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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.

State reports 18,453 new COVID-19 cases over the last week, third week of declines

By: - June 8, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,565,819 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,538 have died from the virus — an additional 18,453 cases and 131 deaths in the last week. The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Wednesday combine recorded cases and deaths […]

GOP Senate leaders postpone Pride Month vote after passing resolution last year 

By: - June 8, 2022

A year after adopting a resolution for the first time recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Republican leaders in the Michigan Senate delayed a vote Tuesday on a similar resolution. Put forward by Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), the first openly gay senator in Michigan, the GOP majority postponed consideration of Senate Resolution 149. No reason […]

GOP gov. candidate Johnson seeks federal restraining order to halt printing of Aug. 2 ballots

By: - June 7, 2022

In a last-ditch effort to get back onto the ballot for Michigan governor, GOP businessman Perry Johnson has requested a federal judge issue a restraining order to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office to “immediately cease the printing of August 2022 primary ballots.” Johnson was among five Republican candidates for governor who were tossed off […]

Report: West Michigan sheriff under investigation for 2020 election probe

By: - June 6, 2022

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office and Michigan State Police (MSP) are investigating a West Michigan county sheriff for his actions surrounding a probe of the 2020 presidential election that former President Donald Trump lost. The Detroit News reported the revelation concerning Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf was revealed in a lawsuit filed by Leaf against […]

Craig on getting booted from ballot over fraudulent signatures: ‘Not going to let this go’

By: - June 6, 2022

Despite a Michigan Supreme Court decision that kept Republican James Craig off of the August primary ballot, the former Detroit police chief says he is “evaluating next steps” in a bid to stay in the gubernatorial race. Craig appeared on Fox News Sunday and told host Maria Bartiromo that someone was “absolutely” trying to steal […]

Local clerks grapple with GOP Rep. Berman’s ‘mini-investigation’ into 2020 election

By: - June 6, 2022

While municipal clerks across Michigan are busy preparing for the August primary elections, several of them are also contending with requests from a Republican state lawmaker about the 2020 election. The office of state Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) recently sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Delhi Charter Township Clerk Evan Hope, […]

Whitmer’s name found on list of guman suspected in retired Wisconsin judge’s murder

By: - June 5, 2022

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s name was among those found on a list authorities say was made by a man suspected of fatally shooting a retired county judge at a Wisconsin home on Friday. That’s according to Zach Pohl, Whitmer’s deputy chief of staff, who confirmed the governor’s name appeared “on the Wisconsin gunman’s list.” 56-year-old […]

Michigan Supreme Court denies GOP gov. candidates’ appeals to appear on the August ballot

By: - June 3, 2022

Three Republican gubernatorial candidates have lost their bid to appear on the August primary ballot, after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of a state Bureau of Elections (BOE) ruling that they should be denied a spot because of thousands of fraudulent petition signatures. The 6-1 ruling effectively ends the candidacies of businessman […]

Flint man arrested near U.S. Capitol with fake badge, body armor and ammunition

By: - June 3, 2022

A Michigan man is facing charges after being caught outside the U.S. Capitol Friday morning carrying a fake badge, a BB gun, body armor, high capacity magazines and other ammunition. According to the U.S. Capitol Police, 53-year-old  Jerome Felipe of Flint, presented a fake Interpol badge to an officer when questioned about parking his 2017 […]

As weekly COVID cases drop, health officials say ‘hidden wave’ is not a major concern for now

By: - June 3, 2022

While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Michigan have declined after several weeks of increases, there have been concerns raised that the true rates of infection might be higher because of a decrease in reporting. However, state and local health officials say while increased home testing may lessen the numbers of people officially reporting positive COVID […]

Court of Claims rejects Craig appeal, GOP gov. candidates turn to Michigan Supreme Court

By: - June 2, 2022

The Michigan Court of Claims has denied an appeal from former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, one of five GOP gubernatorial candidates disqualified from the August primary ballot after thousands of signatures on their nominating petitions were deemed invalid. That now brings the number to three of Republican candidates seeking an appeal who have been […]

‘Quality guru’ Johnson remains off August primary ballot after unanimous court ruling 

By: - June 1, 2022

One of the five Republican gubernatorial candidates who were tossed off the August primary ballot last week has lost a key court decision to rescind that decision. The Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously denied a request from businessman Perry Johnson to provide him a path back onto the ballot. Johnson had sought the decision after […]