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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.

Gretchen Whitmer wins Democratic primary for Michigan governor

August 7, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Whitmer beat back a spirited challenge from charismatic young challenger Abdul El-Sayed and millionaire entrepreneur Shri Thanedar. She now turns her attention to Republican winner Bill Schuette.

Bill Schuette wins Republican nod for Michigan governor

August 7, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A bruising campaign has narrowed the four-person GOP gubernatorial field to one — Michigan’s Attorney General

Roaring rallies, modest polling. Can Abdul El-Sayed upend Democratic politics?

August 3, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Venues packed with supporters, high-profile endorsements and a donation from Ben Affleck. What the candidate’s national popularity may, or may not, mean for Michigan’s Democratic primary.

Republican governor candidates make final primary push in Grand Rapids

August 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Greeting supporters on busy streets, touring businesses, heading for the coast, all four Michigan Republican governor candidates scrap for votes as the GOP race turns heated.

Next hurdle for Michigan redistricting backers: ballot language

August 1, 2018 | Ron French

The description of a proposal can be no longer than 100 words on November’s ballot. Those words can clarify, confuse, anger or motivate voters. The battle over Michigan’s redistricting proposal is about to start.

Michigan politicians, others react to Supreme Court redistricting decision

July 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan's high court, in a 4-3 decision, approved a proposed ballot proposal that would change how the state draws legislative lines. See how politicians and experts reacted to the news.

Four takeaways from Michigan Supreme Court upholding redistricting ballot proposal

July 31, 2018 | Ron French

A high-priced battle and a wedge issue for governor. What did the Supreme Court ruling change?

Michigan Supreme Court votes 4-3 to keep redistricting proposal on ballot

July 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s highest court rules that voters can decide in November whether to approve a measure that would put an independent commission in charge of redrawing legislative lines in the state. Two Republicans join two Dems.

Voting results deliver on Michigan Chamber VP’s gerrymandering promise

July 31, 2018 | John Bebow

A Bridge analysis of 410 House, Senate and congressional races since 2011 shows that only 16 were competitive, with Dems crammed into limited districts as Republicans solidified state control.

Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group

July 31, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Riley Beggin

A campaign treasurer for Republican-backed justices is on the board of a dark-money group that helped finance the drawing of GOP-friendly legislative districts, federal records show. The justices say they didn’t know.

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