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Trump announces Michigan stop in same week that Biden returns

President Donald Trump will make his first visit to Michigan this week since an Ypsilanti event in May, announcing that he will campaign in...

Report: Michigan ranks 3rd in women’s political participation

From 2011 to 2019, Michigan only had one female top statewide officeholder in then-Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Now women run Michigan — and...

Dan Kildee is ‘only moving up the ladder.’ So what’s next?

Dan Kildee is no stranger to leading during a crisis. After all, the Flint Democrat had been in Congress for just a couple years...

Column: Shut down Line 5 — it’s too risky

Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline is too risky to keep operating and now the state of Wisconsin can permanently shut it down. (Part of...

Susan J. Demas: Trump was elected to hurt the ‘right people.’...

When Donald Trump emerged disheveled and broken from Air Force One Saturday after what was supposed to be his triumphant comeback on the campaign...

Tough times on the farm: Why Midwest agriculture was on the...

All in all, 2019 was a terrible year for farmers across the Midwest. And 2020 doesn't look much better. Bad weather, trade wars and low...

Anti-quarantine protests pop up across the U.S., resemble coordinated anti-Obama tea...

Last Wednesday, thousands of Michiganders left their houses to jam the streets of downtown Lansing and protest on the Capitol lawn during the statewide...

Whitmer, 6 ‘Midwest’ govs working together to reopen economies

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and six other state governors in the Midwest — or thereabout — are consulting and coordinating with each other on plans...

Whitmer, govs. ask feds for aid as state could face $7B...

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, sent a letter to President Trump Wednesday requesting that he...

Mail-in voting gains traction, but concerns remain for disabled, Native people

WASHINGTON — As the COVID-19 virus continues to sweep the country, voting rights advocates are demanding Congress fully fund a national vote-by-mail program so...

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