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 ‘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.

Michigan LGBT rights group files signatures for ‘historic’ ballot proposal

Michigan LGBT rights group files signatures for ‘historic’ ballot proposal

October 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Fair and Equal Michigan submits signatures for the 2022 election. The group had hoped to put its proposal to voters this year, but struggled to collect signatures during the pandemic.

Crush of poll watchers expected at Michigan election raises intimidation fears

Crush of poll watchers expected at Michigan election raises intimidation fears

October 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Thousands of poll watchers and challengers are expected at the Nov. 3 election, and some fear trouble. Here’s what’s legal and what isn’t, and what to expect.

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. 

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.

As evictions loom, Michigan areas to vote on affordable housing millages

As evictions loom, Michigan areas to vote on affordable housing millages

October 12, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

By one estimate, more than 300,000 Michigan households may be vulnerable to eviction due to economic hardship amid the coronavirus pandemic. In places like Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo County, high rental rates and a dearth of affordable housing fuel millage proposals intended to ease the strain.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.'

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.

‘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.”

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.

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.

State of Michigan not releasing details of kids' coronavirus deaths

State of Michigan not releasing details of kids' coronavirus deaths

October 7, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Michigan is among eight states nationally that have not released details about the number of children who've died from novel coronavirus since the pandemic began.

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