Politics

Samuel Robinson
Sep 28, 2022 - News

ShotSpotter vote delayed — again

Detroit City Council
Detroit City Council debates ShotSpotter contracts. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

City Council delayed a vote on a controversial gunshot surveillance tool for the second straight week.

Driving the news: Council decided against voting on the $7 million expansion of ShotSpotter yesterday after Council President Mary Sheffield suggested the city should explore alternative funding sources.

These are the GOP election deniers on Michigan's ballot

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Michigan is among 25 states that will field at least one 2020 presidential election denier on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Why it matters: Widespread election denial from GOP candidates has major implications for our democracy and shows how former President Trump has reshaped the Republican Party, Axios' Jonathan Swan and Josh Kraushaar write.

Samuel Robinson
Sep 23, 2022 - News

Inflation hitting Metro Detroit harder than the national average

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Metro Detroit's year-over-year Consumer Price Index increases are slightly above the national average.

Driving the news: The CPI increased 8.3% over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How Prop 1 would change term limits

The Michigan Senate
The Michigan Senate on June 15, 2022. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

A ballot proposal supported by Mayor Mike Duggan aims to increase financial transparency among elected officials and change Michigan's term limits.

What's happening: Voters will decide how long lawmakers are able to serve in each chamber on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Election deniers flood state elections bureau with records requests

Illustration of an unlocked padlock made out of a manila folder.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

In what officials are calling a coordinated effort to undermine voters, believers of former President Trump's false assertion that the 2020 election was illegitimate are overwhelming local election offices with records requests.

Driving the news: Trump supporters have swamped election offices across the country with bad faith records requests, including in Michigan, the Washington Post reports.

Council debates restaurant safety signage

Illustration of a traffic light with place setting shaped lights.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

City Council member Scott Benson isn't budging on his proposal to place colored placards in restaurant windows to indicate food safety code results.

Driving the news: The ordinance was referred to the council's public health and safety committee during yesterday's city council meeting.

How Prop 2 would change voting in Michigan

Michael Davis of Promote the Vote speaks in Lansing
Michael Davis, executive director of Promote the Vote, speaks after the coalition submitted signatures outside the Richard H. Austin building in Lansing. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment set to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot, will give voters the opportunity to expand statewide voting access.

The intrigue: The Promote the Vote coalition submitted 669,972 signatures in July for its proposal to create a new early voting system.

Special prosecutor named for voting machine probe

Matt DePerno
Republican attorney general candidate Matt DePerno is interviewed by WDIV Local 4's Grant Hermes at the MIGOP nominating convention in Lansing. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

A special prosecutor has been picked to lead the investigation into unauthorized access of vote tabulators.

Driving the news: Muskegon County prosecutor D.J. Hilson was appointed last week by the state's Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council to investigate Michigan's Republican attorney general candidate, Matt DePerno, and eight others for allegedly tampering with voting equipment.

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