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With protests ongoing across the country against police brutality and racial injustice, "defunding the police" is buildi...
06/08/2020
'Defund The Police' Building As An Issue

With protests ongoing across the country against police brutality and racial injustice, "defunding the police" is building as a rallying cry for many supporting the issue, and some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are already trying to use it to bash their political counterparts. Will it make a difference, come November?

On the Gongwer Blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies.

A look at how Governor Whitmer has been engaging with the news media since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Michigan and w...
06/05/2020
Time Has Come For Governor To Return To Standard News Conferences

A look at how Governor Whitmer has been engaging with the news media since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Michigan and why it's time to return to something more resembling a traditional news conference format, with proper protections. The Gongwer blog is sponsored by Resch Strategies.

Several conservative groups - much like The Lincoln Project - are vying to convert and court wayward Republicans from Pr...
05/28/2020
Anti-Trump Groups Trying To Court Wayward Conservatives

Several conservative groups - much like The Lincoln Project - are vying to convert and court wayward Republicans from President Donald Trump in November. How effective they'll be remains uncertain. On the Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies.

If you're a current or former Republican who has left the party or is considering voting for Joe Biden in the fall, several conservative anti-President Donald Trump groups want you to know that you're not alone.

The Michigan Court of Appeals handed Governor Whitmer a big setback last week in her use of the emergency administrative...
05/26/2020
Whitmer Suffers A Big Court Defeat

The Michigan Court of Appeals handed Governor Whitmer a big setback last week in her use of the emergency administrative rules process to ban most vaping flavors. The Gongwer blog is sponsored by Resch Strategies.

Some governors have detailed schedules and thresholds that clearly signal how the pace of reopening their states' econom...
05/22/2020
Whitmer Takes A Different Approach In Economic Reopening

Some governors have detailed schedules and thresholds that clearly signal how the pace of reopening their states' economies will proceed. Governor Whitmer instead has opted for more of an improvised approach with additional reopenings as long as the COVID-19 trends are positive. The Gongwer blog is sponsored by Resch Strategies.

In an interview, Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein discussed the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic for people ...
05/18/2020
Bernstein On Difficulties Of The Pandemic For People With Disabilities

In an interview, Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein discussed the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic for people with disabilities. On the Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies.

Bernstein On Difficulties Of The Pandemic For People With Disabilities By Ben Solis Staff Writer Posted: May 15, 2020 3:15 PM Several years ago, while visiting New York City, Justice Richard Bernstein was involved in a catastrophic accident. A bicyclist had hit him in Central Park and he was hospita...

Two times a year, state officials get together to determine how much money Michigan has to spend. Given the new coronavi...
05/13/2020
Pros and cons of a remote Consensus Revenue Estimating Conferece

Two times a year, state officials get together to determine how much money Michigan has to spend. Given the new coronavirus, the May conference is going remote for 2020 - on the Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies

By Alethia Kasben Managing Editor Posted: May 13, 2020 9:55 AM Ahh, the beloved Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, the only place where twice a year you can hear inside baseball jokes about the economy then anxiously wrestle with a bunch of people i...

A remembrance of former Sen. Morris Hood III, who died today, and the bond he formed with a onetime political opponent. ...
05/12/2020
Morris Hood III, A Terribly Sad Loss

A remembrance of former Sen. Morris Hood III, who died today, and the bond he formed with a onetime political opponent. The Gongwer blog is sponsored by Resch Strategies.

Detroit rapper GmacCash showed some support for Governor Gretchen Whitmer - or Big Gretch - in a rap released over the w...
05/04/2020
'Big Gretch' Gets A Rap, Earns Her Buffs

Detroit rapper GmacCash showed some support for Governor Gretchen Whitmer - or Big Gretch - in a rap released over the weekend, on the Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies

'Big Gretch' Gets A Rap, Earns Her Buffs By Alethia Kasben Managing Editor Posted: May 4, 2020 1:59 PM Detroit rapper Gmac Cash showed Governor Gretchen Whitmer some support this weekend releasing a parody rap praising the governor – calling her by a new nickname, "Big Gretch" – and mocking thos...

The legal debate on MI's emergency powers laws and the awful scene at the Capitol Thursday that included a noose, a sign...
05/01/2020
1945 Vs. 1976 Emergency Laws, Let's Get Into The Weeds

The legal debate on MI's emergency powers laws and the awful scene at the Capitol Thursday that included a noose, a sign calling for the governor's hanging and the packing of the House lobby in defiance of social distancing. The Gongwer blog is sponsored by Resch Strategies.

The field for the 2020 elections in Michigan is set after last week's deadline for candidates to file. Our 2020 Michigan...
04/27/2020
Download the 2020 Michigan Elections app

The field for the 2020 elections in Michigan is set after last week's deadline for candidates to file. Our 2020 Michigan Elections app, available for iOS and Android devices, is updated with the candidates and will be regularly updated with new biographical information and analysis of each race.

Republican legislative leaders have not so far not moved to establish a remote meeting process to allow legislative comm...
04/24/2020
Legislature Sitting On Sidelines With No Remote Meeting Process

Republican legislative leaders have not so far not moved to establish a remote meeting process to allow legislative committees and the full House and Senate to start meeting on a regular basis during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gongwer blog is sponsored by Resch Strategies.

Michigan courts have made changes that they may have otherwise rejected in a pre-pandemic world. On the Gongwer blog, sp...
04/23/2020
MI Courts Made Wide Leaps In Innovation During COVID-19 Pandemic

Michigan courts have made changes that they may have otherwise rejected in a pre-pandemic world. On the Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies.

The innovation in question is the judiciary's transition toward holding its proceedings online through videoconference tools like Zoom.

