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    President Joe Biden and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) are underwater with likely Michigan voters months ahead of the 2022 election, where the governor is running for reelection and the president’s failed agenda items in Washington will be put to the test with voters. The poll, first reported by ABC12 News, showed that only 32 percent of likely Michigan voters have a positive view of Biden’s job as president. In comparison, an overwhelming majority (66 percent) gave the president a negative review of his job performance. Included in those numbers are 44 percent who said Biden is doing a “poor job” and 22 percent who said the president is “just fair.” Biden, who has now been in office for over a year, has been plagued with bad poll numbers for months after dealing with the consequences of poor decision-making, such as a supply chain crisis, record-high inflation, and the botched Afghanistan withdrawal. The respondents also gave a poor review to Whitmer, who is up for reelection. Only 45 percent of the respondents said they have a positive view of Whitmer, while a majority (52 percent) viewed the governor negatively. Three percent said they...
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is tied with Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig in Michigan’s race for governor, according to an internal polling memo released Thursday. The poll, conducted by ARW Strategies from January 4 to 6 among 800 general election voters, revealed Craig, a former Detroit police chief, is in an even race with Whitmer. Craig received 46.1 percent support compared with Whitmer’s 46 percent. While the Republican primary, slated for August 2, is currently packed with nearly a dozen candidates, the poll also revealed that in hypothetical head-to-head matchups with frontrunning candidates, Craig is the most competitive. (Facebook/Chief James Craig) Both businessman Kevin Rinke and chiropractor Garrett Soldano each trail Whitmer by seven points, while conservative media personality Tudor Dixon is ten points behind Whitmer. The Craig campaign said in the polling memo that the poll findings confirm “that Craig is the ONLY viable option to defeat Whitmer and continues to strongly outperform his Republican primary opponents.” The poll aligns with the findings from another recent poll, conducted by WDIV and the...
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) holds a nearly ten-point lead over her closest Republican competitor, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, in Michigan’s 2022 race for governor, according to a poll published Tuesday. The poll, conducted on behalf of WDIV and the Detroit News from January 3 to 7, found that in a hypothetical gubernatorial matchup against Craig, Whitmer leads by 9.5 percent, garnering 48.6 percent support compared to Craig’s 39.1 percent. Undecided voters account for 11.7 percent. While Whitmer enjoys an almost double-digit lead in that matchup, and even greater leads in hypothetical matchups against other Republican candidates, poll respondents did not overwhelmingly support the Democrat governor when she became the only option. Asked if respondents would vote to reelect Whitmer or “someone new,” a plurality, or 41.1 percent, opted for someone new, while 39.9 percent said they would reelect Whitmer. Another 12.2 percent said their vote would depend on who is running against Whitmer. The poll also revealed that Whitmer’s approval rating has seen a spike, which WDIV credits to independent voters shifting 45 points in favor of Whitmer’s job...
                 Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the annual State of the State address remotely, according to a release from her office. The top executive detailed the event, scheduled for January 26, will be held virtually “to ensure everyone can safely partake” during the coronavirus pandemic. “The State of the State address is a tradition rooted in history. It is an opportunity for Michiganders to hear about the work of state government and see Republicans and Democrats come together to focus on the issues that will put Michigan families, communities, and small businesses first. This year, we’ve agreed that the State of the State address should once again be held remotely to ensure everyone can safely partake in this time-honored event,” Whitmer said in a joint statement with House Speaker Jason Wentworth. In recent weeks, the state has witnessed a spike in positive coronavirus cases, as health officials point to the prominence of the Omicron variant as fuel for the high case count. However, studies have suggested that the new variant poses less risk for severe illness and hospitalization....
