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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.

After Dems’ letter, Google says it will only show verified abortion providers in searches for clinics

By: - August 29, 2022

In response to questions from Democratic lawmakers, including Michigan U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Lansing), Google says it is providing an update so that only verified abortion providers will show up in local search results. Slotkin, along with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), sent a letter to Google shortly before the Supreme Court issued its opinion in […]

DeVos-backed voucher initiative submits second petition in effort to avoid veto from Whitmer 

By: - August 29, 2022

A right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan has submitted a second petition in an effort to do an end-around Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto pen. The Let MI Kids Learn campaign, backed by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate and funder of school choice and charter schools, submitted […]

Michigan’s Aug. election results were certified without drama. Will things be as smooth in Nov.?

By: - August 27, 2022

Michigan’s Aug. 2 primary results were certified earlier this month with little to no fanfare in contrast to the tumultuous aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. So is this a sign of normalcy returning to the process or the calm before the storm coming with the Nov. 8 general election? “Michigan’s canvassing boards fulfilled their […]

Lansing-area Chipotle becomes chain’s first location to unionize in the U.S.

By: - August 26, 2022

The Chipotle restaurant in Delta Township, near Lansing, has become the chain’s first location across the country to unionize. By a vote of 11-3, workers at the store on Thursday approved joining the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. If Chipotle doesn’t file an objection within five business days, the National Labor Relations Board’s regional director can […]

Michigan’s student count day falls on Jewish holiday, prompting concerns and call for change

By: - August 25, 2022

State education officials say they are aware of concerns about the annual student count day taking place on the same day as an important Jewish holiday and that procedures are in place to address the issue. In Michigan, schools are funded by the state on a per-pupil basis for K-12 students, which sits at $9,150 […]

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 […]