Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump’s efforts to sow doubt about the election seem to have played a role in a move by two Michigan Republicans to block certification of election results from Detroit. The pair eventually did an abrupt about-face in favor of Democrat Joe Biden. But their move on Tuesday briefly threatened to delay the official declaration of Biden’s victory in the state. Republicans Monica Palmer and William Hartmann initially voted against certification, leaving the Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked at 2-2 along party lines. During the meeting’s public comment period, observers were sharply critical of the vote. The county canvassers later voted again and certified the results.
UNDATED (AP) — In normal times, the certification of election results is a routine process that doesn’t get much attention. But these are not normal times. In a continued series of baseless attacks on the integrity of the election, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are trying to stop the formal certification of results in several states, mostly through unsubstantiated claims of fraud. The latest high-profile example was in Michigan’s largest county this week when two Republican members on Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted to halt the certification of the county’s votes — then abruptly reversed course amid heavy criticism.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield has slapped down calls by some Republican lawmakers that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be impeached. The Levering Republican on Wednesday called the effort a distraction from what needs to be done in the state. Milford Township Republican Rep. Matt Maddock began the talk of impeaching Whitmer after health director Robert Gordon implemented the three-week shut down of parts of Michigan’s economy in an effort to stem the accelerating spread of COVID-19. Maddock said Whitmer “crossed the line” on COVID-19 restrictions without legislative input. However, Chatfield said an effort to impeach Whitmer would lack merit and would be every bit as “shameful” as the impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump.
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A nonprofit says it will pay $1.58 million for four hydroelectric dams, including one that failed last spring and unleashed a deluge on downtown Midland. The Four Lakes Task Force said Wednesday it’s buying the Edenville, Sanford, Smallwood and Secord dams. from bankrupt Boyce Hydro. MLive.com reports the quasi-governmental task force said it expects to take control of the dams in December. It received authority in 2018 from Midland and Gladwin counties to purchase and maintain the four dams on the Tobacco and Tittabawassee rivers.