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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.

New poll: Nearly 60% have seen online calls for violence based on race, gender or sexual identity

By: - November 28, 2022

Women, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community are all experiencing higher levels of harassment and threats of violence on social media than other users. That’s according to a new report set for release Tuesday commissioned by four advocacy groups; UltraViolet, GLAAD, Kairos and Women’s March, and conducted by YouGov. The Michigan Advance obtained an […]

Wentworth defends House Republicans over response to Chatfield allegations

By: - November 18, 2022

As he prepares to vacate the leadership of the Michigan House, Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) defended his party’s handling of allegations against the man he succeeded. Wentworth, who is term-limited and will leave office at the end of the year, spoke to reporters Thursday during a media roundtable during which he said House Republicans had […]

State officials indicate a criminal investigation is underway into Sen. Bumstead

By: - November 17, 2022

A state senator from West Michigan, who made election integrity a key issue in his reelection campaign, is under criminal investigation after allegations of signature fraud were made against him in late 2016, the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office has confirmed. On Nov. 7, 2016, Clerk Jennifer Badgero in Newaygo County’s Brooks Township filed a […]

Antisemitic vandalism prompts new lawmaker to push for hate crime law overhaul

By: - November 17, 2022

Following the spray-painting of antisemitic symbols on a West Michigan Democratic Party office, a newly elected state lawmaker says he plans to introduce legislation that would better deal with such incidents. On Monday, officials with the Kent County Democratic Party reported that their headquarters in Grand Rapids had been vandalized with antisemitic graffiti, including swastikas, […]

Nessel announces $3.1 billion settlement with Walmart over opioid epidemic allegations

By: - November 16, 2022

A settlement has been reached between Walmart and the states resolving allegations that the company’s failure to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores contributed to the opioid addiction crisis. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the deal Tuesday, saying it will provide more than $3 billion nationally while also requiring significant improvements […]

After Whitmer scores a big win, speculation about a future presidential run ramps up

By: - November 15, 2022

With her double-digit win on Nov. 8, there’s been no shortage of speculation about the political future of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with national media postulating her viability as a future presidential candidate as early as 2024 if President Joe Biden decides not to seek a second term. Whitmer did pledge during the campaign to […]

Michigan GOP finger-pointing underway following Tuesday’s historic loss at the polls

By: and - November 11, 2022

A post-mortem memo on the historic losses suffered Tuesday by the Michigan Republican Party blames candidates being too closely aligned with former President Donald Trump, prompting major donors to withhold their support and leaving the party without the cash needed to compete. Not only did Democrats sweep the top statewide offices, but they won a […]

After Michigan shatters midterm election turnout record, canvas of results begins

By: - November 10, 2022

Michigan saw 4.47 million voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results — a record-breaking result. The previous record for a midterm election was 4.34 million votes cast in the 2018 contest. With the reporting complete of nearly all unofficial results from the general election, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said the […]

GOP education message falls short as Democrats sweep Michigan’s statewide education board seats

By: - November 10, 2022

Despite a strong push from Republicans to make the State Board of Education (BOE) races a referendum on LGBTQ+ issues, how racism is taught and past COVD-19 health policies, the party failed on Tuesday to pick up either seat on the Democratic-led board. Republicans also tried to make education — such as funding for vouchers […]

Bernstein and Zahra are reelected to the Michigan Supreme Court

By: - November 9, 2022

Both of the incumbents have retained their seats on the Michigan Supreme Court. maintaining a narrow 4-3 Democratic-nominated majority. Political parties nominate candidates, although their political affiliation was not listed on the ballot. The candidates vied for two spots with eight-year terms on the court.  Justice Richard Bernstein, who was nominated by Democrats and is […]

Michigan sees a calm Election Day with few voting problems or shenanigans

By: - November 8, 2022

Two years after Republican protesters in Detroit placed Michigan in the national spotlight, Election Day was relatively calm across the state, with the worst-case scenarios not coming to pass. There had been concerns that with election deniers on the ballot across the state, there could have been candidates declaring victory long before the votes, especially […]

Parents say gender-affirming health care is ‘life-affirming care’ for their trans children

By: - November 7, 2022

The American Medical Association says gender transition-related care for minors can be “medically necessary.” But some Republican lawmakers, including several in Michigan, want to place those doctors, and the parents of those children, in prison for life. But debates in which the medical and political spheres collide can often leave the actual people involved more […]