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Michigan Politics Tracker | Huge police presence, small protest at Michigan Capitol

Michigan Politics Tracker | Huge police presence, small protest at Michigan Capitol

Jan 17, 2021 | Bridge Staff

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

After chaos, democracy affirmed, as challenges to Michigan, other states fail

After chaos, democracy affirmed, as challenges to Michigan, other states fail

Jan 7, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

 ‘When it’s over, it’s over.’ President Donald Trump’s allies abandon him in Congress and acknowledge his loss in Michigan and other states. Early Thursday, Joe Biden was certified as 46th president.

Michigan Republicans who pushed false fraud claims: Don’t blame us for riots

Michigan Republicans who pushed false fraud claims: Don’t blame us for riots

Jan 6, 2021 | Madeline Halpert, Kelly House

A year of violence, much of which was rooted in Michigan, erupts in mayhem in Washington. While all sides condemn the violence, Democrats say Republicans fueled flames for months and Black activists were treated far differently for civil rights protests.

Experts explain the most common Michigan voter issues on Election Day

Experts explain the most common Michigan voter issues on Election Day

Jan 6, 2021 | Bisma Parvez

Voters asked about photo identification, same-day registration, and if previously incarcerated people are eligible to vote.

It’s Trump’s last stand at Electoral College count. All eyes are on Michigan

It’s Trump’s last stand at Electoral College count. All eyes are on Michigan

Jan 6, 2021 | Madeline Halpert

High drama is expected in Washington on Wednesday, as 140 Republicans, including three from Michigan, try to deny Joe Biden the presidency and keep Donald Trump in office. Spoiler alert: They will fail.

Three GOP Michigan reps back plan to keep President Trump in power

Three GOP Michigan reps back plan to keep President Trump in power

Jan 4, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

U.S. Reps. Jack Bergman and Tim Walberg will object to certification of Electoral College results, while Lisa McClain says she has ‘grave concerns’ over unsubstantiated fraud claims.

Michigan election costs rise with absentee ballots. Will GOP foot the bill?

Michigan election costs rise with absentee ballots. Will GOP foot the bill?

Jan 4, 2021 | Madeline Halpert

November’s election was the most expensive in history, and nonprofit grants helped ensure a smooth process. But such funding isn’t guaranteed and the Legislature is dubious about increasing budgets.

Benson slams Michigan GOP election probe as ‘embarrassment,’ won’t appear

Benson slams Michigan GOP election probe as ‘embarrassment,’ won’t appear

Dec 16, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson refused an invitation to speak before a House oversight committee that hosted Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, saying it amplified “conspiracy theories.” The GOP chair said Benson’s playing “cheap political games.”

Dominion CEO: Michigan vote fraud claims ‘beyond bizarre’ and ‘dangerous’

Dominion CEO: Michigan vote fraud claims ‘beyond bizarre’ and ‘dangerous’

Dec 15, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

“No Cuba. No China. No Venezuela,” and no, the Dominion Voting Systems isn’t programmed to steal elections, its CEO testifies. But President Trump’s lies are endangering workers, he says.

It’s (all but) over: Michigan’s 16 electoral votes go to Joe Biden

It’s (all but) over: Michigan’s 16 electoral votes go to Joe Biden

Dec 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

Weeks of protests and false fraud claims culminate as Michigan’s 16 electors vote for Democrat Joe Biden. That makes his election official, but President Trump isn’t going quietly.

Michigan GOP rep punished for refusing to rule out Electoral College violence

Michigan GOP rep punished for refusing to rule out Electoral College violence

Dec 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Rep. Gary Eisen told a radio interviewer of plans to disrupt Monday’s Electoral College vote and wouldn’t rule out the possibility of violence at the Michigan Capitol.

As Electoral College meets, GOP and Dems agree Michigan vote needs reforms

As Electoral College meets, GOP and Dems agree Michigan vote needs reforms

Dec 14, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

As mail-in voting could become the norm, Democrats see the need for tweaks. But Republicans say broader changes are needed to preserve the integrity of elections.

Trump has one last move after Electoral College meets: imploring Congress

Trump has one last move after Electoral College meets: imploring Congress

Dec 14, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Michigan’s 16 electors are set to cast their votes for Joe Biden on Monday, in a process that will recur throughout the nation and cement the Democrat as the next president. But Trump isn’t expected to go quietly.

Supreme Court denies Trump bid to overturn election in Michigan, other states

Supreme Court denies Trump bid to overturn election in Michigan, other states

Dec 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

 A terse ruling from the U.S. high court clears the way for the Electoral College to meet Monday and award the presidency to Democrat Joe Biden.

Why 19 Michigan Republicans backed Trump bid to overturn vote: ‘We want answers’

Why 19 Michigan Republicans backed Trump bid to overturn vote: ‘We want answers’

Dec 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert, Mike Wilkinson

Courts have found no fraud, but four members of Congress and 15 state reps signed briefs to overturn the election in Michigan and three battleground states. One says they don’t have to abide by popular vote.

Michigan GOP reps back Trump bid to overturn election; Nessel urges dismissal

Michigan GOP reps back Trump bid to overturn election; Nessel urges dismissal

Dec 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Four of six Republican House members from Michigan and 15 state legislators support a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump that seeks to overturn election results in four battleground states. Attorney General Dana Nessel says doing so would disenfranchise millions of voters.

‘I am certainly not dead!’ Living voters contradict Michigan GOP fraud claims

‘I am certainly not dead!’ Living voters contradict Michigan GOP fraud claims

Dec 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Lists of supposedly dead voters shock voters who are very much alive. ‘Can’t we just move on?’ asked one Michigan voter who, despite claims to the contrary, isn't dead.

U.S. judge rejects pro-Trump election suit as ‘speculation and conjecture’

U.S. judge rejects pro-Trump election suit as ‘speculation and conjecture’

Dec 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump ally Sidney Powell and six GOP electors sued the state Nov. 25, alleging fraud and irregularities in Michigan, which Democrat Joe Biden won by 154,188 votes. The judge rejected Republicans’ request for an injunction as the suit proceeds, saying the case is not supported by facts.

Michigan rep: Giuliani hearing a public service, even if claims are false

Michigan rep: Giuliani hearing a public service, even if claims are false

Dec 4, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

The Republican who hosted Rudy Giuliani’s hearing claiming massive voter fraud in Michigan acknowledges some witnesses weren’t credible but said the session is important if only to disprove conspiracy theories.

The Rudy Giuliani ‘circus’ has left Lansing. The reviews are bad.

The Rudy Giuliani ‘circus’ has left Lansing. The reviews are bad.

Dec 3, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

One day after a wild hearing about voter fraud claims, legislators on both sides of the aisle condemn the parade of unproven conspiracy theories that was aired unchecked.

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