Michigan

Whitmer Signs Bipartisan State Jail Reform Package
State News
Whitmer Signs Bipartisan State Jail Reform Package
2021-01-05 18:27:25
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a comprehensive package of criminal justice reform bills Monday that stemmed from policy recommendations by the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration.  The year-long study from key stakeholders and... Read More

Whitmer Signs $106 Million Bipartisan Relief Bill
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Whitmer Signs $106 Million Bipartisan Relief Bill
2021-01-04 14:38:50
by Sean Trambley

LANSING, Mich. – This week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the bipartisan relief bill that the legislature passed after she urged them to provide support for Michigan families, frontline workers, and small businesses.  The relief bill includes $55 million to... Read More

Michigan Passes $465 Million COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package
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Michigan Passes $465 Million COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package
2020-12-21 21:43:50
by Sara Wilkerson

LANSING, Mich. - Today, the Michigan state legislature passed Senate Bill 748, a bipartisan bill that provides $465 million in COVID-19 economic relief from state and federal tax revenues. The spending plan was passed earlier today in Michigan’s state House... Read More

Trump Campaign Pushes to Overturn Michigan's Election
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Trump Campaign Pushes to Overturn Michigan's Election

LANSING, Mich. — The top Republicans in Michigan's GOP-controlled Legislature are expected to visit the White House on Friday as supporters of President Donald Trump take new steps to undermine Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the state. This development comes after Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said the campaign would defeat Biden... Read More

GOP Canvassers Again Oppose Certifying Detroit-area Votes
2020 Elections
GOP Canvassers Again Oppose Certifying Detroit-area Votes

DETROIT (AP) — Two Michigan Republicans who initially blocked certification of election results for the county that includes Detroit despite no evidence of fraud before approving them now say they want to rescind their certification. Monica Palmer and William Hartmann,... Read More

Michigan GOP Backtracks After Blocking Vote Certification
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Michigan GOP Backtracks After Blocking Vote Certification

DETROIT (AP) — In an abrupt about-face, Michigan's largest county on Tuesday night unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump, hours after Republicans first blocked formal approval of voters' intentions. The initial move was quickly... Read More

Michigan Officials Debunk Trump Dead Voter Claim
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Michigan Officials Debunk Trump Dead Voter Claim

DETROIT — President Donald Trump's campaign filed a second lawsuit in Michigan on Tuesday seeking to stop the state's canvassing and certification of ballots, but the state's chief elections official and attorney general defended the election results. The Trump campaign filed the case in federal... Read More

Trump Campaign Sues to Temporarily Block Michigan Vote Counting
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Sues to Temporarily Block Michigan Vote Counting
2020-11-04 20:16:37
by Dan McCue

LANSING, Mich. -- The Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in Michigan claiming its election observers have not been granted "meaningful" access to the counting process. As of about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden is leading... Read More

MI-11: Eric Esshaki (R)
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MI-11: Eric Esshaki (R)
2020-11-03 07:39:53
by TWN Staff

About Esshaki:   While attending Wayne State University, Esshaki worked as a nursing assistant at a local hospital. He left the university and enrolled in a vocational school in Toledo, Ohio, where he earned a certificate degree in practical nursing. ... Read More

MI-11: Haley Stevens (D)
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MI-11: Haley Stevens (D)
2020-11-03 07:34:07
by TWN Staff

About Stevens:  Rep. Haley Stevens grew up in Rochester Hills, Mich., and graduated from Seaholm High School in Birmingham. She earned a master’s degree in social policy and philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from American... Read More

MI-08 Paul Junge (R)
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MI-08 Paul Junge (R)
2020-11-03 07:27:01
by TWN Staff

About Junge:  Paul Junge worked in his family business that maintained housing for military families. Junge was a deputy district attorney who worked in the domestic violence unit to protect battered women and abused children. He was the Fox47 television... Read More

MI-08 Elissa Slotkin (D)
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MI-08 Elissa Slotkin (D)
2020-11-03 07:18:38
by TWN Staff

About Slotkin:  Elissa Slotkin serves the residents of Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, a district that includes Ingham, Livingston, and North Oakland Counties.  After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to be a Middle East... Read More

MI-06 Fred Upton (R)
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MI-06 Fred Upton (R)
2020-11-03 06:51:30
by TWN Staff

About Upton:  Fred Upton represents Southwest Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District.   Prior to his election to Congress, he worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget. From 2010 to 2016, Upton was selected by his House colleagues... Read More

MI-10: Lisa McClain (D)
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MI-10: Lisa McClain (D)
2020-11-01 11:29:05
by TWN Staff

About McClain: Lisa McClain launched her campaign for Congress in October 2019 after a conversation around the dinner table with her family. It was during that dinner that her daughter, Ryan, challenged her to do something about the problems she... Read More

MI-03: Peter Meijer (R)
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MI-03: Peter Meijer (R)
2020-10-30 22:51:59
by TWN Staff

About Meijer: Peter Meijer is a fourth generation West Michigander, born and raised in Grand Rapids. After graduating high school, Meijer spent a year at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Soon thereafter, he enlisted in the Army reserves... Read More

