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Leelanau condemned the N-word, but the fight over racism had just begun

Leelanau condemned the N-word, but the fight over racism had just begun

October 29, 2020 | Kelly House

Like the rest of the nation, northern Michigan began a reckoning on race after George Floyd’s death in May. Then, a Leelanau County road commissioner’s racist outburst made it an undeniably local issue.

After ACLU lawsuit, Detroit City Clerk rushes ballots to voters

After ACLU lawsuit, Detroit City Clerk rushes ballots to voters

October 29, 2020 | Bisma Parvez

Thousands of Detroit absentee ballot applications were not processed by the Detroit City Clerk’s office on time. Now, the elections office must respond within 24 hours and is overnighting ballots to voters.

Michigan COVID surge thins poll worker ranks, prompting fears of vote delays

Michigan COVID surge thins poll worker ranks, prompting fears of vote delays

October 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Staff shortages could lengthen voting lines or slow an absentee ballot counting effort, but Michigan officials say there’s no need to panic because clerks and the state have spent weeks recruiting reserve workers.

Trump called. They answered. GOP army ready to challenge Michigan vote.

Trump called. They answered. GOP army ready to challenge Michigan vote.

October 28, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Hundreds of poll challengers are ready to scrutinize ballots in Detroit and other cities on Nov. 3. They say they’re motivated by patriotism. Foes say their goal is to depress turnout in Democratic cities.

Biden, Obama, Trump plan more visits as Michigan reprises battleground role

Biden, Obama, Trump plan more visits as Michigan reprises battleground role

October 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Donald Trump, Democrat Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama plan weekend visits before Tuesday’s election. That begs the question: Is Michigan closer than the polls suggest?

Oakland County ‘ground zero’ in fight for control of Michigan House

Oakland County ‘ground zero’ in fight for control of Michigan House

October 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Republicans need to hold onto four contested seats to retain control of the state House. Democrats, hopeful for a blue wave, are pushing hard to swing control of the chamber for the first time in a decade.

 Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in Michigan polls. Will they be wrong again?

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in Michigan polls. Will they be wrong again?

October 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Trust in polls has eroded since Donald Trump came from behind in 2016 to win the presidential election. Michigan pollsters say they got a bad rap, but they’ve still made changes like contacting more cellphone users.

Five things you missed not standing in the rain with Donald Trump

Five things you missed not standing in the rain with Donald Trump

October 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The president’s stop in Lansing Tuesday touched on the auto industry, COVID-19, refugee policy and more. He recounted his hard-to-pin-down Man of the Year honors and expressed his love for women.

Judge: Michigan can’t ban open carry guns on Election Day

Judge: Michigan can’t ban open carry guns on Election Day

October 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s attempt to ban openly carried weapons at Michigan polling places on Election Day is “likely unlawful” and cannot be enforced, Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray ruled Tuesday evening.

What Michigan should know about Proposal 2 to require warrants for digital data

What Michigan should know about Proposal 2 to require warrants for digital data

October 27, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Proposal 2 would require police to obtain warrants to obtain info from cellphones, the digital cloud. Police and civil-rights groups back the measure; critics question whether it’s necessary.

Michigan has 1M unreturned absentee ballots. And mail delays are common.

Michigan has 1M unreturned absentee ballots. And mail delays are common.

October 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

State officials are urging residents to return ballots to clerks or in drop boxes if they want them to count by Tuesday.

Demystifying Michigan elections: What happens to ballots after you vote?

Demystifying Michigan elections: What happens to ballots after you vote?

October 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

In a season of intense scrutiny over the security of voting, Bridge Michigan is presenting a step-by-step process for counting in-person and absentee ballots.

Joe Biden is favored to win Michigan but can he build a Democratic wave?

Joe Biden is favored to win Michigan but can he build a Democratic wave?

October 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Joe Biden has a significant lead in Michigan polls. But so did Hillary Clinton in 2016. Democrats warn the race may be closer than it appears, but also hope Biden can help candidates down the ballot.

How Donald Trump can come from behind and win Michigan

How Donald Trump can come from behind and win Michigan

October 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Donald Trump is down in the polls in the runup to Michigan’s must-win presidential election, but he’s been here before. Four years after his win here, Trump is barnstorming the state in an attempt to re-create the magic. Don’t count him out, experts say.

Liberal groups bury Michigan with mail shaming people to vote. Many hate it.

Liberal groups bury Michigan with mail shaming people to vote. Many hate it.

October 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Called “peer pressure in an envelope,” mailings to people of color, young voters and others intend to increase turnout. Some voters find the messages “creepy,” and clerks are inundated with complaints. But the mailings continue because they work, organizers say.

Fact Squad | Junge ad hits Slotkin on immigrants, taxes, omits a few details

Fact Squad | Junge ad hits Slotkin on immigrants, taxes, omits a few details

October 26, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new ad from the Paul Junge campaign attacks U.S. Rep.  Elissa Slotkin’s record on stimulus and payroll tax. It’s built on two indisputable facts but could give viewers the false impression the Holly Democrat did little to help the state during the COVID-19 crisis.

Where Michigan candidates for Senate, Congress stand on health care, ACA

Where Michigan candidates for Senate, Congress stand on health care, ACA

October 22, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

The Affordable Care Act and pre-existing conditions are a defining issue in the Nov. 3 election. From president to Congress, here are the views of candidates on Michigan’s ballot.

Michigan gun groups sue Benson to open carry at election polling sites

Michigan gun groups sue Benson to open carry at election polling sites

October 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gun rights groups say Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s new ban on openly carried weapons at Election Day polling places unfairly punishes residents who want “to exercise both their 2nd Amendment right to self-protection and their fundamental right to vote.”

Michigan voting 2020: masks, guns, ID, straight ticket, what you should know

Michigan voting 2020: masks, guns, ID, straight ticket, what you should know

October 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Do you need to show ID at the polls? Wear a mask? Can I bring a gun? Vote straight ticket? You have questions. We have answers. Bridge dives into some of your concerns ahead of Election Day.

Citing potential fraud, court reinstates Michigan ban on paid voter transport

Citing potential fraud, court reinstates Michigan ban on paid voter transport

October 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The court ruling is a blow to Democrats planning to hire buses to the polls, and also bars Uber and other companies from providing free rides on Election Day. Two GOP-appointed judges sided with Michigan Republicans in the case.

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