Navigating the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup
Giuliani brings the circus to town. At the invitation of House Oversight Committee Chair Matt Hall, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, joined the committee for a meeting this week where he and several witnesses continued to spread conspiracy theories about vote counting in Detroit without any evidence. These witnesses were many of the same people who had already submitted legal affidavits that were found not credible in court. More on the hearing here.
Senate Oversight Committee hosts 7-hour disinformation marathon. This week, the Senate Oversight Committee met to discuss baseless allegations of “fraud” in the 2020 election. They allowed public comment, but only from those who were willing and able to show up in person. Virtual comments were not allowed, despite the risk of COVID-19. Get the full story here.
Whitmer delivers update on coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave another update on the state of COVID-19 in Michigan. See what she had to say here.
Legislature takes steps toward criminal justice reform. This week, both the House and Senate took steps toward reforming the criminal justice system in the form of a bipartisan bill package to revise several laws dealing with low-level offenders. Get the details here.
Honoring treaties with Indigenous peoples could reshape the environment. A treaty between Michigan tribes and the state government is one of the main reasons cited for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent decision to shut down Line 5, but it’s far from the only treaty existing between Native peoples and state and federal governments. A piece published by the Michigan Advance this week discusses the relationship between those treaties and the state of the environment.
Tweet of the Week
Reporter Abigail Censky highlights the absurdity of the House Oversight Committee’s meeting with Rudy Giuliani in this week’s Tweet of the Week.