2020 Michigan election

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In Senate bid, John James is blunt about police, racism. Less so about Trump.

In Senate bid, John James is blunt about police, racism. Less so about Trump.

September 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Seen as a rising star and the GOP’s best chance at flipping a Senate seat, John James opens up about his mistreatment at the hands of police and sympathies for protesters. But he’s less candid about the president he once said he supports “2,000 percent.”

Fact Squad | Meijer hits and misses with ad on Scholten health care plan

Fact Squad | Meijer hits and misses with ad on Scholten health care plan

September 23, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

In a new TV ad, Peter Meijer says hospitals will close with Hillary Scholten’s health care plan. Studies suggest that may be true. But Meijer also fudges his own stance.

Six Michigan regions view politics far differently. They may decide election.

Six Michigan regions view politics far differently. They may decide election.

September 23, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan is up for grabs in the presidential election. But rather than one cohesive state, it consists of six independent regions that digest politics far differently. Here’s what to look for in the six weeks before the Nov. 3 election.

How to vote early in the November election in Michigan

How to vote early in the November election in Michigan

September 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Early voting begins on Thursday, when clerks begin sending out absentee ballots to regular voters. Here’s how to cast your absentee ballot before Election Day.

Five ways Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, replacement could impact Michigan

Five ways Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, replacement could impact Michigan

September 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Robin Erb

Health care, abortion and even the presidential election could be impacted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday evening.

Voting activists get twin victories in Michigan with transport, ballot cases

Voting activists get twin victories in Michigan with transport, ballot cases

September 18, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

In separate rulings, judges rule that ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 will count in the election and block a ban on providing transportation to the polls.

Fact Squad: Meijer goes low, misleads with ad tying Scholten to ‘extremists’

Fact Squad: Meijer goes low, misleads with ad tying Scholten to ‘extremists’

September 17, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

In the 3rd Congressional District, a Peter Meijer ad links Hillary Scholten to riot sympathizers. A mix of thin facts and insinuation, it’s inflammatory and misleading.

Fact Squad: Gary Peters ad highlights attendance, hits back at John James

Fact Squad: Gary Peters ad highlights attendance, hits back at John James

September 16, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Gary Peters points to near-perfect attendance on votes and record of passing bills to rebut arguments from John James that he skips work. The claims are true but fail to mention most senators have sterling attendance records.

Michigan Senate votes to let clerks open absentee ballot envelopes day early

Michigan Senate votes to let clerks open absentee ballot envelopes day early

September 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan law now allows clerks to process absentee ballots only on Election Day. Municipal clerks say that would be a “recipe for disaster” this year given an expected surge and would delay results reporting in a closely watched presidential election.

Trump demonizes refugees. Biden wants more. Whose plan will Michigan back?

Trump demonizes refugees. Biden wants more. Whose plan will Michigan back?

September 15, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

President Trump has cut refugees and curtailed foreign guest workers. Joe Biden wants to restore higher admissions for people seeking to escape persecution in other countries. Michigan has a stake in which candidate prevails.

Fact Squad: Trump slams Biden son for buying Michigan auto firm with Chinese

Fact Squad: Trump slams Biden son for buying Michigan auto firm with Chinese

September 14, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

One day after Joe Biden touted his Made in America plan, President Trump notes that the Democrat’s son teamed with a Chinese defense contractor to buy a Michigan firm that created jobs overseas.

Trump touts jobs in Michigan, falsely claims he saved auto industry

Trump touts jobs in Michigan, falsely claims he saved auto industry

September 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

President Trump comes to Michigan to hype the economy before coronavirus. He boasted that he ‘saved’ the auto industry, a claim that is dubious at best since Michigan has lost auto manufacturing jobs under his watch.

Joe Biden touts ‘Buy American’ jobs plan, rips Donald Trump in Michigan

Joe Biden touts ‘Buy American’ jobs plan, rips Donald Trump in Michigan

September 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic presidential nominee outlined his plan to boost manufacturing as he wooed blue-collar workers in Macomb County. He also blasted Donald Trump’s handling of COVID-19, accusing the president of a “life-and-death betrayal of the American people.”

Can Trump recapture magic with Michigan workers? Or has COVID erased gains?

Can Trump recapture magic with Michigan workers? Or has COVID erased gains?

September 9, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

The president returns to mid-Michigan Thursday where, until the coronavirus pandemic struck, manufacturing jobs and wages saw solid gains. Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are each determined to earn working-class votes.

Jocelyn Benson to aid Detroit clerk after problems plagued primary election

Jocelyn Benson to aid Detroit clerk after problems plagued primary election

September 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office will help Detroit train workers and expand satellite clerk’s offices to reduce election issues. Nearly three-quarters of the city’s absentee precincts were ineligible for recounts.

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

August 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Simon D. Schuster

Progressives are taking a cue from conservatives and founding ‘news’ sites like Courier Newsroom, which spends big money on election-year social media ads to benefit Democratic in swing districts such as U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Holly.

Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

August 31, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Vote counts at hundreds of precincts were out of balance in the city’s primary election in August, prompting concerns that a recount could disenfranchise many Detroit voters in the fall presidential election. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is facing pressure to step in.

Will Postal Service botch election in Michigan? It’s unlikely, experts say.

Will Postal Service botch election in Michigan? It’s unlikely, experts say.

August 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Despite fears that absentee ballots would be delayed and uncounted, few are complaining about local mail delivery, officials say. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service acquitted itself fairly well in a test set by Bridge to mimic mail-in ballots.

Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

August 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

As Democrats turn to virtual rallies and phone calls amid the COVID-19 pandemic, masked-up Republicans resumed door-knocking in June, have hosted “MAGA meetups” across the state and will welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Traverse City on Friday.

Michigan judge upholds Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot application mailings

Michigan judge upholds Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot application mailings

August 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

An appeals judge rules that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was within her rights on a controversial decision to send out 7.7 million absentee ballot applications earlier this year.

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