Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue is a former Michigan Advance reporter who covered 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.

Ted Cruz stumps for Gibbs in congressional race against Scholten

By: - November 3, 2022

With less than a week before the election, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) visited Grand Rapids Wednesday night to stump for Republican U.S. House candidate John Gibbs in one of the most competitive districts in the state. “For the past two cycles, I’ve worked to look across the county and try to identify the strongest […]

ACLU calls on school leaders to stand up against book bans

By: - November 1, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) sent a letter Tuesday urging Michigan’s public school district leaders to “to affirm your commitment to public education, the First Amendment, and the welfare of all students in your community by resisting” efforts to ban books in schools.  “When school officials attempt to create a ‘sanitized’ learning […]

A Wayne County judge will handle Karamo’s lawsuit, despite her pushback

By: - November 1, 2022

Republican Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo’s lawsuit to require Detroit voters to vote in person will be handled by a Wayne County judge after Karamo asked to disqualify all judges in the county. The suit, which says Detroit’s absentee voter counting board has “many problems that cannot be remedied, also argued that Wayne County […]

Are national ‘parental rights’ groups making decisions in your local school district?

By: - November 1, 2022

On a stage in Troy, in front of dozens of parents, state leaders, school board members and candidates last month, GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon stood beside far-right activists from Florida and made a pledge. “I pledge to advance policies that strengthen parental involvement and decision-making, increase transparency, defend against government overreach and secure parental […]

Contentious school board elections create new divides in communities across Michigan

By: - November 1, 2022

Residents of the Forest Hills School District lined up out the door last month for the first FHPS school board candidate forum, waiting to get past security and have their state I.D. checked to make sure they live in the district.  That’s an unusual level of security for a school board candidate forum — but […]

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 […]