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A year later, $10M grant to help former Michigan GOP chair stuck in limbo

A year later, $10M grant to help former Michigan GOP chair stuck in limbo

January 9, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Controversial grants to assist a southeast Michigan real estate development with strong Republican ties could be hampered by delays that could jeopardize state funding.

Michigan Supreme Court urged to release Bill Schuette emails on private accounts

Michigan Supreme Court urged to release Bill Schuette emails on private accounts

January 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A liberal advocacy group argues the state is unjustly refusing to give up government emails the group requested in 2016. Current Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has picked up Schuette’s defense, citing technical concerns with the suit. 

Michigan to allow cellphones in all courts, striking down local bans

Michigan to allow cellphones in all courts, striking down local bans

January 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Lawyers and advocates argued that cellphone bans create barriers to justice, while some judges raised concerns over court chaos.

Michigan Republican pushes to deregulate health care. Some hospitals call foul.

Michigan Republican pushes to deregulate health care. Some hospitals call foul.

January 8, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

A GOP legislative package would remove barriers to small rural hospitals expanding or offering some of the same services as larger hospitals in the region. Both sides say their vision would lower costs. 

Michigan LGBT rights initiative launched for November ballot

Michigan LGBT rights initiative launched for November ballot

January 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Petition language submitted to state election officials on Tuesday would expand the definition of “sex” in Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976 to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression,” guaranteeing safeguards in housing, public accommodation and employment.

New year, old problems: Six issues Michigan leaders vow to tackle in 2020

New year, old problems: Six issues Michigan leaders vow to tackle in 2020

January 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

As they return to Lansing this week, Michigan’s leaders are faced with tough questions on how to improve roads, education, skilled trades and more.

Michigan settles juvenile inmate sex assault claims as trial nears

Michigan settles juvenile inmate sex assault claims as trial nears

January 4, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

For seven years, Republican and Democratic attorneys general fought the allegations in state and federal court before reaching an apparent deal. The terms were not immediately announced. 

A look back at our most impactful Michigan government coverage of 2019

A look back at our most impactful Michigan government coverage of 2019

December 27, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Dana Nessel, Lee Chatfield, and Jocelyn Benson's promise of 30-minute waits at Secretary of State offices. As 2019 winds down, take a look back at Bridge's most impactful government stories of the year.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer on tough first year: ‘I did what I said I was going to’

Michigan Gov. Whitmer on tough first year: ‘I did what I said I was going to’

December 20, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gretchen Whitmer came into office promising big fixes to roads and schools. But with a Republican Legislature, the Democrat’s first year is ending with few big victories.

On day he’s impeached, President Trump implies John Dingell may be in hell

On day he’s impeached, President Trump implies John Dingell may be in hell

December 18, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

The president talks jobs and impeachment during a rally in Battle Creek. But some Republicans say he should apologize for implying that a longstanding congressman from Michigan may be in hell.  

Michigan Supreme Court won’t rule on GOP minimum wage, sick leave changes

Michigan Supreme Court won’t rule on GOP minimum wage, sick leave changes

December 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Court determined that it lacks jurisdiction to issue an opinion on the constitutionality of the “adopt and amend” strategy employed by Republican lawmakers in last year’s lame-duck session.

Michigan Republicans poised to bypass Whitmer, ban abortion procedure

Michigan Republicans poised to bypass Whitmer, ban abortion procedure

December 18, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Leaders in Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature are awaiting petition signatures that will allow them to ban a common abortion procedure without signature from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who opposes the measure.

Mike Shirkey: I’m open to changing Michigan’s third-grade reading law

Mike Shirkey: I’m open to changing Michigan’s third-grade reading law

December 18, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Ron French

Hearing concerns from educators, Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader says he’s considering changes to the law that could flunk 5,000 third-graders in May.

Welcome to Michigan, President Trump. About that economy you promised …

Welcome to Michigan, President Trump. About that economy you promised …

December 17, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Jobs and wages are down in most of the 12 counties that switched support from Barack Obama to Donald Trump in 2016, but voters say they have confidence in the president and the economy.

30-minute guarantee at Michigan Secretary of State — if you have appointment

30-minute guarantee at Michigan Secretary of State — if you have appointment

December 12, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she’s met her promise of 30-minute waits at every branch office, thanks to innovative changes. Walk-ins, though, can still wait for hours and getting an appointment at busier branches can take time.

Congrats on budget, Michigan. It does little to fix state’s biggest problems.

Congrats on budget, Michigan. It does little to fix state’s biggest problems.

December 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s divided government finally passes a budget. It barely addresses the state’s bad roads, middling schools and expensive colleges.

Jury acquits Larry Inman of lying to FBI; mistrial on other counts

Jury acquits Larry Inman of lying to FBI; mistrial on other counts

December 10, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A Traverse City state representative who sent a union asking for donations for a vote is acquitted of lying to the FBI, but jurors can't reach a verdict on the most serious charges.

Michigan, we have a budget deal. (Give or take $400 million)

Michigan, we have a budget deal. (Give or take $400 million)

December 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin

After weeks of delays, Michigan lawmakers agree to compromise with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on budget vetoes and spending shifts. Left unresolved: nearly a half-billion dollars still cut from the budget.

A guide to Michigan’s 2020 Census: jobs, scams, citizen issues

A guide to Michigan’s 2020 Census: jobs, scams, citizen issues

December 10, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

So many changes in next year’s census, from online and phone options to new doubts about issues of confidentiality, particularly among undocumented residents.  Bridge answers some of the most commonly asked questions.

'It's always about the money': Larry Inman bribery case goes to jurors

'It's always about the money': Larry Inman bribery case goes to jurors

December 9, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan state Rep. Larry Inman's fate is now in the hands of jurors, who are considering whether the third-term Republican lawmaker is guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt" of extortion, bribery and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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