    A new Michigan poll suggested that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s job performance has improved in voters’ minds. The WDIV/Detroit News poll sampled 600 people via phone calls to find that 56.2% said they approve of Whitmer’s job performance, with 38.7% saying they disapprove. The poll also showed independent voters view Whitmer favorably by a margin of 49% favorable to 32.9% unfavorable. Results indicate an improvement in how Whitmer is viewed by her constituents since fall 2021 when nearly 44% of Michiganders disapproved, according to WDIV. WATCH: GOV. DESANTIS DUBS FLORIDA 'ROCK OF FREEDOM' IN STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS Communications Director for the Michigan Republican Party Gustavo Portela took to Twitter to call the poll’s bluff. “There's nothing in the latest poll Whitmer should be celebrating,” Portela tweeted. “Gretchen Whitmer is not only vulnerable but on her way out.” There's nothing in the latest poll Whitmer should be celebrating:✅Still loses re-election to a generic Republican✅She's "ridin' with Biden", who is deeply unpopular✅Right track/wrong track in the wrong direction Gretchen Whitmer is not only...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) imposed some of the most aggressive coronavirus orders of any governor on her residents as cases began surging last year, but in 2021, the Democrat governor repeatedly failed to follow her own guidance. Whitmer’s various transgressions, such as violating her own restaurant capacity mandate and traveling to Florida and then discouraging travel, occurred in the wake of a slew of stringent mandates she implemented in 2020 and 2021. Whitmer’s executive orders began in spring 2020, when she locked down her state almost entirely, shuttering schools and businesses and prohibiting people from leaving their homes except for “necessary” reasons like exercising and grocery shopping. In June 2020, more than two months after her initial orders were implemented, she lifted some restrictions but slow-walked allowing businesses to open at full capacity. On top of closures and restrictions, Whitmer also issued a strict mask mandate in July 2020, requiring everyone over the age of four to cover their faces when inside public spaces or outside and unable to maintain distance from others. Not until June 2021, more than a full year after her initial...
    Problems continue to pile up for federal prosecutors in the lead up to the March 8 trial for the five men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Prosecutors confirmed in mid-December they would not call on three FBI agents closely linked to the investigation due to allegations of personal and professional misconduct. Also in December, a key undercover informant involved in the case was charged with fraud in an unrelated case in Wisconsin. In a pair of explosive filings submitted on Christmas Day and on Wednesday, defense attorneys presented evidence they said proves the FBI and its confidential informants "conceived and controlled every aspect" of the plot to kidnap Whitmer. "These defendants had no desire whatsoever to kidnap anyone," the defense attorneys said in their filing. The defendants, members of the Three Percenters and Wolverine Watchmen anti-government militia groups, would have never plotted to kidnap Whitmer and blow up a bridge near her home had they not been entrapped by overzealous government agents, the defense attorneys argued in the filing. They also...
    Five men associated with the far-right Wolverine Watchmen militia group have asked a judge to dismiss charges of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after claiming that the FBI fabricated the plan and tried to trap them in the conspiracy.  Barry Croff, 44, Adam Fox, 40, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, 23, and Brandon Caserta were arrested on October 8, 2020 after allegedly hatched the plot because they were upset with Whitmer's COVID-19 restrictions. All five men are currently in custody. According to a federal complaint, they planned to snatch Whitmer from her vacation home and secret her away in an undisclosed location.    'The government initiated this case, despite the fact that it knew there was no plan to kidnap, no operational plan, and no details about how a kidnapping would occur or what would happen afterward,' defense lawyer Scott Graham wrote in his 20-page motion.  The attorneys claimed in their December 25 filing that if it weren't for an FBI informant embedded with the group, known only as 'Dan', who encouraged the plot and promised to fund it through...
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                 Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday resolved a campaign finance complaint against Governor Gretchen Whitmer, ruling the governor did not violate campaign finance laws. The original complaint, filed by the Michigan Freedom Fund, alleged that Whitmer used threat of a recall to collect campaign donations beyond the established individual limits. However, no recall attempt materialized into a credible challenge, making the donations illegal. Whitmer’s campaign collected as much as $250,000 from different donors, including Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. According to conservatives, Benson’s decision allows Whitmer to benefit from illegal actions. “Today’s ruling by the Democratic Secretary of State is about winning her own election – not upholding the rule of law. Benson is encouraging partisans to file recalls in order to game the system and raise unlimited campaign funds,” said Tori Sachs, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund. While Benson’s order does not require the governor to return the money to individuals, it does allow Whitmer’s campaign to release the funds to other campaign operations. Instead of distributing the money to help other political figures...
