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This project is a joint effort between the Advance and our sibling sites, the Ohio Capital Journal, the Wisconsin Examiner, and the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. From now until November, our four sites in the States Newsroom network will be taking an in-depth look at the issues, the people and the policies that matter to voters in the four states that could well determine who wins the White House.

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...

Benson, election chiefs push for mail-in voting amid COVID-19 crisis, but...

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and two of her national colleagues on Wednesday pointed to voting by mail as the way to ensure...

Did Michigan’s March 10 primary play a role in COVID-19’s spread?

Michigan has been hit the hardest of Upper Midwest states when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. There's still a lot that's unknown about...

Rick Haglund: Big 3 automakers could enlist to produce COVID-19 medical...

Detroit became known as “the arsenal of democracy” almost 80 years ago as automakers transitioned from civilian to military production, a crucial element in...

Upton may face toughest race in decades, hasn’t ‘thought about’ endorsing...

WASHINGTON — Democrats have their sights on the seat of longtime U.S. Republican Rep. Fred Upton as a prime pickup opportunity this fall.  The 66-year-old...

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