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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‘Dehumanized’ by police at 16, Garlin Gilchrist seeks Michigan reforms

‘Dehumanized’ by police at 16, Garlin Gilchrist seeks Michigan reforms

June 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gilchrist, the state’s first African-American lieutenant governor, is helping lead the charge for police reforms amid mass protests after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Michigan Right to Life abortion ban may fall short on signatures

Michigan Right to Life abortion ban may fall short on signatures

June 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Right to Life of Michigan did not collect enough valid voter signatures to advance an initiative proposing to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, according to new estimates from the state Bureau of Elections.

Michigan woman helps win gay, transgender worker rights in Supreme Court

Michigan woman helps win gay, transgender worker rights in Supreme Court

June 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Aimee Stephens of Michigan, who was fired by her funeral home employer after telling the company she intended to “live and work full time as a woman.” That firing was held to violate the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Crises collide: Flood recovery workers carried COVID-19 to Michigan

Crises collide: Flood recovery workers carried COVID-19 to Michigan

June 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

19 workers who came to Michigan to work on flood recovery projects in the Midland region have tested positive for COVID-19 but subsequently left the state. Local health officials believe “one or two” of the workers were symptomatic before they came to Michigan.

Michigan gay rights proposal off fall ballot; ruling opens door for 2022

Michigan gay rights proposal off fall ballot; ruling opens door for 2022

June 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A judge ordered Michigan to give the Fair and Equal Michigan ballot committee 69 additional days to collect signatures, mirroring the duration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order that was lifted June 1.  That means the group will not complete its petition drive to qualify for the 2020 ballot and will aim for the 2022 ballot instead.

Pandemic may mean big profit to Michigan insurers, tiny rebates for drivers

Pandemic may mean big profit to Michigan insurers, tiny rebates for drivers

June 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Travel fell by more than 40 percent amid the pandemic, which experts say could reap insurance companies sizable profits. Ordered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to pay rebates, most are paying 15 percent to 20 percent. That often amounts to about $50 or less.

Inspections show death, despair gripped Michigan nursing homes amid pandemic

Inspections show death, despair gripped Michigan nursing homes amid pandemic

June 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

As the coronavirus ravaged Michigan, nursing home staffers called in sick, faced equipment shortages and struggled to comply with infection controls, inspection reports from the hardest-hit facilities show. 

Michigan freezes 340k unemployment accounts amid fraud probe and pandemic

Michigan freezes 340k unemployment accounts amid fraud probe and pandemic

June 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The state of Michigan has frozen 340,000 unemployment accounts, blocking cash assistance for jobless residents while it investigates suspected fraud by imposters seeking to take advantage of enhanced benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said Friday.

From coronavirus to unrest, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shaped by crises

From coronavirus to unrest, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shaped by crises

June 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Her agenda waylaid by one emergency after another, Gretchen Whitmer now faces civil unrest in Michigan’s biggest cities. Add in a huge deficit and she could spend her term in reaction mode — provided she doesn’t leave for D.C.

What Whitmer’s new coronavirus order means for Michigan summer plans

What Whitmer’s new coronavirus order means for Michigan summer plans

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Bottle returns can resume June 15. Drive-ins, immediately. Ditto for housekeeping services. But you have to wait until next week for restaurants and bars. And still no word on when tattoo shops, hairdressers and trampoline parks can reopen.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blasted President Donald Trump after he reportedly lashed out at governors, telling them to “dominate” protesters or “you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, will allow bars and restaurants to open statewide

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, will allow bars and restaurants to open statewide

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer will allow the rest of the state to follow the lead of northern Michigan next week as she lifts coronavirus restrictions, sources tell Bridge Michigan.

Michigan continues to stumble in tracking coronavirus in nursing homes

Michigan continues to stumble in tracking coronavirus in nursing homes

May 30, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges its count of nursing home COVID-19 cases is likely inaccurate. And the agency still cannot accurately list how many senior residents have died from virus complications.

How Michigan can save $80M and give state workers a raise amid coronavirus

How Michigan can save $80M and give state workers a raise amid coronavirus

May 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is utilizing a federal “work share” program to furlough state employees one day per week. Because of federal benefits, many state workers will earn more than they would have working five days per week.

Feds back Michigan businesses in suit against Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

Feds back Michigan businesses in suit against Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

May 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The U.S. Department of Justice announced late Friday that it is backing a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, arguing she “imposed arbitrary and irrational limits” on businesses to fight COVID-19.

Gov. Whitmer: I didn’t OK Dem firm for coronavirus project, despite emails

Gov. Whitmer: I didn’t OK Dem firm for coronavirus project, despite emails

May 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday disputed a health department official’s characterization that her office gave a “green light” for the state to hire a Democratic campaign consultant’s firm to lead a volunteer COVID-19 contact tracing program.

Michigan nursing homes linked to 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths. Tally will grow.

Michigan nursing homes linked to 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths. Tally will grow.

May 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Robin Erb, Ted Roelofs

As questions swirl about transparency of Michigan nursing home data, a Democratic lawmaker slams Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies that required homes to accept COVID-19 patients as an ‘epic fail.’

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Emails show Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office gave the “green light” for a contact tracing deal to a controversial firm, despite her public denials about the awarding of the no-bid contract.

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Enforcing traditional petition signature thresholds amid a global pandemic that requires social distancing would be unconstitutional, according to Fair and Equal Michigan, which sued the state on Monday.

Conservative appeals court to rehear Detroit 'right to read' lawsuit

Conservative appeals court to rehear Detroit 'right to read' lawsuit

May 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The full U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear a Detroit literacy case and reconsider a groundbreaking panel ruling that students have a fundamental right to a basic education.

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