Tempers rise, facts fade as Rudy Giuliani claims Michigan vote a ‘con job’

December 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Rudy Giuliani came to Michigan on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to put aside the popular vote and give the election to President Trump. He got a lot wrong in his 4 1/2 hour presentation.

The Rudy Giuliani ‘circus’ has left Lansing. The reviews are bad.

December 3, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Government

One day after a wild hearing about voter fraud claims, legislators on both sides of the aisle condemn the parade of unproven conspiracy theories that was aired unchecked.

Six things to know about the safety of the leading COVID vaccines

December 3, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Dr. Arnold Monto of the University of Michigan chairs a national panel that will recommend whether to approve two vaccines for COVID-19 in the United States. He outlined what is known, and what isn’t, about the vaccines’ safety and reliability.

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Coronavirus Tracker | State reports 175 deaths; nearly 16 percent of tests are positive

December 3, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

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Michigan Republicans grill state health chief on COVID shutdown orders

December 3, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Robert Gordon, head of state public health, faced criticism from GOP legislators Thursday, who contend the Whitmer administration does not give enough weight to the mental health damage inflicted by school and economic shutdown orders.

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Some Michigan drunken drivers would get records expunged in bipartisan bill

December 3, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen in Michigan Government

Michigan’s Clean Slate Law excludes those convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. That would change under a bill being considered in the current lame-duck session.

Trump fraud claims make Michigan clerks fact-checkers as lies spread online

December 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

In North Muskegon, city officials just wanted to talk about trees. Instead, they were forced to debunk false claims about voter fraud. So it goes in cities statewide as the misinformation wars reverberate after the election.

Will Michigan Supreme Court rescue restaurants from COVID dining ban?

December 2, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request from the restaurant industry to resume indoor dining during the COVID surge. But the judge hinted he may soon punt the case to the state Supreme Court, which struck down the governor’s emergency authority in October.

Michigan electors committed to Biden, despite Trump bid to overturn election

December 2, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Mansur Shaheen in Michigan Government

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has officially appointed a slate of Democratic electors to the Electoral College. Who are they and what do they do?

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Elections officials rejected 15,000 absentee ballots

December 2, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Government

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's elections, campaigns, politics and voting news.

Trump campaign lobbies Michigan lawmakers to ignore vote, give him electors

December 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Republicans are receiving phone calls and emails, purportedly from President Donald Trump’s campaign, urging them to appoint their own electors. Trump’s campaign isn’t commenting, and GOP leaders say they don’t have that authority.

Michigan health workers, senior facilities likely first for COVID vaccine

December 1, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House in Michigan Health Watch

A federal panel Tuesday evening issued guidance that prioritizes Michigan’s front-line workers and its elderly in long-term care facilities. Vaccines for other vulnerable groups to follow, before the general public.

Some Michigan schools will stay remote until January amid COVID

December 1, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Michigan’s high schools are ordered to be closed through Dec. 8, but with another holiday just two weeks later, some school districts are choosing to not reopen until after the new year.

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