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Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

August 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

As Democrats turn to virtual rallies and phone calls amid the COVID-19 pandemic, masked-up Republicans resumed door-knocking in June, have hosted “MAGA meetups” across the state and will welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Traverse City on Friday.

Feds demand answers from Gov. Whitmer on Michigan nursing home deaths

Feds demand answers from Gov. Whitmer on Michigan nursing home deaths

August 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The U.S. Department of Justice demands records from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democratic governors who "issued orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands." A Whitmer spokeswoman says the request is  “election-year politics.”

COVID-19 recession could trigger a surprise tax cut in Michigan

COVID-19 recession could trigger a surprise tax cut in Michigan

August 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A little-known tax cut trigger tucked into a 2015 Michigan law was designed to slow runaway government growth. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to reverse it before the 2022 election, warning it could slow the state’s recovery.

Michigan judge upholds Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot application mailings

Michigan judge upholds Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot application mailings

August 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

An appeals judge rules that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was within her rights on a controversial decision to send out 7.7 million absentee ballot applications earlier this year.

Fact Squad: Truth blurred in John James ad claiming Peters is ‘invisible’

Fact Squad: Truth blurred in John James ad claiming Peters is ‘invisible’

August 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The latest TV attack ad from Republican challenger John James blends a few facts (some of which are quite old) to reach a questionable conclusion that Sen. Gary Peters has done little but double his wealth while in Washington, D.C.

Care or punishment? Michigan prisoners placed in solitary as COVID surges

Care or punishment? Michigan prisoners placed in solitary as COVID surges

August 24, 2020 | Joey Horan, Outlier Media

Michigan is amid another surge of coronavirus inside prisons. Other states have taken to testing all corrections officers, but Michigan is relying on methods that some experts say are questionable and ineffective.

As Election Day approaches, Trump and Michigan GOP now push absentee voting

As Election Day approaches, Trump and Michigan GOP now push absentee voting

August 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Both Democrat Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump are leaning into mail-in voting as the coronavirus pandemic promises to complicate the November election. Trump has long raised doubts about the practice.

Whitmer wins another round over executive powers. On to the Supreme Court

Whitmer wins another round over executive powers. On to the Supreme Court

August 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A second court sided with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over the emergency powers she’s used to implement protections against COVID-19.

Feds OK extra $300 a week for Michigan jobless – but it may not last long

Feds OK extra $300 a week for Michigan jobless – but it may not last long

August 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Nearly a million Michiganders who have lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic will eventually qualify for $300 per week in extra unemployment benefits, but the payments could take weeks to arrive and may last just weeks more.

Relief, optimism and mistrust greet $600M Flint water lawsuit settlement

Relief, optimism and mistrust greet $600M Flint water lawsuit settlement

August 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Half a decade after LeAnne Walters helped expose the Flint water crisis, the mother of four says she and her children still suffer from rashes because of the stew of toxins they ingested through their tap. A  $600 million settlement with the state “is a form of justice, but by no means does this fix what has happened,” she told Bridge.

Fact Squad: Misleading GOP ad smears Gary Peters’ record on coronavirus

Fact Squad: Misleading GOP ad smears Gary Peters’ record on coronavirus

August 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new TV attack ad from a Republican group accuses Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of blocking emergency aid for small businesses in the United States and praising China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the commercial misleads on several fronts.

Postal Service delays changes. Michigan, other states sue over slowdown

Postal Service delays changes. Michigan, other states sue over slowdown

August 18, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan and other Democrat-led states on Tuesday sued the U.S. Postal Service over cost-cutting moves that may have contributed to mail delays. The suit came the same day Postmaster General Louis DeJoy backed down from planned changes.

Michigan seeks $300 per week in extra benefits for unemployed

Michigan seeks $300 per week in extra benefits for unemployed

August 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Paula Gardner

President Trump is making extra unemployment benefits available because of the pandemic that has left more than 2.4 million Michigan residents jobless. The state could have pursued an extra $100 per week in benefits, but opted against it because of declining tax revenue.

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

August 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Democrats say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s prominent role in the national convention points to her rising profile within the party and the electoral importance of the state, which Trump narrowly won in 2016.

Meet the 13 residents who will draw Michigan’s new political districts

Meet the 13 residents who will draw Michigan’s new political districts

August 17, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Two years after voters approved an amendment to wrest decennial district-making from politicians, the Michigan Secretary of State announces the 13 (mostly) ordinary citizens charged with ending gerrymandering. Most have little political experience.

Michigan may sue feds over postal service delays, absentee ballot concerns

Michigan may sue feds over postal service delays, absentee ballot concerns

August 17, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Attorney General’s office says it’s exploring a multi-state lawsuit to ensure absentee ballots are counted following concerns about cost-cutting and delays. The Detroit postal district had the second-worst delays in the country from April 1 to June 30.

Whitmer, GOP reach Michigan school restart deal over protests from educators

Whitmer, GOP reach Michigan school restart deal over protests from educators

August 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan schools can restart this fall with online-only instruction but will be required to revisit that decision monthly and allow for parental feedback in public meetings under a new deal between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders.

 GOP leader on Michigan budget woes: ‘We just need to suffer through it’

GOP leader on Michigan budget woes: ‘We just need to suffer through it’

August 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan may not get any more help from the federal government as it seeks to balance a projected multibillion budget deficit by October, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to the most powerful Republican in the state Legislature.

Audit slams Michigan oversight of remote learning as districts embrace it

Audit slams Michigan oversight of remote learning as districts embrace it

August 13, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

A new audit faults Michigan for failing to ensure the effectiveness of schools’ online-only learning plans. It’s gained some significance because numerous districts are opting for remote learning-only amid the pandemic.

Fact Squad: Peters ad accurately touts work for farmers, omits lack of success

Fact Squad: Peters ad accurately touts work for farmers, omits lack of success

August 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new campaign ad from Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters highlights his work alongside Michigan cherry farmers fighting a flood of cheap Turkish imports. The ad is factual but glosses over that the fight hasn’t been successful.

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