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 email@example.com, 517-862-1079 or on Twitter @jonathanoosting.
Gretchen Whitmer came into office promising big fixes to roads and schools. But with a Republican Legislature, the Democrat’s first year is ending with few big victories.
December 18, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
The president talks jobs and impeachment during a rally in Battle Creek. But some Republicans say he should apologize for implying that a longstanding congressman from Michigan may be in hell.
December 18, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Leaders in Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature are awaiting petition signatures that will allow them to ban a common abortion procedure without signature from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who opposes the measure.
Hearing concerns from educators, Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader says he’s considering changes to the law that could flunk 5,000 third-graders in May.
Jobs and wages are down in most of the 12 counties that switched support from Barack Obama to Donald Trump in 2016, but voters say they have confidence in the president and the economy.
Michigan’s divided government finally passes a budget. It barely addresses the state’s bad roads, middling schools and expensive colleges.
December 10, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
A Traverse City state representative who sent a union asking for donations for a vote is acquitted of lying to the FBI, but jurors can't reach a verdict on the most serious charges.
December 9, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Michigan state Rep. Larry Inman's fate is now in the hands of jurors, who are considering whether the third-term Republican lawmaker is guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt" of extortion, bribery and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
December 5, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Testimony in state Rep. Larry Inman’s criminal trial for alleged extortion and bribery has showed unsavory side of Michigan’s political system. And Thursday, the case forced one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers to take the stand.
December 3, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
The trial began Tuesday for Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) on charges of allegedly soliciting a bribe, extortion and lying to the FBI.
December 2, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
State Rep. Larry Inman is far from the only lawmaker who has solicited campaign contributions from special interest groups. But federal prosecutors allege he offered to sell his vote in exchange for donations.
November 26, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
A federal judge on Tuesday denied an attempt by House Speaker Lee Chatfield to quash a subpoena ordering him to testify next week in embattled state Rep. Larry Inman's corruption trial.
November 25, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
In a blow to Republicans, U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff said delaying implementation of a voter-approved redistricting commission law would be a “drastic action” not warranted by lawsuit claims.
November 7, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
County sheriffs, small schools, local governments and other groups grappling with state funding cuts may have to wait several more weeks for Michigan leaders to resolve an ongoing budget dispute.
November 6, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
While Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders squabble, budget vetoes are forcing cuts or other tough decisions for local governments, nonprofits and service entities that have already lost state funding — or will soon if state leaders do not resolve the dispute.
November 4, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
A supply shortage and regulatory hurdles means recreational pot sales aren’t likely until February or March. And two-thirds of all Michigan municipalities have already passed rules saying ‘not in our town.’
November 1, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
A bipartisan effort is underway in Lansing to expand a program that so far has paid $20,000 per every job businesses have promised to create. The move comes despite growing skepticism that incentives work.
October 31, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Michigan lawmakers want to attract massive cloud storage data centers that technology giants like Facebook and Google are opening in other states, but critics fear the tax breaks will siphon money needed to fix struggling schools.
October 29, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday offered Republican legislative leaders a series of bargaining concessions in an attempt to break an ongoing budget stalemate but made clear she will not sign away gubernatorial power.
October 28, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
An unlikely alliance of Voters Not Politicians and GOP leaders are discussing opening public records access laws, lobbying reforms, personal financial disclosures, ethics oversight and limitations on aggressive legislating during the state’s so-called lame-duck session.