Birx stops short of backing national mask mandate during Michigan visit 

BY: - September 2, 2020

During a Wednesday visit to Michigan, Dr. Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, called on Michiganders to continue wearing masks to help reduce COVID-19 spread. But she did not advocate a national mask-wearing mandate as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have done. President Trump […]


Susan J. Demas: Deep down, we all know COVID-19 won’t disappear after there’s a vaccine

BY: - August 17, 2020

Last week, I spent several days hiking the Appalachian Trail with my family, after our pre-pandemic plans to fly cross-country and get lost in Yosemite (which my children never struggled to pronounce, even in elementary school), obviously didn’t seem like a wise idea as cases continue to spike. I’ve been hiking the trail for over […]

Whitmer, Ford CEO announce 4 million free masks for vulnerable Michiganders

BY: - August 14, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday rolled out a major new initiative to provide 4 million free protective face masks to Michigan residents. The “MI Mask Aid” effort — a partnership between the state, Ford Motor Company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — will primarily target Michigan’s most vulnerable populations, including low-income residents, seniors, […]

Doctors’ group says GOP lawmaker contracting COVID-19 is a wake-up call to wear masks in the Capitol

BY: - August 7, 2020

State Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville), one of most vocal Republicans to rally against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to contain COVID-19, became on Sunday Michigan’s first GOP lawmaker to test positive for the disease. “Of course we must take appropriate precautions to stay safe,” said Barrett on April 9 after Whitmer extended her stay-home order when […]

Rep. O’Malley calls for county official who used N-word over masks to resign

BY: - August 6, 2020

Tom Eckerle, a northern Michigan road commissioner, reportedly used N-word to explain why he refused to wear a face mask during a recent Leelanau County Road Commission meeting. Eckerle was asked by another road commissioner at a body meeting on Tuesday why he wasn’t wearing a mask because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eckerle responded: “Well, […]

Agricultural workers would get PPE, hazard pay under Dem plan

BY: - July 28, 2020

Four state House Democrats on Monday rolled out a bill package that aims to allocate hazard pay, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other protections to at-risk agricultural workers in Michigan. Their five bills, dubbed the Food Security Protection Plan, extend protections to seasonal and migrant farm workers who continue to plant, cultivate, harvest and package […]

Poll: Americans on board with mask mandates

BY: - July 22, 2020

A new national survey suggests that Americans strongly support wearing masks to help prevent COVID-19 spread. What’s more, they reject the argument that mask-wearing mandates are an infringement of personal freedom.  When asked whether your state government should have the authority to require everyone to wear a mask in public, 56% supported such mandates and […]