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Read previously undisclosed Republican emails on Michigan gerrymandering

February 5, 2019 | Bridge Staff

 A slew of new emails were made public on the eve of a federal trial over whether the GOP illegally gerrymandered legislative and congressional districts in Michigan in 2011.

New emails show Michigan GOP used maps to consolidate Republican power

February 4, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Just days before a trial over the state’s legislative maps, new records show GOP operatives working to make more districts lean Republican while lamenting some GOP dissent

Henry Ford and the Jews, the story Dearborn didn’t want told

February 4, 2019 | Bill McGraw

When a city-financed journal explored a darker side of the auto titan, Dearborn’s mayor banned its distribution and fired the writer. Public officials fail the public when they stifle serious journalism. It’s media’s role to step up.

In one month, Dana Nessel erases many of Bill Schuette’s federal pursuits

February 4, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The progressive attorney general has reversed or withdrawn from more than a dozen cases involving abortion, religious rights, Obamacare, environmental rules and other hot-button issues championed by her conservative predecessor.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rips Michigan Republican pork deals; says she can't block them

February 1, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expressed displeasure with millions of dollars spent on dozens of pet projects during lame duck, but said state will honor the bill

Federal court scuttles Michigan gerrymandering deal, rejects trial delay

February 1, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Less than a week before a trial is expected to start, federal judges paved the way for a landmark showdown over Michigan’s legislative districts, which Republicans drew and Democrats have derided as unfair.

Gov. Whitmer seeks speedy Michigan public record response, but not (yet) for her office

February 1, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

The Michigan governor’s order is intended to make state agencies more responsive to FOIA requests. She did not make her office subject to the law, and Republicans pounced.

Legal marijuana didn’t end black market elsewhere. What can Michigan learn?

February 1, 2019 | Riley Beggin

States that legalized recreational marijuana say low prices have pushed local producers to sell out-of-state on the black market.

Michigan’s energy vulnerability exposed by natural gas scare, bitter cold

February 1, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Two days of extreme cold and a Consumers Energy mishap forced Michigan into crisis that nearly disrupted the flow of energy to millions of customers. What happens next time? Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to know.

Bipartisan ex-legislators propose gas tax hike to fix Michigan roads

January 31, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The newly formed Michigan Consensus Policy Project says it intends to pitch bipartisan solutions to the state’s thorniest policy problems. Why not start with roads?

Arlan Meekhof takes credit for steering grants to help ex-GOP chair’s firm

January 31, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

The former Michigan Senate majority leader says he helped ensure money for utility lines went to a project that will benefit Bobby Schostak. ‘I don’t think that’s unusual,’ Meekhof tells Bridge.

Michigan Democratic leaders Whitmer, Nessel and Benson working in concert

January 31, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The women meet regularly and, just weeks into office, are finding strategic ways to disrupt GOP laws and policy. Their alignment contrasts with the frosty relations between Gov. Snyder and Republican leaders during his tenure.

Bipartisan bills: New year, new chance for Michigan asset forfeiture reform

January 29, 2019 | Riley Beggin

With Republicans, Democrats and many stakeholders pushing for change, the odds seem good for Michigan’s first big bipartisan push under divided government.

Bipartisan bills: Michigan lawmakers take fresh aim at 'dark store' taxes

January 29, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Legislation intended to change the way property tax assessments are made has been reintroduced after failing to advance last term. The issue pits big box retailers against local governments.

Bipartisan bills: Will latest measure put an end to lame duck in Michigan?

January 29, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

After a contentious lame-duck session and accusations of partisan power grabs, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are pushing a resolution to ask voters to pass a constitutional amendment ending legislative terms before Election Day.

Jocelyn Benson seeks to settle gerrymandering suit by redrawing House seats

January 25, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Michigan’s new Democratic Secretary of State proposes deal before 2020 elections. Republican lawmakers call effort a partisan coup.

Suburban leader wants Dana Nessel to probe $20M to help ex-GOP chair

January 25, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

A Washtenaw County supervisor is seeking an investigation into two grants that will improve land owned by Bobby Schostak, a former GOP state chair and major political donor.

Who pushed $20M grants that help ex-GOP chair? Michigan records left blank

January 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

For two years, the Michigan Legislature has approved $10 million grants for utility lines on land owned by Bobby Schostak’s company. Each time, documents explaining why were left blank or don’t exist.

Gerrymandering settlement would give Michigan Dems hope, GOP despair

January 23, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is drawing fire from Republicans, who say she’s trying to ‘rig elections to favor Democrats’ with a deal to end a suit over redistricting.

Whitmer administration changing tone around Michigan marijuana regulation

January 22, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic governor is signaling a less restrictive approach to pot licensing than under Gov. Rick Snyder. Critics say she will be held accountable for any downside to the state’s pot laws.

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