Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Voting rights activists in Detroit call out GOP ‘suppression’ efforts

BY: - August 11, 2021

Seven-year-old Kaylee Armour is too young to vote, but she encourages others to do so. When asked by the Advance Tuesday if voting is important, Armour said emphatically: “Yes.”   The Detroit resident and her mother, Nicole Denson, were part of the dozens who rallied Tuesday evening at New Center Plaza One in Detroit to speak […]

House votes to end $300 bonus in unemployment benefits

BY: - June 18, 2021

The Michigan House passed a bill Thursday that would eliminate the extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits for Michigan residents. House Bill 4434, introduced by Lori Stone (D-Warren), was originally intended to ensure the Unemployment Insurance Agency uses “plain language” for “correspondence and documents related to the taxes of employers and the benefits of individuals, […]

Senate unanimously passes $4.4 billion in federal funds for K-12 schools

BY: - June 15, 2021

Through a unanimous vote Tuesday, the state Senate passed more than $4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief aid to Michigan’s K-12 schools. The passage of these federal dollars didn’t come easy after months of no negotiations between the GOP-led Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with previous education funding proposals being tie-barred to bills that would […]

Whitmer signs executive directive to prohibit state and federal funding of conversion therapy

BY: - June 14, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive Monday requiring the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to take action to prohibit the use of state and federal dollars for the practice of conversion therapy on minors.  Conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, refers to any intervention that attempts to change an individual’s […]

GOP-led Senate rejects 13 Whitmer appointees to ‘send a signal’ to her

BY: - January 27, 2021

The state Senate rejected 13 of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointees Wednesday to “send a signal that [Republicans are] displeased with [the] governor’s actions and refusal to listen [or] work with [the] Legislature,” according to a Senate Advice and Consent Committee document obtained by the Advance.  Rejecting the governor’s appointees is one of the moves Republicans […]

Whitmer grants clemency to 4 prisoners

BY: - December 23, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that she is granting clemency to four Michigan prisoners who were incarcerated for nonviolent and drug-related crimes. “As a former prosecutor, I recognize how critical it is to take steps toward a smarter and more equitable justice system. Over the last two years, we’ve worked with leaders on both sides […]

Whitmer pledges to ‘stay focused’ and get state through ‘tough time’

BY: - December 22, 2020

Many people will define 2020 as the year COVID-19 uprooted life as we knew it. And for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the COVID-19 pandemic could be the greatest defining moments in her political career.  Whitmer was catapulted into the national spotlight as she fought against a pandemic that killed thousands of people in her state and […]

Trump announces Michigan public hearing on election, but lawmakers say it’s not true

BY: - November 25, 2020

President Donald Trump’s campaign said the Michigan Legislature will hold a public hearing on the election next week, but the state’s GOP leaders said that’s not going to happen. In a statement Tuesday, the campaign said legislatures in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Michigan, three key states in the Nov. 3 election which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden […]

State reports 1,359 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

BY: - October 14, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 139,061 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,941 have died from the virus — an additional 1,359 cases and 13 deaths since Tuesday. DHHS also reports that an additional 15,394 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well […]

DHHS order mandates masks, limits capacity until Oct. 30

BY: - October 9, 2020

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued a new order to restrict gathering sizes, require face masks in public spaces and limit capacity in businesses.  A number of these regulations were already in place through Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders, but the Supreme Court quelled the governor’s executive orders on […]

Whitmer, Nessel point to the White House for emboldening far-right extremists

BY: - October 9, 2020

After the FBI quashed a plot to kidnap and kill Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, President Donald Trump added gas to the fire in a Thursday evening Twitterstorm and criticized her for not thanking him. But Whitmer combated Trump and other Republicans in Michigan on CNN Thursday evening, saying they didn’t help when they could have […]

GOP leaders join anti-Whitmer rally after FBI reports murder plot against her

BY: - October 8, 2020

Hours after news broke about a militia plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and State House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) took to the Capitol steps during a right-wing anti-Whitmer rally Thursday. “This is no time to be weak in our commitment to freedom,” Shirkey said to the […]