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Jon King

Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.

Voting rights advocates organize in SE and West Michigan to get measure on the Nov. ballot

By: - May 16, 2022

Updated, 12:38 p.m., 5/16/22 Voting rights advocates are ramping up efforts on a ballot initiative that seeks to expand voting access in Michigan. On Saturday, Voter Not Politicians (VNP), the nonprofit group that successfully amended the Michigan Constitution in 2018 to create a nonpartisan citizen-led redistricting process, hosted a series of large-scale trainings and petition […]

Updated: Blue Lakes Fire in the northern Lower Peninsula is now 75% contained

By: - May 16, 2022

Updated, 4:12 p.m., 5/16/22 Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, which, as of Monday, is about 75% contained. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports its fire crews, along with local partners, continued to connect remaining containment line gaps in wet, low-lying areas in Montmorency and Cheboygan counties. The […]

GOP resolution seeks to abolish Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

By: - May 12, 2022

Just months after the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) completed new maps for each of Michigan’s new congressional, state Senate and state House districts, a resolution has been introduced to abolish the commission and return the state to a partisan process. The resolution was introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) and […]

Senate confirms MSU professor to Fed board, first Black woman in its 108-year history

By: - May 11, 2022

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Michigan State University economist and professor Lisa D. Cook to become the first Black woman to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  Cook was nominated by President Biden in January to serve on the board, which governs the Federal Reserve Bank, the central bank […]

Bills seek to subject Detroit Zoo and DIA to Open Meetings Act and FOIA

By: - May 11, 2022

A pair of GOP-sponsored bills would seek to bring the organizations that operate the Detroit Zoo and Detroit Institute of Arts under the authority of both the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Senate Bill 818, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Runested (R-White Lake), would amend the Open Meetings Act […]

Legislature OKs term limits, financial disclosure measure to go on the November ballot

By: - May 10, 2022

The Michigan House and Senate on Tuesday voted to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that would both revamp the state’s legislative term limits law while also requiring annual financial disclosures from legislators and state officers. The state’s current system of term limits — allowing three two-year House terms and two four-year […]

Biden signs Rep. Slotkin’s Ukraine Lend-Lease bill

By: - May 10, 2022

A Michigan lawmaker’s bill designed to cut through red tape and speed the delivery of weapons, munitions and other military equipment to Ukraine was signed into law Monday. The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act was introduced by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and passed by the House last month. It was signed into law Monday […]

Michigan State Police expands 2020 election equipment probe into Barry County

By: - May 9, 2022

The Michigan State Police (MSP) has expanded its investigation into Barry County as to whether third parties gained unauthorized access to election equipment and data after the 2020 election. Multiple media report that a raid was carried out on April 29 at the Irving Township hall where investigators seized a voting machine tabulator. While Michigan […]

Election 2022: Here are detailed maps of Michigan’s new House, Senate and congressional districts

By: - May 6, 2022

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) on Thursday released detailed individual maps for each of Michigan’s new congressional, state Senate and state House districts. The maps were made available on the commission’s website. They are in effect for the 2022 election and the next 10 years. Vice Chair Dustin Witjes said the district maps, […]

Karamo falsely claims the insurrection was a false flag operation, rails against premarital sex

By: - May 5, 2022

She doesn’t believe Joe Biden won the presidency in November 2020, but does believe the conspiracy that the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was a false flag operation.  And if the Michigan Republican Party gets its way, she will be Michigan’s next secretary of state. QAnon-connected candidate Kristina Karamo was endorsed last […]

Whitmer issues executive directive expanding voter registration, vetoes more GOP election legislation

By: - May 3, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used the 67th NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit Sunday night to announce that she had signed an executive directive to expand voter registration efforts. Executive Directive 2022-4 directs all state departments and agencies to “identify and assess potential opportunities, consistent with applicable law, to expand the ability of eligible Michiganders to […]

Nessel calls out Theis over ‘groomers’ comment; says discussion needed to prevent child abuse

By: - April 29, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel toured a Livingston County domestic violence shelter this week as part of Denim Day observances, but also used the occasion to comment on a recent controversy over childhood education that has gained national attention. Denim Day was created in 1999 after an Italian court overturned a rape conviction, stating that […]