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.

Stress, fatigue and fading hopes of ‘normalcy’ as Michigan surpasses 20K COVID deaths

By: and - August 17, 2021

Just over 17 months ago in March 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the first case of COVID-19 had made its way into Michigan — kickstarting a period of uncertainty, change, hardships and a unified desire for “normalcy.” Now, the deadly virus has infected 922,687 Michiganders in total. The state hit the grim milestone of […]

State reports 3,554 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths since Friday 

By: - August 16, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 922,687 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,030 have died from the virus — an additional 3,554 cases and 19 deaths since Friday. The state is only reporting COVID-19 data on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays each week. The new […]

Census data shows Michigan’s population grew and diversified, Detroit lost residents

By: - August 12, 2021

Michigan’s population increased slowly over the past decade and became increasingly more diverse, but the population of Detroit decreased for the seventh decade in a row, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday.  Michigan’s population, which is now nearly 10.1 million people, grew by just 2% since the 2010 Census, making it one of […]

Republican pops resolution against school mask mandates, board passes pro-mask measure instead

By: - August 10, 2021

The Michigan Board of Education voted Tuesday to adopt a resolution supporting local school districts’ decisions on whether to put in place mask mandates in K-12 schools this upcoming school year during a more than eight-hour meeting. The resolution, introduced by Republican Tom McMillin, a former state House member, initially encouraged schools not to impose […]

Independent redistricting commission considers hiring GOP-tied law firm

By: - August 9, 2021

Updated, 11:15 a.m., 7/10/21, with new comments from Nessel’s office The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) announced Friday that it will be interviewing a Washington, D.C.-based law firm with GOP ties to represent the commission as its legal counsel. MICRC spokesperson Edward Woods III said the commission submitted two requests for proposal, but only […]

Michigan receives $52M in federal funds to fortify infrastructure against natural disasters

By: - August 9, 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $51.7 million federal grant from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to invest in Michigan’s infrastructure that will be resilient against climate change. “I am grateful to have an ally in the Biden administration that is working diligently to ensure that we have the resources to […]

State reports 3,962 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday

By: - August 6, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 910,500 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,950 have died from the virus — an additional 3,962 cases and three deaths since Tuesday. The state is only reporting COVID-19 data on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. The new numbers […]

LGBTQ+ rights group appeals to Michigan Supreme Court after state board rejects ballot measure

By: - August 5, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group aiming to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday after the Board of State Canvassers last week rejected the group’s petition.  The LGBTQ+ rights advocates are aiming to get the initiative on the […]

Michigan AFL-CIO proposes redistricting maps for state commission

By: - August 5, 2021

Updated 11:14 a.m., 8/5/21 The Michigan AFL-CIO drew up its own set of state legislative maps for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) to consider before the panel begins crafting new U.S. House and state House and Senate district lines for the next 10 years. Along with drawing up maps for the state House […]

Hillsdale proposes abortion ban, ‘spontaneous miscarriages’ would be open to prosecution

By: - August 4, 2021

Hillsdale, a small city near the Ohio border best known as the home of conservative Hillsdale College, proposed an ordinance Monday that would ban abortions within the city limits and would it a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” The ordinance would criminalize any person from performing abortions or providing abortion-inducing drugs at any stage of […]

Study: Michigan electing more LGBTQ+ local officials, still far off from equity

By: - August 2, 2021

LGBTQ+ representation in elected offices has taken big strides in the last year nationwide, especially on the local level in Michigan, according to a recent study.  A report by the Victory Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to help LGBTQ+ people get elected to office, shows that nationally there are 986 openly LGBTQ+ people currently […]


6 Michigan GOP lawmakers sign brief to overturn Roe v. Wade

By: - July 30, 2021

Six Michigan Republican members of Congress signed on to an amicus brief Thursday seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade. In May, the Supreme Court, which is considered to have the most right-wing tilt in decades, agreed to hear arguments on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  U.S. […]