Ruth Johnson
American politician
Ruth Johnson
Ruth Johnson is the current Secretary of State of Michigan. She is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives and the 2006 Republican candidate for lieutenant governor as the running mate of Dick DeVos.
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Pillar of Law Institute Challenges "Ballot Selfie" Ban in Michigan
Yahoo News - 5 months
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pillar of Law Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of Michigan voter Joel Crookston in federal court today, challenging state laws and orders from Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson that prohibit camera use in voting booths and polling places. "Many voters take ballot selfies and post them to social media sites like Facebook on election day, and it is a powerful form of free speech," said Stephen Klein, Pillar attorney and lead counsel in the case.
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Artist Creates Quick Fix That Humanizes Ebola Aid Workers Inside Their Intimidating Suits
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
An artist is revealing to Ebola patients the human beings behind the protective masks. Mary Beth Heffernan, a professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, recently returned from a trip to Liberia, where she had been implementing the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Portrait Project, according to the school's website. The artist photographed the faces of more than 100 Ebola healthcare workers, and taped the photos to the front of their protective suits in an effort to make them appear less intimidating to patients, she told The Huffington Post in an email. Ruth Johnson, RN, Melissa Kemokai, RN, and Lawrence Mulbeh, Hygienist, and, at the ELWA 2 Ebola treatment center. The simple idea seems to already have had an effect. "The response from patients has been unequivocally positive," Heffernan told HuffPost. "Every patient polled expressed deep appreciation for the labels, with comments like, 'I like that I can see who is taking care of me,' [and] 'I had n ...
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Jocelyn Benson, Democrat, May Run Against Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, For House Of Representatives Seat
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A "high-profile" Michigan Democrat is contemplating a run in the 11th Congressional District, home to one of the House's most colorful tea party members. Though she hasn't yet confirmed, Jocelyn Benson, the 35-year-old interim dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit and director of the Michigan Center for Election Law, is said to be contemplating a run in the 11th district. Subscription service Inside Michigan Politics reported Friday that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) began calling candidates to let them know Benson is the race. "I can confirm that many people in the district are encouraging me to run," Benson told Inside Michigan Politics, according to MLive. Benson, who lost the race for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010 to Republican Ruth Johnson, could be a formidable candidate to Bentivolio, who is also facing a primary challenge from businessman David Trott. Benson was associate director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights ...
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16% of Michigan auto policies fake
Nasdaq Stock Market - over 3 years
A Detroit Craigslist ad says it all "Auto Insurance 100% Real No Gimmick's." Perhaps you weren't aware that fake car insurance was a problem. In Michigan, it's a big one. On Monday, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced a
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Michigan Switches On Immigration Policy
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WASHINGTON -- The state of Michigan reversed its policy on Friday and will now offer driver's licenses to undocumented young people who received deferred action from the federal government. A handful of states banned those immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses, even after they were granted the ability to stay in the United States for two years and work legally under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. The issue is critically important to deferred action status recipients -- many of whom call themselves Dreamers, after the never-passed Dream Act -- who can now work were banned from driving in those states. Michigan was one of five states -- along with Iowa, Arizona, Nebraska and North Carolina -- that prohibited driver's licenses for Dreamers who were granted deferred action. Iowa recently changed its policy to allow licenses, while North Carolina and Arizona officials said they were reviewing state policies. Michigan Secret ...
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Another State Says It Will Issue Driver's Licenses To DACA Immigrants
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Connecticut has become the latest state to grant driver’s licenses to immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children and qualify for deferred deportation. Undocumented immigrants with federal documentation proving their deportation proceedings have been deferred will receive an “unverified” license valid for driving within the state, but that won’t be Real ID-complient, Connecticut’s Undersecretary for Criminal Justice told the New Haven Register. Though Governor Dannel Malloy's office confirmed the change in policy, it was announced by local religious group Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut at a rally on Sunday, the paper reports. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles website already reflects the change. The decision marks another small victory for immigrant rights activists who have pressed harder for state governments to offer ID cards and in-state tuition to the undocumented immigrants who benefit from the Obama administration ...
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Federal Judge Orders Citizenship Checkbox Removed From Michigan Ballots
Brighton Patch - over 4 years
A citizenship checkbox ordered by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will not appear on Michigan ballots in November, a federal judge ruled today.  According to a report filed by Michigan Public Radio, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman ruled that the checkbox "slows the voting process, is confusing and is a burden on the right to vote." In a press release issued Friday evening, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) explained that a voting rights coalition, including the Clerk of Ingham County, three registered voters, the Michigan State Council and Local 517M of the SEIU and the ACLU of Michigan, filed the suit. In July, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a portion of a new election law that would have required people to reaffirm their citizenship at the polls. In a statement published on the Secretary of State's website, Johnson said she ordered the checkbox be included on ballots in order to prevent voter fraud.  Quoted in the SEIU release, plaintiff Glenn Rehahn of Shelby Townshi ...
