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

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.

Marijuana 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.

Bridge Magazine guide to the 2018 Michigan ballot proposals

September 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Three statewide Michigan ballot proposals will appear in November, ranging from legalizing recreational marijuana to voting and redistricting reform. Bridge offers a quickie guide to their pros and cons, and who is funding them.

Expansion of Michigan's voting access to be decided by November ballot

September 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously voted to place a ballot proposal to expand voting access on the November ballot. It would allow, among other things, same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting.

Truth Squad | Michigan Democratic Party attacks Bill Schuette on health care

September 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Schuette says he wants to preserve insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Yet as Attorney General, the gubernatorial candidate joined suits to block Obamacare, which protects those with pre-existing conditions.

Michigan Legislature passes minimum wage, paid sick leave bills to avert ballot

September 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican-led legislature could be in for a legal fight if they try to blunt or kill these measures after the November election. Democrats accuse GOP of foiling the will of voters by keeping measures off ballot.

 

Michigan senator introduces bill to fund $2B in water cleanups

September 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

The bonding bill, sponsored by Sen. Margaret O’Brien of Kalamazoo County, differs from a plan backed by Gov. Rick Snyder, who prefers to raise needed revenue via higher fees.

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