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New Buffalo officials worked through COVID election. One died, 3 infected

New Buffalo officials worked through COVID election. One died, 3 infected

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.

Michigan law enforcement ‘prepared for the worst’ ahead of potential protests

Michigan law enforcement ‘prepared for the worst’ ahead of potential protests

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.

Michigan is divided. These 7 reforms can curb partisanship, fix government

Michigan is divided. These 7 reforms can curb partisanship, fix government

January 13, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

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?

Fred Upton, Peter Meijer join Michigan Democrats in impeaching Trump

Fred Upton, Peter Meijer join Michigan Democrats in impeaching Trump

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.

Lansing braces for violence but fears some threats aren't taken seriously

Lansing braces for violence but fears some threats aren't taken seriously

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.

Michigan bans open guns at Capitol, nearly a year after armed protest

Michigan bans open guns at Capitol, nearly a year after armed protest

January 11, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

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 seeks $1.3B from Trump ally Powell over Michigan voter fraud lies

Dominion seeks $1.3B from Trump ally Powell over Michigan voter fraud lies

January 8, 2021 | Madeline Halpert, Jonathan Oosting

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.

Michigan officials faced violent threats well before U.S. Capitol siege

Michigan officials faced violent threats well before U.S. Capitol siege

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.

After chaos, democracy affirmed, as challenges to Michigan, other states fail

After chaos, democracy affirmed, as challenges to Michigan, other states fail

January 7, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

 ‘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.

Michigan Republicans who pushed false fraud claims: Don’t blame us for riots

Michigan Republicans who pushed false fraud claims: Don’t blame us for riots

January 6, 2021 | Madeline Halpert, Kelly House

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.

It’s Trump’s last stand at Electoral College count. All eyes are on Michigan

It’s Trump’s last stand at Electoral College count. All eyes are on Michigan

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.

Three GOP Michigan reps back plan to keep President Trump in power

Three GOP Michigan reps back plan to keep President Trump in power

January 4, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

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.

Michigan election costs rise with absentee ballots. Will GOP foot the bill?

Michigan election costs rise with absentee ballots. Will GOP foot the bill?

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.

What COVID stimulus plan would mean to Michigan’s jobless, cities and renters

What COVID stimulus plan would mean to Michigan’s jobless, cities and renters

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.

Dominion CEO: Michigan vote fraud claims ‘beyond bizarre’ and ‘dangerous’

Dominion CEO: Michigan vote fraud claims ‘beyond bizarre’ and ‘dangerous’

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.

It’s (all but) over: Michigan’s 16 electoral votes go to Joe Biden

It’s (all but) over: Michigan’s 16 electoral votes go to Joe Biden

December 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

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.

As Electoral College meets, GOP and Dems agree Michigan vote needs reforms

As Electoral College meets, GOP and Dems agree Michigan vote needs reforms

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.

Trump has one last move after Electoral College meets: imploring Congress

Trump has one last move after Electoral College meets: imploring Congress

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.

Why 19 Michigan Republicans backed Trump bid to overturn vote: ‘We want answers’

Why 19 Michigan Republicans backed Trump bid to overturn vote: ‘We want answers’

December 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert, Mike Wilkinson

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.

Michigan electors committed to Biden, despite Trump bid to overturn election

Michigan electors committed to Biden, despite Trump bid to overturn election

December 2, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Mansur Shaheen

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has officially appointed a slate of Democratic electors to the Electoral College. Who are they and what do they do?

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