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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 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Here’s who has endorsed Democratic candidates for Michigan governor, AG, SOS

April 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has the most endorsements so far in the Democratic field for governor, including from more than a dozen labor unions.

Old divisions, new blood: The Michigan GOP in the era of Trump

April 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The moneyed establishment and the populist grassroots are chasing the Trump wild card in 2018.

Fight for soul of Michigan GOP is waged precinct by precinct.

April 5, 2018 | Craig Mauger

In meeting rooms small and large across Michigan, the selection of Republican precinct delegates hold big repercussions for candidates and the party’s future.

Here’s who has endorsed Republican candidates for Michigan governor

April 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Attorney General Bill Schuette has the most endorsements so far in the GOP field for governor, including from President Donald Trump.

Teens raped in prison have civil rights, Michigan appeals court rules

March 27, 2018 | Ron French

A lawsuit involving more than 900 teens who say they were assaulted behind bars can proceed, after the state’s second-highest court throws out a law designed to kill such lawsuits.

Michigan lawmakers treading lightly on guns

March 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dozens of gun bills, most seeking to expand gun rights, are stuck in limbo as Lansing takes stock of the post-Parkland landscape.

The status of 39 gun bills in the Michigan Legislature

March 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dozens of gun-related bills have been introduced since Michigan's current legislative term started. Most seek to expand gun rights, but gun politics may be shifting following a deadly school shooting in Florida.

El-Sayed asks court to settle his eligibility for Michigan governor

March 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Democrat wants a judge to say he is qualified to be on the ballot

After early doubts, United Auto Workers back Gretchen Whitmer for Michigan governor

March 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Just months after a movement to woo another candidate, Democratic bigwigs are now scrambling to endorse the former Senate minority leader.

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