Mansur Shaheen

Mansur Shaheen is covering the 2020 elections for Bridge. He has a journalism and economics degree from George Mason University.

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Monica Palmer, Michigan canvassers got election posts after little vetting

Monica Palmer, Michigan canvassers got election posts after little vetting

November 19, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Mansur Shaheen

Canvassing boards are thrust into the national spotlight after two Wayne County Republicans try to change their certification. County officials say they now need to do a better job investigating applicants before they are appointed to posts.

Detroit poll challengers were in same room, but had different accounts

Detroit poll challengers were in same room, but had different accounts

November 6, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Paula Gardner, Mansur Shaheen

Republican poll challengers say they were limited in where they could walk and who they could bring in during ballot counting at the TCF Center. Their Democratic counterparts (and an election official) counter that votes were counted professionally and it was the GOP that complicated the process.

Trump, who now claims fraud, got more votes in Detroit than most Republicans

Trump, who now claims fraud, got more votes in Detroit than most Republicans

November 5, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Mansur Shaheen, Paula Gardner

Trump calls Detroit ‘corrupt,’ says the election is being stolen from him. But the reality is he’s done better than other Republican presidential candidates in the city.

Huge turnout, few problems for Michigan voters, despite violence fears

Huge turnout, few problems for Michigan voters, despite violence fears

November 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Madeline Halpert, Mike Wilkinson, Mansur Shaheen

Michigan approaches a record turnout, from heavily Democratic Detroit to small townships that went big for President Donald Trump. Statewide, clerks reported few incidents.

What Michigan should know about Proposal 2 to require warrants for digital data

What Michigan should know about Proposal 2 to require warrants for digital data

October 27, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Proposal 2 would require police to obtain warrants to obtain info from cellphones, the digital cloud. Police and civil-rights groups back the measure; critics question whether it’s necessary.

Fact Squad | Junge ad hits Slotkin on immigrants, taxes, omits a few details

Fact Squad | Junge ad hits Slotkin on immigrants, taxes, omits a few details

October 26, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new ad from the Paul Junge campaign attacks U.S. Rep.  Elissa Slotkin’s record on stimulus and payroll tax. It’s built on two indisputable facts but could give viewers the false impression the Holly Democrat did little to help the state during the COVID-19 crisis.

Where Michigan candidates for Senate, Congress stand on health care, ACA

Where Michigan candidates for Senate, Congress stand on health care, ACA

October 22, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

The Affordable Care Act and pre-existing conditions are a defining issue in the Nov. 3 election. From president to Congress, here are the views of candidates on Michigan’s ballot.

Fact Squad | GOP ad smears Scholten legal work, claiming she helped ‘evade law’

Fact Squad | GOP ad smears Scholten legal work, claiming she helped ‘evade law’

October 20, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new TV ad claims Hillary Scholten’s work as an immigrations attorney made west Michigan unsafe. The ad twists some facts to reach reckless conclusions.

Fact Squad | Ad ties John James’ environment record to Koch Brothers donations

Fact Squad | Ad ties John James’ environment record to Koch Brothers donations

October 15, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new ad is mostly accurate, pointing out that John James has taken $650K from the oil and gas industry and groups tied to the conservatives whose company polluted southwest Detroit with pet coke. But the ad doesn’t tell the whole story.

FBI: Whitmer conspirators wanted to leave her in lake, kidnap Va. governor

FBI: Whitmer conspirators wanted to leave her in lake, kidnap Va. governor

October 13, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Tuesday’s federal court hearing in Grand Rapids revealed new allegations in the case against six men charged with plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her COVID-19 shutdown orders. Three of the men were denied bond.

‘Government is slavery,’ accused Michigan kidnap plotter vented online

‘Government is slavery,’ accused Michigan kidnap plotter vented online

October 8, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Mansur Shaheen

Social media accounts of men accused of attempting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer show they shared a love of guns and hatred of the government. ‘If they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

Coronavirus powers ruling puts spotlight on Michigan Supreme Court election

Coronavirus powers ruling puts spotlight on Michigan Supreme Court election

October 5, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers were effectively ended by a 4-3 decision Friday, with the court majority nominated by Republicans. Voters will decide two seats in November that could tip the balance.

Fact Squad: GOP uses Haley Stevens’ words against her in new TV ad

Fact Squad: GOP uses Haley Stevens’ words against her in new TV ad

October 1, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A Republican super PAC is using a speech from the first-term representative to claim she is ‘just embarrassing.’ Stevens made national news for the speech about the coronavirus pandemic.

Fact Squad | Meijer hits and misses with ad on Scholten health care plan

Fact Squad | Meijer hits and misses with ad on Scholten health care plan

September 23, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

In a new TV ad, Peter Meijer says hospitals will close with Hillary Scholten’s health care plan. Studies suggest that may be true. But Meijer also fudges his own stance.

Fact Squad: Meijer goes low, misleads with ad tying Scholten to ‘extremists’

Fact Squad: Meijer goes low, misleads with ad tying Scholten to ‘extremists’

September 17, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

In the 3rd Congressional District, a Peter Meijer ad links Hillary Scholten to riot sympathizers. A mix of thin facts and insinuation, it’s inflammatory and misleading.

Fact Squad: Gary Peters ad highlights attendance, hits back at John James

Fact Squad: Gary Peters ad highlights attendance, hits back at John James

September 16, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Gary Peters points to near-perfect attendance on votes and record of passing bills to rebut arguments from John James that he skips work. The claims are true but fail to mention most senators have sterling attendance records.

Fact Squad: Trump slams Biden son for buying Michigan auto firm with Chinese

Fact Squad: Trump slams Biden son for buying Michigan auto firm with Chinese

September 14, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

One day after Joe Biden touted his Made in America plan, President Trump notes that the Democrat’s son teamed with a Chinese defense contractor to buy a Michigan firm that created jobs overseas.