Trump called. They answered. GOP army ready to challenge Michigan vote.

October 28, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Hundreds of poll challengers are ready to scrutinize ballots in Detroit and other cities on Nov. 3. They say they’re motivated by patriotism. Foes say their goal is to depress turnout in Democratic cities.

As more students head back, here’s what we now know (and still don’t) about schools and COVID spread

October 27, 2020 | Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat in Talent & Education

There has been no effort from the federal government to systematically track school openings and COVID outbreaks. That means we are often relying on data from those who volunteer it, and lack good information about how schools that have reopened might differ from those that have not.

Michigan has 1M unreturned absentee ballots. And mail delays are common.

October 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

State officials are urging residents to return ballots to clerks or in drop boxes if they want them to count by Tuesday.

Demystifying Michigan elections: What happens to ballots after you vote?

October 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

In a season of intense scrutiny over the security of voting, Bridge Michigan is presenting a step-by-step process for counting in-person and absentee ballots.

Joe Biden is favored to win Michigan but can he build a Democratic wave?

October 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Joe Biden has a significant lead in Michigan polls. But so did Hillary Clinton in 2016. Democrats warn the race may be closer than it appears, but also hope Biden can help candidates down the ballot.

How Donald Trump can come from behind and win Michigan

October 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

President Donald Trump is down in the polls in the runup to Michigan’s must-win presidential election, but he’s been here before. Four years after his win here, Trump is barnstorming the state in an attempt to re-create the magic. Don’t count him out, experts say.

Bridge Book Club October

Author Mary Doria Russell to join Wednesday’s Bridge Book Club discussion

October 26, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal in The Center for Michigan

Bridge’s bimonthly book club discusses Mary Doria Russell’s “The Women of the Copper Country” on Wednesday. Join us.

After years of state oversight, commission gives financial control back to Detroit district

October 26, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit in Talent & Education

The Detroit Financial Review Commission voted Monday to release the Detroit Public Schools Community District from state financial oversight until the end of 2021, a crucial step in the district’s efforts to control its budget and finances.

COVID outbreaks slowing at Michigan K-12 schools, dropping at colleges

October 26, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

There are outbreaks in 99 Michigan school buildings, and more than 4,400 cases on college campuses. Still, there were signs the spread was slowing or receding in the past week.

Liberal groups bury Michigan with mail shaming people to vote. Many hate it.

October 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Called “peer pressure in an envelope,” mailings to people of color, young voters and others intend to increase turnout. Some voters find the messages “creepy,” and clerks are inundated with complaints. But the mailings continue because they work, organizers say.

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

October 26, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen in Michigan Government

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.

Michigan retailers worry COVID spike will keep customers away. Again.

October 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

It’s been a hard year for stores and restaurants. Now they head into winter amid worry that a second wave of COVID-19 will hinder sales during the critical holiday season.

Michigan hospitals turn to $15 minimum wage to fill job openings

October 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner, Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Two of the state’s largest health care systems bumped minimum wages to $15 an hour amid competition for entry-level workers. Nursing home employees in 14 southeast Michigan nursing homes also are on their way to pay increases.

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