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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.

Larry Inman trial highlights blurred lines and boozy underbelly of Michigan politics

Larry Inman trial highlights blurred lines and boozy underbelly of Michigan politics

December 5, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Testimony in state Rep. Larry Inman’s criminal trial for alleged extortion and bribery has showed unsavory side of Michigan’s political system. And Thursday, the case forced one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers to take the stand.  

Appeals court: Michigan workers can seek damages for false fraud claims

Appeals court: Michigan workers can seek damages for false fraud claims

December 5, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

The Court of Appeals rules on a lawsuit on behalf of workers falsely accused of unemployment fraud by a state agency computer system.

Michigan budget breakthrough in works as Gretchen Whitmer, GOP near deal

Michigan budget breakthrough in works as Gretchen Whitmer, GOP near deal

December 4, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Michigan lawmakers passed bills Wednesday that reflect an agreement to return $573.5 million to the state budget. A deal would restore funding to popular GOP programs, including money for charter schools, autism programming and rural hospitals.

GOP leaders: We won’t halt Michigan Medicaid work requirements

GOP leaders: We won’t halt Michigan Medicaid work requirements

December 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gretchen Whitmer asked Republican leaders to stop the implementation of controversial work requirements for subsidized healthcare. They quickly shut down her request.

Feds: Union solicited by state Rep. Larry Inman worked to recall him

Feds: Union solicited by state Rep. Larry Inman worked to recall him

December 3, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

The trial began Tuesday for Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) on charges of allegedly soliciting a bribe, extortion and lying to the FBI.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: ‘Bat-sh*t crazy’ jab doesn’t help resolve budget

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: ‘Bat-sh*t crazy’ jab doesn’t help resolve budget

December 2, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gretchen Whitmer responds to criticism from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and says both sides are no closer to finding a compromise on a weeks-long budget stalemate over $1 billion in cuts and transfers. Shirkey apologized again Monday afternoon.

Quid pro quo? Larry Inman trial to test limits of campaign cash solicitations

Quid pro quo? Larry Inman trial to test limits of campaign cash solicitations

December 2, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

State Rep. Larry Inman is far from the only lawmaker who has solicited campaign contributions from special interest groups. But federal prosecutors allege he offered to sell his vote in exchange for donations.

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