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Gov. Whitmer, Midwest governors team up on plans to reopen state economies

Gov. Whitmer, Midwest governors team up on plans to reopen state economies

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The bipartisan team includes Democratic Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Andy Beshear of Kentucky, along with Republican Govs. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Eric Holcomb of Indiana.

Government layoffs, service cuts start as coronavirus guts Michigan budgets

Government layoffs, service cuts start as coronavirus guts Michigan budgets

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Local governments across Michigan are beginning to lay off and furlough workers as they brace for a “perfect storm” of increased spending demands and revenue shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that has ground the economy to a halt. The state — facing its own projected $7 billion hole — is in no position to help.

Inside Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus fight: ‘We know we saved lives'

Inside Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus fight: ‘We know we saved lives'

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

First-term Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s national profile is rising, along with criticisms about her stay-at-home order and handling of the coronavirus. Internal documents show state workers spent weekends preparing but Whitmer acknowledges some regret: “If I could go back in time, would I have started stockpiling N-95 masks? Absolutely.”

Court denies Republicans’ bid to halt Michigan’s redistricting commission

Court denies Republicans’ bid to halt Michigan’s redistricting commission

April 15, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A panel of three federal judges determined two GOP challenges to the state’s redistricting commission don’t stand a chance.

‘Operation Gridlock’ protest of Gov. Whitmer stay-home order jams Lansing

‘Operation Gridlock’ protest of Gov. Whitmer stay-home order jams Lansing

April 15, 2020 | Riley Beggin

SLIDESHOW: Hundreds of cars descend on downtown Lansing to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order. Protesters say the new limits go too far and infringe on liberties. Whitmer says they’re necessary to save lives.

As Michigan coronavirus cases slow, Gov. Whitmer eyes reopening economy

As Michigan coronavirus cases slow, Gov. Whitmer eyes reopening economy

April 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The end of Michigan’s coronavirus nightmare may be in sight, but ‘we need to get this right,’ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday.  The business shutdown from the virus has left more than 1 million residents jobless.

Can you buy seeds in Michigan? Confusion reigns over Whitmer stay-home order.

Can you buy seeds in Michigan? Confusion reigns over Whitmer stay-home order.

April 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Several days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded her stay-home order, retailers are still confused by it and say the state is providing little guidance. Whitmer in turn accuses U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos of helping fund a protest against the rules.

Gay rights group goes electronic in pandemic test of Michigan election law

Gay rights group goes electronic in pandemic test of Michigan election law

April 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Fair and Equal Michigan on Monday began collecting electronic voter signatures through what organizers contend is a secure and reliable online system. State election officials will have to determine whether they count.

GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

April 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s coronavirus caseload is beginning to slow, prompting some to question Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-home order. She and doctors say vigilance is necessary or infections will spike.

What Michigan's new coronavirus stay-at-home executive order means

What Michigan's new coronavirus stay-at-home executive order means

April 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Yes, you can put up drywall. No, you can’t buy paint from a big box store. Or plants. Or travel between homes. But don’t worry. You won’t get arrested if you do. Probably. Bridge examines the details of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest stay-at-home order.

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

April 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Additional restrictions will be put on large stores under extended stay-at-home order and vacation travel is banned.

Michigan governments take to Zoom. Burps, porn and arrest threats follow.

Michigan governments take to Zoom. Burps, porn and arrest threats follow.

April 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Amid the coronavirus lockdockdown, local governments are meeting via videoconferencing  — and encountering a host of problems. But does the solution infringe upon the public’s right to know how governments conduct the people’s business?

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

April 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer says hospital data are slowly improving about the coronavirus and blames a lack of funding for jammed phone lines for those trying to file for unemployment.

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

April 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

State lawmakers answered screening questions, had their temperature checked and some wore masks in the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday as they extended Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to battle the coronavirus through April 30.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

April 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s governor wants to identify residents who have recovered from the coronavirus to help plan when to reopen the economy. The state also will begin publishing recovery data, as Whitmer comes under scrutiny over transparency.

Dems, GOP spar over Michigan Legislature’s plans to meet amid pandemic

Dems, GOP spar over Michigan Legislature’s plans to meet amid pandemic

April 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Democrats, Republicans spar over a special session planned Tuesday about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a 70-day extension of her emergency powers.

Michigan’s coronavirus dilemma: how to protect prisoners and public

Michigan’s coronavirus dilemma: how to protect prisoners and public

April 4, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Coronavirus is spreading in Michigan prisons. Should some inmates be released before they get sick?

Social distancing crackdown coming in Michigan as coronavirus deaths mount

Social distancing crackdown coming in Michigan as coronavirus deaths mount

April 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Kelly House

As coronavirus cases mount, officials say they’ll charge rule breakers up to $1,000 or lock them up. In Detroit, the city is threatening to close parks, while Flint has imposed a citywide curfew

Are lottery ticket sales next thing to go in Michigan amid coronavirus?

Are lottery ticket sales next thing to go in Michigan amid coronavirus?

April 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Louis Aguilar

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s ‘taking a very serious look’ at halting the sale of lottery tickets in stores because people still aren’t getting the message about social distancing.

Toilet paper for donors? Coronavirus forces Michigan campaigns to get creative

Toilet paper for donors? Coronavirus forces Michigan campaigns to get creative

April 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In Michigan, politics amid a pandemic has candidates scrambling to get signatures during a state lockdown. One is promising to deliver toilet paper to top donors. Another has delivered meals to needy residents. But no one is kissing babies.

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