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Suburban women lead charge into Michigan Legislature

November 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

From Metro Detroit to Lansing and Grand Rapids, women picked up more than a dozen legislative seats, altering the makeup of the Michigan House and Senate

Gerrymandered districts help Republicans keep control of Michigan Legislature

November 8, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Joel Kurth

Michigan Democrats win big in statewide balloting Tuesday. But district lines drawn in 2011 helped the GOP maintain majorities in state House and Senate.

Five takeaways from Michigan’s 2018 midterm election

November 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

A blue wave (and pink), polling got it right and Michigan faces a divided Capitol in January. Experts discuss the major implications of Tuesday’s election results.

One woman’s Facebook post leads to Michigan vote against gerrymandering

November 7, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The improbable story of how a political novice upended Michigan’s biased system for drawing legislative districts, transforming the state’s political landscape.

Map: See how Gretchen Whitmer rolled to victory in Michigan governor race

November 7, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Nine Michigan counties that backed Republican President Donald Trump in 2016 flipped to elect Democrat Gretchen Whitmer as governor, including the biggest swing county Macomb.

Overnight, it’s a new Michigan. Women sweep to power in change election.

November 7, 2018 | Ron French, Jim Malewitz, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Welcome, legalized pot. So long, gerrymandering. Democrats and women score big victories, as ballot measures all pass. Republicans hold onto Legislature, promising divided government.

Michigan approves recreational marijuana. What you need to know.

November 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Alexandra Schmidt

Here’s what you can - and cannot - do now that voters have overwhelmingly approved recreational marijuana

What Gretchen Whitmer promises to do as Michigan’s next governor

November 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Fixing the damn roads will cost some damn money, and the Democratic winner for Michigan governor must now work with the Legislature to find it. We summarize this and other promises Gretchen Whitmer made in her campaign.

Gretchen Whitmer is winner in Michigan governor race

November 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Whitmer, the former Senate minority leader, rolling to victory over Bill Schuette in her race to succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.

Q&A | Don’t kid yourself, U.S. enemies are trying to hack our elections

November 3, 2018 | Ron French

The University of Michigan’s Alex Halderman is one of the nation’s leading experts on election security. In a Bridge Q-and-A, he says Michigan’s systems have improved, but there’s more work to do.

Who's running for Michigan Supreme Court

November 2, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The six lawyers running for two open seats include two nominated by Democrats, two nominated by Republicans, a Libertarian and a man who poses in a straightjacket.

Michigan Proposal 2 redistricting group defends dark money as fighting fire with fire

November 1, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Voters Not Politicians makes no apologies for accepting $10 million from dark-money groups, saying its well-funded opponents are doing the same. Critics say the donations show national progressive groups are steering the ballot effort.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on jobs and the economy

November 1, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

If Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette have one thing in common in their race for governor it’s this: Both are short on details on how they would pay for their campaign promises.

Gretchen Whitmer promises fixed roads. Can she find the money to deliver?

November 1, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic candidate for Michigan governor skimps on the details in her economic and jobs plans.

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.

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