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.

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 […]

10 Michigan counties are at risk to be undercounted in census

By: - February 26, 2020

A coalition of state leaders are pushing for 82% of Michiganders to participate in the 2020 census to ensure Michigan doesn’t see a cut in federal dollars or lose representation in Congress. “The census is an opportunity to demonstrate our pride, to say that ‘I am so proud that I’m going to step up and […]

Whitmer signs auto industry mobility executive orders

By: - February 26, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two new measures Tuesday creating the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification aimed at continuing Michigan’s leadership in the automotive industry. “In the state that put the world on wheels and that’s home to some of the most innovative, driven workers […]

Slotkin doesn’t plan to endorse for president

By: - February 25, 2020

Between working on hundreds of bills, voting to impeach President Trump and facing a competitive reelection fight, freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) has had a busy first year. As the Advance previously reported, Slotkin hosted a “State of the 8th District” event Friday, filling in her constituents on what she has been doing on […]

SOS adds self-service stations for vehicle plate renewals at 28 Meijers 

By: - February 24, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Monday that 28 Meijer stores across Michigan now provide self-service stations for customers to renew their vehicle plate and registration. “Meijer stores are a favorite shopping spot for many Michiganders, and now many of them will also be a place where you can complete Secretary of State transactions, such […]

Slotkin talks prescription drug prices, PFAS at East Lansing event

By: - February 22, 2020

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) held her first “State of the 8th District” event Friday night at East Lansing High School, where she recapped her first year in Congress and announced two bipartisan bills regarding border security and the cost of insulin. Slotkin was joined by state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Twp.) and East Lansing […]

Whitmer appointee Heartwell under fire from gun rights advocates

By: - February 20, 2020

Former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell on Thursday defended his ability to chair the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), which regulates hunting and fishing.  He appeared in front of the state Senate Advice and Consent Committee a week after the GOP-led Senate rejected Lansing Community College biology professor Anna Mitterling, another Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointee to […]

New marijuana safety warnings signed into law

By: - February 19, 2020

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist signed two bills into law Wednesday that would regulate safety warnings for marijuana products for pregnant women and minors.  Together, House Bills 4126 and 4127 — sponsored by state Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) and state Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City), respectively — require the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) and the Licensing […]

It’s not just Michigan: A state-by-state look at abortion laws across the country 

By: - February 19, 2020

Two anti-abortion groups have been pushing ballot initiatives since last summer in Michigan, part of a trend of new abortion limits and bans all across the country.  The Michigan Values Life petition, proposed by Right to Life of Michigan, would ban the dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedure, which it calls “dismemberment abortion.”  The Michigan […]

Rep. Whitsett says House Minority Leader Greig is ‘racist’ toward her

By: - February 18, 2020

State Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) says the Democratic leadership in the House is “racist” toward her, specifically State House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), according to reporting from WWJ-AM in Detroit.  However, a Greig spokesperson told the Advance on Tuesday the allegations are “demonstrably false.” Whitsett alleges that Greig advised her to vote against […]

Study: Michigan counties lag in postsecondary education

By: - February 17, 2020

Only four of Michigan’s 83 counties have a population where the majority of the residents between ages 25 to 64 have an associate’s degree or higher, according to a new study.  The report, done by Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based organization that advocates for postsecondary education opportunities, shows that Michigan has seen a slight increase in […]

Michigan sees sharp rise anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes in 2019

By: - February 14, 2020

Michigan has seen a large spike in incidents of extremism and anti-Semitism in recent years. In 2019 alone, there were 63 reported incidents across the state, according to data collected by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL’s Hate, Anti-Semitism, Terrorism and Extremism (HEAT) map shows in 2019 there were 42 incidents of white supremacy propaganda, […]