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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No, the Michigan Capitol Commission will not ban guns, at least not yet

No, the Michigan Capitol Commission will not ban guns, at least not yet

May 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Michigan Capitol Commission won’t immediately ban guns at the building despite the potential for more armed demonstrators this week at another planned protest over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus stay-at-home order. Instead, the body appointed a study committee.

Gun ban at Michigan Capitol unlikely, despite urging from Dana Nessel

Gun ban at Michigan Capitol unlikely, despite urging from Dana Nessel

May 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Dana Nessel says the Michigan Capitol Commission can ban guns at the state Capitol, but members say they don’t believe they have that right and it would be up to the Legislature to bar the weapons.

Whitmer reopens Michigan from coronavirus in phases: What that means to you

Whitmer reopens Michigan from coronavirus in phases: What that means to you

May 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced details of a six-phase economic restart plan and announced that Michigan is already in the third phase because coronavirus case counts are “flattening.”

GOP-led Legislature sues Michigan Gov. Whitmer over emergency powers

GOP-led Legislature sues Michigan Gov. Whitmer over emergency powers

May 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Senate Majority Leader MIke Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield announced the Court of Claims lawsuit at the Michigan Capitol, acting on authorization granted by lawmakers last week.

In Michigan, mandatory masks a flash point for violence amid coronavirus

In Michigan, mandatory masks a flash point for violence amid coronavirus

May 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Three incidents, including a murder, highlight tensions betweeen retailers trying to enforce Michigan’s mask order and customers. One retail group is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to dump the mask rule because it puts clerks in a ‘horrendous position,’ one official says.

Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

May 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Republicans say they are still planning to sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her emergency power, contemplating a large-scale petition drive to limit her authority and preparing to begin oversight hearings on her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Just not this week.

Maybe it’s time to rethink allowing guns in Michigan Capitol, officials say

Maybe it’s time to rethink allowing guns in Michigan Capitol, officials say

May 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

There are no metal detectors, no weapon checks and no policy to prohibit loaded weapons at the Capitol. With armed men heckling lawmakers in bulletproof vests, some critics say it may be time to change gun rules. 

As Michigan economy nears reopening, businesses scramble for protective gear

As Michigan economy nears reopening, businesses scramble for protective gear

May 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Like hospitals before them, businesses across the state face the prospect of having to compete for personal protection equipment they expect will be required to reopen but remains in high demand amid the global pandemic.

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

April 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's emergency to May 28 and orders bars, restaurant dining rooms and casinos to close through that date. The order came shortly after Republican lawmakers refused to extend the emergency and authorized a lawsuit challenging her powers.  

Michigan roads still stink, and the coronavirus makes them harder to fix

Michigan roads still stink, and the coronavirus makes them harder to fix

April 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

New ratings show Michigan roads are still bad and its bridges are getting worse. The coronavirus pandemic  has already decreased gas tax revenue needed to fix them.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejected a GOP offer to extend her emergency powers in exchange for a promise to work with lawmakers. "Michigan remains in a state of emergency regardless of the actions you decide to take,” Whitmer says. But she faces growing pressure and lawsuits to loosen her orders.

Michigan's Justin Amash wants to be president. He faces super long odds.

Michigan's Justin Amash wants to be president. He faces super long odds.

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP last year after backing calls to impeach President Donald Trump, faces almost insurmountable odds as he looks to upend a two-party system he has lambasted as ineffective and unresponsive.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order is coming on Friday to allow construction crews to get back to work, as Gretchen Whitmer teases out parts of her plan to reopen Michigan’s shuttered economy. That’s not fast enough for some Senate Republicans.

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

April 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan will reopen in phases across eight regions and nine workplace types, depending on coronavirus case counts and the risk for continued spread. The process could start in the next two weeks with construction firms and other “outdoor enterprises,” Gov. Whitmer said Monday. 

Michigan poison control calls jump after Trump’s disinfectant remarks

Michigan poison control calls jump after Trump’s disinfectant remarks

April 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Between Friday and Sunday, there were 65 calls to the Michigan Poison Center about exposure to household cleaning products, including 16 calls about bleach and nine calls about disinfectants, according to data from the center. That was up about 86 percent from the prior weekend and 55 percent over the same span last year.

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through May 15 but relaxed rules for large retailers while allowing landscapers, plant nurseries, bike repair shops and other select businesses to resume operations. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer’s pending announcement comes as Republican lawmakers plan a meeting to review her handling of the coronavirus crisis, and to lobby to reopen the economy.

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

April 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The GOP-led Legislature announced plans to vote on limiting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers and form a panel to conduct oversight of her actions during the state’s economic shutdown.

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.

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