                 Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill to enact a bipartisan measure to fund the state’s emergency response system until December 2027. House Bill 5026, sponsored by state Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland), will allow the state to modernize its system to better its GPS location service to pinpoint the location of calls made from mobile phones. According to the National Emergency Number Association, at least 80 percent of all emergency calls in some areas are placed from a mobile phone. “Maintaining and expanding public safety is a responsibility of our government,” said Governor Whitmer. “When an emergency occurs, our state’s first responders are ready to take action. Funding our state’s critical 9-1-1 services is necessary to equip our state in times of need.” Furthermore, an updated system would allow individuals to utilize text messaging service if they are unable to audibly call the 911 operators. “911 is too vital of a service. We obviously couldn’t just let it expire,” Calley said. “Not only do the reforms we made extend 911, we’re also taking steps to expand access to Next...
    The terrorist threat that far-right White nationalist groups and militia extremists pose in the United States was painfully evident when, in October 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that six arrests had been made in connection with a foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The extremists, after kidnapping Whitmer, planned to subject her to a bogus “trial” and execute her if found guilty. That kidnapping trial is scheduled to begin on March 8, 2022. But BuzzFeed News reporters Ken Bensinger and Jessica Garrison, in an article published on December 16, emphasize that there have been plenty of complications with the FBI’s case. Some of those complications involve an FBI agent who played a major role in the investigation: Jayson Chambers, who according to Bensinger and Garrison, “incorporated a private security firm” and “spent much of 2019 trying to drum up business — in part by touting his FBI casework.” “A continuing BuzzFeed News investigation reveals new information about how Chambers' business, along with an array of issues involving other FBI agents and informants, has bedeviled the...
                 Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday sent a letter to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, requesting special elections to fill multiple legislative vacancies. According to Whitmer, elections are needed to ensure that all residents of the states are equally represented in government. “As a state, it is critical that we take the appropriate steps to ensure that all Michiganders are fairly, justly, and equitably represented at all levels of government,” said Whitmer. “By calling a special election, we can ensure that those vacant seats are filled and that the constituents of 36th, 43rd, and 74th districts have a democratically elected representative working for their best interests in Lansing.” Both State Senators Doug Wozniak (R-Shelby Township) and Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) left their positions when they won a special election for a position in the Michigan Senate. The lawmakers represented the 36th and the 74th district, respectively. The 43rd district was left open by the passing of Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Township), following a battle with stomach cancer. “The Department of State stands ready to work with local and county election officials...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) faces a statewide hospital crowding crisis as roughly 85 percent of both Michigan’s inpatient and intensive care unit (ICU) hospital beds were occupied at the time of the state’s latest PPE and Bed Tracking data release. Of the states 22,745 inpatient hospital beds, 19,233 were occupied, accounting for 84.5 percent of Michigan’s total inpatient beds. The data, released on November 24, shows just 3,512 inpatient hospital beds were available statewide. Moreover, 2,651 of Michigan’s 3,114 ICU beds were occupied, accounting for 85.1 percent of intensive care beds statewide. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, released on November 28, reveals that Whitmer’s state has the second-highest coronavirus case rate in the country over the previous seven-day period. Michigan tallied 388.6 cases per 100,000 people, coming in behind only Minnesota, which had 426 cases per 100,000 people. Dr. Darryl Elmouchi is the president of Spectrum Health, which is western Michigan’s most extensive hospital system, according to the Detroit Free Press. Elmouchi explained that Spectrum typically takes up to 50 patients from smaller hospitals daily,...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature this month that would have prohibited the state from fining a business the first time it violated coronavirus orders. Whitmer reasoned in her veto notice, dated November 11, that granting the one-time forgiveness waiver to Michigan businesses would be a violation of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and that House Bill 4501 would therefore “have disastrous consequences” for the state. “By prohibiting the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration (MIOSHA) from assessing a fine for an employer’s first violation of a COVID-19 emergency standard, HB 4501 would cause Michigan to fall below the minimum standard required by federal law, including 29 C.F.R. § 1902.37(12),” Whitmer wrote. “That would have disastrous consequences for our state.” Elaborating on said consequences, Whitmer stated that “when a state fails to maintain the minimum standard, it loses control over enforcement of workplace standards. That would mean higher penalties, an end to voluntary safety outreach services, and the loss of Michigan stakeholder voices in our occupational health and safety program.” “I will not...
