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Opinion | Dear Gov. Whitmer, our Michigan restaurants must open now to survive

Opinion | Dear Gov. Whitmer, our Michigan restaurants must open now to survive

January 19, 2021 | Travis Stoliker, Matthew Gillett

In this open letter to the governor, restaurant owners from across the state make a plea against the ban on indoor dining. 

Gov. Whitmer urges Michigan schools to offer in-class learning by March 1

Gov. Whitmer urges Michigan schools to offer in-class learning by March 1

January 8, 2021 | Ron French

Ten months after she ordered all schools to close to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said it’s time to plan for reopening classes. Recent studies show schools can remain safe with certain precautions, while there can be a heavy price for keeping children isolated.

Whitmer Kidnap Case | Alleged conspirators indicted, face hearing Thursday

Whitmer Kidnap Case | Alleged conspirators indicted, face hearing Thursday

December 17, 2020 | Bridge Staff

On Oct. 8, the FBI claims that a Michigan militia group tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. This continuously updated post includes details of the case, the suspects and what's next.

GOP says Whitmer is ‘neutering’ them, votes to limit Michigan COVID orders

GOP says Whitmer is ‘neutering’ them, votes to limit Michigan COVID orders

December 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In a party-line vote, the Michigan Senate passes legislation requiring its approval to extend emergency orders past 28 days. A veto is certain, but one lawmaker says the GOP needs to stop Whitmer’s ‘emasculation’ of lawmakers.

Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan COVID ‘pause’ will go at least 12 more days

Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan COVID ‘pause’ will go at least 12 more days

December 7, 2020 | Robin Erb, Paula Gardner

The extension keeps bowling alleys, casinos and other businesses closed and bans indoor service at bars and restaurants while Whitmer again calls on the GOP Legislature for more unemployment aid and a mask mandate.

Opinion | Whitmer’s poor decision on Line 5 jeopardizes Michigan’s future

Opinion | Whitmer’s poor decision on Line 5 jeopardizes Michigan’s future

December 5, 2020 | Greg Markkanen

Governor Whitmer has made her choice on Line 5 for now, but it’s not too late for cooler heads to prevail and for her to reverse this decision.

Experts: Whitmer has upper hand in Line 5 case, but May shutdown is uncertain

Experts: Whitmer has upper hand in Line 5 case, but May shutdown is uncertain

November 18, 2020 | Kelly House

Legal experts say the state has broad discretion to take action to protect the Great Lakes from environmental harm. Enbridge’s willingness to fight Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shutdown order may depend on its ability to keep the oil flowing during litigation.

GOP leader: Michigan doesn’t need COVID mandates — or to impeach Gov. Whitmer

GOP leader: Michigan doesn’t need COVID mandates — or to impeach Gov. Whitmer

November 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Republicans aren’t planning legislation to curb ‘runaway’ COVID-19 cases. But he says efforts to recall Gretchen Whitmer are a ‘distraction’

Experts praise Michigan 3-week pause. Some in GOP mull Whitmer impeachment.

Experts praise Michigan 3-week pause. Some in GOP mull Whitmer impeachment.

November 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Health experts say other states should enact Michigan’s latest coronavirus restrictions, while a member of Donald Trump’s COVID task force calls on residents to resist and some conservative lawmakers float impeachment of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Whitmer orders Enbridge Line 5 shutdown, citing easement violations

Whitmer orders Enbridge Line 5 shutdown, citing easement violations

November 13, 2020 | Kelly House, Jonathan Oosting

Citing violations of a 1953 easement that gives Enbridge permission to operate its petroleum pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday announced that Enbridge must shut the pipeline down by May.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: COVID’s deadliest days in Michigan loom ahead

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: COVID’s deadliest days in Michigan loom ahead

November 12, 2020 | Robin Erb

Just hours after Michigan hospital leaders urged the wearing of masks, the governor pleaded with residents to cancel large Thanksgiving and holiday plans and take urgent measures to prevent the virus’ spread.

Whitmer administration leaves restaurants in dark on new COVID rule

Whitmer administration leaves restaurants in dark on new COVID rule

November 2, 2020 | Paula Gardner

New pandemic rules require restaurants to get customers’ names and phone numbers to help with contact tracing if there is an outbreak. But as the rules took effect Monday, state health officials had yet to give restaurants guidance on how to enforce them.

Michigan business leaders urge Whitmer and Republicans to unite on COVID

Michigan business leaders urge Whitmer and Republicans to unite on COVID

October 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Some of the state’s top CEOs sent a letter Wednesday urging Republican lawmakers and the state’s Democratic governor to present a united front on coronavirus safety measures as Michigan braces for a second wave of the virus.

Some Michigan Republicans propose local opt-out for COVID lockdown orders

Some Michigan Republicans propose local opt-out for COVID lockdown orders

October 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

House Republicans want to allow communities with low rates to opt out of mask mandates, business rules and the like. Few counties meet those thresholds now.

'Lock her up' chants erupt as Trump attacks Whitmer at Michigan rally

'Lock her up' chants erupt as Trump attacks Whitmer at Michigan rally

October 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Less than two weeks after authorities exposed a militia plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Michigan’s governor in a Muskegon campaign rally that inspired his supporters to chant “lock her up.”

 ‘I’m going to have fun hunting,’ accused plotter said in Michigan Capitol

‘I’m going to have fun hunting,’ accused plotter said in Michigan Capitol

October 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

As officials debate a ban on guns at the Michigan Capitol, a video has emerged showing a man accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blasting Democrats and Republicans alike at a protest.

FBI: Whitmer conspirators wanted to leave her in lake, kidnap Va. governor

FBI: Whitmer conspirators wanted to leave her in lake, kidnap Va. governor

October 13, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Tuesday’s federal court hearing in Grand Rapids revealed new allegations in the case against six men charged with plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her COVID-19 shutdown orders. Three of the men were denied bond.

Whitmer signs Clean Slate Michigan, allowing automatic felony expungement

Whitmer signs Clean Slate Michigan, allowing automatic felony expungement

October 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Hundreds of thousands of people will be eligible for expungement under new laws signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan court rebukes Whitmer, ending COVID powers now rather than 28 days

Michigan court rebukes Whitmer, ending COVID powers now rather than 28 days

October 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A 6-1 Michigan Supreme Court decision is another blow to the governor, whose unilateral emergency powers were struck down earlier this month. 

Michigan GOP leader questions why Legislature wasn’t warned of terror plot

Michigan GOP leader questions why Legislature wasn’t warned of terror plot

October 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Saturday, asking why state lawmakers, who were initially a focus of an alleged domestic terrorist attack, weren’t alerted to the plan earlier.

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