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Michigan Governor Signs Bill to Fund Schools’ COVID Recovery Efforts
In The States
Michigan Governor Signs Bill to Fund Schools’ COVID Recovery Efforts
2021-07-08 20:31:25
by Ansley Puckett

LANSING. Mich.— Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined students and staff on Wednesday at Ojibwa Elementary in Macomb county to sign a bill that appropriates $4.4 billion in federal COVID relief funding to schools.  According to a release, House Bill 4421... Read More

Michigan Creates High Speed Internet Office
In The States
Michigan Creates High Speed Internet Office
2021-06-03 13:22:34
by TWN Staff

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday establishing the state's first high-speed internet office. The new office will coordinate and advance the state’s efforts to ensure that every home and business in Michigan has access to an affordable, reliable high-speed connection that... Read More

Michigan Awards Grants to Restore, Protect Water Quality
In The States
Michigan Awards Grants to Restore, Protect Water Quality
2021-06-03 13:21:38
by TWN Staff

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on Wednesday awarded 11 grants totaling over $4.7 million for watershed management projects that will benefit wetlands, lakes and streams. Each grant will reduce sediment, nutrients and other contaminants to help... Read More

Independent Redistricting Off to Rocky Start in Michigan
In The States
Independent Redistricting Off to Rocky Start in Michigan
2021-04-22 20:10:10
by Dan McCue

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's first-ever, independent citizens redistricting commission got off to a rocky start earlier this month after its decision to hire an alleged Democratic activist as an advisor inspired a strong backlash from the state’s Republican party. The... Read More

Whitmer Signs Order Establishing Michigan Forensic Science Task Force
In The States
Whitmer Signs Order Establishing Michigan Forensic Science Task Force
2021-04-02 19:15:38
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday instituting a forensic science task force as an advisory body within the Michigan Department of State Police.  The task force’s role will be to provide recommendations to improve... Read More

Once the Mainstream Model, Michigan GOP Embraces Right Wing
In The States
Once the Mainstream Model, Michigan GOP Embraces Right Wing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Josh Venable, a longtime Michigan GOP operative and chief of staff to former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, can trace the arc of the state's Republican Party clearly."This was the state where to be Republican was... Read More

Michigan House GOP Unveils Rebuttal to Whitmer’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
State News
Michigan House GOP Unveils Rebuttal to Whitmer’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
2021-01-27 21:46:19
by Reece Nations

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House Appropriations Committee Chairman Thomas Albert announced Republicans’ rebuttal to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed COVID-19 recovery plan.  The House Republicans’ plan would provide roughly $3.5 billion in federal and state funds for employers, families, schools and... Read More

Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
State News
Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
2021-01-22 21:03:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau estimates show 16 states saw population declines last year as the nation experienced its slowest overall growth since the Great Depression, a new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis shows. According to the analysis, which first appeared... Read More

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
State News
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
State News
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

Stabenow Says Smaller Coronavirus Relief Bill Better Than Nothing
Economy
Stabenow Says Smaller Coronavirus Relief Bill Better Than Nothing

WASHINGTON — A top Senate Democrat said Tuesday that she's engaged in bipartisan discussions on COVID-19 aid and urged quick action even if that means "a short-term package for the next few months." "We need to act," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D- Mich.,... Read More

The Trump Election Lawsuit Chronicles
2020 Elections
The Trump Election Lawsuit Chronicles
2020-11-24 21:33:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Getting a formal concession, finally, might all come down to this. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of appeals on Monday granted a request from President Donald Trump's campaign to consider, on an expedited basis, an appeal of a... Read More

Michigan Certifies Biden Win; a Setback for Trump Challenge
2020 Elections
Michigan Certifies Biden Win; a Setback for Trump Challenge

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials on Monday certified Democrat Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in the state, another setback for President Donald Trump in his futile effort to undermine the results of the Nov. 3 election through baseless legal... Read More

Michigan House Speaker Floats Possibility of 'Constitutional Crisis'
2020 Elections
Michigan House Speaker Floats Possibility of 'Constitutional Crisis'

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield referenced the possibility of a "constitutional crisis" during an interview on Fox News Sunday morning, two days after he met with President Donald Trump at the White House. The Board of State Canvassers meets Monday to consider certifying Michigan's statewide election... Read More

Trump Campaign Pushes to Overturn Michigan's Election
State News
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
State News
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
State News
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's Challenge to the 2020 Vote: A State-By-State Guide
Litigation
Trump's Challenge to the 2020 Vote: A State-By-State Guide

President Donald Trump's challenge to the 2020 election results runs through six battleground states, five of which he won in 2016. This time around, Democrat Joe Biden has five-digit vote leads in all six states with some counting continuing, including three where he leads... 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-10: Lisa McClain (D)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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
State News
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)
Senate Watch
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)
Senate Watch
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

Michigan Announces $80 Million for Opioids Crisis Response
State News
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

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

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