When Bridget Mary McCormack joined the Michigan Supreme Court a decade ago, she sought to depoliticize the state’s seven-justice court of last resort.
However, as the chief justice now prepares to retire six years early from the bench by the end of this year, the Michigan Supreme Court remains colored by politics, as do many other state and federal courts.
For over a decade, lobbyists for local governments including Michigan Townships, Michigan Counties and the Michigan Municipal League have been on a mission to pull public notices out of newspapers and put them on municipal websites, which, at best are not heavily used, but often are shoddy or don’t exist.
The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and Bridge Magazine joined with the Michigan Press Association to file a complaint and brief against the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission with the Michigan Supreme Court this week.
The Daily News has been recognized as the best small daily newspaper in the state of Michigan for the sixth year in a row.
This week, the Michigan Press Association announced the Daily News was among the state’s Newspapers of the Year. The award for 2020 marks the sixth straight and the ninth time since 1983 that the Daily News has been named best in its class. The Daily News competes for awards with other daily newspapers in Class D with a circulation of fewer than 5,000.