whole system is corrupt. Saying that the rules don’t matter, while under the process of a recall, just proves that there probably is merit to the recall. Shouldn’t an elected official be more concerned with upholding the law than trying to find loopholes around them for themselves?