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Here’s how Michigan’s redistricting commission would work

August 30, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Voters will decide in November whether they’d like to create a citizens redistricting commission for drawing district lines. Here’s what we know, and don’t know about how that commission would work.

Michigan redistricting ballot language rejects partisan phrasings

August 30, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Bureau of Elections’ proposed ballot wording for the Voters Not Politicians initiative focuses on the structure of what a new redistricting commission would look like. It faces a hearing Thursday.

In final year, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder checks off much of ambitious agenda

August 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

In his State of the State address in January, the term-limited governor outlined an aggressive strategy in a lame-duck election year. Business and political leaders were skeptical.

Amid jeers, Michigan Republicans select a supreme court justice who strayed

August 25, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Elizabeth Clement, an incumbent justice who voted in favor of two Republican-opposed causes, secured her party’s nomination Saturday despite some palpable frustration on the convention floor.

Tom Leonard is Michigan Republican Attorney General pick, Treder Lang nabs SOS

August 25, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Michigan Republican delegates chose nominees Saturday for attorney general, secretary of state, two Supreme Court seats and other statewide offices, while urging unity against Democrats.

Minimum wage hike on November ballot, pending Michigan Supreme Court appeal

August 24, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Board of State Canvassers on Friday voted to certify the proposal, following a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling this week ordering that a citizen petition to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 appear on the November ballot.

Where they stand: Michigan Attorney General candidates

August 24, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Candidates running to be the state’s top prosecutor will be chosen at this weekend’s state Republican and Democratic conventions. Bridge sought their positions on Flint water prosecutions and criminal justice reform.

Where they stand: Michigan Secretary of State candidates

August 24, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Candidates running to be the state’s top elections administrator will be chosen at this weekend’s state Republican and Democratic party conventions. Bridge quizzed them on redistricting and election reform issues.

Will Michigan Republicans take down Justice Clement? If so, here’s how.

August 23, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan GOP Supreme Court justice is under fire for votes in recent cases on guns and redistricting. Some party delegates remain furious, but it’s unclear if they will challenge her at Saturday’s party convention.

Michigan appeals court orders minimum wage proposal put on November ballot

August 22, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Opponents of the Michigan minimum wage bill, including the hospitality industry, may appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Get to know Garlin Gilchrist II, Gretchen Whitmer's pick for Lt. Governor

August 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Garlin Gilchrist, 35, is not well known outside Detroit so it’s unclear how many votes he can inspire as candidate for Michigan's lt. governor under Gretchen Whitmer. He does bring smarts, national organizing skills and diversity.

Bill Schuette picks Lisa Posthumus Lyons as running mate for Michigan governor

August 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The former state representative and current Kent County clerk has deep ties in the critical west Michigan voting bloc, but has also shown a distaste for President Donald Trump.

Michigan's biggest primary winners weren’t red or blue. They were women

August 9, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Tuesday’s statewide primary election was an indication of the growing power of politically active women on both sides of the aisle.

Have an opinion on Michigan’s Medicaid work rules? Weigh in quickly.

August 9, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state is accepting public input on controversial legislation that would impose work requirements on Medicaid expansion recipients. The formal public comment period ends Sunday, Aug. 12.

Maps show easy paths to victory for Whitmer, Schuette in Michigan governor race

August 8, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Record turnout bolsters hopes for a wave for Democrats. But easy wins for Schuette give him opportunity to unite party and woo independents.

Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette, ideological opposites, face off for governor

August 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The Democratic and Republican frontrunners swamped their party rivals and now bring starkly different visions for curing all that ails Michigan

Where Michigan governor primary winners Schuette and Whitmer stand on issues

August 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Bridge Staff

Michigan’s voters chose Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette as their parties candidates for governor Tuesday night. Here is what they would do if elected in November.

Who’s funding Michigan governor primary winners, Schuette and Whitmer

August 8, 2018 | Craig Mauger

Michigan’s major party candidates are raising millions of dollars, including from “dark-money” sources.

Eight takeaways from Michigan’s gubernatorial primary

August 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Can a Trump-centric platform win in November? Where do progressives go from here? Did Michigan pollsters redeem themselves? Bridge answers the burning questions from Tuesday’s primary races.

Bill Gelineau leads in Michigan Libertarian governor primary

August 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

If he hangs on, Gelineau will advance to the November general election after winning the first Libertarian Party gubernatorial primary in state history.

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