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 governing goes virtual during coronavirus, posing host of questions

Michigan governing goes virtual during coronavirus, posing host of questions

March 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

How do you gather petitions for ballot measures during a pandemic? Or meet to approve laws during social distancing? In the past week, Michigan has had to adjust governance on the fly.

Should Michigan tap its $1.2B rainy day fund for coronavirus crisis?

Should Michigan tap its $1.2B rainy day fund for coronavirus crisis?

March 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan OKs $150M in help for the global pandemic. But as coronavirus grinds the economy to a halt, some say now is the time to tap the state’s $1.2 billion reserve fund.

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

March 17, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Tom Henderson

How bad will it get? Many economists agree a major downturn is coming along with perhaps hundreds of thousands of layoffs. But others say if the coronavirus is contained soon, the economy could roar back.

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

March 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump must’ve been watching cable news on Tuesday morning, because he lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer minutes after she appeared on MSNBC to discuss the coronavirus epidemic.

Coronavirus just closed your company. What’s next for Michigan workers?

Coronavirus just closed your company. What’s next for Michigan workers?

March 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday ordered all bars, restaurants and casinos to close, but she also expanded unemployment insurance benefits in ways that may help workers who lose their jobs or are furloughed.

Suspect you have coronavirus in Michigan? Your doc may not want to see you.

Suspect you have coronavirus in Michigan? Your doc may not want to see you.

March 14, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting

Some doctor’s offices are telling patients with flu-like symptoms to stay out of their office to avoid infecting others. And as one man learned, getting tested for coronavirus can be a fool’s errand.

Michigan’s top doc: No signs yet of ‘community spread’ of coronavirus

Michigan’s top doc: No signs yet of ‘community spread’ of coronavirus

March 12, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan is bracing for more cases, but has no backlog of tests after three state residents tested positive for the virus, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun told lawmakers Thursday.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

March 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan mobilizes after two confirmed cases of coronavirus. State is set to OK $75 million for response, but a lack of tests remains a big concern. Bridge answers common questions about what is happening.

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

March 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

The former vice president crushed Bernie Sanders during balloting Tuesday, as turnout surged with no-reason absentee voting. The only potential concern for Biden: He didn’t win as thoroughly in urban areas as Hillary Clinton did in 2016.

Michigan reports first two coronavirus cases, in Wayne and Oakland counties

Michigan reports first two coronavirus cases, in Wayne and Oakland counties

March 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed the cases late Tuesday involving two residents who recently traveled, one internationally.

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

March 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The former vice president denies Bernie Sanders a repeat Michigan win, as Biden's coalition included African-American voters and college-educated white women.

Michigan lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

Michigan lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

March 10, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

One year after blasting pork-barrel spending, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs onto a larger spending deal that includes $37 million in small community grants. Among other things, the money will pay for a Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall elevator and $1 million for the auto show.

 

Michigan Primary Tracker: Joe Biden gets testy in Detroit

Michigan Primary Tracker: Joe Biden gets testy in Detroit

March 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Primary day is finally here. Joe Biden got into a testy exchange with a construction worker in Detroit about the Second Amendment, while Bernie Sanders stops by metro Detroit polling places.

Michigan primary 2020: Biden calls for unity. Sanders spoils for upset

Michigan primary 2020: Biden calls for unity. Sanders spoils for upset

March 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Onetime rivals Kamala Harris and Cory Booker join Joe Biden in Detroit to cap a one-day blitz across Michigan. Bernie Sanders hopes big absentee votes in college towns fuel another upset during Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Biden, Sanders make final case to Michigan: Revolution or return to normal?

Biden, Sanders make final case to Michigan: Revolution or return to normal?

March 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has changed since Bernie Sanders won the presidential primary in 2016. The economy is far better. But many remain left behind, and could be a receptive audience to Sanders’ calls for massive change.

Bernie Sanders storms Michigan with Joe Biden trade attack

Bernie Sanders storms Michigan with Joe Biden trade attack

March 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Bernie Sanders is blitzing Michigan before Tuesday’s Democratic primary. On Friday, he blasted front-runner Joe Biden for voting for NAFTA. Michigan has lost over 214,000 manufacturing jobs since it was created.

How Bernie Sanders won Michigan in 2016, and what to watch for on Tuesday

How Bernie Sanders won Michigan in 2016, and what to watch for on Tuesday

March 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Bernie Sanders stunned pollsters in 2016 when he narrowly topped Hillary Clinton in Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary. How did he do it?Could he do it again?

What would happen to Michigan if Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden were president

What would happen to Michigan if Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden were president

March 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan could face big changes if either Democrat is elected. Here’s a look at major Michigan policy differences between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, from the Great Lakes and auto industry to wealth taxes and higher education.

Investigators: Michigan Sen. Lucido was 'inappropriate' toward women

Investigators: Michigan Sen. Lucido was 'inappropriate' toward women

March 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan state Sen. Peter Lucido has been kicked off a top committee and ordered to undergo additional training after investigators found he engaged in an "unfortunate pattern" of "inappropriate" behavior toward women. 

Michigan says Flint residents took too long to sue, despite water assurances

Michigan says Flint residents took too long to sue, despite water assurances

March 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Six years after assuring residents Flint’s water was fine, Michigan attorneys asked the state Supreme Court to drop a class-action suit claiming that residents waited too long. The claim drew scoffs from one justice: "At a certain point ..., you kind of have to make sense.”

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