East Lansing voters

Despite dire warnings, they voted in person and liked it

After weeks of hearing that polling places would be crowded, dangerous and contentious, some voters in East Lansing, Detroit and Shiawassee County who decided to chancve it were pleasantly surprised. They said voting precincts were ready for them, lines were short or organized to move swiftly and they felt safe from COVID-19.

A "vote" sign is staked outside Dixie Baptist Church in Oakland County's Springfield Township.

Michigan voters head to polls

Michigan voters headed to the polls this morning amid a pandemic that’s helped push absentee voting to record levels. More than 3 million Michigan voters have cast absentee ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s office, and 2 million people are expected to vote in person at the polls today. That could beat a turnout record of just over 5 million ballots cast in 2008.

Paving the way: Popular 20th century African- American style symbolized political meaning

Many fashion trends developed as Interstate 496 underwent construction in 1963. Within the history of African-Americans in the 20th century lies political and cultural movements that used the power of fashion to assist in communicating ideas supplemental to the goal of obtaining equal rights. Style choices also derived from popular culture as well as advocates for Black pride. Key fashion motifs were confidence and class which can be seen through the successes of Bill Lett, the owner of a prestigious women’s fashion shop and later a bridal shop both in Lansing, Michigan during the 20th century. Luxurious fur coats and expensive bridal dresses were iconic pieces in these shops.

Anti-gerrymandering effort appears headed for passage

Michigan appears headed toward a new process to draw political boundaries in the state. Proposal 2 would create an independent commission to draw districts for Michigan legislative and congressional offices. Proponents for the measure said the state had fallen victim to gerrymandering, a process by which voting districts are drawn in a way that secures seats for incumbents and their party.