MI-03: Hillary Scholten (D)
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MI-03: Hillary Scholten (D)
2020-10-30 22:46:33
by TWN Staff

About Scholten: Hillary Scholten’s great, great grandparents emigrated from the Netherlands to Grand Rapids. Her mom worked as an elementary school teacher, and her dad was a reporter and an assistant sports editor for the Grand Rapids Press. She and... Read More

Michigan Court of Appeals Denies Appeal, Says Open Carry at Polls Is Legal
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Michigan Court of Appeals Denies Appeal, Says Open Carry at Polls Is Legal

LANSING, Mich. — The open carry of firearms will be permitted at the polls on Election Day, under an order issued Thursday by the Michigan Court of Appeals. A three-member panel of the court rejected Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's appeal of a ruling that... Read More

MI Senate: John James (R)
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MI Senate: John James (R)
2020-10-28 13:51:05
by TWN Staff

About James:  John James is running for U.S Senate to represent the state of Michigan. At the age of 17, James volunteered to serve his country in the military. After graduating from West Point in 2004, the candidate became a... Read More

MI Senate: Gary Peters (D)
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MI Senate: Gary Peters (D)
2020-10-28 13:48:48
by TWN Staff

About Peters:  Gary Peters is a Democratic member of the U.S Senate from the state of Michigan. Peters was sworn into the Senate on January 6, 2015. Peters is currently seeking re-election on November 3, 2020 for a second Senate... Read More

Whitmer Asks Trump to 'Bring the Heat Down,' Says He's Inciting 'Domestic Terrorism'
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Whitmer Asks Trump to 'Bring the Heat Down,' Says He's Inciting 'Domestic Terrorism'

DETROIT -- A day after President Donald Trump prompted "lock her up" chants against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Muskegon, Whitmer implored the president and other officials to "bring the heat down." Whitmer told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the chant, which usually was reserved for former Democratic Presidential... Read More

Pelosi Slams Trump for Using 'Fear Tactics' at Michigan Campaign Rally
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Pelosi Slams Trump for Using 'Fear Tactics' at Michigan Campaign Rally

President Trump is using "fear tactics" to rile up his base, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday. "The president has to realize that the words of the president of the United States weigh a ton," she said on ABC's "This Week." "And, in our political dialogue,... Read More

FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake
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FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Members of an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about leaving her in the middle of Lake Michigan and “taking out” a second politician, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified... Read More

Plans to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer and Overthrow Government Foiled, Officials Say
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Plans to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer and Overthrow Government Foiled, Officials Say

DETROIT — Federal agents said Thursday they thwarted a plot to violently overthrow the government as well as kidnap and harm Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — a conspiracy that included visits to her home in northern Michigan and training with... Read More

Michigan Announces $80 Million for Opioids Crisis Response
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Michigan Announces $80 Million for Opioids Crisis Response
2020-10-02 15:08:14
by Sean Trambley

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Opioids Task Force announced the state has received $80 million in federal funding to respond to the ongoing opioids crisis.  The funds... Read More

Govs. Whitmer, Cuomo Call for Investigation of Trump’s ‘Politicization’ of Coronavirus Pandemic
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Govs. Whitmer, Cuomo Call for Investigation of Trump’s ‘Politicization’ of Coronavirus Pandemic
2020-09-28 13:46:22
by Reece Nations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer jointly released a statement urging Congress to open an oversight investigation concerning “the Trump administration’s politicization of government functions,” that undermined the nation’s pandemic response. In their statement, the governors... Read More

Secretaries of State Stress Need for Accuracy, Patience, When 2020 Vote is Counted
2020 Elections
Secretaries of State Stress Need for Accuracy, Patience, When 2020 Vote is Counted
2020-09-24 21:14:47
by Dan McCue

The top elections officials of what will undoubtedly be two of the most closely watched states in the nation on election night 2020 told attendees of a virtual forum Tuesday that their top priority will be ensuring that the vote... Read More

Trump Flips, Now Encourages Michigan Residents to Vote Absentee
2020 Elections
Trump Flips, Now Encourages Michigan Residents to Vote Absentee

DETROIT — In an about face on mail-in voting in Michigan, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to encourage voters to request absentee ballots and vote early. Trump’s latest messaging on mail-in voting marks a mercurial swing from May,... Read More

In The Battleground State of Michigan, Long Memories, New Dynamics
2020 Elections
In The Battleground State of Michigan, Long Memories, New Dynamics
2020-09-19 17:14:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The hallmark of a true battleground state is that any one of a variety of factors can come into play and make a sure bet in the weeks leading up to the vote an “also ran” on election... Read More

Michigan Senate Approves More Time to Process Absentee Ballots
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Michigan Senate Approves More Time to Process Absentee Ballots
2020-09-17 13:54:23
by Dan McCue

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday approved a bill allowing the state's larger municipalities to begin processing an expected surge of absentee ballots prior to Election Day. The legislation, which passed 34-2 with strong bipartisan support, would allow... Read More

DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
Political News
DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
2020-08-27 21:01:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is seeking data from the governors of four states that issued orders "which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents." Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the... Read More

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