Lindsay VanHulle

Lindsay VanHulle is a Lansing-based Capitol reporter covering state government and politics. She covered the intersection of business and public policy in a joint venture for Bridge and Crain’s Detroit Business until December 2017. Prior to joining Bridge in 2015, she was a reporter at the Lansing State Journal and Traverse City Record-Eagle. Her work also has appeared in the Detroit Free Press and USA Today. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and is president of the Mid-Michigan Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. You can reach Lindsay via email at lvanhulle@bridgemi.com, or call her at 517-657-3401.

Articles

Gretchen Whitmer inherits a stable economy, but an unforgiving budget

November 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s next governor takes office with an economy that’s humming. But the state budget is limited by existing spending deals, Republican opposition and the prospect of an economic downtown, which could foil Whitmer’s policy goals.

Five takeaways from Michigan’s 2018 midterm election

November 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

A blue wave (and pink), polling got it right and Michigan faces a divided Capitol in January. Experts discuss the major implications of Tuesday’s election results.

What Gretchen Whitmer promises to do as Michigan’s next governor

November 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Fixing the damn roads will cost some damn money, and the Democratic winner for Michigan governor must now work with the Legislature to find it. We summarize this and other promises Gretchen Whitmer made in her campaign.

Gretchen Whitmer is winner in Michigan governor race

November 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Whitmer, the former Senate minority leader, rolling to victory over Bill Schuette in her race to succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.

Truth Squad | Michigan anti-pot group wrongly claims Prop 1 puts weed in kids’ hands

November 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Proposal 1 language includes provisions to keep marijuana off school property and prevents pot-infused edibles from being packaged to appeal to kids.

Truth Squad | Michigan pro-pot group misleads on tax money generated by legalization

November 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

It is difficult to predict how much tax revenue Michigan could expect from legalizing pot. But predictions of a $500 million windfall for the state are misleading.

Michigan Proposal 2 redistricting group defends dark money as fighting fire with fire

November 1, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Voters Not Politicians makes no apologies for accepting $10 million from dark-money groups, saying its well-funded opponents are doing the same. Critics say the donations show national progressive groups are steering the ballot effort.

Here’s who endorsed the 2018 Michigan governor candidates

October 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican Bill Schuette counts major business groups and incumbent President Donald Trump in his corner, while Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has the backing of labor unions and former President Barack Obama.

Here’s who endorsed the 2018 Michigan Secretary of State candidates

October 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democrat Jocelyn Benson has the backing of Michigan’s former elections director. Republican Mary Treder Lang counts two former Republican Secretaries of State.

Here’s who has endorsed the 2018 Michigan Attorney General candidates

October 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican Tom Leonard counts law enforcement organizations and business groups in his corner, while Democrat Dana Nessel has the backing of labor unions and progressive and environmental organizations.

Republicans outraise Democrats in bids for Michigan statewide offices

October 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

In the last campaign finance filing deadline before the Nov. 6 general election, Bridge looks at contributions for state Supreme Court, Attorney General and Secretary of State. In all three races, Republicans outraised their Democratic rivals.

Gretchen Whitmer says she accomplished more than her record shows.

October 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Taunted by Republican opponent Bill Schuette for only passing three bills while in the legislature, Whitmer argues that her impact was far greater and that she simply did not care who got the credit. Bridge checks her history.

Truth Squad | Michigan Republicans foul Whitmer on destroyed evidence claim

October 24, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A state GOP ad accuses Democratic governor candidate Gretchen Whitmer of doing nothing as Ingham County Prosecutor when informed of damaged evidence in pending criminal cases. That’s patently untrue.

Servers want $12 an hour. This restaurant owner says he can't afford it.

October 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A new Michigan law would require restaurant servers to earn at least $12 an hour before tips by 2024 — if Michigan legislators don’t change it first.

Truth Squad | Fact-checking the first Michigan governor’s debate

October 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Truth Squad examines claims made by Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on health care, the Flint water crisis, the Larry Nassar case and immigration enforcement.

Prop 3 shows voters’ distrust. But is Michigan Constitution the best remedy?

October 11, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Proponents of expanding voting access in Michigan say that spelling out these rights in the constitution makes them harder for lawmakers to eliminate. Critics say the legislative process is where public policy should be made.

Pot in the workplace: Prop 1 has Michigan employers flummoxed

October 9, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Voters are likely to approve recreational pot in November, but you could be fired simply for having traces of the drug in your system. What you, and your company, need to know.

Bill Schuette: I’ll figure out how to fix Michigan roads after I win

October 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican gubernatorial candidate predicts he’ll narrowly defeat Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, who he claims “wants to tax everything that moves.” Then, as governor, he’ll focus on fixing the state’s roads.

Truth Squad | Michigan Republicans, Schuette mislead on Nassar

October 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The prosecution of Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually abusing his former patients, has emerged in new attacks in the Michigan governor’s race.

Turning Gretchen Whitmer into Granholm, a Republican gamble in governor race

September 20, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republicans say Gretchen Whitmer would push the same tax and economic policies as Michigan’s last Democratic governor, Jennifer Granholm. The record is more complicated.

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