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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.

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 […]

DePerno seeks to outlaw Plan B emergency contraceptive in Michigan, compares it to fentanyl

By: - September 21, 2022

The man who is running to be Michigan’s next attorney general says the Plan B contraceptive pill should be banned. As reported by Heartland Signal, at an event last month, GOP attorney general nominee Matthew DePerno initially didn’t appear to know what Plan B is when asked about his position. It’s an emergency contraceptive pill […]

In Michigan, you can now get a prescription for birth control from your pharmacist

By: - September 20, 2022

Pharmacists in Michigan are now eligible to prescribe hormonal birth control in partnership with doctors.  Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made that announcement Monday following action from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) resulting from an executive directive Whitmer issued in May. That directive instructed state departments and agencies to identify and assess […]

Whitmer announces appointees to new Michigan Parents’ Council

By: - September 19, 2022

Members of the newly formed Michigan Parents’ Council were announced Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  The advisory group was established by the Democratic governor to allow parents for the first time in Michigan history a more formal role in the education budget process. The council, which Whitmer’s office says represents parents from across Michigan and from […]

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 […]