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Progressives say key issues missing from top of Democratic priorities

House Speaker Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) answers questions from reporters following Whitmer's State of the State.

House Speaker Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) answers questions from reporters after Gov. Whitmer's State of the State address. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Progressive Democrats say a number of issues were missing from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address last week, as the timeline for measures that will bring partisan fights remains unclear.

Why it matters: The governor's address focused on three groups of residents — working families, new graduates and children. "But when you try to fit everyone into just a few categories, you make a lot of people invisible," Michigan United executive director Ken Whittaker said in response to the governor’s speech.

Joe Guillen
23 hours ago - News

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Detroit's $100M for training programs

Mayor Mike Duggan discusses job training programs at city hall.

Mayor Mike Duggan talks about $100 million in adult scholarships. Photo: City of Detroit/Flickr

The city's new $100 million scholarship program is a little different than others — it offers job training for Detroiters who aren't going to college.

  • The program is for people who struggle with reading, don't have a high school diploma, need a job or want a better-paying position.

Grab your sled, here's where to hit the hills in Detroit

A hill has kids sledding down it, rimmed by trees.

Balduck Park. Photo: Annalise Frank/Axios

There are few things more pure than sledding.

  • It teaches us that going fast is fun, good times require hard work (trudging back up the hill a billion times) and being cold eventually gives way to a hot chocolate-y future.
Annalise Frank
Feb 1, 2023 - News

DOJ continues information-gathering on Detroit paratransit

Illustration of a wheelchair on one side of a seesaw with a hand pressing down the other side

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The U.S. Department of Justice is continuing to look into riders' experiences using Detroit's oft-criticized paratransit services.

Driving the news: A DOJ civil rights investigator is trying to contact users of the city's transit program for the elderly and those with disabilities who have complained about inadequate service for "one-on-one interviews," Richard Clay of the National Federation of the Blind's Detroit chapter tells Axios.

Police reform talk returns to Legislature after Tyre Nichols' killing

Michigan Capitol

Michigan Capitol. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Michigan's Legislative Black Caucus said yesterday that it wants to see lawmakers pass police reform bills following the death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man​ who died days after Memphis police severely beat him.

Driving the news: A number of bipartisan proposals were introduced last session following the death of Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids, but never made it to a vote.

Try this Black-owned, plant-based Detroit-style pizza

ItsfoodDetroit's vegan pepperoni pizza. Photos: Samuel Robinson/Axios

As Detroit-style pizza spreads across the country, one local woman is making her pies with a greater focus on the health and wellness of her community.

The intrigue: "Let's not get caught up in the label or the concept, let's just eat food," Brittany March, founder of vegan, plant-based pizza pop-up ItsfoodDetroit, tells Axios.

BMF season 2: Work hits Lansing before Flenorys go on the run

Demetrius 'Lil Meech' Flenory Jr. (“Demetrius 'Big Meech' Flenory”), Abraham 'Da'Vinchi' Juste ("Terry 'Southwest T' Flenory")

Demetrius 'Lil Meech' Flenory Jr. (“Demetrius 'Big Meech' Flenory”), Abraham 'Da'Vinchi' Juste ("Terry 'Southwest T' Flenory"). Photo courtesy of Starz

In the latest BMF episode, the Flenory family's relationships with their neighbors and business partners are becoming more strained as a cocaine drought forces Meech to take bigger risks.

What happened: Rivals Meech and Lamar meet face-to-face in a police interrogation room after Meech survives being shot. The BMF founder declares he's not worried about Lamar getting the better of him after being given the chance to snitch for shooting him and put Lamar away for good.

Reader's guide to the best tacos in metro Detroit

Dos Locos Tacos

Dos Locos Tacos in Hamtramck. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

We asked last week for your favorite taco spots — and our dear readers did not disappoint.

  • Here are your responses, which made us entirely too hungry: