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EXPLAINER: 3 more on trial in Michigan governor kidnap plot

Oct. 02, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A scheme to kidnap Michigan's governor in 2020 will get yet another airing in a different court when three men face trial Monday, just weeks before voters consider whether to reelect Gretchen Whitmer to a second term. Fourteen men were arrested two years ago,...

Cha-ching! Biden embraces his election-year fundraising role

Oct. 01, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whenever a donor’s unsilenced cellphone goes off at a fundraiser while President Joe Biden is talking, he has the same joke ready to go: It’s Donald Trump on the other line. “If that’s Trump calling me again, tell him I’m busy,” Biden said at an event...

Michigan women fight to preserve abortion, 1 chat at a time

Oct. 01, 2022 00:50 AM EDT

UTICA, Mich. (AP) — At a wine bar in suburban Detroit, about a dozen women strategized about how to preserve the right to abortion in their state. This was not a typical political event; there were no microphones, no literature to hand out and few who would consider themselves...

Michigan Supreme Court takes major car insurance case

Sep. 29, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether major changes in car insurance law apply to people who were catastrophically injured before summer 2019. The case is being closely watched by insurers, health-care providers and long-term victims of...

Michigan Legislature $1B spending approval met with pushback

Sep. 29, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature this week added $1 billion in new spending to an already record-breaking $76 billion budget, a boost intended to attract large economic projects and meeting immediate pushback from several key Republicans. A majority of the $1 billion...

Michigan lawmakers approve early absentee ballot processing

Sep. 28, 2022 23:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials would begin processing absentee ballots two days before the Nov. 8 election under legislation approved Wednesday in hopes of avoiding delays in counting, with absentee voting expected to remain a popular option. Michigan is one of...

Abortion is a matter of 'freedom' for Biden and Democrats

Sep. 24, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The way President Joe Biden sees it, the overturning of Roe vs. Wade was not just about whether a woman has a right to obtain an abortion. “It’s about freedom,” Biden said at a private fundraiser in New York this past week. Vice President...

Michigan governor hopeful makes light of Whitmer kidnap plot

Sep. 23, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Michigan governor on Friday compared Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's policies to the 2020 plot to kidnap the Democratic incumbent, remarks that Democrats criticized as making light of a serious and dangerous crime. Tudor Dixon referred to...

Governors races take on new prominence, with higher stakes

Sep. 22, 2022 20:34 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Governors races often are overshadowed by the fight for control of Congress during midterm elections. But this fall, which candidate wins a state’s top executive post could be pivotal for the nation’s political future. With abortion rights, immigration...

Midwestern partnership backs hydrogen as clean energy source

Sep. 19, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Seven Midwestern states are teaming up to accelerate the development of hydrogen as a clean-energy alternative for automobiles and factories that rely largely on climate-warming fossil fuels, governors said Monday. The partnership includes Illinois,...