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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.

Two-time Senate candidate John James to run for House

By: - January 31, 2022

Former U.S. Senate candidate John James announced Monday that he would run for the U.S. House in Michigan’s new 10th Congressional District in Southeast Michigan.  “I fought on the battlefield for American lives and in business for good-paying jobs that fuel livelihoods,” James said in a tweet announcing his candidacy. “I will continue to fight […]

Gun safety legislation to receive hearing in wake of Oxford school shooting

By: - January 28, 2022

Legislation intended to address gun violence will receive a committee hearing in the GOP-led Michigan Senate following the November shooting at Oxford High School that killed four students. State Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills), whose district includes Oxford High School, told the Michigan Advance that Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) had offered to hold […]

Gov. says school districts will have full support of state while returning to in-person learning

By: - January 27, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday doubled down on her call for school districts currently utilizing virtual learning to return to in-person instruction. During her State of the State address Wednesday night, Whitmer said, “I want to be crystal clear. Students belong in school. We know it’s where they learn best.” During a press conference in […]

Here’s what’s in the dueling tax cut plans from Whitmer and Republicans

By: - January 26, 2022

A Michigan Senate committee is expected to vote on one tax cut proposal Wednesday afternoon, just hours before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls for separate tax cuts in her State of the State address this evening. That comes after state fiscal experts earlier this month reported “astounding” revenue growth as Michigan recovers economically from the COVID-19 […]

MIGOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock says Trump campaign directed false elector scheme

By: - January 21, 2022

Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock said former President Donald Trump’s campaign directed the operation to have 16 fake Electoral College delegates submit a certificate declaring Trump the winner of the state’s electoral votes in December 2020. “We fought to seat the electors. The Trump campaign asked us to do that,” Maddock is heard saying […]

University of Michigan reaches $490M settlement with Anderson survivors

By: - January 19, 2022

The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with 1,050 people who say they were sexually assaulted by former sports doctor Robert Anderson during his four-decade career at the university. Of the $490 million total, $460 million would be available to the 1,050 claimants, with the other $30 million being set aside […]

Here’s how you can order free COVID tests now

By: - January 18, 2022

The federal government launched a website to order free at-home tests for COVID-19 Tuesday, one day ahead of schedule. Each residential address is eligible to receive four tests total, regardless of household size, which will be shipped completely free of charge in an estimated seven to 12 days. Individuals can sign up for their tests […]

Experts: Michigan has seen ‘astounding’ growth revenue last fiscal year

By: - January 14, 2022

Michigan budget experts on Friday reported an “astounding” rate of growth in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which ended Sept. 30, with preliminary actual state revenue surpassing forecasts from even before the COVD-19 pandemic began. In total, the state collected $29 billion of revenue from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021. In January 2020, before […]

Michigan sets new record Monday for COVID hospitalizations

By: - January 10, 2022

Updated, 6:38 p.m., 1/10/22 with comments from DHHS Michigan set a new record Monday for the highest number of patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 4,580 adults currently hospitalized. An additional 321 adults are hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19. Of the 830 confirmed COVID-19 patients who […]

Bills you may have missed, from retail worker schedules to banning nooses as an intimidation tactic

By: - July 6, 2021

Using nooses as an intimidation tactic would be banned and third-party sales of appointments at Secretary of State offices would be banned under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced before going on summer vacation on topics ranging from workers’ rights […]

Bills you may have missed, from vaccine incentives to regulating meat substitutes

By: - June 22, 2021

Michigan residents could claim a $100 tax credit for getting a COVID-19 vaccine and driver’s licenses would be extended under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in June on topics ranging from vaccines to broadband internet access to budgets. Republicans […]

Michigan hopes to be among first states to adopt digital driver’s licenses in iOS 15

By: - June 14, 2021

Michigan hopes to be among the first states to adopt a feature coming to iPhones this fall: digital driver’s licenses. Apple announced during their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote recently that beginning with iOS 15, iPhone users will be able to scan their driver’s license and store the information in the Apple Wallet app. […]