State of the State

What will Republicans compromise on in COVID deal? Shirkey and Wentworth don’t say.

BY: - January 28, 2021

The conciliatory tone struck by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her State of the State address Wednesday appears to have been lost on GOP leaders, who continued to lash out at the Democratic governor during their Republican response to the speech Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) both continued […]

In State of the State speech, Whitmer offers GOP olive branch after they spent day trying to stymie her powers

BY: - January 27, 2021

In Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s third State of the State address — and Michigan’s first-ever fully virtual yearly speech — the Democratic governor took on a hopeful tone, encouraging GOP legislative leaders to work with her on behalf of Michiganders to build back from the damage caused by COVID-19 and other challenges to the state in […]

New: Whitmer to announce COVID-19 pay bump for teachers, support staff

BY: - January 27, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Michigan Advance that she will outline her plan in Wednesday’s State of the State address to give teachers and support staff grants due to the pandemic. “I think we have to acknowledge that every person in the education ecosystem has been stressed to the limit, has continued to serve our kids,” […]

LaFave carries firearm into Capitol, gun is stolen days later

BY: - February 5, 2020

Just days after state Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) toted an AR-style gun in the Capitol on the night of the Jan. 29 State of the State speech, his Lansing home was broken into and two firearms were stolen, according to the Detroit News. LaFave, who is a vocal Second Amendment advocate who spoke at […]


Susan J. Demas: Whitmer puts the GOP on notice in her State of the State speech

BY: - February 1, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s second State of the State speech this week accomplished two things she needed to do after a bumpy first year of divided government: She both acknowledged failure and projected strength. That’s a tough high-wire act for any politician, but especially for a female executive, who always has to worry about pundits sneering […]

GOP leaders: Whitmer’s road bonding plan is ‘hypocritical’

BY: - January 30, 2020

The day after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her bonding plan to fix the roads, state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) were still fired up against it.   Shirkey says the plan unveiled during Whitmer’s State of the State address, which will increase the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) […]

From Milliken to fashion mania: Top lines of Whitmer’s 2nd State of the State

BY: - January 30, 2020

After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State address last year, FOX-2 decided to play fashion critic — and national media, including journalists at the Washington Post and CNN — weren’t having it. The metro Detroit TV station ran a story with anonymous commenters critiquing Whitmer’s blue dress and body, something the governor appeared […]

‘I’d be embarrassed if I were her’: Republicans keep slamming Whitmer’s old gas tax plan

BY: - January 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her State of the State address would be “shorter than usual” — and it did clock in at about 35 minutes.  But in that time, she announced several big plans for the state and took a few swings at Republicans who control the Legislature. Focusing on roads, education, jobs and health […]

Slideshow from Whitmer’s 2nd State of the State speech

BY: - January 29, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave a brisk, 35-minute speech Wednesday night at Michigan’s Capitol. In her second State of the State address, Whitmer announced her bonding plan for roads and made pushes for her other priorities: health care, education and the safety net. The Advance will have more on the speech and reactions. In the meantime, […]

Survey: Whitmer should continue fighting for ‘quality of life’ issues

BY: - January 29, 2020

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to offer her second State of the State message Wednesday night, Michigan residents have told a progressive nonprofit in recent months that clean water, education, infrastructure and health care are their top concerns. “In 2019, we saw the governor take action on these issues,” said For Our Future (FOF) spokesperson […]

New: Whitmer to discuss workplace harassment in SOS Wednesday

BY: - January 29, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will use her State of the State speech Wednesday night to call out the problems of workplace and online harassment. The governor this month at an event in Saginaw praised Michigan Advance reporter Allison Donahue’s first-person story on Jan. 15 about sexist comments state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) made to her […]

Exclusive: 44% of Michigan maternal deaths are preventable. Whitmer has a plan for that.

BY: - January 29, 2020

Michigan ranks 38th in the nation for infant mortality and 30th for maternal mortality. Detroit’s maternal death rate is three times the national average and pregnant Black women are 4.5 times more likely to die than non-Hispanic white women. And 44% of pregnancy-related deaths were preventable, according to a recent analysis by the Michigan Maternal […]