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Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a reporting intern with the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.

Carone, Rocha and Alexander among candidates disqualified from running in 2022

By: - May 18, 2022

Mellissa Carone was disqualified on Tuesday from running in a Republican primary for the Michigan Senate by the Michigan Department of State. Carone, who gained national attention as the star witness in Rudy Giuliani’s mock trial on baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election former President Donald Trump lost before the House Oversight […]

Benson calls on Legislature to make threats against election officials a felony

By: - May 17, 2022

Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called on lawmakers Tuesday to make it a felony to make threats against election officials and their families. Benson asked the GOP-led Legislature to work with her on specifics of legislation that would make it a felony to attack, harass or dox election workers and their families, including when […]

Six GOP candidates for governor say Whitmer should be criminally investigated

By: - May 13, 2022

Squaring off at their first debate of the 2022 election cycle Thursday, six Republican candidates for governor said that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be criminally investigated for her handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Right-wing media personality Tudor Dixon, self-described “quality guru” Perry Johnson, businessman Kevin Rinke, chiropractor Garrett Soldano, activist Ryan Kelley […]

Far-right Republican Robert Regan loses race in heavily red state House district

By: - May 4, 2022

Democrat Carol Glanville beat far-right Republican Robert Regan in a special state House election Tuesday, flipping a heavily red district in the state Legislature. Regan lost the support of some of the Republican establishment after he said that he tells his daughters that “if rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it,” called the war […]

Here are all the Michigan ballot measures you could vote on this year

By: - May 3, 2022

Walk along any of the high-traffic sidewalks on Michigan State University’s campus and you’re sure to be stopped by at least a few petition circulators working to gather signatures for one of more than a dozen ballot proposals being pursued in Michigan this year. Voters across the state could face a decision in the November […]

Michigan ranks 5th nationally for antisemitic incidents last year, ADL reports

By: - April 28, 2022

Michigan had the fifth-highest number of reported antisemitic incidents in 2021, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The United States reported an all-time high of antisemitic incidents in 2021 according to the audit, with 2,717 incidents reported – an average of more than seven incidents per day and a 34% increase […]

Michigan reports 14,482 new COVID-19 cases, 67 deaths over the last week

By: - April 27, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,425,946 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,002 have died from the virus — an additional 14,482 cases and 67 deaths since last week. The new numbers combine all confirmed and probable cases and deaths since last Wednesday, as […]

Michigan Dems denounce right-wing radio host for racist comments on families

By: - April 25, 2022

The Michigan Democratic Party on Sunday blasted a longtime GOP activist who filed to run for state Senate as a Democrat and said that “a family should be a white mom, white dad, and white kids.” Randy Bishop, who goes by “Trucker Randy,” made the comments on an episode of his radio show, “Your Defending […]

The Michigan candidate filing deadline has passed. Here are the 2022 races to watch.

By: and - April 20, 2022

Updated, 10:44 a.m., 4/21/22 Several Republican candidates for governor descended on the Richard H. Austin Building in Lansing Tuesday to drop off petition signatures necessary to make it onto the August ballot before the deadline to do so. Ten Republicans who hope to face Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November filed signatures with the Bureau […]

Rep. Upton warns death threats will make recruiting candidates difficult

By: - April 18, 2022

Retiring U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) said Sunday that death threats against officials like him will make it increasingly difficult to recruit quality candidates for public office. “It’s going to be a detriment to getting good people to run. It really will be. I’ve got a school board member that lives on my street, […]

Soldano floats conspiracy theory that Whitmer staged kidnapping plot to influence 2020 election

By: - April 15, 2022

Republican gubernatorial candidate Garrett Soldano shared a conspiracy theory Thursday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plotted with the FBI to “fake her own kidnapping” in an effort to have a “direct impact on the 2020 election results” after two suspects were found not guilty last week. “Michiganders deserve an answer. As we all saw last week, […]

Michigan reports 7,725 new COVID-19 cases, 81 deaths in the last week

By: - April 13, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,400,990 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 35,857 have died from the virus — an additional 7,725 cases and 81 deaths since last week. The new numbers combine all confirmed and probable cases and deaths since last Wednesday, as […]