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 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.”

Michigan’s income gap is widening. Time for Democrats to soak the rich?

Michigan’s income gap is widening. Time for Democrats to soak the rich?

March 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democrats competing in Michigan’s March 10 primary want to dramatically increase taxes on the rich. The plans are popular as the middle class shrinks, but experts say they won’t pay for candidates’ ambitious plans.

Another year, another plan stalls to fix transit in southeast Michigan

Another year, another plan stalls to fix transit in southeast Michigan

March 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The latest in a series of plans to enhance regional transit in southeast Michigan fails in the Legislature, after townships in northern Oakland County opt to out of a proposed tax.

How Democratic presidential candidates would raise taxes to pay for plans

How Democratic presidential candidates would raise taxes to pay for plans

March 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential hopefuls are proposing aggressive spending plans to combat climate change, make college free or more affordable, increase access to health care and more. They’re going to have to pay for them somehow.

Michigan group rushes to get graduated income tax on 2020 ballot

Michigan group rushes to get graduated income tax on 2020 ballot

February 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A progressive group wants voters to change the constitution to lower taxes for joint filers making less than $350,000, but raise them on higher earners to generate another $1.5 billion.

Thousands want to draw Michigan’s political districts. Most are white men.

Thousands want to draw Michigan’s political districts. Most are white men.

February 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new independent redistricting panel has attracted 6,000 volunteers, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says they don’t yet reflect Michigan’s demographic and geographic diversity. 

Michigan’s big bet on small tech fell flat. Now the $250M bill is due

Michigan’s big bet on small tech fell flat. Now the $250M bill is due

February 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In the depths of the Great Recession, Michigan invested in a fund to help high-tech startups. Some of those firms have left the state, and the program spent $255,000 for every job it created. Taxpayers are stuck with the tab.

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential hopefuls have big goals for electric vehicle production in their efforts to combat climate change. Michigan automakers are unlikely to meet those timetables, though, and unions fear electric vehicles could kill jobs.

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates want to ensure that all new light vehicles sold in the United States emit no carbon as soon as 2030. Read their plans for how to get there.

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

February 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Presidential candidates and Michigan regulators want big investments in battery charging infrastructure, which remains a key hurdle to electric car sales. Last year, just 2 percent of U.S. car sales were electric vehicles.

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