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What the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus means for you and Michigan

What the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus means for you and Michigan

March 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin

It’s the biggest aid package in American history, pledging help for individuals, businesses and hospitals as much of the nation’s economy shuts down during the ongoing pandemic.

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

March 25, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s overrun with complaints about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, while unemployment claims burden state systems. The confusion is even causing suburban police to investigate clothing stores to ensure they’re closed.

Police: Don’t expect us to enforce Michigan’s confusing coronavirus lockdown

Police: Don’t expect us to enforce Michigan’s confusing coronavirus lockdown

March 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Flouting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order is a misdemeanor. But some police say they’re unlikely to wade into the confusion of who is an essential worker. ‘Good luck with that,’ one lawyer says.

What jobs are exempt from Michigan coronavirus lockdown? You may be surprised.

What jobs are exempt from Michigan coronavirus lockdown? You may be surprised.

March 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Michigan to stay home, but allowed ‘essential’ employees to keep working. Her exemptions include more than a dozen industries employing 1 million workers.

What Michigan’s coronavirus stay-at-home order means for residents

What Michigan’s coronavirus stay-at-home order means for residents

March 23, 2020 | Ron French

You can still take a walk and get a pizza delivered, but Monday’s order means many Michigan residents will be at home the majority of the next three weeks.

 Michigan GOP to Whitmer: Use your powers to ease toll of coronavirus crisis

Michigan GOP to Whitmer: Use your powers to ease toll of coronavirus crisis

March 21, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

House Speaker Lee Chatfield wants Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to issue more executive orders to relax rules on health care, unemployment, child care and education.  He also wants free hunting license and alcohol take-out for restaurants struggling to stay open.

Michigan strains unemployment system with most claims since Great Recession

Michigan strains unemployment system with most claims since Great Recession

March 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than 80,000 Michigan residents filed for unemployment insurance between Monday and Thursday, according to a top official. The flood of claims has strained the state website and call center, prompting delays for residents made jobless by the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan governing goes virtual during coronavirus, posing host of questions

Michigan governing goes virtual during coronavirus, posing host of questions

March 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

How do you gather petitions for ballot measures during a pandemic? Or meet to approve laws during social distancing? In the past week, Michigan has had to adjust governance on the fly.

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

March 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump must’ve been watching cable news on Tuesday morning, because he lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer minutes after she appeared on MSNBC to discuss the coronavirus epidemic.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

March 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan mobilizes after two confirmed cases of coronavirus. State is set to OK $75 million for response, but a lack of tests remains a big concern. Bridge answers common questions about what is happening.

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

March 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

The former vice president crushed Bernie Sanders during balloting Tuesday, as turnout surged with no-reason absentee voting. The only potential concern for Biden: He didn’t win as thoroughly in urban areas as Hillary Clinton did in 2016.

Michigan clerks swamped as state rolls out voter reforms

Michigan clerks swamped as state rolls out voter reforms

March 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A massive uptick in absentee voting and same-day voter registration left hours-long waits at some city clerks offices. Benson called for the Legislature to pass changes to help.

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

March 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The former vice president denies Bernie Sanders a repeat Michigan win, as Biden's coalition included African-American voters and college-educated white women.

Michigan lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

Michigan lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

March 10, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

One year after blasting pork-barrel spending, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs onto a larger spending deal that includes $37 million in small community grants. Among other things, the money will pay for a Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall elevator and $1 million for the auto show.  

Michigan primary results may not be in until Wednesday, Jocelyn Benson says

Michigan primary results may not be in until Wednesday, Jocelyn Benson says

March 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Results are expected to come in late due to changes in absentee voting. Throughout much of Michigan, turnout at polling places was light on Tuesday after a deluge of absentee ballots.

Michigan Primary Tracker: Joe Biden gets testy in Detroit

Michigan Primary Tracker: Joe Biden gets testy in Detroit

March 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Primary day is finally here. Joe Biden got into a testy exchange with a construction worker in Detroit about the Second Amendment, while Bernie Sanders stops by metro Detroit polling places.

Michigan primary 2020: Biden calls for unity. Sanders spoils for upset

Michigan primary 2020: Biden calls for unity. Sanders spoils for upset

March 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Onetime rivals Kamala Harris and Cory Booker join Joe Biden in Detroit to cap a one-day blitz across Michigan. Bernie Sanders hopes big absentee votes in college towns fuel another upset during Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Biden, Sanders make final case to Michigan: Revolution or return to normal?

Biden, Sanders make final case to Michigan: Revolution or return to normal?

March 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has changed since Bernie Sanders won the presidential primary in 2016. The economy is far better. But many remain left behind, and could be a receptive audience to Sanders’ calls for massive change.

Bernie Sanders storms Michigan with Joe Biden trade attack

Bernie Sanders storms Michigan with Joe Biden trade attack

March 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Bernie Sanders is blitzing Michigan before Tuesday’s Democratic primary. On Friday, he blasted front-runner Joe Biden for voting for NAFTA. Michigan has lost over 214,000 manufacturing jobs since it was created.

How Bernie Sanders won Michigan in 2016, and what to watch for on Tuesday

How Bernie Sanders won Michigan in 2016, and what to watch for on Tuesday

March 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Bernie Sanders stunned pollsters in 2016 when he narrowly topped Hillary Clinton in Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary. How did he do it?Could he do it again?

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