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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.

More than three years after lapsing, Biden signs Violence Against Women Act reauthorization

By: - March 21, 2022

More than three years after it expired, a landmark piece of anti-domestic violence legislation was signed back into law last week, with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) calling it “long overdue.”  A ceremony was held Wednesday at the White House event to mark the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Dingell, who wrote […]

Whitmer vetoes $2.5B GOP tax cut plan, saying it would mean ‘deep and painful cuts to services’

By: - March 20, 2022

A $2.5 billion tax relief plan put forward by the Republican-led Legislature drew out the veto pen Friday from Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said it would “blow a recurring, multi-billion-dollar hole in basic state government functions from public safety to potholes.” In returning Senate Bill 768, Whitmer said she was doing so at […]

Resolution condemns RNC for ‘whitewashing and lying’ about Jan. 6 insurrection

By: - March 18, 2022

While the Republican National Committee (RNC)continues to try and block a subpoena from a U.S. House select committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol, a resolution recently introduced in the Michigan House condemns the RNC for referring to the January 6, 2021, insurrection as “legitimate political discourse.” The non-binding HR 241, introduced March 1 […]

Livingston Co. schools work internally on racial issues, decline state civil rights assistance

By: - March 12, 2022

A recent incident in Fowlerville has drawn renewed attention to the issue of race relations in Livingston County schools. Michigan civil rights officials say some districts are seeking to engage on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, but they are choosing to do so quietly to try and avoid the types of disruptions seen in […]

Senate passes postal reform bill, sending it to Biden’s desk

By: - March 11, 2022

Following overwhelming bipartisan support of legislation to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in the House last month, the U.S.Senate on Tuesday gave similar support to a companion measure put forth by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.).  The 79-19 vote sends the measure to President Biden for his signature. The major overhaul of the […]

House Dems introduce resolution affirming landmark contraception ruling Griswold v. Connecticut

By: - March 11, 2022

Following the surprising response from the three GOP candidates for Michigan attorney general on a nearly 60-year-old landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on contraception, Michigan House Democrats have introduced a resolution affirming that the case was decided correctly. On Tuesday, state Rep. Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield) introduced the resolution in support of the 1965 Griswold v. […]

FOIA and lobbying reform ballot initiatives call off 2022 efforts

By: - March 10, 2022

In the aftermath of a Michigan Supreme Court decision, an effort to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act and beef up lobbying laws will not attempt to make it onto the November ballot. On Wednesday, the group Close Lansing Loopholes announced that it was calling off its efforts after reviewing the timeline left to collect […]

New: Prosecutor says Howell woman who tweeted criticism of COVID misinformation won’t be charged

By: - March 10, 2022

There will be no charges filed against a Howell woman who was investigated for cyberstalking after publicly calling out a nurse educator for spreading medical misinformation. Kasey Helton was accused of harassment by Holly Austin, also of Howell, who filed a report with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in December after Helton posted a series […]

LARA: Nurse didn’t violate public health code with anti-mask and anti-vax comments

By: - March 7, 2022

A state agency has determined that a Livingston County nurse did not violate public health codes by her public statements against masks and COVID-19 vaccines. Holly Austin of Howell is a nurse educator with Schoolcraft College who was investigated by the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) after statements she made during government […]

Peters postal reform bill and efforts to remove Postmaster DeJoy remain stalled

By: - February 25, 2022

Despite overwhelming passage in the U.S. House of Representatives, legislation that would overhaul the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) remains hung up on a technicality in the Senate. Meanwhile, efforts also are stalled from progressives to remove Postmaster Louis DeJoy, a Trump appointee who purposely brought about changes that slowed mail service — including removing 671 […]

House GOP rolls out tax cut package after Senate passed its plan last week

By: - February 24, 2022

A pair of GOP-sponsored bills would result in an estimated $1.7 billion drop in state tax collections by cutting the personal income tax rate for state residents while offering sweeping tax breaks on retirement income. The bills were approved Thursday by the House Tax Policy Committee and House Appropriations Committee. House Bill 5838, sponsored by […]

Amid tax cut debate, Bloomberg co-founder touts Michigan’s economy under Whitmer

By: - February 21, 2022

Just a day after the GOP-controlled Michigan Senate passed a $2.5 billion tax cut proposal supporters said was needed to help families struggling since the start of the pandemic, an opinion piece in Bloomberg News ranked Michigan’s economy as No.1 among the 37 states with a population greater than 2 million in that same time […]