Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 10/16
Peters shares abortion story on the record. This week, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters became the first sitting senator to publicly share his family’s experience with abortion. You can read his full story, which details his wife’s struggle with a life-threatening pregnancy, here.
Michigan bans open carry of firearms at the polls. Citing concerns of violence and voter intimidation, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has released guidance that openly carried firearms will not be allowed at polling locations. More on her decision here.
Experts write letter criticizing Shirkey’s “herd immunity” comments. Public health experts are asking Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey to clarify his recent comments about pursuing herd immunity to COVID-19, explaining that such an approach would lead to millions of infections and thousands of preventable deaths and may not even eliminate the threat of the virus. Throughout the pandemic, Shirkey has routinely opposed public health measures like mask mandates and restrictions on non-essential businesses.
LGBTQ+ rights initiative submits 500K+ signatures. After delays to the signature gathering process caused by COVID-19, the Fair and Equal Michigan initiative to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to cover LGBTQ+ people announced that they’re submitting more than 500,000 signatures. This initiative could be taken up by the legislature or put on the ballot in 2022. More on their ongoing efforts here.
Line 5 investigation led by tribes finds cultural artifacts. An independent investigation of Line 5 led by tribal citizens has found what may be an important cultural site along the pipeline. Get the full story here.
Important voting deadlines approaching. For Michiganders who want to register to vote online or by mail, this Monday, October 19, will be the last day to do so. After that deadline, voters will still be able to register in person at their city or township clerk’s office or satellite office until 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you plan to mail your absentee ballot, put it in the mail by this Tuesday, October 20 to be sure it arrives in time. Beginning October 22, voters that have not mailed their absentee ballot should return them in person to their clerk’s office, satellite office or a secure drop box provided by your clerk.
Tweet of the Week
Former lawmaker Sam Singh calls out Lee Chatfield and Mike Shirkey’s inconsistent values in this week’s Tweet of the Week.