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.

COVID-19 scrambles census plan, leaders stress online option

By: - March 16, 2020

Michigan kicked off the largest census campaign in state history with bipartisan leaders in February, allocating a record $16 million for outreach and preparation and setting a goal for 82% participation this year. But now the COVID-19 outbreak and a number of statewide closures ordered by the governor might put a wrench in that plan. […]

Price gouging could cost you $500 during coronavirus outbreak, AG cracking down on large gatherings

By: - March 15, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Sunday to impose restrictions on price gouging in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan that has risen to 33 positive cases of the coronavirus as of this story’s publication.  Executive Order 2020-8 restricts businesses or individuals from reselling products at prices grossly higher than the original cost […]

Updated: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 25, SOS stops walk-in appts. 

By: , and - March 13, 2020

Updated, 9:06 p.m., 3/13/20 with nine new cases There are new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, reported in Michigan as of Friday evening. That has brought the total of presumptive positive cases up to 25, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).* Coronavirus information can be […]

Whitmer bans all gatherings of 250+ people to limit coronavirus spread 

By: - March 13, 2020

Starting Friday evening, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is prohibiting all events and assemblages over 250 people until April 6 to limit the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order 2020-5 also closes all K-12 school buildings to students from Monday until April 5. Childcare facilities will remain open during the statewide shutdown, whether they are attached to schools […]

House OKs spending package, restores Pure Michigan funding

By: - March 11, 2020

State representatives approved a package Tuesday afternoon that will restore partial funding for a number of programs that were cut during last year’s budget battle, including the Pure Michigan tourism campaign. The GOP-led House approved Senate Bill 151, which provides $312.3 million to various state programs and agencies with a 101-4 vote.  Senate Bill 373 […]

‘It’s my duty’: Flint voters head to the polls

By: and - March 10, 2020

The north end of Flint is riddled with evidence of poverty, with crumbling buildings, broken or boarded up windows and vacant storefronts, but a vibrant community center known as Berston Field House is a sign that there is still life in the area.  The steady stream of people flowing in and out of Berston on […]

Full Michigan results won’t be in until Wednesday, as new, absentee voters surge

By: - March 10, 2020

Local clerks across the state have their work cut out for them Tuesday, between getting last-minute voters registered and counting the soaring number of absentee ballots that have been submitted since late January.  For the first time since Michiganders approved sweeping voting rights reforms, voters are casting ballots in a presidential primary, with the main […]

Nessel urges Supreme Court to block Ohio abortion law 

By: - March 9, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a brief opposing an Ohio law prohibiting abortions if one of the reasons is that the fetus has Down Syndrome.  In December 2017, Ohio passed a law criminalizing abortion in certain cases, at all stages of pregnancy. Preterm-Cleveland, a medical  facility, challenged the constitutionality of the law and successfully blocked […]

A Secretary of State office in Lansing, Michigan

Michigan drivers to get break on license suspension fees ‘to stop penalizing poverty’

By: - March 9, 2020

A court decision last May allowed the state to continue to suspend driver licenses for failure to pay court fees. But leaders, including Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, are working to offer alternative payment options. A decision by […]

Young people gear up for the 2020 election, whether they can vote or not

By: - March 7, 2020

Updated, 10:03 a.m., 3/9/20 Zion Helms, a 17-year-old senior at Cass Tech High School in Detroit, won’t be able to vote in Tuesday’s presidential primary, but that isn’t stopping her from getting involved in the political process. “I’m very, very passionate about the way that people are treated, and I’ve always been that way. I […]

Warren had diehard fans, especially women. So why couldn’t she win? 

By: - March 6, 2020

“Michigan needs a social justice warrior,” state Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) announced to a crowd of Elizabeth Warren fans at a Detroit rally on Super Tuesday. “Warren is a lot like Detroit. She is scrappy; she never gives up; she hopes for better things — and like the phoenix, she will rise.” And with that, […]

Did you vote early for a candidate who dropped out? You can vote again.

By: - March 2, 2020

Michigan voters have been casting ballots for the primary election since Jan. 25. Since then, seven candidates (six Democrats and one Republican) who were on the ballot have dropped out — and several did previously.  But don’t worry if you voted for a candidate who has taken themselves out of the fight. Because Michigan allows […]