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FBI Agent Testifies On Alleged Plot To Kidnap Michigan Governor

Mar 4, 2021
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

An FBI agent is scheduled to return to the witness stand Thursday for a pre-trial hearing for three men accused of being part of an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor.

The pre-trial hearing for defendants Pete Musico, Joseph Morrison and Paul Bellar began Wednesday.  They are facing numerous charges, including providing material support for terrorist acts.

Michigan Legislature Passes $4.2B In Virus Aid Without Deal

Mar 4, 2021
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Michigan’s Legislature on Wednesday approved a $4.2 billion coronavirus relief plan without a deal with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as majority Republicans pressed to curtail her administration’s pandemic powers and Democrats opposed a decision to not allocate all federal aid immediately.

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Gun rights were at the center of a passionate state Senate debate Wednesday. The symbolic gesture on the part of the Senate Republican majority was also a proxy battle over COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan and Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s use of emergency powers.

Whitmer Faces Criticism Over Severance Deals For Officials

Mar 3, 2021

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer faced growing criticism Tuesday after the disclosure of two additional employment-separation deals for former top officials, a day after her administration acknowledged that a key leader in the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was paid $155,000 following his sudden resignation.

Michigan Official: Audits Show State Had A Secure Election

Mar 3, 2021
Courtesy / Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Michigan’s audits of the 2020 general election found that it was was secure and accurate, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Tuesday.

Whitmer: Michigan Will Loosen Capacity Limits For Businesses

Mar 2, 2021
Courtesy / Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the further loosening of Michigan’s coronavirus restrictions, easing capacity limits in restaurants and a host of other businesses while also allowing for larger indoor and outdoor gatherings.

The revised state health department order will take effect Friday and last through April 19.

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Senator Debbie Stabenow has introduced a new bill that would provide billions in tax credits aimed at incentivizing auto manufacturers to make products that would reduce carbon emissions.

The senior Democrat introduced the American Jobs in Energy Manufacturing Act on Monday. She says the bill would provide support to the private sector in making the transition to clean energy in legacy manufacturing communities.

Courtesy / Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Governor Gretchen Whitmer had an online meeting Monday with Black business leaders. She asked for help getting the Legislature to adopt her budget plans – including COVID-19 response funding.

Michigan Ballot Drive Would Subject Gov, Lawmakers To FOIA

Mar 1, 2021
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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Advocates for open government said Monday they will launch a 2022 ballot drive to subject Michigan’s governor and Legislature to public-records requests.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer made an online pitch Friday to Upper Peninsula civic leaders to support her 2021 agenda, including clean energy and workforce training plans. And she asked them to hold to account politicians who fail to condemn hate and violence in public life.

The governor met with business and education leaders online instead of her usual in-person U.P. swing following the State of the State address and budget rollout.