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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.

Ratification vote set to begin Tuesday for EMU faculty on proposed contract

By: - September 19, 2022

Increases in salary and retirement compensation are among the terms in a proposed new labor contract for tenured and tenure track faculty at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). The EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) said Friday that the tentative deal also includes protection for health care coverage. A ratification meeting of […]

Abortion ballot initiative drama sparks new focus on Michigan Supreme Court races this fall

By: - September 17, 2022

What a difference a week makes. Prior to Sept. 9, the Michigan Supreme Court had yet to say anything about a proposed reproductive rights ballot initiative and whether it should be on the ballot in November. And up until Monday, the court’s leadership wasn’t even considered an issue. But all of that has changed, starting […]

Experts warn of anti-democratic peril from upcoming SCOTUS case

By: - September 16, 2022

Updated, 12:41 p.m., 9/16/22 Despite seeing progress in advancing voting rights in the last several years, the organization that spearheaded the 2018 initiative that created the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission says an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) threatens to undo that effort — and much more. Voters Not Politicians (VNP) held […]

Like democracy, election workers are under assault with many fearing for the future

By: - September 15, 2022

This story is part of a project called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms across the country are shining a light on threats to democracy. They are considered “essential” to ensuring the success of elections, and yet almost a third of election workers are believed to have left their job at least in part because of fears […]

Michigan Republican ticket silent on MIGOP Co-Chair Maddock’s homophobic tweet

By: - September 13, 2022

While the condemnation continues of Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock’s homophobic tweet, some even from within her own party, the sounds of silence are deafening from the top of the GOP’s November ticket. Maddock made the attack in a tweet Sunday against U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who is gay and moved this year […]

EMU faculty back in class after tentative contract deal reached

By: - September 12, 2022

A tentative agreement has been reached between Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and striking faculty members. The EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) announced Sunday that negotiators had reached a tentative deal on a new contract covering more than 500 tenured and tenure-track faculty. “After three days on strike and four days […]

Michigan GOP Co-Chair Maddock attacks Buttigieg with homophobic tweet

By: - September 12, 2022

The co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party tweeted out a homophobic attack Sunday against U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.  “We’re so blessed this weak little girl moved to Michigan!” Maddock wrote in response to Buttigieg’s interest in a move away from gas-powered vehicles. “Looks like he’s bringing all his California Dreaming here with him.” Buttigieg, […]

MSU board pulls voter suppression resolution following GOP defunding threat

By: - September 12, 2022

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees postponed Friday voting on a resolution seeking to restrain the activities of university vendors connected to “voter suppression” efforts. The resolution in question, sponsored by Democratic trustees Rema Vassar and Kelly Tebay, was in response to the Secure MI Vote initiative, which would require mandatory identification for both […]

Benson says poll workers breaking the law ‘will be swiftly removed’

By: - September 9, 2022

Michigan’s top elections official is taking a no-tolerance approach following reports that GOP leaders encouraged prospective poll workers during a training session to break the rules. “Let me be abundantly clear: I will not tolerate anyone interfering with our elections or disrupting the voting process,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in a tweet. “We […]

Starting this week, bivalent COVID-19 boosters are available in Michigan 

By: - September 8, 2022

In an effort to help contain the omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ has recommended use of the Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine for ages 12 years and older and the Moderna bivalent vaccine for ages 18 years and older. The recommendation followed the Aug. 31 […]

As 2022 election looms, Republicans file suit in Michigan to redo the 2020 election  

By: - September 7, 2022

A municipal clerk in West Michigan who is alleged to have improperly provided a voting tabulator as part of a bogus election investigation is now among a group seeking to decertify the 2020 election and “rerun” it “as soon as possible.”  There were similar unsuccessful efforts across the country following the 2020 election that former […]

EMU faculty votes overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By: - September 7, 2022

Members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of authorizing a strike. In the vote, 91% of the more than 500 tenured and tenure track faculty approved the strike action, which will begin Wednesday morning. Matt Kirkpatrick, associate professor of English language and […]