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Longtime LGBTQ activist Jim Toy reflects on a life devoted to equality and justice

This year’s Pride Month celebrations coincided with a major victory for the LGBTQ community. The U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled that workplace protections outlined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply to gay and transgender people. The ruling comes after decades of work by activists in Michigan and elsewhere to expand legal rights and protections for the LGBTQ community. One of those activists is Jim Toy.


Stateside: Sault Tribe chairman on Line 5; pandemic vacations; return to school plans

Today on Stateside , recent developments with Enbridge’s Line 5 have lead Attorney General Dana Nessel to ask for a temporarily halt of operations. Tribes who live and work around the Great Lakes have had an eye on this for years. Also, Michigan’s legislators have announced funding plans for reopening K-12 schools. What will that look like? Plus, what to expect when you’re expecting to travel this summer.


Protesters want big police reforms. Michigan lawmakers offer small changes.

Protests in Michigan cities are still ongoing against racial injustice and police brutality in what is becoming one of the most sustained social movements in memory. After years of police killing African Americans at a disproportionate rate, protesters are calling for revolutionary change.


LGBTQ rights petition campaign may go on after SCOTUS decision

A petition campaign to add LGBTQ protections to Michigan’s civil rights law is deciding its next steps. That’s after a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that LGBTQ rights are already guaranteed by federal law.


How social media helped spur and shape widespread protests against police brutality

The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer is not the first such incident to cause Michiganders take to the streets. But what’s different this time? And why do so many white people felt moved to join in for Black Lives Matter this year? The answer has a lot of parts, but that little screen in your pocket is probably part of it.


Stateside: Protests over police violence; return of sports; graduating high school during a pandemic

Today on Stateside , thoughts from a sociologist and a law professor about the marches in Detroit and Ann Arbor that drew attention to police officers’ use of force against African Americans. We’ll also find out how one charter school operator is preparing for the fall.


State Rep. Anthony on armed protests at the Capitol, and making the most of a crisis

Protesters were back at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday to voice their displeasure with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders. After armed protesters entered the State Senate Gallery during a protest two weeks ago, some in Lansing began calling for a ban on guns inside the statehouse. That debate picked up steam after reports that people in anti-quarantine Facebook groups were calling for violent action against the governor.


Quarantine protesters carried rifles. Protesters of 1999 DPS takeover went through metal detectors.

Last week, dozens of anti-lockdown protestors, some of them carrying firearms, crowded into the Michigan Capitol building to make their views known to the assembled lawmakers at full volume. It’s not unusual to see guns around the Capitol. Second Amendment Day brings gun enthusiasts to the House and Senate galleries every year. But photos and footage from the April 30 protest shook up a lot of people, and the Michigan State Capitol Commission is discussing whether some action might be...


Stateside: Auto industry restart gears up; graduating in a pandemic; guns in the Capitol building

Today on Stateside , plant managers are making plans to restart some of the biggest manufacturing operations in the state. We talk to Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes about what has to happen first. Plus, a protest on reopening the economy gives way to a discussion about guns at the state Capitol—and the politics around who is allowed to carry them.


Stateside: Second quarantine protest; clash over Whitmer’s emergency power; limits of stimulus aid

Today on Stateside , protesters once again gathered at Michigan's Capitol to protest Governor Whitmer's stay at home order while lawmakers and the governor clashed over her emergency powers. Plus, one Detroit business owner talks about the challenges of making a federal small business loan work for her 100-plus employee bakery.


Stateside: Kildee on COVID-19 aid; green cards in limbo; novel explores dark side of small town life

Today on Stateside , Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee talks about COVID-19 aid and his top priorities for future stimulus bills. Plus, how a recent presidential immigration order affects those seeking green cards. And, Michigan author Jeni McFarland shares her take on small-town life in her debut novel The House of Deep Water .


Rep. Justin Amash launches presidential exploratory committee

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash has decided to explore a run for a higher office: President of the United States. On Twitter Tuesday night, Amash announced he’s formed an exploratory committee to run for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination.


Stateside: Rep. Slotkin on help for business; WWII rations; tablets and laptops for Detroit kids

Today on Stateside , we talk to Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin about the future of emergency funds for businesses impacted by COVID-19 . Plus, what a federal appeals court decision in the so-called “right to read” lawsuit means for students in Detroit.


Whitmer relaxes stay-at-home orders, but extends time

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new executive order to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. The e mergency has been extended now to May 15 and it requires people to stay at home as much as possible.


Whitmer expected to announce plans to let some businesses re-open

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to outline plans Friday to lift some travel restrictions and to allow some businesses to resume operating – even if it’s at just partial capacity. Many Republicans in the Legislature may not like how Whitmer’s handled the crisis, but it appears most Michiganders approve of her actions so far. That’s according to a poll conducted by the Glengariff Group for the Detroit Regional Chamber.


State House Republicans propose tiered “roadmap” to ending stay-at-home order

While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has indicated that her administration is working on guidelines for a partial restart of the state’s economy as soon as May 1, Michigan’s Republican leaders have presented their own set of suggestions for what reopening sectors of the state’s economy could look like. Michigan House speaker Lee Chatfield , a Republican representing District 107, weighed in on the Republican leadership’s proposal and how it would approach reopening the economy on a county-by-county...


Stateside: Speaker Chatfield on opening economy; disruptions in food supply; poet Nandi Comer

Today on Stateside, State House Speaker Lee Chatfield talks about the Republican plan to slowly reopen some sectors of the state economy. Plus, the wierd logic of grocery store shortages.


Stateside: Quarantine protest; breadmaking 101; the "Mother" of moderates

Today on Stateside , a protest over Governor Whitmer’s stay at home order leads to gridlock in Michigan’s Capitol. Plus, we explore the life and legacy of Michigander Elly Peterson, one of the most influential women in Republican politics during the 1960s and 70s.


Frustrated with Whitmer’s stay at home order, conservative protesters gather at the Capitol

Several thousand cars surrounded the Michigan Capitol grounds for blocks as far as the eye could see Wednesday in a display so densely packed, one ambulance slowed to a crawl to get through. Some drivers laid on their horns, while some spilled out onto the sidewalks. At least 200 people left their cars and clustered at the front of the Capitol, not observing social distancing or wearing masks.


Opponents of governor's stay-at-home order plan Capitol drivearound rally

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-at-home order has passionate supporters and ardent critics. It’s being challenged in federal court. And foes of the order are planning a rally Wednesday at the state Capitol.