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

Michigan’s governor candidates call for financial disclosure. Not all have done so.

May 10, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican and Democratic candidates for governor — 7 in all — shared a debate stage Thursday. A few failed to disclose financial data when Bridge requested it earlier this year.

Racial accusations embroil Michigan Medicaid reform debate

May 10, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Is exempting Michigan Medicaid recipients who live in high-unemployment counties (but not cities) from work requirements a reflection of the challenges rural citizens face in finding jobs — or a perpetuation of longtime racial and socioeconomic divisions?

Michigan sides with El-Sayed over eligibility question

May 9, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed should stay on the August primary ballot for governor, state officials say. The Democrat's eligibility has been questioned because he was registered to vote in New York as recently as 2015.

A Northern Michigan town waves as I-75 drivers barrel past

May 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

West Branch wants to become a destination for tourists and new businesses. Residents plead for more job training. And the town may even ditch its Victorian past. (With slideshow)

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on Medicaid work requirements

April 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Senate recently passed a bill to add work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Gov. Rick Snyder opposes the legislation as written. Here’s where seven candidates for governor stand.

Will Michigan’s Medicaid work bill fill jobs or save money? No one knows

April 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

It’s not clear how many Michigan Medicaid enrollees would have to find a job or lose benefits under a bill that passed the Senate. Nor is it clear how much the work rules would cost the state.

Legal marijuana headed to Michigan ballot, prevailing wage repeal to court

April 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan canvassers approved a ballot proposal that would, if passed in November, allow the state to decriminalize recreational use of marijuana. The board however rejected a citizen-driven proposal to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Its supporters say they plan to take the fight to court.

A blue wave in Michigan Legislature? Maybe, but don’t count on it.

April 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

It’s possible Democrats can make big gains into Republican control of the state House and Senate in 2018. But experts say it’s far from a sure bet.

Nine candidates file to run for Michigan’s governor

April 24, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

All the top contenders filed by the state deadline Tuesday. One Dem campaigner, Bill Cobbs, did not, however. This year marks the first time there will be a primary challenge for Libertarians.

Optimism grows that Michigan voters will decide pot, redistricting questions

April 19, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

As deadlines near, the road appears bumpier for a host of other proposals, from creating a part-time Legislature to shutting down an aging oil pipeline. Bridge updates all the state ballot measures.

Slideshow: A dogfight at the Michigan Democratic Party convention

April 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Bridge captures the battle in Detroit on Sunday between two primary rivals for state Attorney General nomination.

Two Michigan Attorney General rivals. One day to make their pitch.

April 16, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

On the biggest day of their political lives, candidates Patrick Miles and Dana Nessel spend Sunday at the Michigan Democratic Party  convention making an urgent plea: ‘Vote for me!’

Friction among Michigan Democrats might pose threat to victory in November

April 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

State Democrats have been dogged by rifts within their ranks. As the party gathers for its Sunday convention in Detroit, insiders are trying to turn those divides into a blue wave.

Here’s who has endorsed Democratic candidates for Michigan governor, AG, SOS

April 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has the most endorsements so far in the Democratic field for governor, including from more than a dozen labor unions.

Old divisions, new blood: The Michigan GOP in the era of Trump

April 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The moneyed establishment and the populist grassroots are chasing the Trump wild card in 2018.

Here’s who has endorsed Republican candidates for Michigan governor

April 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Attorney General Bill Schuette has the most endorsements so far in the GOP field for governor, including from President Donald Trump.

Michigan lawmakers treading lightly on guns

March 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dozens of gun bills, most seeking to expand gun rights, are stuck in limbo as Lansing takes stock of the post-Parkland landscape.

The status of 39 gun bills in the Michigan Legislature

March 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dozens of gun-related bills have been introduced since Michigan's current legislative term started. Most seek to expand gun rights, but gun politics may be shifting following a deadly school shooting in Florida.

El-Sayed asks court to settle his eligibility for Michigan governor

March 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Democrat wants a judge to say he is qualified to be on the ballot

How to solve Michigan’s big problems? Be willing to talk about solutions

March 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Taxes, good government, natural resources, quality of life among the topics discussed at The Center for Michigan/Bridge Magazine’s first Solutions Summit, part of the nonpartisan groups’ 2018 Truth Tour.

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