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Michigan Gov. Whitmer isn’t Biden’s VP pick but will speak at convention

Michigan Gov. Whitmer isn’t Biden’s VP pick but will speak at convention

Aug 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Joe Biden on Tuesday named Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate to help take on Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, ending speculation he could pick Whitmer or other candidates who had been vetted for the role.

If Biden taps Gretchen Whitmer as VP, what happens to Michigan government?

If Biden taps Gretchen Whitmer as VP, what happens to Michigan government?

Aug 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

 Vice presidential nominees almost never resign unless or until they win election, so Gretchen Whitmer likely would remain Michigan governor even if she is tapped by Joe Biden as his running mate. But would she curtail her duties to campaign amid a deadly pandemic?

President Trump worries about voter fraud. Here’s the reality in Michigan.

President Trump worries about voter fraud. Here’s the reality in Michigan.

Jul 31, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

As Trump questions mail-in voting, records show Michigan has 225,000 more registered voters than voting-age residents. That is no proof of fraud, which experts say is rare, but some clerks say Michigan’s rolls need to be cleaned to increase confidence in elections.

Join us on Facebook Live to discuss Michigan primary election results

Join us on Facebook Live to discuss Michigan primary election results

Mar 12, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Our Capitol team will host a Facebook Live discussion about this year's elections on Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m..

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

Mar 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

The former vice president crushed Bernie Sanders during balloting Tuesday, as turnout surged with no-reason absentee voting. The only potential concern for Biden: He didn’t win as thoroughly in urban areas as Hillary Clinton did in 2016.

Michigan clerks swamped as state rolls out voter reforms

Michigan clerks swamped as state rolls out voter reforms

Mar 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A massive uptick in absentee voting and same-day voter registration left hours-long waits at some city clerks offices. Benson called for the Legislature to pass changes to help.

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

Mar 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The former vice president denies Bernie Sanders a repeat Michigan win, as Biden's coalition included African-American voters and college-educated white women.

Michigan primary results may not be in until Wednesday, Jocelyn Benson says

Michigan primary results may not be in until Wednesday, Jocelyn Benson says

Mar 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Results are expected to come in late due to changes in absentee voting. Throughout much of Michigan, turnout at polling places was light on Tuesday after a deluge of absentee ballots.

Michigan Primary Tracker: Joe Biden gets testy in Detroit

Michigan Primary Tracker: Joe Biden gets testy in Detroit

Mar 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Primary day is finally here. Joe Biden got into a testy exchange with a construction worker in Detroit about the Second Amendment, while Bernie Sanders stops by metro Detroit polling places.

Michigan primary 2020: Biden calls for unity. Sanders spoils for upset

Michigan primary 2020: Biden calls for unity. Sanders spoils for upset

Mar 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Onetime rivals Kamala Harris and Cory Booker join Joe Biden in Detroit to cap a one-day blitz across Michigan. Bernie Sanders hopes big absentee votes in college towns fuel another upset during Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Biden, Sanders make final case to Michigan: Revolution or return to normal?

Biden, Sanders make final case to Michigan: Revolution or return to normal?

Mar 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has changed since Bernie Sanders won the presidential primary in 2016. The economy is far better. But many remain left behind, and could be a receptive audience to Sanders’ calls for massive change.

Bernie Sanders storms Michigan with Joe Biden trade attack

Bernie Sanders storms Michigan with Joe Biden trade attack

Mar 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Bernie Sanders is blitzing Michigan before Tuesday’s Democratic primary. On Friday, he blasted front-runner Joe Biden for voting for NAFTA. Michigan has lost over 214,000 manufacturing jobs since it was created.

How Bernie Sanders won Michigan in 2016, and what to watch for on Tuesday

How Bernie Sanders won Michigan in 2016, and what to watch for on Tuesday

Mar 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Bernie Sanders stunned pollsters in 2016 when he narrowly topped Hillary Clinton in Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary. How did he do it?Could he do it again?

Michigan primary 2020: Expect heavy turnout, long wait for winner

Michigan primary 2020: Expect heavy turnout, long wait for winner

Mar 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The results are likely to come in late as Michigan clerks work through an increased numbers of absentee ballots. What else you need to know for Tuesday.

What would happen to Michigan if Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden were president

What would happen to Michigan if Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden were president

Mar 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan could face big changes if either Democrat is elected. Here’s a look at major Michigan policy differences between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, from the Great Lakes and auto industry to wealth taxes and higher education.

Michigan’s income gap is widening. Time for Democrats to soak the rich?

Michigan’s income gap is widening. Time for Democrats to soak the rich?

Mar 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democrats competing in Michigan’s March 10 primary want to dramatically increase taxes on the rich. The plans are popular as the middle class shrinks, but experts say they won’t pay for candidates’ ambitious plans.

Elizabeth Warren tells Detroit her tax plans make billionaires cry

Elizabeth Warren tells Detroit her tax plans make billionaires cry

Mar 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

With a dig at billionaire and fellow presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, Warren framed herself as an agent for change during a rally before 2,200 in Detroit.

How Democratic presidential candidates would raise taxes to pay for plans

How Democratic presidential candidates would raise taxes to pay for plans

Mar 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential hopefuls are proposing aggressive spending plans to combat climate change, make college free or more affordable, increase access to health care and more. They’re going to have to pay for them somehow.

Dems’ immigration plans would help Michigan economy, hurt low-skilled workers

Dems’ immigration plans would help Michigan economy, hurt low-skilled workers

Mar 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Democrats competing in Michigan’s March 10 primary want to reverse many of President Trump’s policies. Easing immigration rules could help amid a labor shortage, but not all would win.

How Democratic presidential candidates would reform immigration

How Democratic presidential candidates would reform immigration

Mar 2, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Democrats campaigning in Michigan’s March 10 primary want to reverse most of President Trump’s immigration policies, advocating for a path to citizenship, new types of visas and more help for refugees.

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