Justice Bridget McCormack

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Democratic Party nominees will be in the majority at the Michigan Supreme Court for the first time since 2010.

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack coasted to reelection, while newcomer Elizabeth Welch was finishing behind her in the race for two seats. McCormack had 32% of the vote, followed by Welch at roughly 20%. Republican nominees Mary Kelly and Brock Swartzle were running third and fourth.

McCormack and Welch ran as a team, appearing in TV ads and on billboards.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s courts will likely face a surge in eviction cases if a moratorium is lifted at the end of the month; however, the state Supreme Court is planning ways to help avert people being turned out of their homes for failure to pay rent. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the eviction moratorium in mid-March as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Before then, courts processed about 17,000 eviction cases every month.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new task force will explore who is in Michigan’s jails and why they’re there. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday. 

The order creates a bipartisan team to review the jail and court data collected from Michigan counties. Then the task force will use the information to look for improvements to the system and make recommendations to the Legislature.

LANSING, MI--   Several U.P. lawmakers took the oath of office in Lansing Wednesday.

Ed McBroom was formally sworn in as senator of the 38th District during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman administered the oath of office.

State Representative Sara Cambensy was sworn in for the 109th House District for the 2019-2020 legislative session.

And Representative Beau LaFave took the oath to serve his second term for the 108th House District.

Justice Bridget Mary McCormack sat down with News Director Nicole Walton to talk about teaching kids how courts work, tribal law, and Problem-Solving Courts.