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Michigan Making It Easier For Students To Register To Vote
Huffington Post - over 4 years
It's going to be a little easier for college students in Michigan to register to vote this fall. The Michigan Secretary of State's office is planning to bring a registration truck to college campuses around the state in what it's calling the "ExpressSOS" Voter Registration Drive. It will stop at 20 colleges and community centers ahead of the Oct. 9 deadline for voter registration. They're also doing a few other things to encourage voter registration: A postcard is sent to every 18-year-old on his/her birthday reminding each to register to vote. On-the-spot voter registration for newly sworn citizens occurs at naturalization ceremonies across the state. Branch office customers who come in for personal ID or driver's licenses are asked if they want to register to vote, provided they are U.S. citizens. (A comparison of census data and Secretary of State numbers indicate less than half a percent of Michigan residents do not have a state-issued ID.) Students are also ...
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State unveils new license plates
Argus Press - over 4 years
ST. IGNACE — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson unveiled two new license plates Wednesday: a Mackinac Bridge plate and a Pure Michigan plate, which will eventually replace the state’s standard blue bar p
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Business groups protest Michigan union-backed 'Protect Our Jobs' initiative
The Detroit News - over 4 years
Lansing — A coalition of business groups sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, asking she intervene to keep a union-backed proposal off the November ballot.
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Secretary of State Ruth Johnson: Calling reforms voter suppression is 'partisan theatrics' or a misunderstanding
mlive.com - over 4 years
Ruth Johnson said the bills are intended to cover vulnerabilities in the election system.
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Q&A with Ruth Johnson: Women's progress heartens Athena winner
The Tennessean - over 4 years
Athena winner Ruth Johnson finds she's no longer a rarity in her field.
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Secretary of State to close May 28
Argus Press - almost 5 years
LANSING — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that all offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.
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May is Motorcycle Safety Month
Wood TV 8 - almost 5 years
Less than a month after Gov. Snyder signed legislation allowing motorcycle riders to go helmetless with extra insurance, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson rode into Hudsonville to promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
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State cautions businesses about scam
3 KATC - almost 5 years
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana businesses are being placed on alert for a scam involving the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Officials say a person recently went into a business in the New Orleans area, claimed to represent the Department of Children and Family Services and asked to update the machines that take the electronic benefit transfers associated with the food stamp program. Secretary Ruth Johnson says the department rarely visits businesses in person and does not service EBT machines in any way. She notes that a private contractor is responsible for servicing the machines and federal partners handle the retailer application process. Johnson on Thursday urged businesses to contact the agency toll free, 1-888-524-3578, if anyone claiming to represent DCFS visits unannounced or raises suspicions.
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Voting rights activists say GOP bills are intended to keep poor, elderly and minority voters from the polls
mlive.com - almost 5 years
The bills stem from a series of reforms proposed by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson aimed at closing loopholes and preventing voter fraud.
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Oakland County Clerk Bullard Jr. to Run for Re-Election
Ferndale Patch - almost 5 years
Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard Jr. announced this week he will seek election to the office he has held since his selection by the judges of the Oakland County Circuit Court in January 2011.  Bullard was appointed to fill the vacancy left in the countywide office when then-Clerk Ruth Johnson was elected Michigan Secretary of State.  Bullard's announcement came on the heels of declaration by Democrat County Commissioner Tim Burns that he would also be running for the seat.
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Ruth Johnson captures Nashville ATHENA Award
The Tennessean - almost 5 years
Meharry's Ruth E. Johnson won the 2012 Nashville ATHENA Award during a gala celebration at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center last week.
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Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign set to benefit families in need - Central Michigan Life
Google News - over 5 years
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson sent out a press release encouraging all Michigan residents to donate and help neighbors in need. “Since the start, we have been able to provide more than 15 million meals to Michigan residents,” she said in the release
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8 arrested for defrauding nutrition program - Houston Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
... and by providing falsified verification in order to obtain benefits they were not eligible to receive. Secretary Ruth Johnson says the department recovered more than $2.8 million from people who committed fraud and abuse in federal assistance programs
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ruth Johnson
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 57
    In the 2012 election cycle, Johnson added a checkbox to ballot application forms requiring that voters indicate whether or not they are a citizen.
    More Details Hide Details Voters must complete an application to vote on election day before they can receive a ballot; Michigan requires photo identification. In making this requirement, Johnson claimed that 4,000 non-citizens vote in Michigan elections. A state analysis suggested that 54 ineligible voters, out of a sample of 58,000, had voted. Reportedly, four of the 1.2 million people voting in the GOP primary may not have been citizens. However, Johnson has provided details about only two ineligible voters. In July, Governor Rick Snyder (R) vetoed a law which would have mandated the citizenship checkbox. Nevertheless, Johnson included the checkbox as part of the August primary ballot application form. Post-primary news reports suggested 4-in-10 calls to voter election hotlines were related to the citizenship box. Other news reports indicated that citizens had been turned away from the polls or were confused.
  • 2010
    Age 55
    In 2010, she won the Republican nomination for secretary of state at the party's state convention.
    More Details Hide Details Her opponents were Paul Scott, Michelle McManus, Anne Norlander and Cameron Brown.
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 49
    She was elected clerk in 2004 after defeating long-time incumbent William "Doc" Caddell in the Republican primary, and was the first woman clerk in Oakland County's 176-year history.
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  • 1998
    Age 43
    Johnson was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1998, and re-elected in 2000 and 2002; term limits made her ineligible for a fourth term.
    More Details Hide Details While in the House, she served as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and as assistant majority whip.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 33
    From 1988 to 1998, she was a member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Age 0
    Born on January 8, 1955.
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