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Jon King

Jon King

Jon King is the Senior Reporter for the Michigan Advance and 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 2022 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.

Hillsdale GOP video tells Whitmer, Nessel and Benson that ‘God’s Gonna Cut You Down’

By: - October 10, 2022

A video being amplified by Michigan Republican Party Co-chair Meshawn Maddock is drawing notice for its threatening language. The 90-second video, posted last week on the Facebook page for the Hillsdale County Republican Party, was then reposted by Maddock, who commented, “So GREAT!! God Bless you Hillsdale ♥️.” The leadership of the Hillsdale GOP has […]

Karamo makes abortion and religion the centerpieces of her secretary of state campaign

By: - October 8, 2022

A Republican running a family values campaign is certainly not a headline. But Michigan GOP Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo has combined that message with her penchant for conspiracy theories, ties to extremist groups and a belief that Satan is involved in everything from yoga to churches that hang rainbow flags. In a video […]

Whitmer, Dixon talk inflation, voting access and the pension tax during AARP event

By: - October 7, 2022

It wasn’t a debate, but GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently sat down for a conversation on a variety of issues, ranging from inflation to voting rights. The forum, hosted by AARP of Michigan, was moderated by Shari Jones of WLNS-TV in Lansing, which aired the conservation. The questions, which […]

Whitmer signs directive seeking to lower insulin costs, wins bipartisan praise

By: - October 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed an executive directive aimed at lowering the cost of insulin for the more than 900,000 Michiganders with diabetes. The directive seeks to achieve this through two primary approaches. The first seeks to establish a Michigan-based insulin manufacturing facility, while the second would facilitate the development, in conjunction with a […]

Judge rejects attempt to divert public tax dollars to private education 

By: - October 3, 2022

A federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge to Michigan’s constitutional prohibition on using public funds for private education. The decision, released Friday by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Michigan’s Western District, rejected the argument advanced by the free-market Mackinac Center Legal Foundation that Michigan’s prohibition on such expenditures violated the U.S. Constitution. The […]

U of M nurses approve new four-year contract

By: - October 3, 2022

After working without a contract since July 1, approximately 6,200 University of Michigan nurses have voted to ratify a tentative agreement. The Michigan Nurses Association-University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (MNA-UMPNC) said its members had “overwhelmingly” approved the deal in voting that concluded Saturday.  The new contract, which runs through March 31, 2026, is effective […]

House resolutions celebrating Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities finally pass 

By: - September 30, 2022

After initially being shunted off to committee, three resolutions celebrating the state’s Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities were finally approved by the Michigan House this week.  While the non-binding resolutions are typically non-controversial and pass on bipartisan votes, these three sponsored by Democrats were initially sent to the Government Operations Committee, normally a repository for […]

Dearborn mayor: Rally opposing library books was an effort by ‘bad-faith actors’

By: - September 30, 2022

Dearborn’s mayor says a protest Sunday against the inclusion of LGBTQ+ books in the city’s high schools was an effort by “bad-faith actors” trying to tear the community apart. Abdullah Hammoud, the city’s first Arab-American and Muslim mayor, was responding to a rally last Sunday in front of Dearborn’s Centennial Library in which several hundred […]

Report: GOP-led Legislature spends more than $180K defending Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

By: - September 28, 2022

More than $180,000 of taxpayer money has been used for legal services to defend Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban. That’s according to the liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan, which submitted financial disclosure requests to the Michigan House and Senate Business Offices to determine what public resources are being spent by the Republican-controlled legislature to try and […]

EMU faculty overwhelmingly approves new four-year contract after strike

By: - September 26, 2022

Updated, 2:36 p.m., 9/26/22 A new labor agreement including major increases in salary and retirement compensation, as well as protections for health care coverage, has been overwhelmingly approved by members of the Eastern Michigan University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP). Following an email vote that began Tuesday and concluded Friday, 96% […]

Dixon spends the day ridiculing Whitmer over 2020 far-right kidnapping plot

By: and - September 24, 2022

Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon’s repeated comments mocking the foiled plot to kidnap and assassinate Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have drawn widespread condemnation. On Friday morning, the Republican appeared at a pro-Dixon superPAC event in Troy with former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and criticized Whitmer’s business record as governor. Standing in front of a sign […]

As the GOP ramps up anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, advocates worry about the toll on kids

By: - September 23, 2022

As attacks on LGBTQ+ people have begun to harmonize toward a pre-election crescendo, state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) had had enough. In fact, he’d had more than enough.  Taking the floor of the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, Moss blasted a GOP-sponsored resolution condemning teacher training videos from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), which have […]