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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.

Legislature passes $1.1B bill funding redistricting panel, businesses, police and more

By: - January 27, 2023

After much legislative hoop-jumping, both the Michigan House and Senate on Thursday approved a $1.1 billion supplemental spending plan that now heads to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature. In addition to $146.3 million to close out Fiscal Year 2022, Senate Bill 7 also contains $946 million for various projects, including roughly $200 million to […]

Appeals panel shuts down anticipated increase in Michigan’s minimum wage and sick time

By: - January 27, 2023

A court ruling means Michigan’s minimum wage workers will not be seeing a nearly three dollar per hour increase in their pay next month. Thursday’s Court of Appeals decision overturns a ruling made last July by Court of Claims Judge Douglas Shapiro that rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken […]

Michigan passed another proposal expanding voting rights in 2022. What comes next?

By: - January 25, 2023

While voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment expanding voting rights in November, the work to put Proposal 2 in place is only just getting started. “Actual implementation is just now starting to be discussed, which is quite frankly concerning because time is not on our side,” said Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, one of the […]

Whitmer talks inflation, pension tax and education with residents before State of the State speech

By: - January 24, 2023

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be doing the talking when she presents her annual State of the State address to the Michigan Legislature. But on Tuesday, she mostly did the listening during a roundtable discussion in Brighton as a panel of residents, among them retired teachers and a retired police officer, discussed issues surrounding […]

Livingston, Washtenaw counties cite faulty CDC data for incorrect COVID risk classification 

By: - January 23, 2023

Health officials in both Livingston and Washtenaw counties are disputing their classifications this week as being at high-risk of COVID transmission. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that data indicated the two counties exceeded the threshold between “medium” and “high” risk. However, local officials say the statistics being used were […]

Former Lansing Democratic consultant accused of sexual harassment has new job as a P.I.

By: - January 20, 2023

A former Lansing-based public relations executive and Democratic consultant, whose career was sidelined by multiple accusations of sexual harassment, has returned to the public eye — as a private eye. T.J. Bucholz was the owner of Vanguard Public Affairs when allegations of harassment and creating a toxic workplace environment were first reported by Eclectablog in […]

Violent threats directed at Milan school board, right-wing activist reads porn during meeting

By: - January 19, 2023

Threats of rape and selections from a pornographic website were some of the features at a meeting last week of a school board in Southeast Michigan. Milan Area Schools, which serves students in both Washtenaw and Monroe counties, has not been immune from the ongoing battle from right-wing “parental rights” activists with complaints starting last […]

Michigan COVID cases remain stable, while deaths see slight uptick

By: - January 18, 2023

COVID-19 cases remained relatively stable for the third week in a row in Michigan with 9,687 new reported cases, although the number of deaths saw a slight increase. That’s according to statistics released Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The weekly total was down slightly from the 9,814 cases reported […]

New GOP House members complain about committee assignments

By: - January 14, 2023

Updated, 10:32 a.m., 1/14/23, 6:32 a.m., 1/15/23 Several Republican legislators are protesting their committee assignments in the Michigan House as they continue to adjust to the fact that the GOP is now in the minority. Democrats are in control of the House for the first time since 2010 and have taken charge of the Senate […]

Barnes seeking another term as MDP chair, faces challenge from former state House member

By: - January 14, 2023

When Michigan Democrats meet for their convention next month in Detroit, Lavora Barnes, who led the party to historic wins in November and complete control of state government in Lansing, won’t have an unchallenged path to a new term as party chair. Barnes last week confirmed she is planning on seeking another term. “I am […]

Three Michigan 2020 presidential electors file suit against 16 GOP fake electors

By: - January 13, 2023

A lawsuit filed in Kent County Circuit Court Wednesday seeks damages against 16 Michigan Republicans who submitted fraudulent electoral certificates that falsely claimed former President Donald Trump won the state in 2020. Democratic President Joe Biden defeated Trump by more than 154,000 votes to win all 16 of Michigan’s electoral votes. That was a far […]

Whitmer to lead investment trip to Europe, speak at World Economic Forum

By: - January 11, 2023

Attracting business investments that will translate into jobs for Michiganders is the stated purpose for a five-day investment mission to Norway and Switzerland next week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. In making the announcement on Wednesday, Whitmer emphasized that the focus of the trip will be on advancing Michigan’s next-generation of automotive manufacturing and clean energy […]