Jonathan Oosting

Jonathan Oosting is an award-winning Michigan political reporter covering the Capitol beat for Bridge. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and has previously worked for The Detroit News and MLive Media Group. He is from Grand Rapids and lives in Lansing. You can reach him at joosting@bridgemi.com, 517-862-1079 or on Twitter @jonathanoosting.

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Michigan man accused of beating police with hockey stick at U.S. Capitol

Michigan man accused of beating police with hockey stick at U.S. Capitol

January 21, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

This is the second Michigan person arrested by federal authorities investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The FBI said it was aided in its investigation by comparing video of the riot with photos posted on the Facebook feed of the suspect’s father. 

Gov. Whitmer unveils $5.6B COVID plan for Michigan, as GOP eyes fight

Gov. Whitmer unveils $5.6B COVID plan for Michigan, as GOP eyes fight

January 19, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Whitmer wants to fast-track federal spending for vaccine distribution and aid to schools and businesses. But Republicans in the Legislature may block spending requests over ongoing business restrictions.

Allies of Rick Snyder slam secret proceedings, evidence in Flint water charges

Allies of Rick Snyder slam secret proceedings, evidence in Flint water charges

January 19, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan is unique among states in giving broad powers to one-judge grand juries that operate behind closed and can keep evidence from defendants. Snyder is due back in court Tuesday and still doesn’t know the evidence against him.

Michigan economy keeps beating predictions, thanks largely to stimulus

Michigan economy keeps beating predictions, thanks largely to stimulus

January 15, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan is still down 435,000 jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but personal income is up and online sales have exploded largely following two rounds of federal stimulus checks.

Snyder allies: Flint charges may have ‘chilling effect’ on government

Snyder allies: Flint charges may have ‘chilling effect’ on government

January 14, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Rick Snyder is the first Michigan governor charged with crime for decisions made in office. His supporters say that could scare people from serving in government. Others disagree, saying he ‘caused unforgivable harm.’

Snyder, top aides charged in Flint water crisis. Is that justice?

Snyder, top aides charged in Flint water crisis. Is that justice?

January 14, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Seven years after a fateful water switch, the former governor faces two misdemeanors, while others including former health director Nick Lyon were charged with several felonies.

Michigan is divided. These 7 reforms can curb partisanship, fix government

Michigan is divided. These 7 reforms can curb partisanship, fix government

January 13, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

Both the nation and Michigan seem as far apart as ever. Big reforms liked ranked voting and nonpartisan primaries could reduce extremism, but do they stand a chance?

Michigan restaurants frustrated by tentative Feb. 1 reopen date

Michigan restaurants frustrated by tentative Feb. 1 reopen date

January 13, 2021 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting

‘Everything we’ve worked for is in jeopardy,’ says Andy French of Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill. Feb. 1 is the most recently announced possible date for reopening, but state officials still have not released specific requirements.

Rick Snyder, top aides expected to face charges in Flint water crisis

Rick Snyder, top aides expected to face charges in Flint water crisis

January 12, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Prosecutors are expected to bring new charges Thursday against a host of public officials in the poisoning of Flint. Residents welcome the charges, but attorneys call the case a ‘debacle’ and ‘trial by ambush.’

Michigan bans open guns at Capitol, nearly a year after armed protest

Michigan bans open guns at Capitol, nearly a year after armed protest

January 11, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

Republicans say they can’t ban concealed weapons because it would be difficult to enforce. Democrats say that’s a lame excuse that keeps no one safe as the FBI warns of more armed protests.

Millions eligible for Michigan COVID vaccine, but plans vary by location

Millions eligible for Michigan COVID vaccine, but plans vary by location

January 8, 2021 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting

Unclear data and messaging, a lurching supply chain and a growing chorus of finger-pointing dogs the state’s early vaccine plan as people over 65 seek protection against COVID-19.

Dominion seeks $1.3B from Trump ally Powell over Michigan voter fraud lies

Dominion seeks $1.3B from Trump ally Powell over Michigan voter fraud lies

January 8, 2021 | Madeline Halpert, Jonathan Oosting

Dominion Voting  Systems has been under relentless attack by Trump and his supporters since November, including the president’s speech just minutes before the Capitol riots this week.

GOP gerrymanderer: My maps fueled toxic politics that produced Trump

GOP gerrymanderer: My maps fueled toxic politics that produced Trump

January 7, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

For years, Michigan’s political maps have favored Republicans. A consultant who drew them says that has allowed candidates to focus more on primaries, giving rise to extreme candidates and hyperpartisanship.

Incoming Michigan GOP leader: My co-chair didn’t ‘incite’ pro-Trump riots

Incoming Michigan GOP leader: My co-chair didn’t ‘incite’ pro-Trump riots

January 7, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

U-M Regent Ron Weiser, the presumptive co-chair of Michigan Republicans, is sticking with running mate Meshawn Maddock after she organized bus trips to the Capitol and addressed Trump supporters before this week’s chaos.

After chaos, democracy affirmed, as challenges to Michigan, other states fail

After chaos, democracy affirmed, as challenges to Michigan, other states fail

January 7, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

 ‘When it’s over, it’s over.’ President Donald Trump’s allies abandon him in Congress and acknowledge his loss in Michigan and other states. Early Thursday, Joe Biden was certified as 46th president.

Amid Capitol riot, Michigan officials wonder: This is America?

Amid Capitol riot, Michigan officials wonder: This is America?

January 6, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Officials decry ‘assault on democracy’ as extremists supporting President Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in an effort to upend the peaceful transition of power to Democrat Joe Biden.

Michigan’s $3.5B road plan on track despite pandemic, state official says

Michigan’s $3.5B road plan on track despite pandemic, state official says

January 5, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajeba says traffic slowdowns allowed contractors to work longer, but the state still needs more money for roads.

Three GOP Michigan reps back plan to keep President Trump in power

Three GOP Michigan reps back plan to keep President Trump in power

January 4, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

U.S. Reps. Jack Bergman and Tim Walberg will object to certification of Electoral College results, while Lisa McClain says she has ‘grave concerns’ over unsubstantiated fraud claims.

What COVID relief deals in Lansing, Washington mean for Michigan families

What COVID relief deals in Lansing, Washington mean for Michigan families

December 22, 2020 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting

Here’s what we know about new legislation that, when signed into law, will help laid-off workers with extra cash payments and extended benefits.

Michigan lawmakers head home. Stimulus passes. Transparency reform still dead.

Michigan lawmakers head home. Stimulus passes. Transparency reform still dead.

December 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A relatively tame lame duck produces a $465 million COVID relief plan. Lawmakers extended unemployment, passed criminal justice reform and  extended a water shutoff moratorium. But efforts to make records of the government more available to the public failed once again.

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