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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.”

Mary Treder Lang: Improve service, voter rolls of Michigan secretary of state

October 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Q & A with Mary Treder Lang, Republican for secretary of state

Radio ad claims Sen. Debbie Stabenow supports 'black genocide,' draws outrage

October 22, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Ministers call on Republican John James to denounce ad running on Detroit-area station that equates pro-choice politics with killing black babies.

Servers want $12 an hour. This restaurant owner says he can't afford it.

October 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A new Michigan law would require restaurant servers to earn at least $12 an hour before tips by 2024 — if Michigan legislators don’t change it first.

Paid sick leave law making some Michigan businesses feel queasy

October 18, 2018 | Ron French

A Traverse City nonprofit working with the disabled said it barely scrapes by. If it has to pay workers while they are out ill, the group’s director says it may have to cut services to survive.

Amid Michigan opioid crisis, drug centers say new rules mean layoffs

October 17, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Treatment officials argue that state regulatory changes could close detox centers and force layoffs. State officials counter that centers need full-time doctors and certified providers to ensure patient safety.

Michigan’s Republican black-sheep justice is winning some unlikely allies

October 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement has been snubbed by Republicans for her votes on key rulings. But moderates in both parties are rallying (and giving) to a justice they say put principles above party.

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