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Michigan Republicans who pushed false fraud claims: Don’t blame us for riots

Michigan Republicans who pushed false fraud claims: Don’t blame us for riots

January 6, 2021 | Madeline Halpert, Kelly House

A year of violence, much of which was rooted in Michigan, erupts in mayhem in Washington. While all sides condemn the violence, Democrats say Republicans fueled flames for months and Black activists were treated far differently for civil rights protests.

Amid Capitol riot, Michigan officials wonder: This is America?

Amid Capitol riot, Michigan officials wonder: This is America?

January 6, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Officials decry ‘assault on democracy’ as extremists supporting President Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in an effort to upend the peaceful transition of power to Democrat Joe Biden.

Experts explain the most common Michigan voter issues on Election Day

Experts explain the most common Michigan voter issues on Election Day

January 6, 2021 | Bisma Parvez

Voters asked about photo identification, same-day registration, and if previously incarcerated people are eligible to vote.

It’s Trump’s last stand at Electoral College count. All eyes are on Michigan

It’s Trump’s last stand at Electoral College count. All eyes are on Michigan

January 6, 2021 | Madeline Halpert

High drama is expected in Washington on Wednesday, as 140 Republicans, including three from Michigan, try to deny Joe Biden the presidency and keep Donald Trump in office. Spoiler alert: They will fail.

Michigan’s $3.5B road plan on track despite pandemic, state official says

Michigan’s $3.5B road plan on track despite pandemic, state official says

January 5, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajeba says traffic slowdowns allowed contractors to work longer, but the state still needs more money for roads.

Three GOP Michigan reps back plan to keep President Trump in power

Three GOP Michigan reps back plan to keep President Trump in power

January 4, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

U.S. Reps. Jack Bergman and Tim Walberg will object to certification of Electoral College results, while Lisa McClain says she has ‘grave concerns’ over unsubstantiated fraud claims.

Michigan election costs rise with absentee ballots. Will GOP foot the bill?

Michigan election costs rise with absentee ballots. Will GOP foot the bill?

January 4, 2021 | Madeline Halpert

November’s election was the most expensive in history, and nonprofit grants helped ensure a smooth process. But such funding isn’t guaranteed and the Legislature is dubious about increasing budgets.

Coronavirus, Michigan water, the economy and other stories to watch in 2021

Coronavirus, Michigan water, the economy and other stories to watch in 2021

January 4, 2021 | Bridge Staff

In a new year marked by uncertainty and hope, here are the stories that could define 2021, from the vaccine to a new president.

Best of Bridge Michigan: Top political stories of 2020

Best of Bridge Michigan: Top political stories of 2020

December 29, 2020 | Bridge Staff

In a year like none other, we look back at the news articles that moved us most about politics.

Michigan locks up children for truancy, defiance, other noncriminal acts

Michigan locks up children for truancy, defiance, other noncriminal acts

December 22, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen and Duaa Eldeib, ProPublica

State’s juvenile justice system is archaic. Counties act with little oversight, and the state keeps such poor data it doesn’t know how many juveniles it has in custody or what happens to them once they’re in the system.

Michigan lawmakers head home. Stimulus passes. Transparency reform still dead.

Michigan lawmakers head home. Stimulus passes. Transparency reform still dead.

December 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A relatively tame lame duck produces a $465 million COVID relief plan. Lawmakers extended unemployment, passed criminal justice reform and  extended a water shutoff moratorium. But efforts to make records of the government more available to the public failed once again.

Whitmer extends Michigan indoor dining ban, allows other businesses to reopen

Whitmer extends Michigan indoor dining ban, allows other businesses to reopen

December 18, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

No indoor dining at restaurants until Jan. 15, but casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, stadiums and in-school learning can reopen Monday with some limitations, according to the new order from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Whitmer Kidnap Case | Alleged conspirators indicted, face hearing Thursday

Whitmer Kidnap Case | Alleged conspirators indicted, face hearing Thursday

December 17, 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.

What COVID stimulus plan would mean to Michigan’s jobless, cities and renters

What COVID stimulus plan would mean to Michigan’s jobless, cities and renters

December 16, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Congressional leaders are nearing a $900 billion stimulus that would extend include $600 checks and an eviction moratorium, but no relief to municipalities stung by lost income taxes.

What Jennifer Granholm’s appointment as energy secretary means for Michigan

What Jennifer Granholm’s appointment as energy secretary means for Michigan

December 16, 2020 | Kelly House

 Energy and political experts expect Granholm to borrow a page from her playbook as governor, using grant programs and financial incentives to fund research and attract industry investment in a carbon-free economy.

Benson slams Michigan GOP election probe as ‘embarrassment,’ won’t appear

Benson slams Michigan GOP election probe as ‘embarrassment,’ won’t appear

December 16, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson refused an invitation to speak before a House oversight committee that hosted Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, saying it amplified “conspiracy theories.” The GOP chair said Benson’s playing “cheap political games.”

Dominion CEO: Michigan vote fraud claims ‘beyond bizarre’ and ‘dangerous’

Dominion CEO: Michigan vote fraud claims ‘beyond bizarre’ and ‘dangerous’

December 15, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

“No Cuba. No China. No Venezuela,” and no, the Dominion Voting Systems isn’t programmed to steal elections, its CEO testifies. But President Trump’s lies are endangering workers, he says.

It’s (all but) over: Michigan’s 16 electoral votes go to Joe Biden

It’s (all but) over: Michigan’s 16 electoral votes go to Joe Biden

December 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

Weeks of protests and false fraud claims culminate as Michigan’s 16 electors vote for Democrat Joe Biden. That makes his election official, but President Trump isn’t going quietly.

Michigan GOP rep punished for refusing to rule out Electoral College violence

Michigan GOP rep punished for refusing to rule out Electoral College violence

December 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Rep. Gary Eisen told a radio interviewer of plans to disrupt Monday’s Electoral College vote and wouldn’t rule out the possibility of violence at the Michigan Capitol.

As Electoral College meets, GOP and Dems agree Michigan vote needs reforms

As Electoral College meets, GOP and Dems agree Michigan vote needs reforms

December 14, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

As mail-in voting could become the norm, Democrats see the need for tweaks. But Republicans say broader changes are needed to preserve the integrity of elections.

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