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Michigan Dems prep for doomsday scenario: What if Trump loses, won’t concede?

Michigan Dems prep for doomsday scenario: What if Trump loses, won’t concede?

October 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic attorneys in Michigan are preparing for what would happen if election results are contested into December, and the GOP-controlled Legislature casts Electoral College votes for Trump. Both sides say it’s unlikely, but ...

Michigan early voting returns heaviest so far in Democratic counties

Michigan early voting returns heaviest so far in Democratic counties

October 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

In a year of record turnout, absentee voting is strongest in counties where Hillary Clinton did well in 2016. It’s unclear if the trend will hold through Nov. 3, but it’s bad news so far for Trump, Republicans.

Fact Squad | GOP ad smears Scholten legal work, claiming she helped ‘evade law’

Fact Squad | GOP ad smears Scholten legal work, claiming she helped ‘evade law’

October 20, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new TV ad claims Hillary Scholten’s work as an immigrations attorney made west Michigan unsafe. The ad twists some facts to reach reckless conclusions.

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.

Benson defends Michigan ban on guns at polls, says state police will enforce

Benson defends Michigan ban on guns at polls, says state police will enforce

October 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A lawsuit is expected this week from gun rights groups, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson the law is on her side. “This is an effort to protect our voters from intimidation,” she said.

Coronavirus sidelines veteran poll workers, adding to Michigan election stress

Coronavirus sidelines veteran poll workers, adding to Michigan election stress

October 19, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Many elections workers, who tend to be retirees, are sitting out Nov. 3, so clerks are turning to younger recruits for an Election Day that could be like few others. Among the newbies’ questions: What to do if people “walk in with AR-15s?”

Before you vote: These are facts, issues shaping Michigan in 2020 election

Before you vote: These are facts, issues shaping Michigan in 2020 election

October 19, 2020 | Joel Kurth

With the Nov. 3 election weeks away, take time to familiarize yourself with the Bridge Michigan’s 2020 Fact & Issue Guide to help inform your vote and separate rhetoric from facts.

Have questions about Michigan elections? About the ballot? Ask Bridge.

Have questions about Michigan elections? About the ballot? Ask Bridge.

October 19, 2020 | Monica Williams

People have lots of questions on returning ballots, voting in person and disinformation on the internet. Bridge Michigan is here to address your concerns and tackle your inquiries on the 2020 elections. You can also help inform our election coverage.

Voter turnout may surge in Detroit, spelling trouble for Trump in Michigan

Voter turnout may surge in Detroit, spelling trouble for Trump in Michigan

October 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say a decrease in votes among Detroit voters helped Donald Trump win Michigan in 2016. Four years later, some Detroiters who sat out 2016 say they’re eager to vote this time around.

'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.”

Michigan mail-in ballots must reach clerks by Nov. 3, appeals court rules

Michigan mail-in ballots must reach clerks by Nov. 3, appeals court rules

October 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The three-judge panel, all Republican appointed, overturned a lower court decision that had allowed ballots to be counted if they were postmarked by Election Day even if they did not arrive at a clerk’s office until as much as two weeks later.

Biden touts ACA, makes murky claims on economy in metro Detroit stop

Biden touts ACA, makes murky claims on economy in metro Detroit stop

October 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic nominee touted accomplishments on health care while critiquing Trump’s policies on the economy and COVID-19.

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.

Jocelyn Benson bans open carry of guns at Michigan polls on Election Day

Jocelyn Benson bans open carry of guns at Michigan polls on Election Day

October 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

The guidance clarifies rules for the November general election, barring openly carrying guns and allowing concealed carry, except in certain locations. Gun rights advocates call the ban a partisan Democratic effort to discourage conservative voters and vow to sue.

Fact Squad | Ad ties John James’ environment record to Koch Brothers donations

Fact Squad | Ad ties John James’ environment record to Koch Brothers donations

October 15, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new ad is mostly accurate, pointing out that John James has taken $650K from the oil and gas industry and groups tied to the conservatives whose company polluted southwest Detroit with pet coke. But the ad doesn’t tell the whole story.

Michigan’s ‘constitutional sheriffs’ vow to keep voters safe at polls

Michigan’s ‘constitutional sheriffs’ vow to keep voters safe at polls

October 14, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

The ‘constitutional sheriffs’ movement is suspicious of government overreach and believes sheriffs are the final legal authority in their counties. But Michigan members of the group say they will keep voters safe if antigovernment groups try to intimidate them on Election Day.

 ‘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.

Michigan lawmakers expand unemployment benefits, pass business COVID liability

Michigan lawmakers expand unemployment benefits, pass business COVID liability

October 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In a marathon session, the GOP-led Legislature also passed bills demanding subpoena power over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointees and approved a non-binding measure opposing defunding the police.

Michigan has no law against guns at polls, but Dana Nessel may clarify rules

Michigan has no law against guns at polls, but Dana Nessel may clarify rules

October 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Anyone can openly carry a gun, but guns are banned at some locations that are regularly used as polling places, such as churches and schools. The rules have caused confusion over the years.

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.

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