A consent decree that carves out fishing rights in the Great Lakes for five Michigan tribes is set to expire next August and negotiations have yet to start with the state. The outcome could shape
Jim MalewitzICYMI: An 1836 treaty guarantees 5 Native American tribes in Michigan the right to fish ancestral waters — free of state interference. A looming legal deadline is sparking questions about how MI and tribes will share Great Lakes resources in coming years.
Even after record flooding in the Midwest, people with ties to the land — whose livelihoods depend on living close to waterways — don’t want to move.
Jim Malewitz“It’s almost like the Great Depression. People aren’t moving...They aren’t going anywhere. There’s no money to spend. Farming in this area is a big part of our economics. If the farmers aren’t doing well, no one’s doing well.” iowawatch.org/2019/08/25/aft… via @news21/@IowaWatch
As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer focuses on environmental justice, a new study by the University of Michigan maps ‘hot spots’ where low-income people of color are exposed to high levels of pollution.
Jim MalewitzA new @UMSEAS study maps "hotspots of environmental injustice" across Michigan. Kalamazoo, Kent and Wayne counties are home to most of the top census tracts where mostly low-income people of color are most vulnerable to pollution.
A three-judge panel finds that 34 districts were drawn in 2011 to benefit Republicans and orders special elections in 2020.
Jim MalewitzFederal panel rules Michigan GOP illegally gerrymandered 34 state House, Senate and Congressional districts.
Orders special elections for nine Senate districts and gives Lege till Aug 1 to redraw the rest.
Two days of extreme cold and a Consumers Energy mishap forced Michigan into crisis that nearly disrupted the flow of energy to millions of customers. What happens next time? Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to know.
Jim MalewitzMichigan's natural gas scare during the polar vortex is a reminder of the importance of energy efficiency.
"Do you build more capacity so you can pump more gas — and send out more gas, or do you conserve?”
The Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickup that debuted at the Detroit auto show has not been certified that it meets pollution standards -- and can't go on sale
Jim MalewitzThe shutdown also affects Michigan's auto industry. Carmakers say it has caused delays in the EPA’s ability to certify that new vehicles meet federal emissions standards before they can be sold.
Proposal 3 ‒ aka Promote the Vote ‒ adds 7 voting reforms to Michigan’s constitution. We lay out the pros and cons, and the cash behind it. This is the last of three Bridge reports on Michigan ballot issues.
Jim MalewitzStraight-ticket voting, automatic registration, same-day registration, no-reason absentee voting.
Here's everything you need to know the ballot proposal to overhaul voting in Michigan. bridgemi.com/public-sector/… via @rbeggin
Last month, the Michigan attorney general signed a court filing in support of energy giant that claims debate about global warming is still ‘raging’ among scientists. Spoiler alert: It’s not.
Jim MalewitzNEW: @SchuetteOnDuty signed onto legal briefs calling climate change an "unsettled area of science" & calling "debate" "raging"
But he tells us: "I understand the significance of global climate challenges and the responsibility... to lower CO2 emissions."