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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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.

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.

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