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Courtesy Governor Gretchen Whitmer

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Michigan, providing additional money to address the coronavirus pandemic as a top health official warned the situation in Detroit, a national “hot spot” for new cases of the coronavirus, will worsen.

Courtesy Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Monday morning Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay-at-home order for residents in the state to slow the spread of COVID19. Michigan is now the state with the fifth most cases—behind California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington. WKAR’s Politics reporter Abigail Censky joined All Things Considered Host Karel Vega via phone to break down what you can and can’t do under the order Below are highlights of their conversation:

How did we get here?

Early Wednesday evening President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act. This is the second bill congress passed to address the coronavirus.
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Lawmakers in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress have been scrambling over the last several weeks to legislate for the largest public health crisis since the 1919 flu. WKAR Politics Reporter Abigail Censky spoke with Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) and Michigan Senator Gary Peters about what Congress is doing to address the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the U.S. Below are highlights of their conversation.

What’s Been Done So Far?

Despite the Senator's stronger infrastructure from a primary win in 2016, Bernie Sanders was handily beat by former vice president Joe Biden on Tuesday. Biden outperformed Sanders, epsecially with women.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

After suffering a bruising defeat in Michigan’s presidential primary, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, declared Wednesday that he’ll stay in the race.

I voted stickers
Scott Pohl WKAR

UPDATED Wednesday March 11 at 3:16 p.m.: results for local ballot proposals from unofficial results.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders supporters at a Bernie Sanders watch party.
Kevin Lavery/WKAR MSU

Many news outlets have called former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner of Michigan’s primary election, but supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders holding a watch party at a Lansing bar haven’t given up hope.

Maisy Nielsen

Meridian Township began preparing 60 days ago for the March 10 Michigan Primary. The clerk and a team made up of about 150 people have been working to ensure a smooth voting process for the township’s voters.

Williamston Preps For Michigan Democratic Primary

Mar 9, 2020
Ian Gilmour

As the Michigan Democratic Primary on March 10 nears, the city of Williamston is preparing to do its part.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivers her response to President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday.
Courtesy of the office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer

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.

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.