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Michigan court rules Secretary of State violated law

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray rendered a decision that will not fully appease either side in the state’s most prominent lawsuit regarding the 2020 general election. Allegan County Clerk Robert Genetski and the Michigan GOP were seeking a full forensic audit of all absentee ballots to see if …

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First guilty plea in kidnapping plot filed

Ty Garbin pled guilty in Wednesday to charges of planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. He is the first to do so, among six men charged in the case. Garbin entered the plea in US federal court for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids. It was accepted …

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Trade Group Says Indoor Restaurant Service Could Resume Soon

Indoor dining in Michigan restaurants could resume February 1st. The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association said yesterday that it expects Governor Gretchen Whitmer to confirm the date at a press conference today.  The announcement said the MLBA is disappointed that the indoor dining shutdown will remain in place for another half-month, …

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Michigan Lawmakers Target Trump

U.S. Senator Gary Peters has added his voice to those demanding the immediate removal of President Donald Trump. The Michigan Democrat yesterday called on Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, saying Trump violated his oath of office when he incited …

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Man Arrested for Capitol Bomb Threat

A Charlotte man has been arrested for allegedly calling in a bomb threat yesterday at the Michigan Capitol. The building was cleared for about two hours, until state police investigators determined there was no actual threat. There were few people inside to begin with. The building was closed because the …

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Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Program to Expand

Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination effort is expanding. Beginning Monday, those age 65 and older will be able to get their shots. So will some younger essential workers, including school staff, first responders, and jail and prison staffers. In a news conference yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said that vaccine supplies are still …

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Whitmer Acknowledges Veto Killed Unemployment Extension

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is admitting that her veto of a $220 million allocation for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund will limit unemployment insurance in Michigan to 20 weeks, and not the 26 weeks she wanted. Republicans in the state legislature were able to tie the financial allocation to the …

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Federal Court Denies Another Legal Challenge to Michigan’s Vote

Yet another legal attempt to throw out Michigan’s November election results has been thrown out of court. Yesterday, US District Judge James Boasberg denied a request for a preliminary injunction in the case of Wisconsin Voters Alliance et.al. v Vice President Michael R Pence et.al. A group of Michigan voters …

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Whitmer Signs Judicial Reform Bills

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law a number of updates to Michigan’s judicial process. Among the changes…• Driver’s licenses will be suspended only for instances of unsafe driving. Suspensions based on situations such as unpaid tickets, failure to appear in court, or drug convictions will be ended. Proponents say …

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Prison Health Care Workers Begin COVID Vaccines

The health unit manager at the Kinross Correctional Facility in Sault Ste. Marie became the first Michigan Department of Corrections employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. Cindi Jenkins received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at War Memorial Hospital. Kinross was the site of a major COVID-19 outbreak in November. 80 percent …

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