Author: Ryan Cole

General Motors to Invest More Than $150 Million in Michigan Plants

General Motors says it plans to invest more than $150 million in five plants across Michigan. $100 million of that investment will go to this plant in Delta Township, just outside of Lansing. It will go toward building the next generation of the GMC Acadia. The Delta Township plant used to build the Acadia, but GM moved the car to…

Public Health Experts Write Open Letter to Senator Shirkey About Herd Immunity Comment

Michigan’s Senate majority leader made comments last week about the coronavirus that public health experts are calling out. Senator Mike Shirkey is a Republican from Clarklake. In an MLive article posted Saturday, Shirkey said he’s a “big believer that there’s an element of herd immunity that needs to take place.” Monday, five public health experts sent an open letter to…

Michigan Supreme Court: Ruling Against Whitmer’s Emergency Authority Effective Now

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency orders in her response to the coronavirus have been struck down effective immediately. Her emergency orders were already deemed unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court back on October 2. Monday, the court ruled to deny the governor’s request to stay the decision for a few weeks. The denial was a 4-3 vote, the same as the…

Lt. Governor Gilchrist Calls on Michigan Republican Leaders to Enact Mask Mandate

Michigan’s lieutenant governor is calling for Lansing lawmakers to practice better preventative measures against the coronavirus. Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist is asking for Republican leaders to enact and enforce a mask mandate in the state Senate and House chambers. Neither have implemented mask requirements, and many legislators haven’t worn masks inside the Capitol building for months. Gilchrist issued an open…

MDHHS Issues Emergency COVID-19 Orders

Michigan’s political leaders are still working to respond to the state Supreme Court’s decision that struck down Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers late last week. Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services has issued orders responding to the coronavirus crisis since that decision. The director of the MDHHS says he has “broad” legal authority to make the orders, which largely…

Michigan Secretary of State: 2.7 Million Residents Request Absentee Ballots

Michigan’s secretary of state offered another update on the number of absentee ballots that have been requested. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says 2.7 million Michigan residents have requested to have their ballots be mailed to them for next month’s election. That already exceeds the 1.1 million voters that voted absentee in 2016, and the 1.6 million that did so…

Gov. Whitmer Calls on Supreme Court to Clarify When Ruling Takes Effect

After the Michigan Supreme Court ruled against Governor Gretchen Whitmer on her executive powers during the pandemic, she is now calling on Michigan’s Supreme Court to clarify when their ruling would take effect. Her office points out that as many as 830,000 people could lose their unemployment benefits if it goes into effect immediately. The governor says it’s important that…

President Trump to Leave Walter Reed, Return to White House

President Donald Trump will return to the White House after spending four days at Walter Reed National Medical Center for coronavirus treatment. The president says he will leave Walter Reed National Medical Center around 6:30 p.m. Monday. Meanwhile, another top white house aide has tested positive for the virus, which is ravaging the west wing. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh…