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Whitmer reopens Michigan from coronavirus in phases: What that means to you

Whitmer reopens Michigan from coronavirus in phases: What that means to you

May 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced details of a six-phase economic restart plan and announced that Michigan is already in the third phase because coronavirus case counts are “flattening.”

Tribal casinos may be headed for clash with Whitmer, Nessel over reopening

Tribal casinos may be headed for clash with Whitmer, Nessel over reopening

May 7, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta, Ron French

At least six U.P. casinos may reopen before the end of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order closing bars, dine-in restaurants and casinos. They can do that. They’re sovereign nations.

GOP-led Legislature sues Michigan Gov. Whitmer over emergency powers

GOP-led Legislature sues Michigan Gov. Whitmer over emergency powers

May 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Senate Majority Leader MIke Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield announced the Court of Claims lawsuit at the Michigan Capitol, acting on authorization granted by lawmakers last week.

Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

May 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Republicans say they are still planning to sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her emergency power, contemplating a large-scale petition drive to limit her authority and preparing to begin oversight hearings on her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Just not this week.

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

April 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's emergency to May 28 and orders bars, restaurant dining rooms and casinos to close through that date. The order came shortly after Republican lawmakers refused to extend the emergency and authorized a lawsuit challenging her powers.  

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order is coming on Friday to allow construction crews to get back to work, as Gretchen Whitmer teases out parts of her plan to reopen Michigan’s shuttered economy. That’s not fast enough for some Senate Republicans.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejected a GOP offer to extend her emergency powers in exchange for a promise to work with lawmakers. "Michigan remains in a state of emergency regardless of the actions you decide to take,” Whitmer says. But she faces growing pressure and lawsuits to loosen her orders.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants 28-day extension of emergency powers

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants 28-day extension of emergency powers

April 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic governor on Monday said she will seek another extension of her sweeping powers, potentially setting up a clash with the Republican-led Legislature that has questioned her approach to the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks.

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

April 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan will reopen in phases across eight regions and nine workplace types, depending on coronavirus case counts and the risk for continued spread. The process could start in the next two weeks with construction firms and other “outdoor enterprises,” Gov. Whitmer said Monday. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer’s pending announcement comes as Republican lawmakers plan a meeting to review her handling of the coronavirus crisis, and to lobby to reopen the economy.

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through May 15 but relaxed rules for large retailers while allowing landscapers, plant nurseries, bike repair shops and other select businesses to resume operations. 

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home executive order means to Michigan

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home executive order means to Michigan

April 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

You’re required to wear a mask in public enclosed spaces, but you can buy non-essential items for curbside pickup, among other changes.

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

April 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The GOP-led Legislature announced plans to vote on limiting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers and form a panel to conduct oversight of her actions during the state’s economic shutdown.

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan state budget coffers have been hit hard by the coronavirus, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's staff begin sending emails to state employees Wednesday announcing 10-day layoffs.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seeks to tamp down expectations that the economy will reopen next week, saying the state likely needs more time to avoid a second wave of coronavirus. Republicans have signaled an opposition to any extension.

Want Michigan to reopen soon? Stay home now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges

Want Michigan to reopen soon? Stay home now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges

April 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging Michigan residents to continue staying at home as the state’s coronavirus curve appears to bend and she develops plans to begin reopening parts of the economy by May 1.

Michigan Legislature won’t extend Whitmer’s stay-home order, Shirkey says

Michigan Legislature won’t extend Whitmer’s stay-home order, Shirkey says

April 18, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

 Senate majority leader says, unlike other states, Michigan won’t extend its stay-home order after April 30. But Mike Shirkey says plenty of restrictions are likely even after the order expires.

Inside Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus fight: ‘We know we saved lives'

Inside Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus fight: ‘We know we saved lives'

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

First-term Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s national profile is rising, along with criticisms about her stay-at-home order and handling of the coronavirus. Internal documents show state workers spent weekends preparing but Whitmer acknowledges some regret: “If I could go back in time, would I have started stockpiling N-95 masks? Absolutely.”

Gov. Whitmer, Midwest governors team up on plans to reopen state economies

Gov. Whitmer, Midwest governors team up on plans to reopen state economies

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The bipartisan team includes Democratic Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Andy Beshear of Kentucky, along with Republican Govs. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Eric Holcomb of Indiana.

‘Operation Gridlock’ protest of Gov. Whitmer stay-home order jams Lansing

‘Operation Gridlock’ protest of Gov. Whitmer stay-home order jams Lansing

April 15, 2020 | Riley Beggin

SLIDESHOW: Hundreds of cars descend on downtown Lansing to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order. Protesters say the new limits go too far and infringe on liberties. Whitmer says they’re necessary to save lives.

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