Advance Notice: Briefs

Whitmer’s State of the State address will be virtual on Jan. 26

By: - January 10, 2022 10:46 am

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a press conference | Gov. Whitmer office photo

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) announced Monday morning that the 2022 State of the State address again will be virtual and broadcast live on Jan. 26. 

“The State of the State address is a tradition rooted in history. It is an opportunity for Michiganders to hear about the work of state government and see Republicans and Democrats come together to focus on the issues that will put Michigan families, communities, and small businesses first. This year, we’ve agreed that the State of the State address should once again be held remotely to ensure everyone can safely partake in this time-honored event,” Whitmer and Wentworth said in a joint statement.

Whitmer’s 2021 address to the state also was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s even comes as the omicron variant is spreading quickly across Michigan and the nation.

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist on Sunday announced he has COVID-19. He is vaccinated and boosted. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tested negative last week after her husband, Marc Mallory, also contracted the virus. Attorney General Dana Nessel is quarantining as she awaits PCR test results.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday a total of 1,636,611 COVID-19 cases and 27,822 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic — an additional 40,692 cases since Wednesday.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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