2020 Michigan election

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Michigan Right to Life abortion ban may fall short on signatures

Michigan Right to Life abortion ban may fall short on signatures

June 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Right to Life of Michigan did not collect enough valid voter signatures to advance an initiative proposing to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, according to new estimates from the state Bureau of Elections.

Michigan gay rights proposal off fall ballot; ruling opens door for 2022

Michigan gay rights proposal off fall ballot; ruling opens door for 2022

June 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A judge ordered Michigan to give the Fair and Equal Michigan ballot committee 69 additional days to collect signatures, mirroring the duration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order that was lifted June 1.  That means the group will not complete its petition drive to qualify for the 2020 ballot and will aim for the 2022 ballot instead.

 Lawsuit: Jocelyn Benson allowing ‘suspiciously high’ voter registration rates

Lawsuit: Jocelyn Benson allowing ‘suspiciously high’ voter registration rates

June 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A conservative activist sues Michigan’s top elections officials, alleging that 16 of the state’s 83 counties have registration rates of more than 90 percent of eligible voters. A state spokesperson calls the suit a publicity stunt.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blasted President Donald Trump after he reportedly lashed out at governors, telling them to “dominate” protesters or “you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Enforcing traditional petition signature thresholds amid a global pandemic that requires social distancing would be unconstitutional, according to Fair and Equal Michigan, which sued the state on Monday.

Trump threatens Michigan funding over Benson absentee application plan

Trump threatens Michigan funding over Benson absentee application plan

May 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The president said he’d “hold up funding” for the state as it faces a $6.2 billion budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jocelyn Benson orders Michigan to mail absentee applications to all voters

Jocelyn Benson orders Michigan to mail absentee applications to all voters

May 19, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office will use $4.5 million in CARES Act funding to send applications to 7.7 million registered voters. The plan is likely to be opposed by Republicans.

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

May 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requires newly reopened manufacturers to "suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours" to protect workers from the novel coronavirus. Trump is expected to tour a Ford facility on Thursday.

Michigan's Justin Amash wants to be president. He faces super long odds.

Michigan's Justin Amash wants to be president. He faces super long odds.

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP last year after backing calls to impeach President Donald Trump, faces almost insurmountable odds as he looks to upend a two-party system he has lambasted as ineffective and unresponsive.

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)

March 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 Primary Tracker: Joe Biden gets testy in Detroit

Michigan Primary Tracker: Joe Biden gets testy in Detroit

March 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 results may not be in until Wednesday, Jocelyn Benson says

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

March 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 lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

Michigan lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

March 10, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

One year after blasting pork-barrel spending, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs onto a larger spending deal that includes $37 million in small community grants. Among other things, the money will pay for a Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall elevator and $1 million for the auto show.  

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

March 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 clerks swamped as state rolls out voter reforms

Michigan clerks swamped as state rolls out voter reforms

March 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.

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

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

March 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.

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

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

March 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.

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

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

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

March 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.

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

March 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?

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