Wednesday's protest by conservatives of Governor Whitmer's stay-at-home order. The Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Stra...
04/17/2020
Trump's Base Loathes Stay-At-Home Order

Wednesday's protest by conservatives of Governor Whitmer's stay-at-home order. The Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies, on why it wasn't about the particulars of the order and what the governor is balancing as she prepares for what comes next.

Conservatives filled downtown Lansing streets Wednesday to protest Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order. The g...
04/15/2020

Conservatives filled downtown Lansing streets Wednesday to protest Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order. The governor warned afterward that protesters getting out of their cars and congregating in close proximity put themselves and others at risk of infection by COVID-19.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday joined Trevor Noah on his late-night show reiterating the importance of staying a...
04/02/2020
Gongwer News Service - Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday joined Trevor Noah on his late-night show reiterating the importance of staying at home & other things Michigan has done to respond to the new coronavirus, all while donning a "that woman from Michigan" shirt - on the Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies.

Whitmer Hits Late-Night Circuit As 'Woman From Michigan' By Alethia Kasben Managing Editor Posted: April 2, 2020 2:22 PM Governor Gretchen Whitmer last night sat down with Trevor Noah – sort of, it was a Skype interview – for his version of The Daily Show during the new coronavirus era. Mr. Noah...

Two weeks ago, the Legislature and Governor Whitmer had a deal on a $312M supplemental appropriations bill. Since then, ...
03/25/2020
Wondering About That $312M Supplemental Bill

Two weeks ago, the Legislature and Governor Whitmer had a deal on a $312M supplemental appropriations bill. Since then, revenues have gone into freefall with the COVID-19 crisis. What will the governor do now? The Gongwer blog is sponsored by Resch Strategies.

Trying to come to grips with the convulsion to governance and politics in Michigan, let alone daily life everywhere. The...
03/20/2020
Everything Has Changed

Trying to come to grips with the convulsion to governance and politics in Michigan, let alone daily life everywhere. The Gongwer blog is sponsored by Resch Strategies.

Everything Has Changed By Zachary Gorchow Executive Editor and Publisher Posted: March 20, 2020 3:00 PM I've been struggling with what to say about how the new coronavirus has convulsed our daily way of life in just the past 10 days. It is just so enormous, so stunning, so awful. It goes far beyond....

On Michigan's history of contrarianism in presidential primaries and caucuses, Joe Biden's apparent advantage going into...
03/10/2020
Will Michigan's Contrarian Streak Resurface?

On Michigan's history of contrarianism in presidential primaries and caucuses, Joe Biden's apparent advantage going into today's voting and wild cards to consider that could help Bernie Sanders. The Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies. #MichiganPrimary

It's back! Our 2020 Michigan Elections app is now available for download. Candidate info, exclusive analysis, links to s...
03/03/2020
Gongwer Unveils 2020 Michigan Elections App

It's back! Our 2020 Michigan Elections app is now available for download. Candidate info, exclusive analysis, links to social media and district maps, push notifications and much more. Available for iOS and Android devices. Store links and more behind the link.

After a contentious Senate vote over George Heartwell's appointment to the Natural Resources Commission, members had a p...
02/28/2020
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After a contentious Senate vote over George Heartwell's appointment to the Natural Resources Commission, members had a perfect chance in the afternoon to chill out. The Gongwer Blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies

Polar Plunge Served As Good Chance Thursday To Chill After Contentious Vote

Already there's lots of discussion about how U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders would fare in Michigan and elsewhere as the Democr...
02/25/2020
So Many Questions As Sanders Builds Momentum

Already there's lots of discussion about how U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders would fare in Michigan and elsewhere as the Democratic presidential nominee. Taking a look at some of those questions on the Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies.

In 2019 road funding dominated many conversations, and in 2020, so far, it doesn't seem very different - on the Gongwer ...
02/24/2020
More of the Same on Michigan's Roads

In 2019 road funding dominated many conversations, and in 2020, so far, it doesn't seem very different - on the Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies

More Of The Same On Michigan's Roads By Alethia Kasben Managing Editor Posted: February 24, 2020 3:09 PM Last week, a woman was driving on a Michigan highway when a chunk of concrete fell from a bridge and crashed into her car, hitting her in the head, but thankfully not taking her life. It did litt...

Governor Whitmer had a unique opportunity in the past two weeks with the State of the State, a nationally televised addr...
02/07/2020
With 3 Big Moments, Whitmer Resets Her Governorship

Governor Whitmer had a unique opportunity in the past two weeks with the State of the State, a nationally televised address and the budget unveil within nine days of each other. During those nine days, she hit the reset button on her governorship. The Gongwer blog is sponsored by Resch Strategies.

State Rep. Mari Manoogian & U.S. Sen. Gary Peters took part in the #DollyPartonChallenge during the weekend - on the Gon...
01/28/2020
Some Michigan Officials Have Fun With Meme Challenge

State Rep. Mari Manoogian & U.S. Sen. Gary Peters took part in the #DollyPartonChallenge during the weekend - on the Gongwer blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies

By Alethia Kasben Managing Editor Posted: January 27, 2020 6:30 PM Singer, actress and general superstar Dolly Parton recently started a viral trend when posting a collage of different ways people represent themselves on the internet for L...

It was a busy news month. But soon it may not look like one: "Thought January Was Busy? That Might Later Look Slow By Co...
01/25/2020
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It was a busy news month. But soon it may not look like one: "Thought January Was Busy? That Might Later Look Slow By Comparison" The Gongwer Blog, sponsored by Resch Strategies

Thought January Was Busy? That Might Later Look Slow By Comparison By Nick Smith Staff Writer Posted: January 24, 2020 4:16 PM Emerging from the holiday season, it initially appeared most of January might offer a short calm before the 2020 election year storm. That went out the window weeks ago when...

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