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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.

Dems introduce bills to fight teacher shortage in Michigan

By: - June 20, 2022

A package of bills introduced last week by Michigan Senate Democrats aims to help alleviate the teacher shortage being felt across the state. Led by Sens. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) and Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), the legislation includes stipends and other financial support for student teachers as well as bills designed to encourage new teacher recruitment. […]

Rep. Lilly leaves office for lobbying job

By: - June 17, 2022

A West Michigan legislator says he’ll be leaving office prior to his term expiring after landing a job as a lobbyist.  State Rep. Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp.) announced on Thursday that effective July 1 he will no longer represent the 89th House District, as he will instead be the vice president of government affairs for […]

Disqualified GOP gubernatorial candidates have options to get on the ballot

By: - June 17, 2022

As four Republican gubernatorial hopefuls consider their options to try and remain in the race, one election expert has floated an alternative path available to them. Following the disqualification of former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, businessman Perry Johnson, financial adviser Michael Markey and businesswoman Donna Brandenburg from the Aug. 2 primary ballot, each has […]

Judge denies GOP gov. candidate Kelley’s request to carry gun

By: - June 17, 2022

Updated, 3:18 p.m., 6/17/22 A federal judge has denied a request by Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley to possess a firearm while he faces charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Kelley, who was arrested by the FBI at his Allendale Township home last week, is charged with four misdemeanor […]

Michigan reports 15,578 COVID-19 cases and 137 deaths in the last week

By: - June 15, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,581,397 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,675 have died from the virus — an additional 15,578 cases and 137 deaths in the last week. The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Wednesday combine recorded cases and deaths […]

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GOP-led Michigan Senate again derails LGBTQ+ Pride resolution

By: - June 14, 2022

For the second time in as many weeks, Republican leaders in the Michigan Senate have delayed a vote on a resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The GOP majority originally postponed consideration on June 7 of Senate Resolution 149, sponsored by Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), the first openly gay senator in Michigan. No reason […]

Whitmer vetoes latest GOP tax-cut plan, says it violates the Constitution

By: - June 13, 2022

Saying it was constitutionally “invalid and unenforceable,” Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have lowered Michigan’s personal income tax from 4.25% to 4%. House Bill 4568, introduced by Rep. Matt Hall (R-Marshall), was one half of a Republican-sponsored $2.5 billion tax cut plan called the “MI Family Inflation Relief” […]

Republican James Craig says he was ‘robbed,’ will mount write-in campaign for governor

By: - June 10, 2022

After failing to get the courts to reverse a decision that kept him off the August primary ballot, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he will run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination as a write-in candidate. Craig made the announcement Thursday night on “Let It Rip” on WJBK-TV. Speaking with host Roop Raj, Craig […]

GOP gov. candidate Ryan Kelley arraigned on charges from Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack

By: - June 9, 2022

Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley has been arraigned on federal charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol following a raid by the FBI Thursday morning at his home in Allendale Township in West Michigan. FBI spokesperson Mara Schneider told the Michigan Advance that FBI agents from the Grand Rapids office […]

Updated: GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley arrested by FBI

By: - June 9, 2022

Updated, 2:20 p.m., 6/9/22 with additional reporting Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley was arrested by the FBI Thursday morning at his home in Allendale Township in West Michigan. FBI spokesperson Mara Schneider told Michigan Advance that she could only confirm FBI agents from the Grand Rapids office executed an arrest and search warrant at […]

Michigan Supreme Court denies Brandenburg’s appeal to get on the ballot

By: - June 9, 2022

Another Republican gubernatorial candidate had an appeal denied by the Michigan Supreme Court. The court on Wednesday declined to overturn a decision by the Board of State Canvassers that businesswoman Donna Brandenburg did not qualify to appear on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. Brandenberg was among five Republican candidates for governor who were tossed […]

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 […]