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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.

Nessel questions Planned Parenthood abortion ban lawsuit against her

By: - May 4, 2022

The day after the draft decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked, Attorney General Dana Nessel restated that she would not enforce the state’s 1931 abortion ban and blasted the Planned Parenthood lawsuit filed against her.   “There’s a litany of reasons why I believe that for somebody like myself, […]

‘They will not take our rights away’ 

By: - May 4, 2022

When Tamera Lagalo, 39, of East Lansing, gave birth to her daughter 16 years ago, she almost died. “They told me if I ever got pregnant again, I wouldn’t survive,” Lagalo said, as she stood in the rain Tuesday outside the state Capitol protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade […]

Mich. Planned Parenthood head calls SCOTUS overturning Roe ‘tragic’ and ‘unprecedented’

By: - May 3, 2022

A draft decision from the U.S. Supreme Court leaked Monday night, giving the world a glimpse of how close the country is to rolling back a nearly 50-year-old ruling that secured the legal right to an abortion.  “This is tragic. It is unprecedented. It is not the will of the people and the electorate. It’s […]

Michigan Republicans attempt to ban trans athletes through school budget

By: - May 2, 2022

State Republicans are taking another shot at excluding transgender athletes from school sports. After attempting to do so through a Senate bill, now they’re trying to use the state budget.  The GOP-led House Appropriations Committee on Thursday adopted a $19.9 billion School Aid Budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 that includes language prohibiting “boys from […]

House GOP budget plan includes $750K that could go to defending Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

By: - April 27, 2022

A House Appropriations subcommittee approved a bill Tuesday that would allocate state funds to “enhance election integrity” and to help the Legislature defend a 1931 state law that makes abortion a felony.  Rep. Greg VanWoerkom (R-Norton Shores), the House Appropriations General Government Subcommittee chair, is the sponsor of House Bill 5783.  The 2023 Fiscal Year […]

Here’s who won the Michigan GOP endorsements for state education boards

By: - April 24, 2022

During a long and chaotic GOP endorsement convention in Grand Rapids Saturday, delegates made their choices for state education boards amid Republican campaigns against schools teaching about racial inequality and LGBTQ+ issues. The big winners were Kristina Karamo and Matt DePerno, who have both pushed fraud conspiracies about the 2020 presidential election and garnered the […]

Two Trump picks win GOP endorsements for attorney general, secretary of state

By: - April 24, 2022

Two candidates on Saturday rode endorsements from former President Donald Trump to win the majority of Michigan GOP delegates’ votes for secretary of state and attorney general at the early convention in Grand Rapids. Both Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo and Attorney General nominee Matt DePerno have denied the 2020 presidential election results, catapulting […]

‘This was a human rights issue’: Over 1,000 people gather to mourn Lyoya, call for justice

By: - April 22, 2022

A packed church of more than 1,000 people from across the world on Friday mourned and celebrated the life of Patrick Lyoya with prayers, song and a call for justice.  “I come here today to … tell you this can not end today,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who delivered the eulogy at Lyoya’s funeral […]

Appeals court throws out DePerno lawsuit failing to prove 2020 election fraud

By: - April 21, 2022

Updated, 5:09 p,m. 4/21/22 with comments from Benson A Michigan Court of Appeals rejected Thursday a lawsuit from Republican attorney general candidate Matt DePerno over disproven conspiracies of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election in Antrim County. DePerno, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has built his campaign on pushing election conspiracies […]

ACLU, education groups fight suit to overturn constitutional ban on private school funding

By: - April 21, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan is working to stop a right-wing attempt to funnel state funds intended for public schools to private schools in the state. In September, five families filed in federal court a lawsuit, Hile v. Michigan, to strike down the 1970 Blaine Amendment in the state Constitution, which bans […]

Michigan reports 10,474 new COVID-19 cases, 78 deaths in the last week

By: - April 20, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,411,464 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 35,935 have died from the virus — an additional 10,474 cases and 78 deaths since last week. The new numbers combine all confirmed and probable cases and deaths since last Wednesday, as […]

Nessel: Jurors in Whitmer kidnapping case ‘got it wrong’

By: - April 20, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday the jury that acquitted two of the four men accused of conspiring to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came to the wrong conclusion.  “I’m not just going to lie back. … I respect the work of juries, but do I think they got it wrong on those cases? Yeah, I […]