              more   Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Friday vetoed a bill passed by the Michigan State Legislature, which would eliminate some penalties imposed on businesses that violated strict COVID-19 orders. House Bill 4501, introduced by State Representative Tim Beson (R-Bay City), would have forgiven fines for first-time violations. According to a report from The Detroit News, more than 500 businesses throughout the state were docked by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). Whitmer argued that the state must enforce its rules, specifically relating to its workplace safety program. “When a state fails to maintain the minimum standard, it loses control over enforcement of workplace standards,” she wrote when explaining the veto decision. “That would mean higher penalties, an end to voluntary safety outreach services, and the loss of Michigan stakeholder voices in our occupational health and safety program. I will not allow that to happen.” Notably, Whitmer has been caught violating her own COVID-19 restrictions several times and was forced to apologize. However, critics claim that the added regulations were a burden on small businesses and the...
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel apologized Wednesday for drinking too much alcohol at a college football tailgate party last month in Lansing, Michigan. A Facebook post from Nessel, a Democrat who is an alumna of the University of Michigan, said she had attended a football game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and got sick after drinking two Bloody Marys. "I laid low for a while, but my friends recommended that I leave so as to prevent me from vomiting on any of my constituents (polling consistently shows 'Roman showers' to be unpopular among most demographics)," Nessel said in the post Wednesday. "I had a few folks help me up the stairs and someone grabbed a wheelchair so as to prevent me from stumbling in the parking lot. Like all smart people attending festivities where drinking occurs, I had a designated driver. I went home, fell asleep on the couch, and my wife threw some blankets on me and provided me with some water and Tylenol for what she knew would be a skull-crushing hangover...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) vetoed Republican-sponsored school choice bills passed by both the state House and Senate that would have helped low-income families obtain scholarships they could use to leave failing neighborhood public schools. In her veto letter Friday, Whitmer called the legislation a “catastrophic failure,” according to a report at mlive.com: Simply put, our schools cannot provide the high-quality education our kids deserve if we turn private schools into tax shelters for the wealthy. The movement to privatize education in this state has been a catastrophic failure, causing Michigan students to fall behind the rest of the nation. The legislation would have allowed Michigan students to apply for scholarships based on family income, or for a disability, or if they were in foster care. When we divert public funds to private schools, we undermine the entire public education system. Weve got to prioritize investing in our public schools, so every kid in America gets a fair shot. Thats why I oppose vouchers. #Espinoza — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 23, 2020 In ripping the legislation, Whitmer and her administration...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has reportedly burned notes and destroyed emails from a coronavirus probe targeting the City of Port Huron for violating state rules. According to the Detroit News, state Inspector Matthew Hartman of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) fined the City of Port Huron $6,300 after visiting on July 21 due to a complaint. The complaint reportedly alleged the city violated the state’s coronavirus rules. Hartman apparently fined the city without “witnessing anyone not wearing a mask” or “violating” coronavirus rules. Hartman reportedly claimed “employees he interviewed saw violations.” The city believes the fines were not lawful due to the Michigan Supreme Court previously ruling Gretchen Whitmer executive orders related to the enforced rule were unconstitutional. “When asked about notes he took during the investigation and interviews, Hartman said he burned them,” the News reported about Hartman questioned in a deposition by a city attorney. “The inspector also said he destroyed emails from his supervisor regarding the case.” It is unknown why the notes and emails were disposed of. U.S. President Joe Biden hugs Michigan Governor Gretchen...
