West Michigan

Doctors are ‘angry and frustrated’ about health risks of Trump’s Michigan rallies

BY: - November 2, 2020

Michigan health care workers on Monday blasted President Donald Trump’s decision to continue to hold large campaign rallies in Michigan, including events in Traverse City and Grand Rapids, despite a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state and recently released research that links hundreds of COVID-19 deaths and tens of thousands of cases […]


Column: We must make it easier for people with disabilities to vote

BY: - November 2, 2020

Last month, I set out to join millions of Michiganders in voting early. I had confirmed well in advance that I was registered to vote at my address in Kalamazoo Township. I had made thoughtful decisions about how I’d vote. But I got to my polling place and could not vote — because the site […]

Can Democrats win back the Michigan House after a decade?

BY: - October 25, 2020

Updated, 4:12 p.m., 10/25/20 During a presidential election year, most of the attention is on the top of the ticket and top-tier congressional races. But control of Michigan’s House of Representatives is also at stake on Nov. 3.   Republicans currently hold a 58-51 voting advantage and have targeted several Democratic districts in areas where President […]

State senator: ‘Somebody called the police on the Black boys’ on the campaign trail

BY: - October 20, 2020

Updated, 6:01 p.m., 10/20/20 State Sen. Marshall Bullock (D-Detroit) told the Advance on Tuesday that someone called police on him while campaigning in West Michigan on Saturday for a Democrat who is trying to unseat state Rep. Pauline Wendzel (R-Watervliet).   Bullock was door-knocking in an affluent riverfront residential community in St. Joseph with Chokwe Pitchford, […]

Ivanka Trump’s Alto stop is 3rd Trump campaign visit to West Michigan in a week 

BY: - October 20, 2020

As the contentious 2020 presidential race winds down to its final days, West Michigan has become a battleground.  On Monday afternoon, Wildwood Family Farms in Alto welcomed Ivanka Trump. Vice President Mike Pence, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and former Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg have all made recent stops in the Grand Rapids region. President […]

Trump attacks Whitmer after foiled murder plot, prompts ‘Lock her up’ cries at Muskegon rally 

BY: - October 17, 2020

President Donald Trump made a Saturday stop in Muskegon for a reelection rally, where he repeated a number of his favorite claims, including one that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is keeping the state locked down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Trump took his usual jabs at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — including claiming that he will […]

Biden spending the day in SE Michigan Friday

BY: - October 16, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be in Michigan for the second week in a row. Biden’s campaign announced that he will deliver remarks in Southfield on health care Friday afternoon. Biden plans to attend a virtual meeting with African American faith leaders afterward. In the evening, he is scheduled to do an event in […]

West Michigan has been a key GOP stronghold. That’s now being tested by two congressional races.

BY: - October 15, 2020

The 3rd and 6th congressional districts in West Michigan are, in some ways, a study in contrasts: They are a world of dense urban neighborhoods and cornfields that fill the horizon, of cars donning “Resist” and “Make America Great Again” bumper stickers, of Republican and Democratic (and occasional Libertarian and Green) political signs dotting yards […]

Trump to stump in Muskegon

BY: - October 14, 2020

President Donald Trump is slated to return to Michigan on Saturday with a rally on law enforcement in Muskegon. This comes after he announced he had COVID-19 on Oct. 2, the same day Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden last campaigned in Michigan with an event in Grand Rapids. Trump last appeared in the state on […]

How a ‘secret bar’ is surviving the pandemic — and trying to be a good neighbor

BY: - July 26, 2020

When bars and restaurants were forced to close in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many owners had to change their business models by offering curbside service, specials or delivery to survive the economic hit. However, for one Grands Rapids speakeasy-style bar, being the city’s “best kept secret” is still part of the plan, although […]

Michigan reports over 72K positive cases of COVID-19

BY: - July 17, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 72,502 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,108 have died from the virus — an additional 660 cases and seven deaths since Thursday. DHHS also notes that an additional 8,091 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as […]

‘Trying to find reform’: Small cities hold anti-police brutality protests

BY: - June 8, 2020

Small Michigan cities and towns have held peaceful anti-police brutality protests, joining a growing Black Lives Matter movement that has swept across the nation — and even the world — in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Since late May, demonstrations have taken place in more than two dozen municipalities in Michigan on both sides […]