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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.

Jury convicts two suspects in Whitmer kidnapping plot

By: - August 23, 2022

Two men whose first trial on charges of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 ended in a mistrial, have been convicted by a second jury. Adam Fox, 39, and Barry Croft Jr., 46, were found guilty in federal court in Grand Rapids Tuesday morning on conspiracy charges connected to a plot to […]

As Soldano backs out, Rebandt picks up LG fight and Trump endorses Hernandez

By: - August 22, 2022

Just hours after Kalamazoo chiropractor Garrett Soldano announced that he will no longer be seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, another of the failed GOP gubernatorial candidates said he will seek the position instead. “After thoughtful consideration and prayer I accept the request and support from delegates, county chairs, and citizens to run for […]

GOP unity questioned as party heads into state nominating convention

By: - August 22, 2022

Updated, 3:05 p.m., 8/22/22, with comments from James Craig The weekend brought varying signs of unity within Republican ranks as the party heads into its convention in Lansing on Saturday. Two days after teasing a possible outsider bid for lieutenant governor on Friday, Kalamazoo chiropractor Garrett Soldano signaled that he is actively campaigning to be […]

Dixon opposes abortion for rape victims because there’s ‘healing through the baby’

By: - August 21, 2022

Despite complaining that Democratic attack ad had taken her comments on abortion out of context, Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon seemed to confirm the ad’s point in a recent TV interview. The ad by Put Michigan First, a group allied with the Democratic Governors Association, criticized Dixon’s stance on abortion as extreme, noting her support […]

After Dixon makes her pick, Soldano teases a possible run for lieutenant governor 

By: - August 20, 2022

Just hours after Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon named former state Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) as her choice for lieutenant governor, one of her former competitors has said he may make a run for the No. 2 spot. Garrett Soldano, a Kalamazoo chiropractor, posted on Facebook Friday evening that as the state GOP convention […]

Closing arguments set Monday in retrial of defendants in Whitmer kidnapping plot

By: - August 20, 2022

Closing arguments are set Monday in a Grand Rapids federal courtroom for two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. Defense attorneys for Adam Fox, 39, and Barry Croft Jr., 46, rested their case Friday after nine days of testimony. The pair are being tried for a second time on […]

Judge blocks prosecutors from enforcing Michigan’s ‘chilling and dangerous’ abortion ban

By: - August 19, 2022

An Oakland County judge has ruled that an injunction on the state’s abortion ban will remain in effect, preventing local prosecutors from enforcing a 1931 law which prohibits doctors in Michigan from performing any abortions except to save the life of the “pregnant woman.” Circuit Court Judge Jacob Cunningham issued the ruling Friday after two […]

White supremacist group leader resentenced in Washtenaw County 

By: - August 18, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday that the leader of The Base – a national white supremacist group that advocates for violence against the government – had been resentenced by a Washtenaw County judge. Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Patrick Conlin sentenced Justen Watkins to 56 months to 20 years following his previous guilty […]

Defense in Whitmer kidnapping plot retrial accuse judge of favoring prosecution 

By: - August 18, 2022

Two key witnesses testified Wednesday in the retrial of two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. Ty Garbin of Hartland Township, and Kaleb Franks of Waterford, said the defendants were fully onboard with the plan and eager to implement it. Garbin and Franks, who are considered vital for the […]

Report: Trump lawyers tried to access 2020 election data in Wayne, Antrim counties 

By: - August 16, 2022

Documents obtained by the Washington Post found a “secretive, multistate effort to access voting equipment that was broader, more organized and more successful than previously reported,” included efforts in Michigan that have already come under scrutiny. The story, published Monday, concludes that a team of computer experts directed by lawyers allied with former President Donald […]

DHHS issues updated monkeypox vaccine recommendation 

By: - August 15, 2022

Updated monkeypox (MPV) vaccine recommendations have been released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Based on a recent announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) now permits providers to offer the JYNNEOS vaccine as an intradermal (between layers of the skin) injection, whereas […]

Michigan House Democrats seek censure of Rep. Rendon over election tampering allegations

By: - August 13, 2022

Michigan House Democrats released a resolution Friday that would censure state Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City) for coercive abuse of office in service of a crime.  The drafting of the resolution follows a decision earlier this week by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to seek a special prosecutor to look into whether Rendon and eight […]