Julia Forrest

Julia Forrest

Julia Forrest is a contributor to the Michigan Advance. She has been covering Michigan and national politics for two years at the Michigan Daily and OpenSecrets. She studies public policy at the University of Michigan.

Judge sanctions pro-Trump attorneys for ‘historic and profound abuse of the judicial process’

By: - August 26, 2021

Linda Parker, U.S. District Judge of the Eastern District of Michigan, on Wednesday ordered sanctions for “Kraken” attorneys, including former President Donald Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, for spreading false claims while litigating the results of the 2020 general election.  Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila also were sanctioned. Hagerstrom is a longtime […]

State reports 4,326 new COVID-19 cases, 38 deaths since Monday

By: - August 25, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 937,720 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,161 have died from the virus — an additional 4,326 cases and 38 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 2,163 […]

Meijer criticized over unexpected Kabul trip amidst evacuation and threats of terror

By: - August 25, 2021

U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) along with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) flew in and out of the Kabul airport Tuesday amidst the tumultuous evacuation of American and Afghans fleeing the country as the Taliban continue to take over the once U.S.-backed country.  The unexpected trip required the State Department and U.S. military personnel to […]

Nessel won’t criminally charge Michigan GOP chair for ‘insidious’ $200K payoff

By: - August 23, 2021

Updated, 3:23 p.m., 8/23/21 Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday that her office will not criminally charge Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser for using Michigan GOP funds to pay former Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot for his withdrawal from the 2018 Secretary of State race.  Weiser paid a $200,000 fine through a conciliation […]

State says sweepstakes increased COVID vaccine rate from 61% to 63%

By: - August 23, 2021

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, alongside leaders of the Protect Michigan Commission and Michigan Education Trust, on Monday announced the last round of winners in the Michigan Shot To Win sweepstakes, a raffle for those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.  The raffle is awarding fully-vaccinated Michiganders over $5 million in cash and almost $500,000 in […]

Whitmer: State ‘embraces the opportunity’ to take in Afghan refugees

By: - August 21, 2021

As the Taliban continues to gain control of Afghanistan after the U.S.-supported Afghanistan government and military crumbled, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that the state is prepared to welcome Afghan citizens fleeing their home.  Whitmer said in a press release that state departments and agencies are “gearing up to ensure Afghans who may come […]

Michigan redistricting process could face more delays 

By: - August 20, 2021

Michigan’s redistricting commission began drafting new congressional and legislative maps on Friday and will do so through Oct. 8. This comes after the commission approved Thursday a process and schedule to draft the maps in a 10-2 vote. The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission adopted a mapping schedule last week and a second round of hearings […]

Lasinski: GOP voting bills passing the House are ‘attempt to stoke fear and paranoia’

By: - August 17, 2021

The GOP-controlled Michigan House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass three bills regarding voting record retention periods, qualified voter files and a ban on voting machines connecting to the internet.  The three bills are parts of a larger bill package restricting voting rights unveiled by Republicans in Michigan following the 2020 general election that former […]

‘Joyful warrior’ former U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell dies at 64

By: - August 16, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (I-Dryden Twp.), who left the Republican Party over leadership indulging former President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election, died at age 64 on Monday after being diagnosed with stage IV renal cancer earlier this year.  He spent 40 days in the hospital in June following a removal of a […]

Mich. senator on UN climate change report: ‘We don’t have time to sit and wait anymore’

By: - August 16, 2021

As Michigan lawmakers and environmentalists are working to mitigate the effects of recent natural disasters fueled by climate change across the state, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last week highlighting that global warming is posing more of an immediate existential threat than previously thought.  The IPCC report highlighted […]

GOP Rep. Berman announces AG bid in ‘22

By: - August 13, 2021

State Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) announced his bid for attorney general on Wednesday. Berman has been a frequent critic of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 response and Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s plans to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.  In his campaign announcement, Berman said he values “the […]

Why aren’t Dems targeting any Michigan U.S. reps. in 2022?

By: - August 12, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 election cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has announced 22 Republican-held or open seats the party is trying to flip — but none are in Michigan.  Ken Kollman, a University of Michigan political science professor, said the DCCC’s decision could be because recent history shows the party likely will lose […]