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Opinion | Gov. Whitmer needs our help in this crisis. That's common sense.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer needs our help in this crisis. That's common sense.

April 14, 2020 | Beth Bowen

Whether you voted for Gretchen Whitmer or not, whether you are a Democrat or Republican, whether you live in Onekama or Detroit, she is working to protect you and your family.

As Michigan coronavirus cases slow, Gov. Whitmer eyes reopening economy

As Michigan coronavirus cases slow, Gov. Whitmer eyes reopening economy

April 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The end of Michigan’s coronavirus nightmare may be in sight, but ‘we need to get this right,’ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday.  The business shutdown from the virus has left more than 1 million residents jobless.

Can you buy seeds in Michigan? Confusion reigns over Whitmer stay-home order.

Can you buy seeds in Michigan? Confusion reigns over Whitmer stay-home order.

April 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Several days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded her stay-home order, retailers are still confused by it and say the state is providing little guidance. Whitmer in turn accuses U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos of helping fund a protest against the rules.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order needs common-sense changes

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order needs common-sense changes

April 12, 2020 | Mike Shirkey

“The list of absurdities in the governor’s order is long, and unlike our gardens, it’s growing,” writes Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.

GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

April 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s coronavirus caseload is beginning to slow, prompting some to question Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-home order. She and doctors say vigilance is necessary or infections will spike.

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

April 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Additional restrictions will be put on large stores under extended stay-at-home order and vacation travel is banned.

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

April 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

State lawmakers answered screening questions, had their temperature checked and some wore masks in the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday as they extended Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to battle the coronavirus through April 30.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

April 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer says hospital data are slowly improving about the coronavirus and blames a lack of funding for jammed phone lines for those trying to file for unemployment.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

April 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s governor wants to identify residents who have recovered from the coronavirus to help plan when to reopen the economy. The state also will begin publishing recovery data, as Whitmer comes under scrutiny over transparency.

Whitmer closes Michigan classrooms for school year due to coronavirus

Whitmer closes Michigan classrooms for school year due to coronavirus

April 2, 2020 | Ron French

It wasn’t a decision anyone wanted to make, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shut the state’s school buildings for the remainder of the school year. School districts will ramp up remote learning for their homebound students.

Whitmer strongly hints she'll extend coronavirus stay-home order in Michigan

Whitmer strongly hints she'll extend coronavirus stay-home order in Michigan

April 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

With the state still roughly five weeks from hitting its peak in cases of the coronavirus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the threat to human life remains too perilous to loosen restrictions anytime soon.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer asks Legislature to extend emergency powers 70 days

Michigan Gov. Whitmer asks Legislature to extend emergency powers 70 days

April 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature to extend her emergency authority by 70 days amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The House is developing a plan to hold a session next week without violating social distancing guidelines.

Whitmer to end Michigan school year; seniors graduate, others move up

Whitmer to end Michigan school year; seniors graduate, others move up

March 30, 2020 | Ron French

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to close schools for the year, graduate seniors, move other students up a grade, waive the third-grade reading law and ensure teachers and other staff are paid.

Stay at home, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says as coronavirus cases soar

Stay at home, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says as coronavirus cases soar

March 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ron French

Residents are to stay at home except for workers in essential service sectors. Such orders in other states make allowances for hospitals, groceries, gas stations, take-out restaurants, pharmacies and the like to stay open.

 Michigan GOP to Whitmer: Use your powers to ease toll of coronavirus crisis

Michigan GOP to Whitmer: Use your powers to ease toll of coronavirus crisis

March 21, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

House Speaker Lee Chatfield wants Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to issue more executive orders to relax rules on health care, unemployment, child care and education.  He also wants free hunting license and alcohol take-out for restaurants struggling to stay open.

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

March 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump must’ve been watching cable news on Tuesday morning, because he lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer minutes after she appeared on MSNBC to discuss the coronavirus epidemic.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

March 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan mobilizes after two confirmed cases of coronavirus. State is set to OK $75 million for response, but a lack of tests remains a big concern. Bridge answers common questions about what is happening.

Michigan lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

Michigan lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

March 10, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

One year after blasting pork-barrel spending, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs onto a larger spending deal that includes $37 million in small community grants. Among other things, the money will pay for a Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall elevator and $1 million for the auto show.  

Coronavirus fears renew calls for Gov. Whitmer to end Detroit water shutoffs

Coronavirus fears renew calls for Gov. Whitmer to end Detroit water shutoffs

March 2, 2020 | Joel Kurth

One day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer denies a request for a health emergency in Detroit’s water shutoffs, activists again are seeking another one, saying that living without water could spread coronavirus.

Gretchen Whitmer asks to stop Michigan Medicaid work rules; 80,000 at risk

Gretchen Whitmer asks to stop Michigan Medicaid work rules; 80,000 at risk

February 25, 2020 | Robin Erb

80,000 Michiganders who must report to work — or prove to the state why they can’t — have until Saturday to file reports, according to the governor’s office. The state GOP stands behind the work rules. 

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