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Schuette hitches economic plan to tax cuts and hopes of continued smooth sailing

November 1, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The attorney general wants to keep Michigan on upward path and believes tax cuts are best plan, without saying how state would survive a billion-dollar cut in revenue

Absentee ballots way up in Michigan. Use this map to check your county.

November 1, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Interest in the Nov. 6 election is surging, following a historic turnout in the August primaries.

Here’s who endorsed the 2018 Michigan governor candidates

October 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican Bill Schuette counts major business groups and incumbent President Donald Trump in his corner, while Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has the backing of labor unions and former President Barack Obama.

Here’s who endorsed the 2018 Michigan Secretary of State candidates

October 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democrat Jocelyn Benson has the backing of Michigan’s former elections director. Republican Mary Treder Lang counts two former Republican Secretaries of State.

Here’s who has endorsed the 2018 Michigan Attorney General candidates

October 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican Tom Leonard counts law enforcement organizations and business groups in his corner, while Democrat Dana Nessel has the backing of labor unions and progressive and environmental organizations.

Yes, Michigan has many problems. But let’s talk Trump, voters say.

October 30, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Twelve counties that switched allegiance from Obama to Trump are far less interested in Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer than they are in President Trump, Bridge learns during a tour of swing voter country.

Not feeling Whitmer or Schuette? Consider these Michigan governor candidates.

October 29, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Candidates from the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the Natural Law Party and U.S. Taxpayers Party would shake up the Michigan political and tax systems in unconventional ways

Could this be the year Michigan college students actually vote?

October 29, 2018 | Ron French

Campuses are working overtime to get students to vote in higher numbers than in past elections. That shouldn’t be hard – only one in seven voted in the last midterm at Michigan State and the University of Michigan.

$75 million thrown into Michigan governor’s race. Here’s who’s spending

October 26, 2018 | Craig Mauger

Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign has a fundraising edge over Bill Schuette. And outside groups are spending millions to influence the race.

Michigan redistricting group brings in whopping $13.9 million

October 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Voters Not Politicians, advocating for a citizens redistricting committee, made nearly $14 million. Protect My Vote, a committee that does not support redistricting or voting ballot measures, has brought in $1.47 million. Bridge brings you up to the minute on spending around all three Michigan ballot issues.

Republicans outraise Democrats in bids for Michigan statewide offices

October 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

In the last campaign finance filing deadline before the Nov. 6 general election, Bridge looks at contributions for state Supreme Court, Attorney General and Secretary of State. In all three races, Republicans outraised their Democratic rivals.

A cultural warrior as Attorney General, Bill Schuette softens his resume

October 26, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Republican candidate for Michigan governor has shifted from Trump acolyte and hardline enforcer of conservative values as attorney general to a healthcare and women’s advocate this fall.

Gretchen Whitmer says she accomplished more than her record shows.

October 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Taunted by Republican opponent Bill Schuette for only passing three bills while in the legislature, Whitmer argues that her impact was far greater and that she simply did not care who got the credit. Bridge checks her history.

Gretchen Whitmer: I’ll pay to fix Michigan by ‘closing loopholes’

October 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

How will the Democratic gubernatorial candidate fund the $2B+ she promises for schools, childcare and lead pipe replacement? ‘Anticipated growth,’ ‘closing loopholes’ and new money, she says in an interview.

What Michigan schools will look like under Governor Whitmer or Schuette

October 25, 2018 | Ron French

Turning around Michigan schools is job number one for the next governor. Bridge asked education policy experts to predict what schools will be like in a Bill Schuette or Gretchen Whitmer administration.

State Board of Education races could swing Michigan K-12 school policies

October 25, 2018 | Ron French

There isn’t a lot of hype about the State Board elections, but two seats on the November ballot could shape how Michigan tries to reverse its educational slide. Bridge interviews the candidates.

Comparing the environmental records of Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer

October 23, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Bill Schuette has fought regulations as job-killers, but bucked his party on some Great Lakes issues. Gretchen Whitmer opposed regulatory rollbacks while in the Legislature.

Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer take different tacks to climate change

October 23, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Bill Schuette says Michigan must “better understand the science,” while Gretchen Whitmer promises an Office of Climate Change and partnerships with other governors to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Benson, Treder Lang outline visions for Michigan secretary of state

October 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Mary Treder Lang and Jocelyn Benson want to be Michigan’s next secretary of state. They both promise to cut waits and improve efficiencies.

Jocelyn Benson: Fix waits, transparency of Michigan secretary of state

October 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The Detroit Democrat says she wants to use technology to ease long lines at branch offices and make Michigan a “model for fair elections and clean elections.”

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