C.J. Moore

C.J. Moore

C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.

‘A game-changer’: Whitmer signs bills wiping some criminal records clean

By: - October 12, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed into law a package of bipartisan expungement bills that reforms how Michigan residents can have portions of their criminal records wiped clean. The seven-bill, bipartisan package, dubbed the “Clean Slate” plan, gives thousands of residents options to clear their records of old criminal convictions. Advocates say that erasing convictions […]

Gilchrist: GOP refusal to call out hate groups allowed plot against Whitmer to gain traction

By: - October 9, 2020

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist during a Friday morning CNN segment said Republican political leaders’ rhetoric and refusal to decry hate groups helped nurture a right-wing plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s life. “They legitimize these groups,” Gilchrist said. “They support them with their rhetoric.” It’s “disgusting,” Gilchrist said. He is the state’s first Black lieutenant governor […]

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Far-right operatives Wohl and Burkman arraigned in court on voter suppression charges

By: - October 9, 2020

Far-right conspiracy theorists and political operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman were arraigned Thursday in a Michigan court on felony charges of orchestrating robocalls to deter voters from engaging in the upcoming Nov. 3 general election. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office said Wohl, 22, and Burkman, 54, surrendered to law enforcement at the Detroit […]

‘We will find you’: Whitmer warns extremists after thwarted kidnapping plot

By: - October 8, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, responding Thursday to law officials’ announcement of a thwarted plot to kidnap her, issued a stark warning to anyone who engages in “heinous acts of violence” against Michigan lawmakers and residents: “We will find you.” Law enforcement including Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, FBI, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials and Michigan […]

Levin calls on Senate to pass COVID-19 relief legislation

By: - October 8, 2020

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) on Wednesday called on the U.S. Senate and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to work with the U.S. House of Representatives to pass extensive COVID-19 relief legislation.  It comes the day after President Donald Trump called off negotiations and later changed course to pitch standalone relief bills aimed at certain […]

List maintenance or voter purges: How the practice of maintaining voter lists became so polarized

By: and - October 8, 2020

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls.  In 2019, Ohio removed more than 460,000 voter registration files from its list. Georgia removed 313,000 people from its rolls in October 2019 alone, and in Michigan, from 2011 to 2018, 1.2 million voters were removed from voter […]

Michigan reports 903 new COVID-19 cases, 22 deaths

By: - October 6, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that 129,826 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,838 have died from the virus — an additional 903 cases and 22 deaths since Monday. The state notes that seven of Tuesday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records […]

Whitmer asks state Supreme Court to clarify when ruling on emergency powers takes effect

By: - October 5, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday asked the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately clarify when their Oct. 2 ruling, which struck down a law she invoked to issue COVID-19 pandemic emergency orders, goes into effect. Whitmer and state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon filed a motion asking the high court if […]

Whitmer says many COVID-19 orders will remain using other options, despite Supreme Court ruling

By: - October 2, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not possess the legal authority under two laws to extend states of emergency and issue executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The high court in a 4-3 decision — with the majority composed of all GOP-nominated justices — has thrown the […]

Whitmer enacts restrictions in U.P., citing uptick in COVID-19 cases

By: and - October 2, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday ordered Michigan’s Upper Peninsula back to Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan after the region experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases through late September. Under the latest order, people who can work remotely are required to do so, school districts are to mandate face coverings in classrooms with […]

Unlock Michigan submits signatures to repeal Whitmer’s emergency powers as investigation looms

By: - October 2, 2020

A campaign aiming to repeal the emergency powers-granting 1945 law Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used throughout the COVID-19 pandemic said Friday they had collected and turned into the state 539,384 petition signatures. Unlock Michigan went ahead with the event dropping off signatures hours after President Trump and first lady Melania Trump revealed they tested […]

Nessel files felony charges against two far-right conspiracy theorists over voter suppression robocalls

By: - October 2, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday filed multiple felony charges against Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl, a pair of far-right conspiracy theorists whom the attorney general says orchestrated robocalls that aimed to suppress voter participation in Detroit. As the Advance previously reported, Burkman and Wohl allegedly concocted and paid for a robocall that targeted […]