                        A Monday Detroit News report claims that an employee of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) who works for the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) admitted to burning public documents in a deposition. MOISHA was attempting to fine the city of Port Huron for violations under some of Whitmer’s COVID-19 mandates, which have now been rendered unconstitutional. The burned documents were reportedly related to hefty fines and violations that MOISHA attempted to impose on the city. One week after the deposition, MIOSHA suddenly dropped the fines against the city. Now, some are questioning the suspicious timing of the dropped charges. “Gretchen Whitmer spent months violating her own COVID orders while deploying state officials to target and fine everyday Michiganders doing their best to survive a global pandemic,” said Tori Sachs, executive director of The Michigan Freedom Fund in a Monday press release. “Newly uncovered legal evidence has revealed that Whitmer’s team has been deleting emails and literally burning public records. Whitmer should apologize and immediately rescind and dismiss every one...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed three bills Friday aimed at tightening voter ID laws in the highly competitive state. Whitmer, a Democrat, said the trio of GOP-backed bills would have made it harder for people without state IDs to vote in the elections and that they largely affected people of color. “These bills would disproportionately harm communities of color. ... Non-white voters were about five times more likely to lack access to ID on election day than white voters,” Whitmer wrote in a letter to the state Senate Friday. “Voter restrictions that produce such a racially disparate impact must never become law in this state.” MICHIGAN STATE POLICE FIND ELECTION EQUIPMENT AFTER IT DISAPPEARS IN ACTIVE INVESTIGATION The first bill, Senate Bill 303 , would eliminate the option for those without identification to submit an affidavit to vote. Senate Bill 304 would require voters who used provisional ballots to establish their identification within six days. In Michigan, more than 11,400 people voted via provisional ballot in the 2020 election, according to the Associated Press. ...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D., was caught going maskless in a bar during her trip to Washington, D.C. Tuesday night, breaking Mayor Muriel Bowser's indoor mask mandate and continuing her tradition of breaking COVID-19 policies. Whitmer was caught on video without a face covering at the crowded bar at the Hotel Washington. Hotel policy states individuals should be wearing a mask at the bar when they are not actively eating or drinking. Whitmer appeared to be doing neither. Yet several people around her were complying and wearing their masks, the Washington Free Beacon reported. She later canceled her scheduled appearance with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.  Worse, critics noted she was partying maskless while residents in Benton Harbor, Mich., are dealing with a contaminated water supply amid a lead pipe crisis. U.S. President Joe Biden greets Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer as he arrives in Traverse City, Michigan, U.S., July 3, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts) MI RESTAURANT OWNER SLAMS ‘SHOCKING’ DOUBLE STANDARD GOV. WHITMER "Governor Whitmer broke her own rule? That would be shocking except that we've seen...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was spotted maskless at a swanky bar in Washington, DC, on Friday, the day before she skipped out on a campaign event for former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), according to photos that emerged this week. The photos, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, show Whitmer mingling at the pricey Vue rooftop bar at the Hotel Washington without wearing a mask, a violation of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) indoor mask mandate. The bar, located right by the White House, has large windows but is enclosed and requires its customers wear masks when they are not actively eating or drinking. The Beacon noted that “Whitmer was not doing either while maskless. Several individuals standing near the governor were wearing masks.” latest: before bailing on a campaign event for @TerryMcAuliffe on Saturday, @gretchenwhitmer was spotted maskless at a swanky bar in D.C. Friday night, as seen in photos sent to the Free Beaconhttps://t.co/odgm1JqRMM — Alex Nester (@alexmnester) October 25, 2021 Whitmer had planned to knock on doors in Arlington County, Virginia, on Saturday on behalf of McAuliffe — who is...
