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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Trump’s hopes sputter to end in Michigan. ‘It’s over, and they know it.’

Trump’s hopes sputter to end in Michigan. ‘It’s over, and they know it.’

November 25, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

After three weeks of false claims and wild tweets, President Donald Trump’s longshot bid to overturn his election loss is over. The deadline has passed to seek a recount, and the GOP politely declined a visit from campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani.

With Michigan’s presidential vote certified, is Trump out of options?

With Michigan’s presidential vote certified, is Trump out of options?

November 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump can still request a recount in Michigan, but Monday’s certification vote by the Board of State Canvassers closes off yet another avenue for Trump to contest President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and begins the formal process for next month’s Electoral College vote.

Canvassers certify election. Joe Biden wins Michigan, its 16 electoral votes

Canvassers certify election. Joe Biden wins Michigan, its 16 electoral votes

November 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

After a week of drama, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers affirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s 154K win in a 3-0 vote,  dealing what could be a lethal blow to President Trump’s long-shot bid to persuade lawmakers to defy the popular vote.

Lee Chatfield: Michigan could face ‘constitutional crisis’ over election

Lee Chatfield: Michigan could face ‘constitutional crisis’ over election

November 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

After meeting with President Trump, the Republican House leader for the first time raises the possibility that a breakdown of Michigan’s elections process may create a ‘constitutional crisis’ that lawmakers must resolve.

Michigan GOP leaders meet Trump, promise ‘we will follow law’ on election

Michigan GOP leaders meet Trump, promise ‘we will follow law’ on election

November 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Under a torrent of criticism, a contingent of GOP lawmakers meets with President Trump in Washington days before Michigan is to certify the presidential election. The lawmakers say they talked about COVID.

Three ex-governors agree: Michigan should certify election for Joe Biden

Three ex-governors agree: Michigan should certify election for Joe Biden

November 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ron French

Rick Snyder, Jennifer Granholm and John Engler call on state canvassers to put aside politics, unfounded fraud claims and pressure from President Trump and certify Biden’s 150,000 vote victory.

GOP wants audit before certifying Michigan election. Law won’t allow it.

GOP wants audit before certifying Michigan election. Law won’t allow it.

November 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The battle for Michigan turns Monday to the state Board of Canvassers, where a key Republican is threatening to refuse to certify the election until after an audit. But experts say that’s not allowed — and could take so long it would delay the awarding of Michigan electors for president.

Judge won't allow Michigan restaurants to immediately reopen dining rooms

Judge won't allow Michigan restaurants to immediately reopen dining rooms

November 20, 2020 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting

The restaurant industry warns that 250,000 employees could be laid off under new COVID-19 restrictions. A judge denied a request for an injunction, but the trade group’s suit seeking to overturn the measure continues.

President Trump lobbying GOP to overturn vote, deliver Michigan to him

President Trump lobbying GOP to overturn vote, deliver Michigan to him

November 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The president and supporters are pushing Republicans to overlook the popular vote and give him Michigan’s 16 electoral votes. Doing so would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of citizens.

Trump withdraws Michigan suit, falsely claims Wayne County votes halted

Trump withdraws Michigan suit, falsely claims Wayne County votes halted

November 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Rudy Guiliani, President Trump’s campaign lawyer, said the campaign withdrew its federal suit challenging Michigan’s presidential vote because it has already succeeded in blocking certification of votes in Wayne County. It has not.

GOP canvassers want do-over on Wayne County results. Too late, experts say

GOP canvassers want do-over on Wayne County results. Too late, experts say

November 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Two Republican canvassers change their minds again, say they want to ‘rescind’ votes to certify Wayne County’s election. Experts say that can’t happen, but it comes days before a bipartisan state board meets to certify Michigan results.

Michigan GOP canvassers under pressure to ignore votes, help Trump

Michigan GOP canvassers under pressure to ignore votes, help Trump

November 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

Now that Wayne County has certified its election, activists want the state Board of Canvassers to refuse to certify the state’s election and allow lawmakers to award Michigan’s electors to Trump. It’s a long shot and may be illegal.

Wayne County changes course, certifies election as GOP members relent

Wayne County changes course, certifies election as GOP members relent

November 17, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Jonathan Oosting

After deadlocking earlier Tuesday, Michigan’s largest and most Democratic county switches course agrees to certify and audit its election. GOP canvassers had initially refused, citing unbalanced precincts, but agreed to a compromise amid withering criticism of disenfranchisement.

GOP leader: Michigan doesn’t need COVID mandates — or to impeach Gov. Whitmer

GOP leader: Michigan doesn’t need COVID mandates — or to impeach Gov. Whitmer

November 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Republicans aren’t planning legislation to curb ‘runaway’ COVID-19 cases. But he says efforts to recall Gretchen Whitmer are a ‘distraction’

Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says

Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says

November 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect and the Legislature’s investigation of the election won’t change the results in Michigan.

As Trump lawsuit sputters, Michigan moves closer to certifying election

As Trump lawsuit sputters, Michigan moves closer to certifying election

November 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Donald Trump has sued to stop certification of Michigan’s elections. But the case can’t proceed because his attorneys still haven’t taken the simple step of notifying state officials of the lawsuit.

Experts praise Michigan 3-week pause. Some in GOP mull Whitmer impeachment.

Experts praise Michigan 3-week pause. Some in GOP mull Whitmer impeachment.

November 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Health experts say other states should enact Michigan’s latest coronavirus restrictions, while a member of Donald Trump’s COVID task force calls on residents to resist and some conservative lawmakers float impeachment of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan to close high schools, colleges, bars for 3 weeks as COVID spikes

Michigan to close high schools, colleges, bars for 3 weeks as COVID spikes

November 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Robin Erb, Ron French

A surge in the coronavirus in Michigan means another round of restrictions, including efforts to limit family gatherings for Thanksgiving.

Whitmer orders Enbridge Line 5 shutdown, citing easement violations

Whitmer orders Enbridge Line 5 shutdown, citing easement violations

November 13, 2020 | Kelly House, Jonathan Oosting

Citing violations of a 1953 easement that gives Enbridge permission to operate its petroleum pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday announced that Enbridge must shut the pipeline down by May.

GOP leaders: We’ll abide by popular vote, won’t give Michigan to Trump

GOP leaders: We’ll abide by popular vote, won’t give Michigan to Trump

November 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Donald Trump’s remote path to a second term is more narrow now that GOP lawmakers in Michigan say they won’t appoint the state’s 16 electors contrary to the popular vote. Trump’s best chance of carrying Michigan is now a long-shot court fight to erase 146,000 votes.

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