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.

GOP Legislature quickly approves tax cut plan, but will Whitmer sign on?

By: - May 20, 2022

GOP lawmakers moved quickly to pass a $2.5 billion tax cut plan through both chambers Thursday, while Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democrats push her $500 rebate plan.  This is the second time this year that Republicans who control the Legislature and the Democratic governor have squabbled over tax policy during what’s already been a […]

House passes DHHS budget bill with abortion restrictions

By: - May 19, 2022

The GOP-led House passed a proposed budget for Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Wednesday that includes a number of restrictions to abortion access and prohibits state funding for abortion care. Senate Bill 828, introduced by state Sen. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes), would prohibit funding to organizations, and any of their subcontracts, that […]

House committee approves bill to close marital rape legal loophole

By: - May 19, 2022

A bill that would close a loophole in the state’s marital rape ban made it through the Michigan House Judiciary committee Tuesday with unanimous support.  The Michigan Penal Code currently allows marital rape when the perpetrator’s spouse is mentally incapacitated, which includes instances where a spouse has been drugged or coerced and is unable to […]

Poor People’s Campaign rallies for social and economic justice on Capitol steps

By: - May 18, 2022

A small group gathered outside the state Capitol on a rainy Wednesday afternoon for the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign “Moral Witness Wednesday” rally to demand that the state’s elected officials support basic human needs from minimum wage increases to reproductive freedom to prison reform.  “Whether you are working on foreclosures, whether you are working on […]

Michigan judge grants injunction against 1931 abortion ban if Roe is overturned

By: - May 17, 2022

Updated, 3:50 p.m., 5/17/22, with comments from Planned Parenthood A Court of Claims judge granted a preliminary injunction in a suit brought by Planned Parenthood against Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban law.  Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher ordered the injunction Tuesday, writing that “forced pregnancy … contravenes the right to make autonomous medical decisions.” Planned […]

How one survivor is working to prevent child abuse in the state

By: - May 17, 2022

Starting at the age of 2 until she was an adult, Suzanne Greenberg was physically and sexually abused by her father and grandfather.  Now, as the executive director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Children’s Trust Fund, Greenberg’s mission is to do everything she can to prevent other children from becoming […]

State reports 46 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

By: - May 16, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 176 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 46 K-12 schools in 17 counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters as of Monday that total 343 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on […]

Nessel, families blast Oxford Schools for rejecting investigation

By: - May 12, 2022

State leaders and families criticized Oxford Community Schools Wednesday for refusing an attorney general investigation into the events that led up to a deadly school shooting in November.  “My goal is not to assign blame, but to help identify ways to improve school safety for Oxford and all schools in Michigan. The school board’s unwillingness […]

Will three Michigan GOP gov. candidates accused of forging signatures make it on the ballot?

By: - May 11, 2022

After a long two years of disproven conspiracy theories around voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election pushed by far-right Republicans, three GOP gubernatorial candidates are now under the microscope as they face allegations of forged signatures on nominating petitions.  As of last month, 10 Republicans filed to run in the Republican August primary.  Whoever […]

GOP lawmaker introduces bill banning telemedicine abortion

By: - May 9, 2022

A bill aimed at banning telemedicine abortion was introduced last week by Republicans in the House.  Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) on Wednesday introduced House Bill 6069, which states that “a physician shall not utilize other means including, but not limited to, an internet web camera, to diagnose a pregnancy or the gestational age of […]

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 […]