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Nessel won’t enforce Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders after court ruling

Nessel won’t enforce Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders after court ruling

October 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says a Friday court order means she will no longer enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency coronavirus orders. At least one local health department is issuing orders instead, but the Legislature is unlikely to adopt sweeping measures favored by the governor.

GOP leader: No mask mandates, Michigan needs to learn to live with coronavirus

GOP leader: No mask mandates, Michigan needs to learn to live with coronavirus

October 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

One day after Michigan Supreme Court rules Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can’t impose emergency powers during pandemic without input from lawmakers, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says the panel is unlikely to agree to far-reaching restrictions. ‘The virus ultimately was going to win,’ he says.

Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis a 'wake-up call,' Michigan Gov. Whitmer says

Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis a 'wake-up call,' Michigan Gov. Whitmer says

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The president is in quarantine but had planned rallies in Wisconsin on Saturday. Whitmer said the diagnosis is a reminder that the dangers of the pandemic persist.

Maskless activists rally against Michigan Gov. Whitmer after Trump diagnosis

Maskless activists rally against Michigan Gov. Whitmer after Trump diagnosis

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Hundreds gather at Michigan Capitol to blast Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic orders Friday, the same day that President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. His diagnosis set off a brief panic among Republicans.

Whitmer orders restrictions in Upper Peninsula as coronavirus cases spike

Whitmer orders restrictions in Upper Peninsula as coronavirus cases spike

October 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Paula Gardner

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requires the U.P. to adhere to the same guidelines as most of the Lower Peninsula. The move comes as cases have exploded in western counties near Wisconsin.

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Kelly House

A divided court declared unconstitutional  a 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to issue orders without input from the Legislature. The GOP declares it a ‘great day’ and the fate of 120-plus orders from Whitmer are now in question.

Opinion | When government works: Michigan’s response to COVID's economic crisis

Opinion | When government works: Michigan’s response to COVID's economic crisis

October 1, 2020 | H. Luke Shaefer

Expanded unemployment assistance, an eviction moratorium and diverse collaborations played a major role in shoring up the financial stability for millions of Michiganders.

Michigan lawmaker, a critic of masks and Gov. Whitmer, contracts COVID-19

Michigan lawmaker, a critic of masks and Gov. Whitmer, contracts COVID-19

September 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Republican state Rep. Beau LaFave, a critic of orders to restrict businesses because of COVID-19, is self-quarantining after contracting the virus. He said the illness hasn't changed his mind about Gov. Whitmer's orders.

Nessel investigates Unlock Michigan petition drive

Nessel investigates Unlock Michigan petition drive

September 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

One longtime elections attorney said the attorney general's probe could result in misdemeanor criminal charges against circulators, petition firms or others involved in the effort.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledges to make Michigan carbon-neutral by 2050

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledges to make Michigan carbon-neutral by 2050

September 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan becomes the ninth state in the nation to set a carbon neutral goal. Environmental groups say the impact of climate change is already harming the Great Lakes State.

Signature fight expected over Michigan petition drive to limit Whitmer powers

Signature fight expected over Michigan petition drive to limit Whitmer powers

September 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Unlock Michigan group seeking to repeal Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers has collected enough signatures to advance its initiative to the Republican-led Legislature for likely enactment. But they may not be counted until next year, setting up a fight.

Whitmer, GOP leaders ditch transparency on budget for secret COVID deal

Whitmer, GOP leaders ditch transparency on budget for secret COVID deal

September 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

State lawmakers could vote as soon as Wednesday on a roughly $60 billion budget bill that few have seen. It’s the latest development involving Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who campaigned on a pledge of transparency but has been slow to release information during the pandemic.

Whitmer: Michigan could remain in COVID-19 state of emergency for months

Whitmer: Michigan could remain in COVID-19 state of emergency for months

September 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Amid frustrations from some business owners about emergency orders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s weighing case counts, vaccine development and other factors in determining how long the crisis will last.

Whitmer thanks Michigan COVID essential workers with free community college

Whitmer thanks Michigan COVID essential workers with free community college

September 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Paula Gardner, Ron French

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer set aside $24 million in federal CARES Act funds to allow people required to work through the height of the coronavirus crisis to receive a free associate’s degree at a local community college.

Michigan Supreme Court questions Whitmer’s ‘profound’ power during pandemic

Michigan Supreme Court questions Whitmer’s ‘profound’ power during pandemic

September 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Justices grilled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s attorney for more than an hour and a half Wednesday, questioning the limits of her authority to take emergency actions without legislative approval during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan gyms, indoor pools can reopen Sept. 9, Gov. Whitmer orders

Michigan gyms, indoor pools can reopen Sept. 9, Gov. Whitmer orders

September 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

One day after saying she wasn’t quite ready, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopens one of the last remaining parts of Michigan’s economy, allowing fitness centers and ice rinks to reopen under some restrictions.

MI news coalition urges Gov. Whitmer to identify school COVID-19 outbreaks

MI news coalition urges Gov. Whitmer to identify school COVID-19 outbreaks

September 1, 2020 | Bridge Staff

A statewide group of news and government transparency groups is pushing the Whitmer administration to timely name schools and colleges in Michigan with coronavirus outbreaks as families decide whether to send children to classrooms.

Feds demand answers from Gov. Whitmer on Michigan nursing home deaths

Feds demand answers from Gov. Whitmer on Michigan nursing home deaths

August 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The U.S. Department of Justice demands records from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democratic governors who "issued orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands." A Whitmer spokeswoman says the request is  “election-year politics.”

Whitmer wins another round over executive powers. On to the Supreme Court

Whitmer wins another round over executive powers. On to the Supreme Court

August 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A second court sided with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over the emergency powers she’s used to implement protections against COVID-19.

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

August 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Democrats say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s prominent role in the national convention points to her rising profile within the party and the electoral importance of the state, which Trump narrowly won in 2016.

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