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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.

Bernstein apologizes for chastising fellow Supreme court justice’s hiring decision

By: - January 10, 2023

Following a dispute that threatened to upend what had been a promising political alliance, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein on Monday apologized to fellow Justice Kyra Harris Bolden for comments he made regarding her hiring of a clerk who had served prison time for a 1994 robbery in which he fired shots at police. […]

Nessel to reopen investigation into fake electors scheme

By: - January 6, 2023

The release of the final report by the Jan. 6, 2021 committee, and the transcripts of witnesses who testified in front of the panel, has prompted Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to reopen an investigation into a scheme to try and use false electors to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election. Nessel made […]

Stabenow announces she won’t run again in 2024, sets off speculation on possible successors

By: - January 5, 2023

Updated, 2:38 p.m. 1/5/23 with additional comments After four terms as a U.S. senator, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow said Thursday morning that she will not seek reelection in 2024. Stabenow, who serves as the No. 3 Democrat in Senate leadership, made the announcement in a statement Thursday morning that had immediate political implications for Democrats to […]

Jan. 6 committee docs indicate five Michigan legislators agreed to support fake elector plan

By: - January 5, 2023

Michigan remains center stage in documents released by the now-defunct Jan. 6, 2021, committee. While it had already been reported that Michigan legislators had been approached in December 2020 by the campaign of former president Donald Trump seeking their support for a scheme to put forward alternate electors, documents from the committee this week indicate […]

Michigan COVID cases decline for third straight week

By: - January 4, 2023

COVID-19 cases again declined over the past week in Michigan with 9,793 new reported cases. That’s according to statistics released Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released Tuesday. It was the third week in a row that statewide cases saw a decline after state health officials reported 10,927 cases on […]

GOP Ottawa County board scraps DEI dept., fires health officer and top administrator

By: - January 4, 2023

After failing to win a congressional seat long held by Republicans, John Gibbs has instead been hired as the new administrator for Ottawa County in Western Michigan. The decision by the GOP-majority Ottawa County Board of Commissioners came during a more than five-hour meeting Tuesday that also saw the board fire the county’s top health […]

Barry Croft Jr. sentenced to nearly 20 years for ‘leadership’ role in Whitmer kidnapping plot

By: - December 28, 2022

The second of two defendants convicted on federal charges of planning to kidnap and assassinate Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, has been sentenced to serve nearly two decades in prison.  Calling him “the idea guy” who took a leadership role in the plot, U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker on Wednesday ordered that Barry Croft […]

Fox avoids life sentence in Whitmer kidnapping plot, ordered to serve 16 years

By: - December 27, 2022

The man called the “driving force” behind a plot to kidnap and assassinate Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 has been sentenced to prison, although not nearly as long as prosecutors had sought. Adam Fox, 39, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker on Tuesday to serve a term of 16 years in prison, […]

Trump asked Rep. Walberg to help him halt certification of 2020 election, Jan. 6 report says

By: - December 23, 2022

Three days after voting to refer former President Donald Trump for criminal prosecution, the bipartisan Jan. 6 House select committee on Thursday released its long-awaited final report that included new details about the role of Republican officials in Michigan pushing forth the lie that the 2020 election was stolen.  That same lie was the basis […]

Whitmer signs 1000th bipartisan bill amid flurry of legislation 

By: - December 23, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed more than 20 separate bills on Thursday, including House Bills 6129 and 6130, which put her over the top for signing 1,000 pieces of bipartisan legislation. The bills seek to help more adult learners earn a college degree or skills certificate by amending the bipartisan Michigan Reconnect Act to incentivize colleges […]

Maddocks blame GOP donors, young women, DeVos, absentee voting for Nov. 8 shellacking 

By: - December 22, 2022

The finger-pointing is intensifying within the Michigan Republican Party as leadership seeks to explain their historic losses on Nov. 8. Meshawn Maddock, who co-chairs the state party, told supporters in Wayne County last month that the party’s major donors stayed on the sidelines for the election because they “hate” former President Donald Trump. That’s according […]

Jan. 6 panel report sheds new light on Mich. GOP leaders’ post-2020 election meeting with Trump

By: - December 20, 2022

With Monday’s historic decision to refer former President Donald Trump and other key Republicans for criminal prosecution, the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol placed Michigan near the center of the conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Before referring the former president to the Justice Department for […]