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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.”

Confusion reigns in Michigan over masks, business rules after COVID ruling

Confusion reigns in Michigan over masks, business rules after COVID ruling

October 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration moves to reimpose mask and social distancing rules through her health department. Republicans question if she has that right after a court ruling limited her power. Meanwhile, COVID is spiking again.

COVID masks can still be required in Michigan schools, despite ruling

COVID masks can still be required in Michigan schools, despite ruling

October 5, 2020 | Ron French

How does Friday’s Supreme Court ruling upending Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency power authority impact coronavirus mandates in Michigan schools? We answer some of your major questions.

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.

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