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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.

Nessel joins coalition of AGs opposing Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

By: - August 10, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general from across the country in filing an amicus brief opposing Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Act,” otherwise known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Nessel, a Democrat who is Michigan’s first openly gay top statewide official, says that the law, which prevents […]

Failed Sterling Heights City Council candidate charged with forging ballot applications 

By: - August 10, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced felony charges had been filed against a former Sterling Heights City Council candidate related to ballot application forgeries. Paul Manni, 27, of Sterling Heights, was arraigned Friday in Macomb County’s 41-A District Court with nine counts of forging a signature on an absent voter ballot application, five-year felonies; and […]

GOP AG candidate DePerno admits accessing tabulators after 2020 election 

By: - August 10, 2022

The man expected to be the Republican candidate for Michigan attorney general, who also is facing potential felony charges of illegally accessing election equipment, openly bragged about gaining access to a voting tabulator after the 2020 election. That’s according to a Detroit News review of podcast interviews Matt DePerno did in spring 2021. DePerno, who […]

Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19 for the first time

By: - August 9, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced late Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19. “Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms after being fully vaccinated and twice boosted,” said Whitmer in the statement. Whitmer said she last tested negative on Monday afternoon and that following standard protocol, all of her close contacts on Monday will be […]

Michigan remains in bottom half of states for child well-being

By: - August 9, 2022

After seeing a small improvement last year, Michigan children remain in the bottom half of states when it comes to their well-being. That’s according to several indicators in the 2022 Kids Count Data Book, released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 50-state report of recent household data analyzed how children and families […]

Nessel seeks special prosecutor for DePerno, 8 others in 2020 election conspiracy investigation

By: - August 8, 2022

The presumptive Republican nominee for Michigan Attorney General may become the subject of a special prosecutor as part of an ongoing investigation into whether third parties gained unauthorized access to, and then tampered with, election equipment and data after the 2020 election. The office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, has petitioned the […]

Whitmer conducting search for Strayhorn’s replacement on state Board of Education

By: - August 8, 2022

Citing “new academic and athletic opportunities” that will require relocation outside of Michigan, former Michigan State University football player Jason Strayhorn has resigned from the state Board of Education. Strayhorn, who was elected as a Democrat in 2020 to the eight-member board, said in a July 29 letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that while serving […]

A West Michigan library faces closure after voters defund it over LGBTQ+ books

By: - August 6, 2022

A small West Michigan library was essentially defunded in this week’s primary election in a dispute over the LGBTQ+ material in its collection, although advocates say it represents more than just a dispute over books, but an assault on personal liberties. What is normally a routine millage renewal for the Patmos Library in Ottawa County’s […]

Report: GOP lawmakers have spent $71K in taxpayer funds defending 1931 abortion ban

By: - August 5, 2022

As the fight over implementation of Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban continues in the courts, a liberal advocacy group says Republican lawmakers have spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on legal resources to defend it. Progress Michigan says it submitted financial disclosure requests to the Michigan House and Senate Business offices to determine what public […]

Voters Not Politicians to form effort against ‘election denier’ candidates on the Michigan ballot

By: - August 4, 2022

Updated, 10:58 a.m., 8/6/22 The same group that spearheaded a 2018 initiative reforming redistricting and joined a coalition that recently turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures to expand voting access in Michigan, is launching a new effort to prevent “election deniers” from getting into office. Following Tuesday’s primary in which several candidates who have […]

Lawsuit seeks Rep. Maddock’s removal from Nov. ballot for allegedly ‘engaging in insurrection’

By: - August 4, 2022

A lawsuit seeks to remove state Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) from the Nov. 8 general election ballot due to what were called “his violations of his oath of office and attempts to illegally overturn the 2020 election while pushing the Big Lie.” The suit, filed with the Michigan Court of Appeals (COA), was brought by […]

Judge delays minimum wage, paid sick leave ruling from taking effect until February

By: - August 2, 2022

Minimum wage workers in Michigan will have to wait until next year before they see a court-ordered hike in their pay. Court of Claims Judge Douglas Shapiro last week issued a stay of his July 19 ruling that rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave […]