Paul Mitchell

‘Joyful warrior’ former U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell dies at 64

BY: - August 16, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (I-Dryden Twp.), who left the Republican Party over leadership indulging former President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election, died at age 64 on Monday after being diagnosed with stage IV renal cancer earlier this year.  He spent 40 days in the hospital in June following a removal of a […]

Retiring congressman leaves GOP, fears Trump’s ‘harm to democracy’

BY: - December 14, 2020

U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (I-Dryden Twp.) announced Monday he was leaving the Republican Party, saying that President Donald Trump’s attempts to dismantle the election process was the last straw for him.  “If Republican leaders collectively sit back and tolerate unfounded conspiracy theories and ‘stop the steal’ rallies without speaking out for our electoral process, which […]

The election was a month ago. 4 Michigan GOP congressmen won’t say who won the presidency.

BY: - December 5, 2020

Two Michigan Republican members of Congress, U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden), have been on record that Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect. Mitchell, who is retiring this year, tweeted his congratulations on Nov. 7 after the Associated Press called the election for Biden. Congratulations to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect […]

GOP leaders head to D.C. for post-election meeting with Trump, decline to ask feds for COVID-19 help

BY: - November 19, 2020

In her last COVID-19 press update before Thanksgiving, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday criticized state Republican leadership and President Donald Trump for focusing more on baseless election fraud claims than on legislation to help Americans during the ongoing pandemic. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) are set to […]

Bergman wins ‘Trumpiest’ Michigan lawmaker in Axios rating

BY: - October 15, 2020

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) was elected in 2016 when now-President Donald Trump won Michigan. And now Bergman has the highest loyalty rating for Trump of Michigan’s GOP congressional members in an index developed by national political outlet Axios. The “Trump Loyalty Index” for Republicans in Congress measures both voting loyalty, based on FiveThirtyEight data, and […]

House passes bill upping post office funding by $25B, blocking service changes

BY: and - August 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House convened a rare weekend session Saturday in an attempt to stop the U.S. Postal Service from allegedly disrupting mail service to sabotage the November elections. The Democratic-led chamber passed a bill 257-150 that would infuse $25 billion into the agency as it prepares for a surge in mail-in ballots and bar it from […]

Almost 1M Michiganders will get a boost in jobless benefits

BY: - August 22, 2020

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) on Friday approved the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) application. The measure will provide an additional $300 per week payment to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits.  The UIA estimates that under the FEMA program, about 910,000 Michiganders would receive at least $300 per week in supplemental benefits. The program […]

Residents worry about delayed ballots, medications amid Postal Service cuts 

BY: - August 20, 2020

A prolonged mail delivery slowdown worries Valerie Madison. The Detroit resident is diabetic who relies on insulin that arrives at her North Rosedale Park home via U.S mail. Madison is also a regular voter who has no interest in visiting a polling location during the COVID-19 crisis. She said she would prefer to mail her […]

Board OKs petition language to yank governor’s emergency powers

BY: - July 6, 2020

The Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved language for a petition that would repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to keep Michigan in a state of emergency since the first reported case of COVID-19 was found here on March 10. Unlock Michigan, a group with ties […]

Upton joins House Dems in passing sweeping police reform

BY: and - June 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a sweeping police reform package Thursday night in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality. The package cleared the chamber largely along partisan lines, with 236 lawmakers (mostly Democrats) voting for it and 181 lawmakers — 180 Republicans and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (L-Cascade Twp.) —voting against it. […]

Memo: Anti-Whitmer ballot drive could cost $1.8M for signature gathering

BY: - June 10, 2020

Not much is known about a ballot campaign spearheaded by U.S. Rep Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) aimed at permanently restricting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers. But a proposal the Michigan Advance obtained from Oregon-based Grassfire LLC hoping to assist with Mitchell’s “Say Yes to MI Constitution” initiative shows it could cost $1.8 million to collect signatures […]

House Dems pass $3T relief bill declared ‘dead on arrival’ by GOP Senate

BY: and - May 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared a massive $3 trillion relief bill aimed at blunting the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sweeping legislation, which passed largely along partisan lines by a vote of 208-199, carries a price tag that’s roughly equal to the four previous coronavirus response bills already signed into […]