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Samuel J. Robinson


Kalamazoo, MI, United States

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Past articles by Samuel:

10,000 flock to help Michigan abortion-rights petition drive after Supreme Court leak

How 425,059 people could help reverse Michigan's abortion ban. → Read More

2 things stand in the way of a Michigan abortion ban if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Two strategies are already in progress to get rid of Michigan's 1931 abortion ban law. → Read More

Whitmer executive order urges state to find ways to increase voter registration

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Sunday night in Detroit that will use state departments to help identify opportunities to get more residents registered to vote ahead of Election Day. → Read More

Republicans punish Trump loyalist, Democrats challenge gubernatorial petitions: The week in Michigan politics

The Michigan Republican Party took center stage this week following a chaotic endorsement convention which marked big wins for Trump-backed candidates. → Read More

Rep. Jewell Jones declined offer to return to legislative committees after criminal conviction

House committee meetings typically take place in person in Lansing on weekday mornings. That's around the same time Jones hosts a daily talk show on metro Detroit’s 910 AM Superstation. → Read More

Voters should hand-deliver absentee ballots ahead of May 3 elections, Michigan SOS says

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is encouraging voters to hand-deliver their absentee ballots ahead of the May 3 election. → Read More

Michigan Senate passes bill to close fundraising loophole used by Gov. Whitmer

The Michigan Senate approved legislation that would end a fundraising loophole Republicans say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took advantage of last year to exceed campaign contribution limits. → Read More

Momentum for police reform returns to Michigan Legislature following Lyoya killing

The pressure is back on Michigan lawmakers to pass police accountability measures in light of the recent Grand Rapids police shooting as bipartisan proposals have been stalled in legislative committees since last summer. → Read More

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recognized with JFK Profile in Courage award

Other recipients of the 2022 award included Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Arizona House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers, and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, a Fulton County, Georgia elections department employee. → Read More

Why Michigan voters don’t get to choose who will face Nessel, Benson

Republican insiders will endorse candidates this weekend. → Read More

Independent autopsy results show Patrick Lyoya was shot in back of head

Forensic pathologist Werner Spitz was joined at the press conference by national attorney Ben Crump and metro Detroit attorney Ven Johnson. → Read More

Stevens outraising Levin, Slotkin holds big fundraising lead over Barrett in congressional campaign filings

Stevens out raising Levin, Slotkin with big lead over Barrett → Read More

Release of Lyoya video sparks protests, lawmakers call for accountability and reform: The week in Michigan politics

Democratic lawmakers expressed intense sadness this week after watching graphic videos released Wednesday of a Grand Rapids Police officer, who remains unnamed, fatally shooting Patrick Lyoya, an unarmed 26-year-old Congolese immigrant, in the back of the head. → Read More

Michigan Democrats seek to censure GOP state senator for ‘disreputable and dishonorable behavior’

Democrats are calling on their Republican colleagues to hold one of their own accountable for inappropriately touching a nurse while receiving treatment for COVID-19. → Read More

Drunken driving arrest was a ‘wake-up call,’ says Michigan lawmaker after pleading guilty

State Rep. Mary Cavanagh, D-Redford Township, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated this week after her February arrest, in which the representative blew twice the legal limit for alcohol after driving with two flat tires. → Read More

‘Frustrated and hurting’: Michigan Democrats demand accountability after fatal police shooting in Grand Rapids

Michigan lawmakers are calling for accountability and transparency following the release of several videos showing the police shooting of a 26-year-old Grand Rapids man which some lawmakers described Wednesday as a “tragic murder.” → Read More

Legislation aims to prohibit fundraising loophole used by Gov. Whitmer

If approved, the bill would require a recall candidate to form a campaign committee within 10 days after becoming a recall candidate. → Read More

Republican voter ID bills would cut license renewal period from 12 to 8 years

The bills would require updated ID photos every eight years, and require those photos to be added to the Michigan's Qualified Voter File. → Read More

Promote the Vote ballot proposal would allow 9 days of early voting, alternatives to photo ID in Michigan

A ballot committee collecting signatures for a Constitutional amendment to protect the fundamental right to vote for Michigan residents held virtual events Monday where several local organizations encouraged residents to support it. → Read More

Whitmer sues over abortion rights, Detroit approves marijuana ordinance: The week in Michigan politics

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made the biggest news of the week announcing that she would sue 13 county prosecutors to rid the state of its 1931 abortion ban to make the procedure a constitutional right in Michigan. → Read More