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.

Gilchrist: ‘I am very concerned about if Roe falls, what that means for Black women’

By: - June 4, 2022

Six months after a school shooting in Oxford left four students dead, another mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, has state leaders discussing what needs to change to make sure it never happens again.  For Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, a parent of elementary-school-age children, it’s personal. The Advance asked Gilchrist what needs […]

Mackinac crowd erupts in cheers when Whitmer highlights fight to protect abortion rights

By: - June 2, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer received the loudest applause from the audience during her keynote address at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference Thursday when she mentioned her goals to protect reproductive freedoms in Michigan.  “As we chase our collective success, we must also be a state where women have bodily autonomy and equal rights,” Whitmer said to […]

Black activists protest voting restrictions by land, air and sea at Mackinac Conference

By: and - June 2, 2022

For a period of time on Tuesday, attendees ferrying to the Mackinac Island Policy Conference were confronted with a protest banner hung from the Round Island Passage Lighthouse: “Loepp, pledge to defend Black voters.” The banner drop, put up by the Defend Black Voters coalition and targeting Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan CEO Daniel […]

Breaking: Planned Parenthood of Michigan announces new CEO

By: - June 2, 2022

Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) has chosen a new CEO, Paula Thornton-Greear, a year and a half after the nonprofit health care organization’s former president announced she would step down.  Thornton-Greear, who grew up in Southeast Michigan and is a graduate of Michigan State University, is joining the Michigan affiliate after working for the Planned […]

Buttigieg says investing in transportation could be the answer to lower inflation

By: - June 1, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined the state’s leading legislators, lobbyists and business leaders at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference Wednesday to discuss the nation’s high inflation rates and supply shortages. The former South Bend, Ind., mayor pointed to expanding rail infrastructure to help meet these needs. “Supply chain problems have been building in this […]

Poll shows DeVos-backed education initiative lacks support

By: - May 31, 2022

With one day left before ballot initiative signatures must be submitted to either land on the November ballot or get adopted by the Legislature, a recent poll released Tuesday shows most Michigan voters oppose the Let MI Kids Learn initiative.  The group is backed by Betsy DeVos, the former U.S. Education secretary under former President […]

Planned Parenthood launches gender-affirming care in Lansing, Marquette

By: - May 26, 2022

Two Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) health centers launched  gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) Wednesday for patients 18 and older. The clinics in Marquette and Lansing will now offer hormone therapy, which includes prescriptions for testosterone, estrogen or testosterone blockers, for transgender, nonbinary and gender expansive people.  “Gender-affirming care overall really means embracing the gender identity […]

Whitmer to state Supreme Court: Ruling on Michigan abortion ban is of ‘paramount importance’

By: - May 26, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a brief Wednesday answering the state Supreme Court’s questions in her lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s 1931 abortion ban law. Whitmer filed her lawsuit in April and used her executive message power to ask the state’s highest court to take on this case and do so swiftly.  Last week, the […]

Michigan Republicans thwart Dem attempts to move gun reforms after Texas school shooting

By: - May 25, 2022

Michigan Democrats renewed their call for gun reform legislation in the wake of a school shooting at an elementary school in Texas.  Democrats introduced a number of gun reform bills in 2021. After at least 19 elementary students and two adults were killed Tuesday at an Uvalde, Texas, school, Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday tried to […]

State reports 25,968 new COVID-19 cases in the last week

By: - May 25, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,527,831 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,357 have died from the virus — an additional 25,968 cases and 139 deaths in the last week. The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Wednesday combine recorded cases and deaths […]

Anti-abortion coalition forms against Michigan reproductive rights ballot measure

By: - May 24, 2022

An anti-abortion coalition launched an education campaign Tuesday against the Reproductive Freedom For All ballot initiative, which aims to secure Michigan’s right to safe and legal abortions and other reproductive health measures in the state Constitution.  The Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children coalition, which includes Right to Life of Michigan and the Michigan […]

Whitmer proposes using additional state revenue to fund K-12 tutoring

By: - May 24, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer introduced a plan Monday to expand tutoring and other learning supports to respond to learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools initially were closed to in-person learning to stop the spread. During the pandemic, students have struggled with illness, grief, mental health issues and more. The MI Kids Back on Track program […]