Justin Amash, Hillary Scholten

The Democrat running to replace Michigan Rep. Justin Amash says she raised $100,000 in the first week since announcing her campaign.

Betsy DeVos photo
Courtesy photo / Betsy DeVos

Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls Betsy DeVos the "worst secretary of education we've seen." Sen. Amy Klobuchar says DeVos "shouldn't be in her job." Beto O'Rourke's take on DeVos: "We can do better."

 Michigan capitol building at sunset
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

A Michigan group is launching a ballot drive to ban abortions after a fetus's heartbeat is detected, with exceptions to protect a pregnant woman's life or health.


Michigan Capital

A three-judge panel has ruled that Michigan's congressional and legislative maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered, ordering the state legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election.

WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with capital correspondent Cheyna Roth about Thursday's decision, which also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020 instead of 2022 as scheduled.

Attorney General Dana Nessel

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday her office will target businesses that cheat their employees of wages, pledging a forceful crackdown on what she called an under-the-radar problem that also lets companies dodge taxes.

Amanda Barberena / WKAR File Photo

The second Democratic presidential debates will be held July 30 and 31 in Detroit.

Peter Spadafore, Carol Wood
WKAR file photo, Michigan Assn. of Superintendents

The Lansing City Council made leadership decisions last night, as at-large member Carol Wood was re-elected as the body’s president.

Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed bills that would have granted tax breaks to people who save money for the first-time purchase of a home.

Abigail Censky
Abigail Censky / Twitter

WKAR News is expanding its political and government reporting in mid-Michigan with the addition of Abigail Censky. 

Michigan Capitol
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

The lame duck session is in full swing this week and lawmakers are pushing through controversial legislation on union release time as well as watering down measures regarding minimum wage and paid sick time.

The civil asset forfeiture reform bill passed the Senate, receiving bipartisan support. The bill will now go to the state House of Representatives.
WKAR file photo

A new administration is getting ready to take over in Lansing for offices like the governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth brings us a look at what the transition process is like.

school and flag
Kevin Lavery / WKAR/MSU

The record-breaking turnout of the 2018 midterm election is heading for the history books.  For most civics and government teachers, talking to their students about the outcome of an election is a normal part of classroom life.  But for some educators, it’s an uncomfortable topic.


Under The Radar Ballot Issues And Races

Nov 1, 2018
Ballot and Machine
WKAR File Photo

Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth joins Morning Edition host Emily Fox to talk about next week’s ballot proposals, some under the radar races to watch and record campaign spending.

Michigan Absentee Ballot Requests Near Presidential Levels

Oct 26, 2018
City Clerk Chris Swope at table preparing ballots.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The number of absentee ballots cast ahead of Michigan's election is well above 2014 levels, and the number requested is almost keeping pace with how many were sent in the 2016 presidential race.

state capitol building
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

A conservative group is spending at least $1.2 million to oppose Proposal 2, the Michigan ballot initiative aimed at stopping partisan gerrymandering.