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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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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