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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.”

Whitmer Kidnap Case | Five men set to stand trial in the case

Whitmer Kidnap Case | Five men set to stand trial in the case

October 16, 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.

 ‘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.

Wolverine Watchmen militia linked to Whitmer kidnap plot has Boogaloo ties

Wolverine Watchmen militia linked to Whitmer kidnap plot has Boogaloo ties

October 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Michigan is ‘the birthplace of the militia movement,’ but experts say the Wolverine Watchmen group linked to plots to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, target police and storm the state Capitol appears to be part of an increasingly extreme and conspiracy-minded antigovernment movement.

FBI claims Michigan militia group tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

FBI claims Michigan militia group tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

October 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Federal authorities arrest six men on allegations they tried to kidnap and put Whitmer on trial. They called her a ‘tyrant,’ echoing language of opponents of her COVID-19 restrictions.

Read affidavit accusing Michigan militia group of plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

Read affidavit accusing Michigan militia group of plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

October 8, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Here is a copy of the federal affidavit accusing six men of conspiracy to kidnap the Michigan governor and put her on trial.

‘Government is slavery,’ accused Michigan kidnap plotter vented online

‘Government is slavery,’ accused Michigan kidnap plotter vented online

October 8, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Mansur Shaheen

Social media accounts of men accused of attempting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer show they shared a love of guns and hatred of the government. ‘If they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

Gun ban unlikely at Michigan Capitol, despite plot to storm it, take hostages

Gun ban unlikely at Michigan Capitol, despite plot to storm it, take hostages

October 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Members of a group that oversees the Capitol say they’re ‘as surprised as anyone’ about an alleged plot to overthrow the government. But their position on a gun ban hasn’t changed.

Whitmer accuses Trump of ‘fomenting anger’ that fueled Michigan kidnap plot

Whitmer accuses Trump of ‘fomenting anger’ that fueled Michigan kidnap plot

October 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thanks law enforcement, calls her alleged kidnap plotters ‘sick and depraved’ and accuses President Trump of egging on extremists. The White House accuses Whitmer of 'sowing divisions.'

‘Liberate Michigan’: Months of angry rhetoric precede Whitmer kidnap plot

‘Liberate Michigan’: Months of angry rhetoric precede Whitmer kidnap plot

October 8, 2020 | Kelly House, Paula Gardner, Riley Beggin

Emotions have boiled over repeatedly this year over coronavirus lockdown orders. Violence has erupted over masks and protests have included guns. And now, a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Two brothers charged in Whitmer plot photographed with guns at Capitol

Two brothers charged in Whitmer plot photographed with guns at Capitol

October 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Identical twins charged with terrorism were part of a rally against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that spilled into the Capitol on April 30, state officials confirm. ‘We literally dodged death,’ one lawmaker says.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s year: Nooses, beheadings and shouts of tyranny

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s year: Nooses, beheadings and shouts of tyranny

October 8, 2020 | Ron French

The Michigan governor faced criticism for her emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic. But Whitmer also endured seven months of ominous threats, intimidation and accusations that culminated in an alleged plot to kidnap her.

Fact Squad | Trump gets a lot wrong in Twitter beef with Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Fact Squad | Trump gets a lot wrong in Twitter beef with Michigan Gov. Whitmer

October 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan never closed churches and schools are open, contrary to President Trump’s tweet to Whitmer on Wednesday. But Trump didn’t get everything wrong: Auto manufacturers are expanding.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Unemployment benefits are at risk and GOP is dawdling

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Unemployment benefits are at risk and GOP is dawdling

October 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A Michigan Supreme Court ruling invalidating executive orders from governor also could jeopardize unemployment pay extensions. Tensions are flaring, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calling Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey an “anti-masker.”

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