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Trump has one last move after Electoral College meets: imploring Congress

Trump has one last move after Electoral College meets: imploring Congress

December 14, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Michigan’s 16 electors are set to cast their votes for Joe Biden on Monday, in a process that will recur throughout the nation and cement the Democrat as the next president. But Trump isn’t expected to go quietly.

Supreme Court denies Trump bid to overturn election in Michigan, other states

Supreme Court denies Trump bid to overturn election in Michigan, other states

December 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

 A terse ruling from the U.S. high court clears the way for the Electoral College to meet Monday and award the presidency to Democrat Joe Biden.

Why 19 Michigan Republicans backed Trump bid to overturn vote: ‘We want answers’

Why 19 Michigan Republicans backed Trump bid to overturn vote: ‘We want answers’

December 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert, Mike Wilkinson

Courts have found no fraud, but four members of Congress and 15 state reps signed briefs to overturn the election in Michigan and three battleground states. One says they don’t have to abide by popular vote.

GOP says Whitmer is ‘neutering’ them, votes to limit Michigan COVID orders

GOP says Whitmer is ‘neutering’ them, votes to limit Michigan COVID orders

December 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In a party-line vote, the Michigan Senate passes legislation requiring its approval to extend emergency orders past 28 days. A veto is certain, but one lawmaker says the GOP needs to stop Whitmer’s ‘emasculation’ of lawmakers.

Michigan GOP reps back Trump bid to overturn election; Nessel urges dismissal

Michigan GOP reps back Trump bid to overturn election; Nessel urges dismissal

December 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Four of six Republican House members from Michigan and 15 state legislators support a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump that seeks to overturn election results in four battleground states. Attorney General Dana Nessel says doing so would disenfranchise millions of voters.

Michigan moves to limit ‘mandatory minimum’ sentences and license suspensions

Michigan moves to limit ‘mandatory minimum’ sentences and license suspensions

December 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In an effort to curb mass incarceration and racial disparity, legislation would eliminate mandatory minimum sentence length for some low-level crimes and limit automatic license suspensions.

‘I am certainly not dead!’ Living voters contradict Michigan GOP fraud claims

‘I am certainly not dead!’ Living voters contradict Michigan GOP fraud claims

December 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Lists of supposedly dead voters shock voters who are very much alive. ‘Can’t we just move on?’ asked one Michigan voter who, despite claims to the contrary, isn't dead.

First Person: Civics a tough sell on game day, and other census lessons

First Person: Civics a tough sell on game day, and other census lessons

December 9, 2020 | Matt Jachman

The author spent seven weeks canvassing neighborhoods in Detroit and Redford Township. Some residents were happy to answer the census in person. Others were less thrilled to see a man from the government at their door. Mistrust seemed to cross demographic lines.

After death threats, Michigan rep punished for saying Trumpers should ‘pay’

After death threats, Michigan rep punished for saying Trumpers should ‘pay’

December 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Republican leaders on Wednesday stripped Rep. Cynthia Johnson of her committee assignments after she posted a video on Facebook saying Trump supporters should ‘be careful.’ Johnson has faced death threats for a week following a hearing on claims of voter fraud.

At least 12 Michigan lawmakers and 37 staffers have had COVID-19

At least 12 Michigan lawmakers and 37 staffers have had COVID-19

December 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

At least 8 percent of state lawmakers have had the coronavirus, nearly double the rate of the state as a whole, according to totals released Wednesday. Lawmakers are under scrutiny following a hearing last week that featured two attorneys for President Donald Trump who now have the coronavirus.

Chatfield cancels Michigan House for week amid more COVID worries, cases

Chatfield cancels Michigan House for week amid more COVID worries, cases

December 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield reversed a decision to hold more House sessions as additional lawmakers sought tests and quarantine after possible contact with an infected staffer.

Michigan House employee files workplace safety case over COVID in Capitol

Michigan House employee files workplace safety case over COVID in Capitol

December 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Days after Rudy Giuliani’s visit, authorities are investigating a COVID-19 workplace safety complaint in the Michigan House of Representatives, where Republican leaders have rejected Democratic calls to allow remote voting and require face masks in the Michigan Capitol and committee rooms.

Even after Giuliani, House GOP won’t disclose COVID numbers in Michigan Capitol

Even after Giuliani, House GOP won’t disclose COVID numbers in Michigan Capitol

December 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Six Michigan lawmakers disclosed positive COVID tests in November, and more await test results after exposure to Rudy Giuliani, who is now hospitalized. But GOP leaders don’t require reporting of positive tests, nor say how many lawmakers have the virus, which critics say imperils everyone who works in the Capitol.

U.S. judge rejects pro-Trump election suit as ‘speculation and conjecture’

U.S. judge rejects pro-Trump election suit as ‘speculation and conjecture’

December 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump ally Sidney Powell and six GOP electors sued the state Nov. 25, alleging fraud and irregularities in Michigan, which Democrat Joe Biden won by 154,188 votes. The judge rejected Republicans’ request for an injunction as the suit proceeds, saying the case is not supported by facts.

Five ways Michigan could change under President Joe Biden, from taxes to autos

Five ways Michigan could change under President Joe Biden, from taxes to autos

December 6, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Joe Biden is promising major policy shifts to manufacturing, the environment, health insurance, COVID-19 and immigration. Here’s what that means to Michigan.

Michigan rep: Giuliani hearing a public service, even if claims are false

Michigan rep: Giuliani hearing a public service, even if claims are false

December 4, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

The Republican who hosted Rudy Giuliani’s hearing claiming massive voter fraud in Michigan acknowledges some witnesses weren’t credible but said the session is important if only to disprove conspiracy theories.

The Rudy Giuliani ‘circus’ has left Lansing. The reviews are bad.

The Rudy Giuliani ‘circus’ has left Lansing. The reviews are bad.

December 3, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

One day after a wild hearing about voter fraud claims, legislators on both sides of the aisle condemn the parade of unproven conspiracy theories that was aired unchecked.

Some Michigan drunken drivers would get records expunged in bipartisan bill

Some Michigan drunken drivers would get records expunged in bipartisan bill

December 3, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Michigan’s Clean Slate Law excludes those convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. That would change under a bill being considered in the current lame-duck session.

Trump fraud claims make Michigan clerks fact-checkers as lies spread online

Trump fraud claims make Michigan clerks fact-checkers as lies spread online

December 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In North Muskegon, city officials just wanted to talk about trees. Instead, they were forced to debunk false claims about voter fraud. So it goes in cities statewide as the misinformation wars reverberate after the election.

Tempers rise, facts fade as Rudy Giuliani claims Michigan vote a ‘con job’

Tempers rise, facts fade as Rudy Giuliani claims Michigan vote a ‘con job’

December 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Rudy Giuliani came to Michigan on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to put aside the popular vote and give the election to President Trump. He got a lot wrong in his 4 1/2 hour presentation.

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