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Whitmer, GOP reach Michigan school restart deal over protests from educators

Whitmer, GOP reach Michigan school restart deal over protests from educators

August 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan schools can restart this fall with online-only instruction but will be required to revisit that decision monthly and allow for parental feedback in public meetings under a new deal between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders.

Michigan health director: Blame me for COVID contract with political firm

Michigan health director: Blame me for COVID contract with political firm

August 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon on Thursday apologized and took responsibility for initially contracting with a political firm to conduct contact tracing at the height of the state’s COVID-19 crisis.

Michigan senator who got COVID didn’t wear a mask at anti-Whitmer event

Michigan senator who got COVID didn’t wear a mask at anti-Whitmer event

August 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Sen. Tom Barrett says he took “reasonable precautions” before he contracted the coronavirus, but less than two weeks before he was diagnosed, he didn’t wear a mask at a petition drive event that drew hundreds.  Public health officials say there’s no indication that it caused an outbreak.

Gov. Whitmer, GOP near deal on Michigan school reopenings amid pandemic

Gov. Whitmer, GOP near deal on Michigan school reopenings amid pandemic

August 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan school districts would have the ability to choose in-person, remote or hybrid instruction this fall under a plan being negotiated by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer says racism is a public health crisis. What's next?

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer says racism is a public health crisis. What's next?

August 11, 2020 | Alex B. Hill

Increasing Black homeownership and wealth, equitable redevelopment practices, and equitable distribution of financial resources to schools and communities can have significant impacts, but require supporting policies and political will.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer isn’t Biden’s VP pick but will speak at convention

Michigan Gov. Whitmer isn’t Biden’s VP pick but will speak at convention

August 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Joe Biden on Tuesday named Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate to help take on Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, ending speculation he could pick Whitmer or other candidates who had been vetted for the role.

If Biden taps Gretchen Whitmer as VP, what happens to Michigan government?

If Biden taps Gretchen Whitmer as VP, what happens to Michigan government?

August 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

 Vice presidential nominees almost never resign unless or until they win election, so Gretchen Whitmer likely would remain Michigan governor even if she is tapped by Joe Biden as his running mate. But would she curtail her duties to campaign amid a deadly pandemic?

Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan COVID-19 state of emergency through Sept. 4

Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan COVID-19 state of emergency through Sept. 4

August 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The extended state of emergency allows the governor to continue issuing executive orders such as the mask-wearing requirement and stay-at-home order.

Poll: Slim majority opposes drive to limit Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s power

Poll: Slim majority opposes drive to limit Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s power

August 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Fifty-two percent of Michigan voters oppose a petition drive that would repeal a 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to continue an emergency declaration during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new statewide poll. But that may not stop the GOP-led Legislature from enacting the initiative anyway.

Michigan’s new coronavirus order: masks for little kids at camp, child care

Michigan’s new coronavirus order: masks for little kids at camp, child care

August 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Following an outbreak at a camp, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday issued another executive order requiring masks for those older than 2. Child care officials say most already were taking similar precautions.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer orders state police to enforce COVID executive orders

Michigan Gov. Whitmer orders state police to enforce COVID executive orders

August 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin

As coronavirus cases rise in Michigan — and enforcement of social distancing rules is spotty statewide — the governor orders state police to enforce her executive orders like any other law and requires state agencies to consider pulling licenses of violators.

Whitmer governs by ‘fiat,’ GOP argues in suit over Michigan pandemic powers

Whitmer governs by ‘fiat,’ GOP argues in suit over Michigan pandemic powers

August 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a high-stakes case challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican-led Legislature sued the governor and is expected to take the fight to the Michigan Supreme Court if necessary.

Whitmer lets Detroit casinos open but limits northern Michigan indoor bars

Whitmer lets Detroit casinos open but limits northern Michigan indoor bars

July 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Detroit casinos can reopen at limited capacity next week but some northern Michigan bars will have to end indoor service again under an executive order signed late Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

A third of Michigan’s COVID deaths are in nursing homes. Who is to blame?

A third of Michigan’s COVID deaths are in nursing homes. Who is to blame?

July 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Republicans claim Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies are partially to blame for 2,000 nursing home deaths. But new data show the state is far from alone in failing to protect its most vulnerable from the virus, as states like Florida once heralded for its policies are seeing dramatic spikes.

Fact Squad: No, Michigan Gov. Whitmer did not ‘defund the police’

Fact Squad: No, Michigan Gov. Whitmer did not ‘defund the police’

July 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Conservative “news” outlets, activists and a Republican super PAC this week falsely accused Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of  “defunding the police” by executive order. Fact Squad sets the record straight.

Michigan’s GOP-led Legislature considers rare veto override against Whitmer

Michigan’s GOP-led Legislature considers rare veto override against Whitmer

July 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Republican legislators are pushing for rare veto override votes this week at the Michigan Capitol after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed bills to strengthen whistleblower protections for state workers and delay summer tax bills for property owners. The proposals previously passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support. 

 Whitmer tightens Michigan’s mask order but makes it optional when voting

Whitmer tightens Michigan’s mask order but makes it optional when voting

July 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tightened her COVID-19 mask mandate on Friday in an attempt to coax compliance by reluctant businesses, saying they cannot “assume” someone without a mask is exempt because of a medical condition. 

Violence erupts in Michigan over state mask mandate ‘powder keg’

Violence erupts in Michigan over state mask mandate ‘powder keg’

July 14, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French, Jonathan Oosting

Tensions are boiling over as confrontations increase over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's mask rule designed to contain COVID-19 becomes “the number one anxiety-producing pain point for retailers right now.”

Opinion | Whitmer’s school reopening plan puts student, teacher safety first

Opinion | Whitmer’s school reopening plan puts student, teacher safety first

July 12, 2020 | David Hecker

The state’s roadmap for school reopening during the pandemic allows flexibility for communities to make their own decisions, while requiring safety protocols meant to help stem the spread of COVID-19, says AFT teacher union president David Hecker.

Whitmer orders Michigan stores to refuse entry to those not wearing masks

Whitmer orders Michigan stores to refuse entry to those not wearing masks

July 10, 2020 | Ron French, Paula Gardner

With coronavirus cases rising, Michigan’s governor toughened state face mask requirements. Starting Monday, expect to be refused entry to stores and restaurants if you’re not covered. Customers face fines, stores face closure for ignoring.

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