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 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seeks to tamp down expectations that the economy will reopen next week, saying the state likely needs more time to avoid a second wave of coronavirus. Republicans have signaled an opposition to any extension.

Meet the Trump-loving group behind protest of Gov. Whitmer’s stay-home order

Meet the Trump-loving group behind protest of Gov. Whitmer’s stay-home order

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Once a minor player, the Michigan Conservative Coalition has worked its way into the mainstream of Republican Party politics by organizing voters who are fiercely loyal to President Trump. Hosting “Trumperware parties” and wooing women back to the GOP, it may be the most influential grassroots group you’ve never heard of.

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan state budget coffers have been hit hard by the coronavirus, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's staff begin sending emails to state employees Wednesday announcing 10-day layoffs.

Want Michigan to reopen soon? Stay home now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges

Want Michigan to reopen soon? Stay home now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges

April 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging Michigan residents to continue staying at home as the state’s coronavirus curve appears to bend and she develops plans to begin reopening parts of the economy by May 1.

Michigan residents worry about going hungry as COVID layoffs surge, poll finds

Michigan residents worry about going hungry as COVID layoffs surge, poll finds

April 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than 1 in 4 Michigan residents are worried about being able to put food on their table, and more than half of all laid-off or furloughed workers are unsure how they’ll feed their families, according to a new statewide poll conducted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge extends filing deadline for Michigan candidates, citing coronavirus

Judge extends filing deadline for Michigan candidates, citing coronavirus

April 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

 U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Berg ordered Michigan to extend Tuesday’s candidate filing deadline to May 8, halve signature requirements and provide candidates with an option to collect signatures electronically while social distancing.

Gov. Whitmer, Midwest governors team up on plans to reopen state economies

Gov. Whitmer, Midwest governors team up on plans to reopen state economies

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The bipartisan team includes Democratic Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Andy Beshear of Kentucky, along with Republican Govs. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Eric Holcomb of Indiana.

Government layoffs, service cuts start as coronavirus guts Michigan budgets

Government layoffs, service cuts start as coronavirus guts Michigan budgets

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Local governments across Michigan are beginning to lay off and furlough workers as they brace for a “perfect storm” of increased spending demands and revenue shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that has ground the economy to a halt. The state — facing its own projected $7 billion hole — is in no position to help.

Inside Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus fight: ‘We know we saved lives'

Inside Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus fight: ‘We know we saved lives'

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

First-term Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s national profile is rising, along with criticisms about her stay-at-home order and handling of the coronavirus. Internal documents show state workers spent weekends preparing but Whitmer acknowledges some regret: “If I could go back in time, would I have started stockpiling N-95 masks? Absolutely.”

Gay rights group goes electronic in pandemic test of Michigan election law

Gay rights group goes electronic in pandemic test of Michigan election law

April 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Fair and Equal Michigan on Monday began collecting electronic voter signatures through what organizers contend is a secure and reliable online system. State election officials will have to determine whether they count.

GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

April 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s coronavirus caseload is beginning to slow, prompting some to question Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-home order. She and doctors say vigilance is necessary or infections will spike.

What Michigan's new coronavirus stay-at-home executive order means

What Michigan's new coronavirus stay-at-home executive order means

April 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Yes, you can put up drywall. No, you can’t buy paint from a big box store. Or plants. Or travel between homes. But don’t worry. You won’t get arrested if you do. Probably. Bridge examines the details of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest stay-at-home order.

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

April 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Additional restrictions will be put on large stores under extended stay-at-home order and vacation travel is banned.

Michigan now second in nation for jobless claims amid coronavirus pandemic

Michigan now second in nation for jobless claims amid coronavirus pandemic

April 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Paula Gardner

Despite widespread complaints over a sluggish website and slammed call center, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency successfully processed 817,185 initial benefits claims between March 15 and April 4, second only to the more populous state of California.

Michigan governments take to Zoom. Burps, porn and arrest threats follow.

Michigan governments take to Zoom. Burps, porn and arrest threats follow.

April 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Amid the coronavirus lockdockdown, local governments are meeting via videoconferencing  — and encountering a host of problems. But does the solution infringe upon the public’s right to know how governments conduct the people’s business?

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

April 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer says hospital data are slowly improving about the coronavirus and blames a lack of funding for jammed phone lines for those trying to file for unemployment.

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

April 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

State lawmakers answered screening questions, had their temperature checked and some wore masks in the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday as they extended Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to battle the coronavirus through April 30.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

April 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s governor wants to identify residents who have recovered from the coronavirus to help plan when to reopen the economy. The state also will begin publishing recovery data, as Whitmer comes under scrutiny over transparency.

Dems, GOP spar over Michigan Legislature’s plans to meet amid pandemic

Dems, GOP spar over Michigan Legislature’s plans to meet amid pandemic

April 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Democrats, Republicans spar over a special session planned Tuesday about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a 70-day extension of her emergency powers.

Toilet paper for donors? Coronavirus forces Michigan campaigns to get creative

Toilet paper for donors? Coronavirus forces Michigan campaigns to get creative

April 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In Michigan, politics amid a pandemic has candidates scrambling to get signatures during a state lockdown. One is promising to deliver toilet paper to top donors. Another has delivered meals to needy residents. But no one is kissing babies.

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