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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Voting activists get twin victories in Michigan with transport, ballot cases

Voting activists get twin victories in Michigan with transport, ballot cases

September 18, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

In separate rulings, judges rule that ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 will count in the election and block a ban on providing transportation to the polls.

Militias, far-right groups recast selves as mainstream at Lansing gun rally

Militias, far-right groups recast selves as mainstream at Lansing gun rally

September 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An annual Second Amendment rally in the capital saw traditional gun rights groups joined by a variety of militia and far-right organizations who say they are needed to protect against government overreach and the unrest they equate with protests over police violence. 

 

In tense hearing, Whitmer official defends MI COVID nursing home strategy

In tense hearing, Whitmer official defends MI COVID nursing home strategy

September 16, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting

Republican legislators accused Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s  administration of failing to adequately prepare for the pandemic. “20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing,” countered state health director Robert Gordon.

Michigan Senate votes to let clerks open absentee ballot envelopes day early

Michigan Senate votes to let clerks open absentee ballot envelopes day early

September 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan law now allows clerks to process absentee ballots only on Election Day. Municipal clerks say that would be a “recipe for disaster” this year given an expected surge and would delay results reporting in a closely watched presidential election.

Schools, local governments spared from cuts under Michigan budget deal

Schools, local governments spared from cuts under Michigan budget deal

September 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration and Republican legislative leaders said Monday they've agreed to a framework for the 2021 budget that will protect funding for K-12 schools and local governments despite revenue declines amid COVID-19.

Guns still allowed inside Michigan Capitol, after ban shot down again

Guns still allowed inside Michigan Capitol, after ban shot down again

September 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than four months after armed protesters brought weapons inside during a tense legislative debate, the Michigan Capitol Commissioners rejected proposals that would have banned guns from the building or prohibited open carry. But they say the debate is not over.

Joe Biden touts ‘Buy American’ jobs plan, rips Donald Trump in Michigan

Joe Biden touts ‘Buy American’ jobs plan, rips Donald Trump in Michigan

September 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic presidential nominee outlined his plan to boost manufacturing as he wooed blue-collar workers in Macomb County. He also blasted Donald Trump’s handling of COVID-19, accusing the president of a “life-and-death betrayal of the American people.”

Michigan Supreme Court questions Whitmer’s ‘profound’ power during pandemic

Michigan Supreme Court questions Whitmer’s ‘profound’ power during pandemic

September 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Justices grilled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s attorney for more than an hour and a half Wednesday, questioning the limits of her authority to take emergency actions without legislative approval during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

August 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Simon D. Schuster

Progressives are taking a cue from conservatives and founding ‘news’ sites like Courier Newsroom, which spends big money on election-year social media ads to benefit Democratic in swing districts such as U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Holly.

Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

August 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

As Democrats turn to virtual rallies and phone calls amid the COVID-19 pandemic, masked-up Republicans resumed door-knocking in June, have hosted “MAGA meetups” across the state and will welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Traverse City on Friday.

Feds demand answers from Gov. Whitmer on Michigan nursing home deaths

Feds demand answers from Gov. Whitmer on Michigan nursing home deaths

August 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The U.S. Department of Justice demands records from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democratic governors who "issued orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands." A Whitmer spokeswoman says the request is  “election-year politics.”

COVID-19 recession could trigger a surprise tax cut in Michigan

COVID-19 recession could trigger a surprise tax cut in Michigan

August 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A little-known tax cut trigger tucked into a 2015 Michigan law was designed to slow runaway government growth. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to reverse it before the 2022 election, warning it could slow the state’s recovery.

Michigan economy is stronger than expected amid pandemic. Thank the stimulus.

Michigan economy is stronger than expected amid pandemic. Thank the stimulus.

August 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Consumer spending is up amid the pandemic, as Michigan residents are spending federal bailout money designed to keep the economy going amid the pandemic. But state economists warn Michigan still faces tough times.

Fact Squad: Truth blurred in John James ad claiming Peters is ‘invisible’

Fact Squad: Truth blurred in John James ad claiming Peters is ‘invisible’

August 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The latest TV attack ad from Republican challenger John James blends a few facts (some of which are quite old) to reach a questionable conclusion that Sen. Gary Peters has done little but double his wealth while in Washington, D.C.

As Election Day approaches, Trump and Michigan GOP now push absentee voting

As Election Day approaches, Trump and Michigan GOP now push absentee voting

August 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Both Democrat Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump are leaning into mail-in voting as the coronavirus pandemic promises to complicate the November election. Trump has long raised doubts about the practice.

Feds OK extra $300 a week for Michigan jobless – but it may not last long

Feds OK extra $300 a week for Michigan jobless – but it may not last long

August 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Nearly a million Michiganders who have lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic will eventually qualify for $300 per week in extra unemployment benefits, but the payments could take weeks to arrive and may last just weeks more.

Relief, optimism and mistrust greet $600M Flint water lawsuit settlement

Relief, optimism and mistrust greet $600M Flint water lawsuit settlement

August 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Half a decade after LeAnne Walters helped expose the Flint water crisis, the mother of four says she and her children still suffer from rashes because of the stew of toxins they ingested through their tap. A  $600 million settlement with the state “is a form of justice, but by no means does this fix what has happened,” she told Bridge.

Fact Squad: Misleading GOP ad smears Gary Peters’ record on coronavirus

Fact Squad: Misleading GOP ad smears Gary Peters’ record on coronavirus

August 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new TV attack ad from a Republican group accuses Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of blocking emergency aid for small businesses in the United States and praising China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the commercial misleads on several fronts.

Michigan seeks $300 per week in extra benefits for unemployed

Michigan seeks $300 per week in extra benefits for unemployed

August 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Paula Gardner

President Trump is making extra unemployment benefits available because of the pandemic that has left more than 2.4 million Michigan residents jobless. The state could have pursued an extra $100 per week in benefits, but opted against it because of declining tax revenue.

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

August 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Democrats say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s prominent role in the national convention points to her rising profile within the party and the electoral importance of the state, which Trump narrowly won in 2016.

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