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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.

Michigan primary 2020: What you need to know, where to vote, absentee rules

Michigan primary 2020: What you need to know, where to vote, absentee rules

Feb 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

 It’s almost Election Day, and a lot has changed since the last major election. Here’s how to vote in the presidential primary.

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

Feb 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential hopefuls have big goals for electric vehicle production in their efforts to combat climate change. Michigan automakers are unlikely to meet those timetables, though, and unions fear electric vehicles could kill jobs.

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

What Democrats’ climate change plans mean to Michigan automakers, workers

Feb 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates want to ensure that all new light vehicles sold in the United States emit no carbon as soon as 2030. Read their plans for how to get there.

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

Feb 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Presidential candidates and Michigan regulators want big investments in battery charging infrastructure, which remains a key hurdle to electric car sales. Last year, just 2 percent of U.S. car sales were electric vehicles.

Michigan clerks’ pleas for help with absentee ballots fall on deaf ears

Michigan clerks’ pleas for help with absentee ballots fall on deaf ears

Feb 19, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Clerks fear an uptick in absentee ballots will mean late nights and delayed election results, but a leading lawmaker says proposed solutions won’t move.

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