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Michigan reports 1,826 new COVID-19 cases Friday

BY: - October 23, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 154,688 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,147 have died from the virus — an additional 1,826 cases and 18 deaths since Thursday. DHHS also reports that an additional 17,434 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, […]

Whitmer: Biden ‘was mad’ when he called after murder plot arrests

BY: - October 21, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been in the national news for almost a decade, first as a state Senate leader fighting Right to Work and then as a rising star as Michigan governor, who made Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential short list. On Oct. 8, news outlets around the world covered her for a […]

House GOP rolls out COVID-19 plan, open to mask mandate opt-out

BY: - October 20, 2020

House Republicans, in an attempt to replace what they are calling “an environment of geographic captivity” under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s now-defunct executive orders, have introduced their own plan to manage Michigan’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak. That would involve letting individual counties make their own public health decisions, including whether or not to enforce a mask mandate. […]

Officials: COVID-19 hospitalizations have shot up 80% in recent weeks

BY: - October 13, 2020

State and local public health officials expressed concern Tuesday about how COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are beginning to rise in Michigan during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon. Hospitalizations have gone up 80% in recent weeks, officials warned.  At the briefing, officials pleaded that Michiganders continue taking precautions to prevent a potential second wave of the […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Michigan’s economy could take a beating after ruling against Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders

BY: - October 13, 2020

Now that the state Supreme Court has struck down a 1945 law that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer repeatedly used to issue executive orders in the fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus, where is Michigan’s economy headed? Some might argue that the state’s economy, which has regained 593,100 jobs since April’s employment collapse, could boom as businesses […]

Gilchrist to GOP leaders: Enforce a mask mandate in Legislature

BY: - October 7, 2020

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist on Wednesday called for GOP leaders to enact and enforce a mask mandate in both legislative chambers, citing recent infections among elected officials, staffers and a general upward trend of COVID-19 cases in the state. The Michigan Legislature currently does not have mask requirements, leaving members to wear protective face coverings […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Your health and safety is being decided by leaders who believe the rules don’t apply to them

BY: - October 5, 2020

Nine days out from President Trump’s triumphant nomination of ultra-conservative Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, experts are increasingly warning that the maskless celebration was a super-spreader event. Trump is hospitalized with COVID-19, staging increasingly bizarre (and now dangerous) PR stunts, culminating with an extremely ill-advised joyride around D.C. before returning to Walter Reed […]

Secrecy around LaFave’s COVID-19 diagnosis prompts concern from journalists, lawmakers

BY: - October 1, 2020

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) announced Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. The GOP-led House hasn’t been in session this week, but officials have not answered questions about safety issues, drawing concerns from reporters and legislative officials on Wednesday.  LaFave, who has previously criticized mask wearing and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency orders, told the […]

Trump mocks masks, blasts state COVID-19 shutdowns in 1st debate

BY: - September 29, 2020

The two men vying to become the next president offered a stark contrast to voters on face mask requirements and on how soon state economies should reopen amid the pandemic, just two of many areas where they squabbled during Tuesday’s contentious and often chaotic first debate. The exchange between President Donald Trump and former Vice […]

LaFave on having COVID-19: ‘I’m not gonna have a big rally in the meantime. I’ll wait a little bit.’

BY: - September 29, 2020

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining. The lawmaker, who has been one of Gov. Gretchen Whimter’s most vocal critics about her emergency coronavirus orders, shared the news in a Facebook post.  Although LaFave has criticized mask wearing, he told the Advance in a phone interview Tuesday that […]

Whitmer, Cuomo want Congress to investigate Trump admin ‘politicizing’ its COVID-19 response

BY: - September 24, 2020

After months of governors calling out President Trump and his administration for impeding their ability to get personal protection equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic and a series of media investigations finding disorganization, negligence and political concerns dominating the administration’s response, two Democratic governors are calling for a congressional investigation. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo […]

COMMENTARY

Jeff Timmer: Welcome back to Michigan, President Trump!

BY: - September 10, 2020

Dear President Trump, It’s been a while since you’ve physically darkened our doorstep. Yet, your ample shadow has managed to darken so much here in the Mitten during your four-month absence. The last time you dropped by on May 21, you pointedly refused to wear a mask on that visit, at least when reporters could […]