Supreme Court of Ethics

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a code of ethics following months of financial scandals associated with Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas. The nonbinding code, signed by all nine justices, outlines five canons intended to guide their behavior, emphasizing integrity, impartiality, diligence, and the avoidance of impropriety and political activity.

The code itself is unremarkable. It is based on the American Bar Association’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct, which is used throughout the country. In structure and in content it is largely the same. It, however, is absent of specifics and teeth.

Planet on Fire: Michelle Regalado Deatrick, Washtenaw County’s Climate Activist

Southeastern Michigan’s Michelle Regalado Deatrick is a climate activist who is fighting the climate crisis both locally and nationally. Born to a Latina mom and telephone lineman, she’s founder and chair of the DNC Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. Committed to a Democratic party that runs a panoply of diverse “climate candidates” committed to “climate and environmental justice,” she believes climate activism has been shown to be vital to the protection of our planet.

One Person/One Vote Initiative: Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote

Many Americans believe that we live in a democracy and that the presidential candidate with the most votes wins. Unfortunately, this is inaccurate. Although national, state, and local officials and initiatives are counted by direct popular vote, the president is elected by electoral votes. This indirect process is often referred to as the winner-take-all model. That is, the candidate who wins a majority of votes in almost every state in the Union is given the state’s electoral college votes, while votes cast for the losing candidate are canceled in 48 states.

Whitmer lays out Fall priorities: Paid Leave, Clean Energy, Abortion Access

“What’s next on the fall agenda for Michigan is the health of our people, the health of our planet, the health of our economy, and the health of our democracy,” she said.

Whitmer advocates for paid leave as crucial for economic growth and population retention. She highlights that while many large companies already provide this benefit, it remains inaccessible to small businesses due to affordability constraints. By implementing paid leave policies, Whitmer aims to make it easier for small businesses to attract and retain employees.