Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has filed felony criminal charges against at least three people linked to a false fraud scandal that kept five Republican gubernatorial hopefuls off the ballot in 2022.
It made for a good narrative, but there was no youth surge in November, records show. In fact, turnout among voters under 30 fell from 2018, when legalizing pot was on the ballot, particularly among men.
Despite a solid victory for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and fellow Democrats in the Michigan Legislature, Republicans increased their share of county commission seats, where maps are still drawn by local politicians.
While running for re-election, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer created a parents’ council. Now, the group has issued vague recommendations for Michigan schools that haven’t dampened criticism about the council from Republicans.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls national speculation ‘surreal’ but says she does not plan to run for president. ‘I love state government because the work that we do, you can see the results,’ she told Bridge Michigan.
Tuesday’s election put Democrats in charge of the state House, Senate and governor’s office. That could mean bonuses for teachers, more funding for vulnerable districts and an end to the third-grade reading law.
Campaigns are about vision. This current crop of Republicans lost sight of what brought them to power in the first place: fiscal responsibility; smaller government; and a strong focus on getting things done.