Voter turnout may surge in Detroit, spelling trouble for Trump in Michigan

October 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say a decrease in votes among Detroit voters helped Donald Trump win Michigan in 2016. Four years later, some Detroiters who sat out 2016 say they’re eager to vote this time around.

New grocery in Grand Rapids is about more than food. It’s about equity too.

October 15, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

Founder Alita Kelly wants to create ‘an experience that goes beyond just buying groceries’ for a part of the city that has few healthy food outlets.

Michigan’s ‘constitutional sheriffs’ vow to keep voters safe at polls

October 14, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

The ‘constitutional sheriffs’ movement is suspicious of government overreach and believes sheriffs are the final legal authority in their counties. But Michigan members of the group say they will keep voters safe if antigovernment groups try to intimidate them on Election Day.

‘I’m going to have fun hunting,’ accused plotter said in Michigan Capitol

October 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

As officials debate a ban on guns at the Michigan Capitol, a video has emerged showing a man accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blasting Democrats and Republicans alike at a protest.

Q&A: Michigan’s $28B life sciences industry was under the radar. Until COVID

October 14, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

From drug development to medical devices, the state’s bioscience businesses found themselves in the bull’s-eye when coronavirus overtook the United States, said Stephen Rapundalo of MichBio.

Cheer the MSU Spartans! At home. Preferably alone. Welcome to COVID game day

October 14, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

College football is back. Game Day celebrations, not so much. Michigan State University’s president is discouraging fans from gathering to watch the opening game.

Michigan lawmakers expand unemployment benefits, pass business COVID liability

October 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

In a marathon session, the GOP-led Legislature also passed bills demanding subpoena power over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointees and approved a non-binding measure opposing defunding the police.

Michigan riding ‘second’ COVID wave that could bring more deaths

October 13, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Health Watch

Cases of the new coronavirus are increasing across all Michigan regions, with hospitalizations doubling since late September. Residents are urged to stick with restrictions as flu season begins despite “pandemic fatigue.”

Michigan has no law against guns at polls, but Dana Nessel may clarify rules

October 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Anyone can openly carry a gun, but guns are banned at some locations that are regularly used as polling places, such as churches and schools. The rules have caused confusion over the years.

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

October 13, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen in Michigan Government

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.

Michigan LGBT rights group files signatures for ‘historic’ ballot proposal

October 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Fair and Equal Michigan submits signatures for the 2022 election. The group had hoped to put its proposal to voters this year, but struggled to collect signatures during the pandemic.

Crush of poll watchers expected at Michigan election raises intimidation fears

October 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Thousands of poll watchers and challengers are expected at the Nov. 3 election, and some fear trouble. Here’s what’s legal and what isn’t, and what to expect.

‘Open up everything!’ Michigan GOP’s push for herd immunity on COVID

October 12, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

A Michigan infectious disease doctor says we’ve overdone coronavirus lockdown rules, an argument embraced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. The medical establishment calls such views dangerous.

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