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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.

Hundreds rally at Michigan’s Capitol on impeachment eve 

By: - December 18, 2019

On the night before the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, hundreds of people gathered on the Capitol lawn for Lansing’s “Impeach and remove” rally. Beth Bowen, event organizer and administrator of Indivisible Eaton County, a local branch of the national progressive nonprofit Indivisible, called the […]

Peters blames DeVos’ lack of oversight for charter school program waste

By: - December 17, 2019

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is under fire again this week after the Network for Public Education (NPE) released a study that found more than $500 million of federal grants were given to fund charter schools that were either closed or never opened.  U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), ranking member of the Senate Homeland […]

More than a dozen Michigan cities to host pro-impeachment rallies 

By: - December 16, 2019

At least 18 Michigan cities are planning to rally in support of the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening — which is expected to be the night before the vote in the U.S. House.  MoveOn.org, the national progressive nonprofit sponsoring these events, says that “Impeach and Remove” rallies are happening in almost 600 […]

Michigan nurse is NARAL’s 1st 2020 endorsement of a state legislative challenger

By: - December 16, 2019

NARAL Pro-Choice America*, a Washington, D.C.-based abortion rights group, announced its endorsement of Julia Pulver, a Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 39th House District in metro Detroit who’s running to unseat State Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.).  Pulver, a registered nurse, health care advocate and founder of Women Organize Michigan, a grassroots political advocacy group for […]

The feds granted millions for Michigan charter schools that never opened. Where did the money go?

By: - December 14, 2019

A new study from the Network for Public Education shows that 72 Michigan charter schools were granted money through the federal Charter School Program (CSP), but never enrolled a single student. Despite never opening their doors, these schools received $7.7 million from 2006 to 2014.  The Network for Public Education, a New York City-based public […]

House Dems want to ensure the Legislature stays out of citizen-led initiatives

By: - December 12, 2019

As petitions for two anti-abortion ballot initiatives are circulating throughout Michigan, several House Democrats are working to take the Legislature out of the citizen-led initiative process and allow eligible measures to go directly to voters. “Allowing the Legislature to exert its political will on the ballot initiative process undermines the core [tenets] of our democracy,” […]

Slotkin pushes back on DeVos’ Title IX changes with legislation

By: - December 12, 2019

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) proposed legislation this week to protect sexual assault survivors and stop U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed Title IX changes.  In November 2018, DeVos initiated rollbacks to President Obama-era policies that held colleges and universities to higher standards when it came to handling accusations of sexual assault and harassment.  The […]

Pure Michigan left in the cold, leaders to talk tourism program in January

By: , and - December 11, 2019

Pure Michigan didn’t make the cut in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget supplemental spending plan finally negotiated by state leaders. But state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) said he, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) will talk about the tourism program after the New Year. “That was that was one […]

Whitmer, Republicans reach supplemental budget deal

By: and - December 10, 2019

As the Legislature’s action draws to a close this year, both chambers made moves Tuesday to finalize a long-awaited post-budget deal reached between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders that restores $573.5 million in cuts. The state’s new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, but the budget has been in a partial state of flux. […]

State files brief supporting some state funds for private schools

By: - December 6, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and State Superintendent Michael Rice filed a brief with the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday that argued providing financial assistance to nonpublic schools to cover costs associated with certain state mandates is partly constitutional.  In the GOP-controlled Legislature’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget signed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder, the state was allowed “to […]

Whitmer launches financial aid challenge as students face college affordability crisis

By: - December 6, 2019

Almost $100 million in Pell grant funding went unclaimed last year after an estimated 25,000 eligible Michigan students did not file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking this on by encouraging students to apply for federal financial aid through her “Governor’s FAFSA Challenge.” In 2019, 55.9% of Michigan […]

Bills would allow cheaper drugs from Canada, but concerns raised about supply and safety

By: - December 5, 2019

Bills aimed at lowering health care costs by importing less expensive drugs were heard Thursday in the Michigan House Health Policy Committee, but opponents say this isn’t a viable option.  No action was taken on the bills. The two-bill package, sponsored by state Reps. Tommy Brann (R-Wyoming) and Steven Johnson (R-Wayland), would allow Michiganders to […]