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.

State finds more invalid signatures after 2nd review of LGBTQ rights group petition

By: - July 23, 2021

After the Bureau of Elections (BOE) did a second review of the signatures submitted by Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, the consensus is that there is still not enough valid signatures to make it on to the 2022 ballot.  However, the campaign, which aims […]

More than 1.25M Michiganders approved to receive emergency food assistance in July

By: - July 23, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Thursday that Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional monthly payment in July. More than 1.25 million people in close to 700,000 Michigan households will benefit under approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food […]

Craig: ‘I’m running’ for Michigan governor in 2022

By: - July 22, 2021

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday night on the Fox News show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” that he is running for governor in Michigan in 2022.  “I’m running, because when I look at what some politicians are doing across our country — let’s talk about Gov. [Gretchen] Whitmer, she follows different rules,” Craig said.  […]

Former Detroit police chief forms exploratory committee for GOP gubernatorial run 

By: - July 21, 2021

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced Wednesday the formation of his candidate committee, “Chief James Craig for Governor Exploratory Committee,” as the first step toward a 2022 run for governor. However, his official announcement that he’s running for governor is still likely weeks away.  Craig stepped down from his position with the Detroit Police […]

Whitmer releases last school from state oversight, but creates some confusion in Muskegon Heights

By: - July 20, 2021

As of Monday, there are no schools in Michigan under state oversight after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the Muskegon Heights School District from receivership under the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act and dissolved its Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB).  This marks the first time the district has had local control without state oversight since […]

Mackinac Bridge bomb threat still under investigation

By: - July 19, 2021

A bomb threat on the Mackinac bridge on Sunday closed the bridge for about three hours while authorities swept the area.  According to the Mackinac City Police Department, at around 2 p.m. Sunday, Chippewa County Central Dispatch in Mackinac County received a call from someone claiming to have put a bomb at the south end […]

Here’s what could happen in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is overturned

By: - July 18, 2021

In 1973, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade granted Americans the constitutional right to access a safe and legal abortion.  But 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 […]

State reports 881 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday

By: - July 16, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 897,598 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,848 have died from the virus — an additional 881 cases and 16 deaths since Tuesday. The state is only reporting COVID-19 data on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. The new numbers […]

Election fraud activist announces Michigan attorney general bid

By: - July 15, 2021

Matthew DePerno, a Kalamazoo-based attorney who filed a case challenging the Antrim County 2020 general elections results and made a number of unfounded accusations and false statements about the election, is running for Attorney General in 2022, according to a press release. DePerno made his announcement around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, but didn’t specify in […]

Whitmer signs $17B schools budget boosting childcare spending, closing district funding gap

By: - July 13, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed the largest School Aid budget in Michigan history Tuesday, totaling $17.1 billion, which hits a longtime goal of eliminating the funding gap between districts. “As we look to the next school year and beyond, we know that every student deserves to be funded at the same level to ensure […]

AG kicks off investigation into false election fraud claims, review of GOP chair’s alleged 2018 payoff 

By: - July 12, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel has accepted an invitation from state Republican leaders to investigate allegations of people profiting off false claims of election fraud.  Last month, the GOP-led Senate Oversight Committee wrapped its 8-month investigation into claims of widespread evidence of voter fraud in Michigan and released a 35-page report showing the continued right-wing claims […]

LGBTQ rights group ready to file suit after state rejects petition signatures

By: - July 9, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, is prepared to file a lawsuit against the Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) after determining the petition failed to clear a hurdle to get on the 2022 ballot. The BOE issued a report Thursday stating that the Fair and […]