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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-862-1079 or on Twitter @jonathanoosting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed the cases late Tuesday involving two residents who recently traveled, one internationally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.”