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.

MSU board appoints Provost Teresa Woodruff as interim president

By: - October 31, 2022

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday to appoint Provost Teresa Woodruff as the university’s interim president after President Samuel Stanley announced his resignation earlier this month.  Board of Trustees Chair Dianne Byrum said the board met with a variety of stakeholders and groups during their process to find an interim president. […]

Karamo files long-shot lawsuit to require Detroit residents to vote in person

By: - October 28, 2022

GOP Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo filed a lawsuit Wednesday to require Detroit voters to vote in person or obtain their ballots in person at the clerk’s office. “This is the only valid process of identity in the statute because the [Michigan secretary of state] failed to promulgate a signature comparison rule,” the lawsuit […]

As anti-abortion opponents ramp up ads against Proposal 3, supporters debunk claims

By: - October 21, 2022

With just over two weeks until voters decide whether or not abortion will be protected in the state Constitution with Proposal 3, supporters say there’s been a stream of misinformation about what the measure would do.  Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit said during a “Yes on Prop 3” press conference Friday afternoon that attempts from […]

Since before Roe fell to present day: Where Dixon and Whitmer stand on abortion rights

By: - October 20, 2022

Abortion has been one of the top issues for voters this election season, and the two nominees running for governor have taken starkly different approaches to campaigning on the issue.  Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has centered her support for abortion rights in her campaign, saying repeatedly she is “fighting like hell” against the state’s 91-year-old […]

Economic justice advocate: IRA should have included aid for childcare, affordable housing, more

By: - October 18, 2022

Taifa Butler, president of Demos, a national organization that promotes democratic reform and economic justice, said Tuesday that President Joe Biden needs to do more to meet the needs of people of color. “We can appreciate the administration’s efforts while still acknowledging that recent federal policy advances come as a result of tireless organizing and […]

Where Whitmer and Dixon stand on public education, vouchers and school safety

By: - October 18, 2022

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon haven’t had much in common during their time on the campaign trail, but they have both put education high on their list of priorities.  However, their proposals to address issues in the state’s K-12 education system couldn’t be more different. Dixon, who will be facing […]

Dixon drags ‘single working women’ at Southeast Michigan campaign event

By: - October 15, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon told a crowd Friday afternoon that single working women in Michigan are living a “lonely life” — and that’s exactly what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants, Dixon said.  Dixon made the comment during a campaign event in St. Clair Shores with running mate Shane Hernandez and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who […]

Whitmer stresses bipartisanship in debate, while Dixon says she has ‘terrorized’ the state

By: - October 14, 2022

Abortion, education and crime led the first ever debate between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon Thursday night, showing voters the stark differences between the candidate. Dixon acknowledged early on that the debate hosted by WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids was the first time many voters would get to hear from her […]

State board rejects GOP resolution to fire superintendent over teacher training videos

By: - October 11, 2022

A Republican member of the state Board of Education unsuccessfully put forth a resolution Tuesday to remove state Superintendent Michael Rice if the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) does not remove videos designed to help teachers learn about students’ different identities and how to avoid outing students. “A government deceiving parents about important matters involving […]

Here’s a look at the abortion bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature this term

By: - October 6, 2022

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, sending the issue back to the states, abortion was a hot topic in the Michigan Legislature.  Seventy bills and three resolutions that mention abortion have been introduced in Michigan during the 2021-22 session.  Some of those bills have been introduced by Democrats to […]

After 2020 drama, experts call on state canvassers to do their job after Nov. 8 election

By: - October 5, 2022

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Michigan and longtime election experts hosted a press conference Wednesday as a reminder before the Nov. 8 election that certifying results doesn’t need to be complicated — despite what we’ve seen since the 2020 election.  In Michigan, election results are certified by county boards and the State Board […]

Dixon demands action on book bans, ‘grooming’ and more — but she’s quiet on the details

By: - October 3, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon has proposed some big ideas on education and LGBTQ+ issues during the last few weeks of her campaign.  “Leadership is being unafraid to say that our school needs to get back to basics, teach kids how to read, write, and do math – and cut it out with all the […]