2020 Michigan U.S. presidential election

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

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

February 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’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

Democrats’ hard push for electric vehicles would upend Michigan economy

February 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.

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

Democrats hope solving battery anxiety will jumpstart electric car sales

February 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.

Free college sounds great. But Dems’ higher-ed plans draw scrutiny in Michigan.

Free college sounds great. But Dems’ higher-ed plans draw scrutiny in Michigan.

February 11, 2020 | Ron French

From zero tuition to student loan bailouts, Democrats campaigning in Michigan’s March 10 primary are proposing big changes to higher education. Some question the feasibility of the proposals.

Michigan could decide presidency. These are the facts that shape our state.

Michigan could decide presidency. These are the facts that shape our state.

February 10, 2020 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

With the Michigan primary just weeks away, Bridge Magazine is unveiling its 2020 Fact Guide to help frame the debate and separate rhetoric from facts.

Michigan is a toss-up state again after favoring Democrats for a generation

Michigan is a toss-up state again after favoring Democrats for a generation

February 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has only 16 electoral votes among the 538 in the Electoral College that decides the U.S. presidency. But the state is expected to be a key battleground for Democrats and President Donald Trump.

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change higher education

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change higher education

February 10, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Lower (or free) college tuition? Erasing student loan debt? Democrats running for president have big ideas about cutting the cost of higher education. Here’s a primer on where each candidate stands.

What Democratic presidential candidates’ plans mean for Michigan environment

What Democratic presidential candidates’ plans mean for Michigan environment

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates’ plans for water quality, climate change and other environmental issues could have major effects on Michigan.

Dems have big PFAS plans, fewer for Great Lakes, as Michigan primary nears

Dems have big PFAS plans, fewer for Great Lakes, as Michigan primary nears

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic presidential candidates are rolling out plans to fight PFAS, improve water quality and fight climate change. There’s less talk about the Great Lakes before the March 10 primary, which some call a glaring omission.

How Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepared for State of Union response

How Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepared for State of Union response

February 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stands in spotlight, as she delivers Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Republicans say all she’s delivered is broken promises.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer takes aim at Trump’s economy in State of Union reply

Michigan Gov. Whitmer takes aim at Trump’s economy in State of Union reply

February 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer says ‘Americans are hurting,’ especially in Michigan, which is expected to be a battleground state in this year’s presidential election. 

How Trump clean water rule impacts Michigan’s wetlands and streams

How Trump clean water rule impacts Michigan’s wetlands and streams

February 3, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan farmers and business groups endorse the clarity they say the Trump rule brings to commercial practices. Environmentalists warn that wetlands would vanish and pollutants increase in the state’s lakes and streams.

Trump is in Michigan to tout the new NAFTA. Here’s what it means to Michigan.

Trump is in Michigan to tout the new NAFTA. Here’s what it means to Michigan.

January 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is expected to provide some boost to the auto industry in the short term, but economists warn it may harm manufacturing jobs in the long run.

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change health care, Medicare

How Democratic presidential candidates want to change health care, Medicare

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s presidential primary is March 10. Here’s a look at how the contenders would change health insurance.

Fact Squad | Sanders promises Medicare for All will cut Michigan auto rates

Fact Squad | Sanders promises Medicare for All will cut Michigan auto rates

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders claims car insurance rates will fall with his Medicare for All plan. He doesn’t mention that they’re expected to change anyway this year.

Bridge is doubling down on politics and changing how we fact-check claims

Bridge is doubling down on politics and changing how we fact-check claims

January 27, 2020 | Joel Kurth

With Michigan expected to play a crucial role in national election politics, Bridge is launching weekly coverage of issues in the race. We also are launching the Michigan Fact Squad to scrutinize political ads.

What Democrats’ Medicare for All plans would mean for Michigan

What Democrats’ Medicare for All plans would mean for Michigan

January 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say Medicare for All would extend health care coverage to more than 500,000 Michigan residents and end expensive costs that can make it unaffordable. But residents and businesses in Michigan would face significant tax hikes, and private insurance workers could lose their jobs.

A Michigan family goes to Canada for insulin. Will a drug import law help?

A Michigan family goes to Canada for insulin. Will a drug import law help?

January 23, 2020 | Robin Erb

Bills in Lansing would legalize the sale of discounted Canadian drugs to Michigan. But the measures face a host of obstacles, not least from Canadians worried about protecting their own supplies.