2020 Michigan election

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As evictions loom, Michigan areas to vote on affordable housing millages

As evictions loom, Michigan areas to vote on affordable housing millages

October 12, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

By one estimate, more than 300,000 Michigan households may be vulnerable to eviction due to economic hardship amid the coronavirus pandemic. In places like Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo County, high rental rates and a dearth of affordable housing fuel millage proposals intended to ease the strain.

Prep for the election by watching Bridge’s October Lunch Break discussion

Prep for the election by watching Bridge’s October Lunch Break discussion

October 9, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal

If you missed Thursday’s Zoom discussion with two Michigan county clerks on the ins and outs of the November election, watch the recording.

Have questions about the election? Bring them to our next Lunch Break.

Have questions about the election? Bring them to our next Lunch Break.

October 7, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal

Bridge Capitol reporters Riley Beggin and Jonathan Oosting moderate an online Lunch Break discussion with county and municipal clerks about the ins and outs of the November 3 election. Bridge readers are invited to bring your election-related questions and join the conversation.

Fact Squad | Trump gets a lot wrong in Twitter beef with Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Fact Squad | Trump gets a lot wrong in Twitter beef with Michigan Gov. Whitmer

October 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan never closed churches and schools are open, contrary to President Trump’s tweet to Whitmer on Wednesday. But Trump didn’t get everything wrong: Auto manufacturers are expanding.

In west Michigan, is Trump endangering a Republican congressional seat?

In west Michigan, is Trump endangering a Republican congressional seat?

October 6, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Lagging statewide polls and concerns over the future of health care may boost a Democratic upstart in her battle against Meijer scion Peter Meijer.

Signature errors ruin thousands of Michigan ballots. Don’t be that voter.

Signature errors ruin thousands of Michigan ballots. Don’t be that voter.

October 6, 2020 | Bob Campbell

A sloppy signature, forging the names of family members, or failing to sign a ballot envelope: There are many ways to ensure your November vote won’t count. Here’s what clerks are searching for, and why you might want to leave your phone number, too.

In chaotic year, Mich. Sen. Gary Peters sticks to issues. Some find that dull.

In chaotic year, Mich. Sen. Gary Peters sticks to issues. Some find that dull.

October 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Despite decades in public office, the ‘boring guy’ Michigan senator still isn’t well-known. To supporters, that’s because he’s quietly got the job done. To critics, it’s because he hasn’t done much.

Absentee ballot drop boxes boom in Michigan, despite controversy elsewhere

Absentee ballot drop boxes boom in Michigan, despite controversy elsewhere

October 5, 2020 | Bob Campbell

As Texas and Ohio limit absentee drop-off boxes, they are multiplying in Michigan as clerks brace for a record number of mail-in votes for the Nov. 3 election. Clerks say they are safe and effective, despite protests from President Trump and some Republicans.

Coronavirus powers ruling puts spotlight on Michigan Supreme Court election

Coronavirus powers ruling puts spotlight on Michigan Supreme Court election

October 5, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers were effectively ended by a 4-3 decision Friday, with the court majority nominated by Republicans. Voters will decide two seats in November that could tip the balance.

Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis a 'wake-up call,' Michigan Gov. Whitmer says

Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis a 'wake-up call,' Michigan Gov. Whitmer says

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The president is in quarantine but had planned rallies in Wisconsin on Saturday. Whitmer said the diagnosis is a reminder that the dangers of the pandemic persist.

Fact Squad: GOP uses Haley Stevens’ words against her in new TV ad

Fact Squad: GOP uses Haley Stevens’ words against her in new TV ad

October 1, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A Republican super PAC is using a speech from the first-term representative to claim she is ‘just embarrassing.’ Stevens made national news for the speech about the coronavirus pandemic.

 Trump needs suburbs to win Michigan. But many women reject his racial pitch.

Trump needs suburbs to win Michigan. But many women reject his racial pitch.

October 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Suburban women have fled from the GOP, and President Trump hopes to win them back with ads stoking fears of rioting and public housing. It’s a message that may have worked in the 1970s, but it’s a tougher sell in increasingly diverse communities, voters and pollsters say.

Two conservative operatives charged with trying to suppress votes in Detroit

Two conservative operatives charged with trying to suppress votes in Detroit

October 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleges two conservative operators used robocalls in Detroit and other cities with large African-American populations. The calls claimed that voting could ‘track people for mandatory vaccines.’

The advertising onslaught is just beginning

The advertising onslaught is just beginning

September 30, 2020 | Simon D. Schuster

Get ready for sticker shock.

Fact Squad: Trump, Biden swap falsehoods about Michigan, autos at messy debate

Fact Squad: Trump, Biden swap falsehoods about Michigan, autos at messy debate

September 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Amid all the shouting and interrupting, there were a few factual claims about Michigan and the auto industry during the first debate between Trump and Biden. Spoiler alert: The pursuit of truth was not a debate winner.

After a summer of protest, will Michigan’s young voters show up in November?

After a summer of protest, will Michigan’s young voters show up in November?

September 28, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Young voters could be a formidable bloc in the November election, and activists from both major political parties say they’re more motivated than ever. But despite efforts to make it easier to vote than ever, some question if they will.

Opinion | I'm a mom in Switzerland. I learned about voting rights in Big Rapids, Michigan

Opinion | I'm a mom in Switzerland. I learned about voting rights in Big Rapids, Michigan

September 25, 2020 | Amy Aves Challenger

Years later, my great-grandmother's words, 'every woman should vote,'  are particularly resonant.

State and national Republicans sue Michigan over extended ballot deadline

State and national Republicans sue Michigan over extended ballot deadline

September 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A Court of Claims judge temporarily blocked a rule requiring ballots be received by Election Day for them to count. Republicans hope to reverse that.

Unfazed by crises, northern Michigan embraces Trump record on jobs, abortion

Unfazed by crises, northern Michigan embraces Trump record on jobs, abortion

September 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Welcome to Missaukee County, where 3 of 4 voters backed Donald Trump four years ago and voters say racial injustice and the coronavirus aren’t pressing issues. Trump needs to dominate in such rural areas if he hopes to repeat in November, experts say.

Bill to speed up absentee ballot counting passes Michigan House

Bill to speed up absentee ballot counting passes Michigan House

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Democrats have said the GOP-led legislation doesn’t go far enough, but all agree it will at least partially help ease the crush of expected ballots.

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