January 18, 2021 | Madeline Halpert
Workers in this small town said they followed safety protocols, only to see their beloved city manager succumb to the virus. The four infections underscore the risks faced by election officials as they worked through a pandemic.
January 15, 2021 | Madeline Halpert
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has activated National Guard assistance and state police are mobilizing troopers in an effort to avoid a repeat of the U.S. Capitol siege.
Both the nation and Michigan seem as far apart as ever. Big reforms liked ranked voting and nonpartisan primaries could reduce extremism, but do they stand a chance?
January 13, 2021 | Madeline Halpert
The two Republicans were among 10 to cross party lines in a historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time.
January 12, 2021 | Madeline Halpert
FBI warnings prompt the Lansing mayor to ask for National Guard protection and plans for a fence around the Capitol. Some officials, though, say threats against their lives have been ignored.
Republicans say they can’t ban concealed weapons because it would be difficult to enforce. Democrats say that’s a lame excuse that keeps no one safe as the FBI warns of more armed protests.
Dominion Voting Systems has been under relentless attack by Trump and his supporters since November, including the president’s speech just minutes before the Capitol riots this week.
January 7, 2021 | Madeline Halpert
Some officials say they wonder if the heated political rhetoric and violent insurgent actions will deter qualified candidates from wanting to work as public servants.
‘When it’s over, it’s over.’ President Donald Trump’s allies abandon him in Congress and acknowledge his loss in Michigan and other states. Early Thursday, Joe Biden was certified as 46th president.
A year of violence, much of which was rooted in Michigan, erupts in mayhem in Washington. While all sides condemn the violence, Democrats say Republicans fueled flames for months and Black activists were treated far differently for civil rights protests.
January 6, 2021 | Madeline Halpert
High drama is expected in Washington on Wednesday, as 140 Republicans, including three from Michigan, try to deny Joe Biden the presidency and keep Donald Trump in office. Spoiler alert: They will fail.
U.S. Reps. Jack Bergman and Tim Walberg will object to certification of Electoral College results, while Lisa McClain says she has ‘grave concerns’ over unsubstantiated fraud claims.
January 4, 2021 | Madeline Halpert
November’s election was the most expensive in history, and nonprofit grants helped ensure a smooth process. But such funding isn’t guaranteed and the Legislature is dubious about increasing budgets.
December 16, 2020 | Madeline Halpert
Congressional leaders are nearing a $900 billion stimulus that would extend include $600 checks and an eviction moratorium, but no relief to municipalities stung by lost income taxes.
December 15, 2020 | Madeline Halpert
“No Cuba. No China. No Venezuela,” and no, the Dominion Voting Systems isn’t programmed to steal elections, its CEO testifies. But President Trump’s lies are endangering workers, he says.
Weeks of protests and false fraud claims culminate as Michigan’s 16 electors vote for Democrat Joe Biden. That makes his election official, but President Trump isn’t going quietly.
December 14, 2020 | Madeline Halpert
As mail-in voting could become the norm, Democrats see the need for tweaks. But Republicans say broader changes are needed to preserve the integrity of elections.
December 14, 2020 | Madeline Halpert
Michigan’s 16 electors are set to cast their votes for Joe Biden on Monday, in a process that will recur throughout the nation and cement the Democrat as the next president. But Trump isn’t expected to go quietly.
Courts have found no fraud, but four members of Congress and 15 state reps signed briefs to overturn the election in Michigan and three battleground states. One says they don’t have to abide by popular vote.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has officially appointed a slate of Democratic electors to the Electoral College. Who are they and what do they do?