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Republicans sue over excess campaign donations to Whitmer

Sep. 21, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party on Tuesday sued to stop Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's reelection campaign from collecting excess donations, contending that an exception letting her raise unlimited amounts because of attempts to recall her from office is unconstitutional. ...

Trump endorses election fraud lawyer for Michigan AG

Sep. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer who has made false claims about vote-counting machines in Michigan's 2020 election has won former President Donald Trump's endorsement for state attorney general. Matthew DePerno secured Trump's support Wednesday night. It could prove...

Trump backs Upton challenger, secretary of state candidate

Sep. 07, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump gave a boost to two Republican newcomers in Michigan, endorsing a challenger to longtime GOP Rep. Fred Upton and a secretary of state candidate — both of whom have pushed to audit the results of the state's presidential election. ...

After voters embraced mail ballots, GOP states tighten rules

Sep. 02, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

A monthslong campaign by the Republican Party, fueled in part by the false narrative of widespread fraud in last year's presidential election, has led to a wave of new voting laws that will tighten access to the ballot for millions of Americans. The restrictions...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Aug. 30, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

Detroit News. Aug. 28, 2021. Editorial: Get politics (and politicians) out of MSU athletic director search Meddling in the athletic departments of Michigan’s colleges is fine sport for state politicians. That’s particularly true at Michigan State...

Election officials face complex challenges looking to 2022

Aug. 15, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State election officials say they are confronting a myriad of challenges heading into the 2022 midterm elections, from threats of foreign interference and ransomware to changes of election laws and concerns of physical safety — all while still dealing with a wave...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Aug. 02, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

Detroit News. July 28, 2021. Editorial: Close loophole that’s flooding Whitmer with cash Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has become adept at finding legal loopholes to work around the state Legislature on budget matters and COVID-19 restrictions. Now she’s...

Grace period extended for Michigan license, plate renewals

Jul. 29, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers whose license or registration expires between April and week's end will have 120 additional days to renew it without being assessed late fees under new laws that also prohibit such fees broadly unless the secretary of state resumes letting people...

Autistic, hearing impaired in Michigan offered designation

Jul. 19, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

MASON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan residents with conditions that could impede communication with law enforcement such as deafness or autism can now apply to have a designation associated with their information that comes up on officers’ computer system during traffic stops. ...

Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case

Jul. 12, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge considering whether to order sanctions against some of former President Donald Trump's lawyers spent hours Monday drilling deeply into details about an unsuccessful lawsuit that challenged Michigan's 2020 election results. The lawsuit...