Capitol Connection

Abigail Censky, WKAR politics & government reporter
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From the Statehouse to Capitol Hill, WKAR is committed to explaining how lawmakers decisions affect Michiganders. Look, read, and listen here for conversations with people across Michigan about what drives their vote. Politics and Government Reporter Abigail Censky will be talking to politicians, Michiganders and 2020 hopefuls to bring you the people behind Michigan politics.

Stories in this section also come from the MPRN Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, MPRN Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth and the Associated Press.

Michigan is now the state with the fourth most cases of COVID-19—behind New York, New Jersey, and California. The states’ top doctor says Michigan is weeks away from peak infection rates, and the state is already facing severe shortages of equipment.
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Michigan is now the state with the fourth most cases of COVID-19—behind New York, New Jersey, and California. As of Monday afternoon, the state had more than 6,000 cases. Michigan is now in the trenches of battle—without enough troops or ammunition to confront the surge it’s facing.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivers her response to President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday.
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is backing Joe Biden for president days before the state’s Democratic primary, giving the former vice president another boost after his success on Super Tuesday.

Some Republican are echoing President Donald Trump's claims that an increase in voting by mail will lead to fraud, others campaigning and in charge of running elections disagree.

Michigan’s top election official is already advising voters that results from Tuesday’s presidential primary will likely be late.

Bloomberg will officially be on ballots across the country for Super Tuesday, the first time he's appeared on a ballot alongside other Democratic frontrunners. He's betting heavily on a good Super Tuesday showing to transfer into wins the next week.
Maxim Jenkins, WKAR

While some of the biggest names in the race to become the Democratic nominee for President dropped out ahead of Super Tuesday, one candidate’s big gamble doesn’t start until today. Mike Bloomberg has spent a huge amount of money in Michigan ahead of the state’s primary next week, and he’s hoping the payoff could be a share of the state’s 147 delegates.

The Pivot County

It’s overcast and snow is on the horizon in Saginaw, Michigan—one of the twelve counties in the state that voted twice for President Obama and then for President Trump.

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It’s not too late: Voters who used an absentee ballot for Michigan’s March 10 presidential primary election can change their preference and start over.

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The state of Michigan has agreed to pay a total of $80 million to former juvenile inmates who say they were victims of sexual abuse in prison.

State Sen. Mike Shirkey (R) Clarklake

It is still possible Michigan could change its rules on how absentee ballots are counted on election night.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that Michigan will have a mobility officer to coordinate all initiatives related to self-driving and connected cars, an effort she said will ensure the state is the go-to place for testing and producing vehicles of the future.

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A man held up a hostile poster a few rows behind Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin as she spoke. On other side of the room, allies hoisted a Slotkin-friendly banner. But what was perhaps most striking at Slotkin’s first town hall since President Donald Trump’s impeachment was a newfound sense of civility.


A state board has taken a step that clears the way for a petition campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution to move ahead.