Purple States

Benson, election chiefs push for mail-in voting amid COVID-19 crisis, but Trump opposes

BY: - April 9, 2020

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and two of her national colleagues on Wednesday pointed to voting by mail as the way to ensure the right to vote during the COVID-19 crisis. “That, to me, is the best way of making sure our voter rolls are clean, are accurate, and that we have close to […]

Did Michigan’s March 10 primary play a role in COVID-19’s spread?

BY: - April 6, 2020

Michigan has been hit the hardest of Upper Midwest states when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s still a lot that’s unknown about the spread of the new virus, but poverty and the transportation hub of Detroit Metro Airport have been cited as possible factors driving Michigan’s numbers. As of Sunday afternoon, Michigan has […]


Rick Haglund: Big 3 automakers could enlist to produce COVID-19 medical equipment

BY: - March 20, 2020

Detroit became known as “the arsenal of democracy” almost 80 years ago as automakers transitioned from civilian to military production, a crucial element in the Allies’ victory over Germany and Japan in World War II. As the deadly coronavirus grips the nation, could Michigan become “the arsenal of health,” helping to defeat a virus that […]

Fred Upton

Upton may face toughest race in decades, hasn’t ‘thought about’ endorsing Trump

BY: - March 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats have their sights on the seat of longtime U.S. Republican Rep. Fred Upton as a prime pickup opportunity this fall.  The 66-year-old St. Joseph lawmaker is the longest-serving member of the Michigan congressional delegation by a long shot. He’s also one of the most senior members of the U.S. House; he was […]

Michigan SOS: Precincts will need more staff, resources for Nov. election

BY: - March 11, 2020

Updated, 11:27 a.m. 3/12/20 Tuesday’s presidential primary election in Michigan went relatively smoothly, according to the Michigan Department of State (SOS), despite high voter turnout and an increased workload for many of the state’s 1,500 local clerks. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, SOS spokesperson Jake Rollow said that data is still coming […]

Sanders stays in, challenges Biden on how he plans to win young voters

BY: - March 11, 2020

An issues-focused U.S. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will fight on in the Democratic presidential primaries, despite big losses Tuesday night. In his first public appearance since losses to former Vice President Joe Biden in most states that voted on Tuesday, including Michigan, Sanders held a Wednesday afternoon press conference from his hometown of Burlington, Vt.. He […]


Susan J. Demas: Sanders’ biggest mistake was not backing Warren in 2019

BY: - March 11, 2020

It’s a despondent time for many inspired by Bernie Sanders’ progressive vision, as he lost Michigan big Tuesday night — four years after his surprise victory here gave birth to his theory of electability. Former Vice President Joe Biden took a buzzsaw to that idea, notching a 15-point victory and pulling what we like to […]

Long lines plague Michigan university precincts Tuesday

BY: and - March 10, 2020

Voter turnout at Michigan State and other universities in the state has been steady and enthusiastic for the presidential primary election, according to election officials. But some students trying to vote met problems on Tuesday, as well — long lines, extended waits and delays in casting a ballot if they hadn’t previously registered to vote. […]

Full Michigan results won’t be in until Wednesday, as new, absentee voters surge

BY: - March 10, 2020

Local clerks across the state have their work cut out for them Tuesday, between getting last-minute voters registered and counting the soaring number of absentee ballots that have been submitted since late January.  For the first time since Michiganders approved sweeping voting rights reforms, voters are casting ballots in a presidential primary, with the main […]

Jill Biden, Whitmer talk education, environment with students in Lansing

BY: - March 10, 2020

Former second lady Jill Biden made a Michigan presidential primary day stop in Lansing on behalf of her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, to talk with a group of students.  Members of the Youth Action Council — which include elementary through high school students — gathered at Impression Five Science Center laid out their […]

Slideshow: A jam-packed final 4 days before Michigan’s primary

BY: - March 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) invested heavily in Michigan during the weekend before the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday. Both campaigns scheduled over a dozen events throughout the state in the four days preceding Election Day. While Sanders participated in eight events by himself over four days, Biden relied […]

Biden in Detroit: ‘Trump is bully who must be defeated’

BY: - March 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden, one of two main Democratic presidential hopefuls left standing, touted his résumé and warned voters about the dangers of President Donald Trump’s reelection during a Monday Detroit swing, one day before Michigan’s presidential primary election. “We have a president now who preys on people’s frailties; he preys on people’s fears,” […]