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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.

Tight races and upsets: Here’s who won Tuesday’s state House primaries

By: - March 2, 2022

Special primaries to decide candidates who will go on to compete for three open seats in the Michigan House of Representatives were held Tuesday. Mike Harris, a retired Waterford Township police officer, won the Republican special primary for the 43rd House District in Oakland County. He will go on to face Kent Douglas, the chair […]

State reports 17 new COVID-19 school outbreaks

By: - February 28, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 2,056,751 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 31,817 have died from the virus — an additional 1,860 cases and 26 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Rep. Howell requests AG opinion on redistricting commission following the Constitution

By: - February 24, 2022

State Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) has requested Attorney General Dana Nessel’s legal opinion on whether the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) followed requirements set out in the state Constitution when drawing new legislative district lines. Howell is concerned that Lapeer County, which he represents, would be split across three districts in the state […]

Republican Perry Johnson launches gov. bid, won’t rule out banning abortion for rape survivors

By: - February 24, 2022

Republican gubernatorial candidate Perry Johnson declined to rule out banning abortions for survivors of sexual assault during an event Wednesday to officially launch his campaign to be the Republican nominee for governor in 2022. “I will tell you this: Two wrongs don’t make a right. I am pro-life,” Johnson told reporters Wednesday. Johnson, who is […]

Upton begins airing ad in new district, possibly setting up primary with Huizenga, Carra

By: - February 23, 2022

The campaign of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) began airing TV ads in Michigan’s new 4th Congressional District on Wednesday, signaling that he may be leaning towards running for reelection in the 2022 midterms. Should he decide to run in the new Southwest Michigan district, it would set up a primary with U.S. Rep. […]

With frustration over inaction, Michigan gun safety advocates weigh 2024 ballot measure

By: - February 18, 2022

A group of gun safety advocates launched an “exploratory committee” this week to examine the possibility of a 2024 ballot initiative to pass some form of gun safety legislation if the Michigan Legislature fails to act on the issue themselves. The organization said it will first encourage the GOP-led Legislature to take action on reforms […]

Ambassador Bridge reopens after week of right-wing protests

By: - February 14, 2022

The Ambassador Bridge reopened Sunday night after right-wing protests over vaccine mandates halted international traffic at the essential border crossing for nearly a week. While protests continue in other parts of Canada, including the country’s capital, police cleared the blockade at the Ambassador Bridge after a court injunction went into effect Friday ordering truckers and […]

Whitmer: Take ‘necessary and appropriate’ steps to reopen Ambassador Bridge

By: - February 10, 2022

Updated, 6:16 a.m., 2/11/22, with comments from Rep. Martin Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday released a statement calling on Canadian authorities to resolve the Ambassador Bridge closure, noting that the key international trade route is having an impact on sectors including autos, agriculture, manufacturing and more. “My message is simple: reopen traffic on the bridge,” […]

Michigan prosecutor declined Giuliani request to seize voting machines for Trump campaign

By: - February 9, 2022

Antrim County Prosecutor James Rossiter refused a request by Rudy Giuliani and other legal advisers to former President Donald Trump to seize the county’s voting machines after the 2020 election and give them to the Trump campaign, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Rossiter, a Republican, told the Washington Post that Trump’s team called him with […]

Canadian vaccine mandate protesters shut down Ambassador Bridge at border

By: - February 8, 2022

Updated, 11:13 a.m., 2/9/22 A right-wing Canadian protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Monday shut down the Ambassador Bridge at the U.S. border in Detroit, with the bridge remaining inaccessible as of Tuesday afternoon. UPDATE: Other on I-75Location: Both Directions I-75 at Bridge to CanadaCounty: WayneEvent Message: BRIDGE TO CANADA IN DETROIT IS CLOSED. USE […]

AG opinion says state boards must meet in person, have virtual option for disabled individuals

By: - February 4, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a legal opinion Friday morning ruling that state boards must hold meetings in-person under the Open Meetings Act (OMA), but that individual members with disabilities must be allowed to participate remotely under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the opinion, “it cannot be stated that, in all situations, […]

Trump discussed having local law enforcement seize election machines with Mich. lawmakers

By: - February 4, 2022

Former President Donald Trump attempted to persuade Michigan legislators to have local law enforcement agencies seize voting machines in the days after the 2020 presidential election, according to a report published this week in the New York Times. The state lawmakers declined Trump’s request. It was not immediately clear which legislators had been involved with […]