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Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 01/17

Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 01/17

Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 01/17

 

State senator criticized for sexist comment. On Tuesday, State Senator Peter Lucido made an offensive comment to a female reporter trying to interview him. Numerous progressive groups, elected officials, and other individuals have criticized the sexist comment, and Senate leadership have opened an investigation into his behavior.

 

Whitmer, Nessel announce PFAS lawsuit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and AG Dana Nessel announced this week that they will sue 17 companies for PFAS contamination in Michigan. More on their suit here.

 

State education board backs driver’s licenses for all. At a hearing this week, the Michigan Board of Education passed a resolution supporting bills that would restore access to driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in Michigan. More on their decision here.

 

Energy nonprofit taking on DTE. Nonprofit group Soulardarity, which aims to create a more sustainable energy system for the people of Michigan, just scored a win in court against major utility company DTE. More on the ongoing struggle for clean, affordable energy here.

 

Shirkey does not plan to address green ooze. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey has no plans to take legislative action on a toxic green ooze caused by PFAS pollution. More on the crisis here.

 

Michiganders fed up with teacher shortage. An article in Bridge Magazine discussed Michigan residents’ frustration with the trend of classrooms being led by uncertified teachers. More on the issue here.

 

Michiganders deserve the right to choose. An op-ed in the Holland Sentinel this week highlighted the importance of abortion rights as the right continues to attack reproductive freedom. Read the full piece here.

 

Tweet of the Week

Michigan Advance reporter Allison Donahue talks about the offensive comment Sen. Lucido made to her and why she chose to speak up in this week’s Tweet (thread) of the Week.

Evan Kutz

Evan Kutz