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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.

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 […]

Whitmer calls bipartisan federal infrastructure deal a ‘game-changer’ for Michigan 

By: and - August 11, 2021

The Senate on Tuesday passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that will help to restore the nation’s bridges and roads, expand broadband initiatives, and fund projects to help battle against climate change. Roughly $20 billion of the funding will go to Michigan, with about $8 billion for roads and bridges.   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during […]

As college students return to campus, some fear being sent back online amid rising COVID-19 cases

By: - August 10, 2021

As colleges begin to welcome students back to campus this fall, a recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant has triggered several Michigan universities to establish COVID-19 vaccine requirements.  And many students are concerned the pandemic will continue to bring big changes in the upcoming school year. “[A] fear that […]

Mich. senators tout bipartisan infrastructure bill for big boosts to Great Lakes, roads, broadband

By: - August 9, 2021

As the Senate gears up to pass a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, Michigan’s senators say it would be a big shot in the arm for Great Lakes restoration efforts, broadband access, roads, bridges, highways and electric vehicle expansion.  The legislation, which the Senate is expected to vote on this week, also comes as the […]

Dems back AG probe into election conspiracists, again push for bipartisan 1/6 panel

By: - August 5, 2021

Seven months after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to overturn the 2020 election, Michigan Democrats are supporting new efforts by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to hold those spreading false claims of election fraud accountable, while still advocating for a bipartisan committee to investigate Michigan’s ties to the insurrection. “We need to restore […]