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. 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.

Nessel: Defiant Owosso barber is ‘not a hero’ for militia-backed reopening

By: - May 13, 2020

A small Owosso barbershop garnered national attention after militia members helped protect the owner while he reopened his shop on Monday, despite the governor’s executive order closing all non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The reopening of Karl Manke’s barbershop on May 4 was similar to the protests happening in Lansing, with Confederate flags, […]

House Dems call lawsuit filed by Republican leaders ‘political theater’

By: - May 13, 2020

The House Democratic caucus filed an amicus brief in opposition of the Republican leaders’ lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, calling the suit “political theater” and “an effort to advance a partisan agenda.”  The GOP-controlled Legislature sued the governor on May 6 saying she has overstepped her executive authority under the Emergency Management Act and the […]

Aimee Stephens, Michigan woman at center of landmark transgender rights case, dies at 59

By: - May 12, 2020

Aimee Stephens, the trailblazing woman in the first-ever transgender rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Tuesday at her home in metro Detroit. She was 59.  “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, generosity, and keeping my best friend and soulmate in your thoughts and prayers. Aimee is an inspiration,” […]

Education advocates call on Whitmer to settle literacy suit 

By: - May 12, 2020

Last month, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a group of Detroit students who filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan claiming their right to a “basic minimum education” was being infringed upon.  On Tuesday, parents, students and education justice advocates called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is listed […]

Michigan tops 47K cases of COVID-19, 4.5K deaths

By: - May 11, 2020

There are now 47,552 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Monday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. The state also reports that 4,584 people in the state have now died of COVID-19. COVID-19 has now reached every county in Michigan, except for four in the […]

Lawsuit claiming Whitmer’s order violates religious freedom put on hold

By: - May 11, 2020

Last week, a group of churches filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but now they have paused their action following the governor’s latest stay-home order extension. The group of churches and religious leaders, including Stanley Chatfield, father of state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), alleged that Whitmer’s previous executive orders to stop the spread […]

Whitmer extends stay-home order until May 28, clears manufacturing to reopen 

By: - May 7, 2020

Michiganders are ordered to stay home for another three weeks, but manufacturers will be able to go back to work Monday.  “Manufacturing is an important part of our economy, there’s no question,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.  “And as we’ve done the risk assessment, we feel comfortable that with these safety protocols we can safely re-engage.” […]

Chatfield, dad both file lawsuits against Whitmer on same day

By: - May 7, 2020

State House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and his father, the Rev. Stanley Chatfield III, both filed lawsuits against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday to limit her executive powers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Stanley Chatfield, a pastor at the Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church in Burt Lake, joined a coalition of six other pastors and churches […]

Michigan reaches more than 44K COVID-19 cases, almost 4,200 deaths

By: - May 5, 2020

There are now 44,397 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 447 cases since Monday. The state reported an additional 44 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total of Michigan deaths to 4,179. There has been an […]

Michigan reports almost 44K COVID-19 cases, 4,135 deaths

By: - May 4, 2020

After a four-hour delay due to a software malfunction, the state reports that there are now 43,950 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of Monday afternoon, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 196 cases since Sunday. The state also reports 86 more Michiganders have […]

600K Michiganders lost employer-based health insurance during pandemic

By: - May 4, 2020

More than 1.2 million Michiganders have filed for unemployment insurance and almost half of those workers likely lost employer-provided health insurance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study from the Economic Policy Institute. Between March 15 and April 25, 590,684 Michigan workers who received health insurance through their employer filed initial claims for unemployment […]

Dems blast Rep. Hornberger’s Holocaust-themed anti-Fauci post

By: - May 2, 2020

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield) came under fire this week for raising the Holocaust in a Facebook post about Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the White House Coronavirus Task Force.  “Fauci wants vaccination cards. Will they look like this?” Hornberger wrote and posted a yellow Star of David, which Jews had to […]