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.

Michigan COVID surge thins poll worker ranks, prompting fears of vote delays

October 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Staff shortages could lengthen voting lines or slow an absentee ballot counting effort, but Michigan officials say there’s no need to panic because clerks and the state have spent weeks recruiting reserve workers.

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Jeff Daniels makes Biden ad; Trump to return to Michigan Friday

October 29, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Government

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's elections, campaigns, politics and voting news.

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Watch the Bridge Book Club discussion of 'The Women of the Copper Country'

October 29, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal in The Center for Michigan

Author Mary Doria Russell joined the Bridge team to discuss her historical fiction novel about the 1913 mining strike in Calumet.

Trump economic adviser to Detroit group: ‘Getting back to work’ is top goal

October 28, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

Larry Kudlow also told the Detroit Economic Club that the administration would not encourage a business lockdown as coronavirus rebounds in Michigan and across the nation.

Biden, Obama, Trump plan more visits as Michigan reprises battleground role

October 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

President Donald Trump, Democrat Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama plan weekend visits before Tuesday’s election. That begs the question: Is Michigan closer than the polls suggest?

Michigan revamps K-12 schools website to make comparisons easier

October 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson in Talent & Education

Michigan parents and educators who want to dive into school data now have a streamlined and updated website to use, part of Michigan’s effort to make it easier to find school information.

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Coronavirus Tracker | Cases climb to 3,271 with over 400 reported in Oakland County

October 28, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

Oakland County ‘ground zero’ in fight for control of Michigan House

October 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Republicans need to hold onto four contested seats to retain control of the state House. Democrats, hopeful for a blue wave, are pushing hard to swing control of the chamber for the first time in a decade.

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in Michigan polls. Will they be wrong again?

October 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Trust in polls has eroded since Donald Trump came from behind in 2016 to win the presidential election. Michigan pollsters say they got a bad rap, but they’ve still made changes like contacting more cellphone users.

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Five things you missed not standing in the rain with Donald Trump

October 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The president’s stop in Lansing Tuesday touched on the auto industry, COVID-19, refugee policy and more. He recounted his hard-to-pin-down Man of the Year honors and expressed his love for women.

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Judge: Michigan can’t ban open carry guns on Election Day

October 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s attempt to ban openly carried weapons at Michigan polling places on Election Day is “likely unlawful” and cannot be enforced, Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray ruled Tuesday evening.

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

October 27, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen in Michigan Government

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.

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