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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.

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 […]

GOP attorney general hopefuls seek to overturn landmark contraception law, want election ‘audit’

By: - February 20, 2022

It may have been the last question of last week’s debate for the three men seeking the GOP nomination for Michigan attorney general, but the inquiry seeking their stances on a 1965 Supreme Court ruling has garnered the most attention.  The question concerned the high court’s decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, a landmark decision that […]

You can still register in-person for special state House primary elections on March 1 

By: - February 16, 2022

While the mail-in registration deadline has passed, eligible citizens in four districts across Michigan that are holding special elections March 1 can still register to cast ballots in those elections. The special election primaries are being held in four Michigan House districts; the 15th in Wayne County, 36th in Macomb County, the 43rd in Oakland […]

New Michigan ballot initiative would cap payday loan rates

By: - February 14, 2022

A ballot initiative seeking to restrict interest rates charged by payday lenders has cleared a final procedural hurdle, with supporters ready to collect signatures that could place it on the ballot in November. On Friday, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved petition language for the Michiganders for Fair Lending ballot initiative. As listed in […]

Racist taunt in Fowlerville is another in a series involving Michigan high school athletics

By: - February 9, 2022

A school investigation has found that a Fowlerville basketball player did use a racial slur against a Black player from Haslett during a high school game last month, the latest in a series of similar incidents at high school games in Michigan. On Jan. 27, during a boys’ basketball game at Fowlerville High School, fans […]

Judge’s transphobic comments in case prompt rebuke from LGBTQ+ groups

By: - February 7, 2022

A Michigan Court of Appeals judge is under fire after nearly 20 organizations condemned his refusal to use a defendant’s personal pronouns. In a concurring opinion issued Dec. 21, Judge Mark Boonstra, who was appointed by former GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, declined to acknowledge the defendant in a criminal sex assault case, People v Gobrick, […]

Rep. Berman wants to add vaccination status to Michigan civil rights law

By: - February 5, 2022

A bill seeking to add vaccination status to the state’s civil rights statute has been introduced by a lawmaker seeking to become Michigan’s next attorney general. State Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) is seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Attorney General Dana Nessel, who is running for reelection this November. On Tuesday, he introduced House […]