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Michigan’s governor candidates call for financial disclosure. Not all have done so.

May 10, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican and Democratic candidates for governor — 7 in all — shared a debate stage Thursday. A few failed to disclose financial data when Bridge requested it earlier this year.

Do Michigan Republican candidates support Trump? Let us count the ways

May 10, 2018 | Bridge Staff

If fidelity to President Donald Trump is the litmus test, the four Republican candidates for Michigan governor passed heartily at Tuesday’s debate.

Analysis: Michigan Republican governor candidates actually focus on substance in first full debate

May 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The first debate among all four GOP contenders featured some name-calling, but was mostly notable for moments of real discussion about the biggest issues facing Michigan.

Racial accusations embroil Michigan Medicaid reform debate

May 10, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Is exempting Michigan Medicaid recipients who live in high-unemployment counties (but not cities) from work requirements a reflection of the challenges rural citizens face in finding jobs — or a perpetuation of longtime racial and socioeconomic divisions?

Michigan Medicaid reform and race: Maps explain controversy

May 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Cheat work sheet on racial debate embroiling Medicaid work reform bills. Here's four maps that illustrate why some feel there's a northern bias toward exemptions.

Michigan sides with El-Sayed over eligibility question

May 9, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed should stay on the August primary ballot for governor, state officials say. The Democrat's eligibility has been questioned because he was registered to vote in New York as recently as 2015.

It’s Thanedar vs. El-Sayed, as Michigan gov hopefuls square off over eligibility

May 1, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Shri Thanedar wants the state to decide his opponent Abdul El-Sayed’s eligibility to run for governor, but Democrats may have a while to wait until the uncertainty is over. El-Sayed meanwhile is contesting Thanedar's signatures.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on Medicaid work requirements

April 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Senate recently passed a bill to add work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Gov. Rick Snyder opposes the legislation as written. Here’s where seven candidates for governor stand.

Will Michigan’s Medicaid work bill fill jobs or save money? No one knows

April 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

It’s not clear how many Michigan Medicaid enrollees would have to find a job or lose benefits under a bill that passed the Senate. Nor is it clear how much the work rules would cost the state.

Legal marijuana headed to Michigan ballot, prevailing wage repeal to court

April 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan canvassers approved a ballot proposal that would, if passed in November, allow the state to decriminalize recreational use of marijuana. The board however rejected a citizen-driven proposal to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Its supporters say they plan to take the fight to court.

A blue wave in Michigan Legislature? Maybe, but don’t count on it.

April 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

It’s possible Democrats can make big gains into Republican control of the state House and Senate in 2018. But experts say it’s far from a sure bet.

Michigan GOP in bind after Muslim rant taints governor race, experts say

April 25, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Republican candidates for governor Patrick Colbeck said on a video he fears Muslims are trying to bring “sharia law” to Michigan and “exercise influence” by reaching the state’s top political post. Democrat Abdul El-Sayed was his target.

Nine candidates file to run for Michigan’s governor

April 24, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

All the top contenders filed by the state deadline Tuesday. One Dem campaigner, Bill Cobbs, did not, however. This year marks the first time there will be a primary challenge for Libertarians.

Breaking down the Michigan bills intended to stop the next Larry Nassar

April 24, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Lansing is debating more than 30 (mostly bipartisan) bills following the horrific crimes of MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Here’s what’s in them — and what experts say.

Optimism grows that Michigan voters will decide pot, redistricting questions

April 19, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

As deadlines near, the road appears bumpier for a host of other proposals, from creating a part-time Legislature to shutting down an aging oil pipeline. Bridge updates all the state ballot measures.

Slideshow: A dogfight at the Michigan Democratic Party convention

April 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Bridge captures the battle in Detroit on Sunday between two primary rivals for state Attorney General nomination.

Two Michigan Attorney General rivals. One day to make their pitch.

April 16, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

On the biggest day of their political lives, candidates Patrick Miles and Dana Nessel spend Sunday at the Michigan Democratic Party  convention making an urgent plea: ‘Vote for me!’

Mike Duggan blasts Abdul El-Sayed for accusing him of 'poisoning kids'

April 12, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Bad blood between Mike Duggan and his former health director, Abdul El-Sayed, explodes into the open, as Democratic governor candidate says his former boss 'poisoned kids' by ignoring health hazards of Detroit demolitions. In response, a spokesperson for Detroit’s mayor accused El-Sayed of ‘saying anything’ to get elected.

Friction among Michigan Democrats might pose threat to victory in November

April 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

State Democrats have been dogged by rifts within their ranks. As the party gathers for its Sunday convention in Detroit, insiders are trying to turn those divides into a blue wave.

With Michigan Dems gathering Sunday, activists compete to pack convention

April 12, 2018 | Craig Mauger

The Michigan Democratic Party convention in Detroit promises unusual levels of drama and a possible challenge to the labor-dominated politics of years past. Here’s how the voting works.