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Guns still allowed inside Michigan Capitol, after ban shot down again

Guns still allowed inside Michigan Capitol, after ban shot down again

September 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than four months after armed protesters brought weapons inside during a tense legislative debate, the Michigan Capitol Commissioners rejected proposals that would have banned guns from the building or prohibited open carry. But they say the debate is not over.

Trump touts jobs in Michigan, falsely claims he saved auto industry

Trump touts jobs in Michigan, falsely claims he saved auto industry

September 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

President Trump comes to Michigan to hype the economy before coronavirus. He boasted that he ‘saved’ the auto industry, a claim that is dubious at best since Michigan has lost auto manufacturing jobs under his watch.

Can Trump recapture magic with Michigan workers? Or has COVID erased gains?

Can Trump recapture magic with Michigan workers? Or has COVID erased gains?

September 9, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

The president returns to mid-Michigan Thursday where, until the coronavirus pandemic struck, manufacturing jobs and wages saw solid gains. Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are each determined to earn working-class votes.

Joe Biden touts ‘Buy American’ jobs plan, rips Donald Trump in Michigan

Joe Biden touts ‘Buy American’ jobs plan, rips Donald Trump in Michigan

September 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic presidential nominee outlined his plan to boost manufacturing as he wooed blue-collar workers in Macomb County. He also blasted Donald Trump’s handling of COVID-19, accusing the president of a “life-and-death betrayal of the American people.”

Michigan Supreme Court questions Whitmer’s ‘profound’ power during pandemic

Michigan Supreme Court questions Whitmer’s ‘profound’ power during pandemic

September 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Justices grilled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s attorney for more than an hour and a half Wednesday, questioning the limits of her authority to take emergency actions without legislative approval during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan gyms, indoor pools can reopen Sept. 9, Gov. Whitmer orders

Michigan gyms, indoor pools can reopen Sept. 9, Gov. Whitmer orders

September 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

One day after saying she wasn’t quite ready, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopens one of the last remaining parts of Michigan’s economy, allowing fitness centers and ice rinks to reopen under some restrictions.

Extra $300 Michigan unemployment payouts should reach jobless after Labor Day

Extra $300 Michigan unemployment payouts should reach jobless after Labor Day

September 3, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Payments will be retroactive to Aug. 1. However, state officials warn they’ll only last up to five weeks.

Michigan gyms, theaters, bowling alleys may finally be able to reopen soon

Michigan gyms, theaters, bowling alleys may finally be able to reopen soon

September 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s making a decision “very soon” on whether to reopen the businesses shuttered since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many say they’re close to closing permanently.

Jocelyn Benson to aid Detroit clerk after problems plagued primary election

Jocelyn Benson to aid Detroit clerk after problems plagued primary election

September 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office will help Detroit train workers and expand satellite clerk’s offices to reduce election issues. Nearly three-quarters of the city’s absentee precincts were ineligible for recounts.

MI government removes bureaucratic mumbo jumbo from benefit renewal form

MI government removes bureaucratic mumbo jumbo from benefit renewal form

September 2, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announces simplified renewal forms for millions of residents who may need food or cash assistance or other state benefits.

MI task force endorses new model for nursing homes afflicted by COVID-19

MI task force endorses new model for nursing homes afflicted by COVID-19

September 1, 2020 | Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press

A group appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came back with 28 recommendations that sought to give residents more access to visitors and each other while maintaining safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

MI news coalition urges Gov. Whitmer to identify school COVID-19 outbreaks

MI news coalition urges Gov. Whitmer to identify school COVID-19 outbreaks

September 1, 2020 | Bridge Staff

A statewide group of news and government transparency groups is pushing the Whitmer administration to timely name schools and colleges in Michigan with coronavirus outbreaks as families decide whether to send children to classrooms.

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

August 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Simon D. Schuster

Progressives are taking a cue from conservatives and founding ‘news’ sites like Courier Newsroom, which spends big money on election-year social media ads to benefit Democratic in swing districts such as U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Holly.

Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

August 31, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Vote counts at hundreds of precincts were out of balance in the city’s primary election in August, prompting concerns that a recount could disenfranchise many Detroit voters in the fall presidential election. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is facing pressure to step in.

Fact Squad: Ad falsely claims John James would deny millions health insurance

Fact Squad: Ad falsely claims John James would deny millions health insurance

August 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A Democratic super PAC targeting Senate hopeful John James gets the math right, but uses a hypothetical argument to come to faulty conclusions. But the Republican also is vague about exactly what he’d do about health care.

Blacks far more likely to face felonies In Washtenaw County, report shows

Blacks far more likely to face felonies In Washtenaw County, report shows

August 27, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

An Ann Arbor citizens group’s analysis of court records indicates that African Americans are far more likely to be charged with high-level felonies and, at least in one judge’s courtroom, more likely to face harsher punishment.

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.

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