Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.

Here’s a timeline of action on Michigan’s abortion ban as Whitmer requests another injunction 

By: - August 11, 2022

In another attempt to make the state’s 1931 abortion ban unenforceable, at least temporarily, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a motion Wednesday for a preliminary injunction with the Oakland County Circuit Court against enforcement of the ban.  Whitmer said the injunction “must remain in place until the courts can fully resolve the constitutionality of abortion in […]

DeVos-backed voucher initiative submits signatures late in hopes GOP Legislature will act

By: - August 10, 2022

A right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan submitted more than 500,000 signatures Wednesday to get the proposal in front of the GOP-led Legislature. The Let MI Kids Learn campaign, backed by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate and funder of school choice and charter schools, missed the June […]

Despite doctors’ pleas, most kids under 5 aren’t getting vaccinated against COVID-19

By: - August 10, 2022

It’s been nearly two months since the federal government approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5, but an overwhelming majority of Michiganders in that age group are still not vaccinated. According to the state, as of Aug. 3, less than 4% of children under 5 in the state have received one dose of the […]

Dixon joins far-right leaders at CPAC to drag Whitmer, Trump calls kidnapping plot ‘fake’

By: - August 8, 2022

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon shared a stage last week at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas with former President Donald Trump, who sang her praises, and autocratic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Orban, who is known for his attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and immigration, kicked off the far-right conference Thursday, with […]

‘She shouldn’t be telling doctors and physicians how to practice medicine’

By: - August 5, 2022

Updated, 7:49 a.m., 8/5/22 Following the results of Tuesday’s GOP gubernatorial primary election, physicians around the state said they’re concerned about what a Tudor Dixon administration could mean for pregnant people.  Dixon, whose run was bolstered by an endorsement by former President Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination with 40.6% of the vote. She was […]

Circuit court rules to keep restraining order on abortion ban law

By: - August 3, 2022

After hearing oral arguments Wednesday in a case where some Republican county prosecutors argue they are exempt from the injunction on the state’s 1931 abortion ban, a Circuit Court judge ruled to keep a restraining order on the law in place.  This comes after a flurry of judicial action this week. The state Court of […]

Michigan legislative primaries: Some incumbents lose to colleagues, newcomers

By: - August 3, 2022

Updated 1:53 p.m. with additional comments Running for the first time after new districts were drawn for Michigan’s House and Senate, some incumbents in Tuesday’s primary lost their shot at holding their seats, while former President Donald Trump demonstrated he still has a hold on Republicans through some of his endorsements.  Among the many incumbents […]

Biden virtually joins Michigan leaders to celebrate bipartisan CHIPS Act

By: - August 2, 2022

President Joe Biden virtually joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Tuesday to tout the recent federal legislation that supporters said will boost American manufacturing, create jobs and lower costs by stabilizing the supply chain. “The bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act will make a once-in-a-century investment in American industry to create and protect tens of thousands of jobs, […]

Circuit Court judge blocks enforcement of Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

By: - August 2, 2022

After the state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that county prosecutors are exempt from the injunction on the 1931 abortion ban, another judge just hours later ordered a temporary restraining order barring the ban from being enforced.  The request for the restraining order came from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who called the Court of Appeals […]

Planned Parenthood: the injunction is still in place, abortions are legal

By: - August 1, 2022

Following a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals Monday that allows county prosecutors to criminally charge health care providers for performing abortions, Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) wants to make one thing clear: abortions are still legal in the state. The Court of Appeals three-judge panel ruled that the injunction on the state’s 1931 […]

Court ruling will allow county prosecutors to criminally charge providers for abortion

By: - August 1, 2022

A Monday ruling from the state Court of Appeals gives county prosecutors power to enforce Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, despite there being an injunction currently blocking the ban from being enforced.  According to the Court of Appeals judges, the injunction put in place by Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher in May only prevents state […]

Voter restriction ballot proposal turns in signatures — but may not head to voters

By: - July 29, 2022

After organizers announced last month they’d gathered enough signatures to put a proposal clamping down on voting on the November ballot, the Secure MI Vote coalition submitted petitions on Friday — well past the deadline.  If the Bureau of Elections approves the signatures for the proposal, which is backed by Michigan Republicans, it will go […]