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Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

May 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Republicans say they are still planning to sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her emergency power, contemplating a large-scale petition drive to limit her authority and preparing to begin oversight hearings on her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Just not this week.

Few coronavirus cases, lots of land. Should northern Michigan reopen?

Few coronavirus cases, lots of land. Should northern Michigan reopen?

May 3, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

Northern Michigan has more than half of the state’s land mass and 2 percent of its coronavirus cases. As Gov. Whitmer says she’ll take geography into account to reopen the economy, Bridge examines regional differences in cases, hospital capacity, testing and unemployment.

Maybe it’s time to rethink allowing guns in Michigan Capitol, officials say

Maybe it’s time to rethink allowing guns in Michigan Capitol, officials say

May 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

There are no metal detectors, no weapon checks and no policy to prohibit loaded weapons at the Capitol. With armed men heckling lawmakers in bulletproof vests, some critics say it may be time to change gun rules. 

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

April 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's emergency to May 28 and orders bars, restaurant dining rooms and casinos to close through that date. The order came shortly after Republican lawmakers refused to extend the emergency and authorized a lawsuit challenging her powers.  

Michigan roads still stink, and the coronavirus makes them harder to fix

Michigan roads still stink, and the coronavirus makes them harder to fix

April 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

New ratings show Michigan roads are still bad and its bridges are getting worse. The coronavirus pandemic  has already decreased gas tax revenue needed to fix them.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejected a GOP offer to extend her emergency powers in exchange for a promise to work with lawmakers. "Michigan remains in a state of emergency regardless of the actions you decide to take,” Whitmer says. But she faces growing pressure and lawsuits to loosen her orders.

Michigan's Justin Amash wants to be president. He faces super long odds.

Michigan's Justin Amash wants to be president. He faces super long odds.

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP last year after backing calls to impeach President Donald Trump, faces almost insurmountable odds as he looks to upend a two-party system he has lambasted as ineffective and unresponsive.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order is coming on Friday to allow construction crews to get back to work, as Gretchen Whitmer teases out parts of her plan to reopen Michigan’s shuttered economy. That’s not fast enough for some Senate Republicans.

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

April 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan will reopen in phases across eight regions and nine workplace types, depending on coronavirus case counts and the risk for continued spread. The process could start in the next two weeks with construction firms and other “outdoor enterprises,” Gov. Whitmer said Monday. 

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants 28-day extension of emergency powers

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants 28-day extension of emergency powers

April 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic governor on Monday said she will seek another extension of her sweeping powers, potentially setting up a clash with the Republican-led Legislature that has questioned her approach to the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks.

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home executive order means to Michigan

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home executive order means to Michigan

April 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

You’re required to wear a mask in public enclosed spaces, but you can buy non-essential items for curbside pickup, among other changes.

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through May 15 but relaxed rules for large retailers while allowing landscapers, plant nurseries, bike repair shops and other select businesses to resume operations. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer’s pending announcement comes as Republican lawmakers plan a meeting to review her handling of the coronavirus crisis, and to lobby to reopen the economy.

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

April 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The GOP-led Legislature announced plans to vote on limiting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers and form a panel to conduct oversight of her actions during the state’s economic shutdown.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seeks to tamp down expectations that the economy will reopen next week, saying the state likely needs more time to avoid a second wave of coronavirus. Republicans have signaled an opposition to any extension.

Meet the Trump-loving group behind protest of Gov. Whitmer’s stay-home order

Meet the Trump-loving group behind protest of Gov. Whitmer’s stay-home order

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Once a minor player, the Michigan Conservative Coalition has worked its way into the mainstream of Republican Party politics by organizing voters who are fiercely loyal to President Trump. Hosting “Trumperware parties” and wooing women back to the GOP, it may be the most influential grassroots group you’ve never heard of.

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan state budget coffers have been hit hard by the coronavirus, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's staff begin sending emails to state employees Wednesday announcing 10-day layoffs.

Six years after Flint water switch, residents fear justice may never come

Six years after Flint water switch, residents fear justice may never come

April 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Six years is the statute of limitations for most felonies in Michigan. That has many residents worried the stalled criminal case related to the water contamination is going nowhere. Michigan officials promise they will bring charges.

Five counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula await arrival of coronavirus

Five counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula await arrival of coronavirus

April 21, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Some of Michigan’s most remote regions have so far been spared, at least in what’s been officially recorded. With a vast geography, few tests and even fewer hospital beds, they wait and hope for the best. 

Want Michigan to reopen soon? Stay home now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges

Want Michigan to reopen soon? Stay home now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges

April 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging Michigan residents to continue staying at home as the state’s coronavirus curve appears to bend and she develops plans to begin reopening parts of the economy by May 1.

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