                      by Scott McClallen  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2022 campaign funds have grown to about $12.6 million after raking in $3.1 million between July 21 and Oct. 20. The Democratic governor has continued claiming an exemption to accept contributions above the state-imposed limit of $7,150 from an individual throughout the entire election cycle. Whitmer’s campaign says it can do this, citing a loophole by which donors may exceed campaign funding limits if their candidate of choice is facing a recall election. Despite several past recalls against the governor over the past three years, none are currently active. The GOP has challenged this strategy in court, where an Oct. 13 court filing suggests roughly $3.4 million in excess donations must be returned or given to a charity since no recalls are active. New large contributions include Whitmer’s father, Richard Whitmer ($40,000), billionaire George Soros ($25,000), and Vice-Chair of the Detroit Pistons Arn Tellem ($25,000). Gustavo Portela, communications director of the Michigan Republican Party, criticized Whitmer’s excess contributions. The actual contribution limits only apply to candidates not named...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was silent after agitators tampered with an Enbridge pipeline following her public calls to shut it down. Anti-energy activists appeared to trespass on Enbridge property in Tuscola County to use a pipe wrench on an emergency shutoff valve Tuesday: BREAKING: a water protector in Michigan took action to stop oil flow on Line 5, an @Enbridge pipeline, while the band Only Lucky Once played a show nearby. From the valve turner: “I know my life is in danger from the risk of a spill and from the contributions to climate change.” pic.twitter.com/xXCi5yl4HY — Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) October 19, 2021 A singer from a band called “Only Lucky Once” jammed on a guitar nearby as an agitator in a neon vest and hard hat tampered with the equipment behind a “High Pressure Piping – High Voltage – No Trespassing” sign. Whitmer has sparked a fight with the Canadian government after she ordered the Line 5 pipe closed, alleging it is illegally on...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to veto legislation driven by Republicans in the state that would allow children to qualify for scholarships to attend private schools, with educational expenses such as tutoring being covered by taxpayer dollars. The fast-tracked bills, introduced less than a week ago, would let individual and corporate taxpayers claim a 100% credit against their income taxes for donations to nonprofit organizations, which would send money to eligible students’ education savings accounts. GARLAND EXPECTED TO FACE INTENSE QUESTIONING ON CONTROVERSIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMO, OTHER ONGOING CRISES "The Michigan Constitution sets up a system of school funding designed to ensure the quality of free public education in Michigan," said Whitmer spokesman Bobby Leddy, according to the Detroit Free Press. Leddy also said the legislation allows for "the diversion of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars annually to private institutions." FILE - In this July 12, 2021, file photo Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a vaccine mobilization event in Detroit. Gov. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) "Michiganders are tired of the attempts to force a Betsy...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) campaign may have to return or donate $3.4 million in contributions collected beyond the state’s typical donor limits by January, according to a new court case. Whitmer may have to return or donate $3.4 million of her campaign contributions due to donations exceeding the standard $7,150 limit for individuals in Michigan. Otherwise, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s “recall exception” is illegal, the Michigan Republican Party argues in a lawsuit filed against Benson. Michigan law states that $7,150 is the maximum contribution candidates can receive from a given donor during an election cycle. However, officeholders facing a recall effort are excepted from the maximum, and are allowed to collect donations with no limit. Whitmer is not currently facing a recall, so her campaign is restricted to the $7,150 contribution limit. The secretary of state’s court filing responds to a Michigan Republican Party federal court lawsuit which challenged the Democrat incumbent’s alleged violation of the state’s campaign finance laws. Lawyers for Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office are reportedly working on the case for Benson. The filing noted that if...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) may be forced to return millions in campaign contributions that exceeded individual donation limits, a court filing hinted this week. Whitmer recently collected some donations as high as $250,000 — blowing past the $7,150 individual limit — by claiming she was under threat of recall. No real recall threat ever materialized. In fact, the chief proponent, Chad Baase, recently revealed that he moved to California. The allegedly illegal contributions, totaling $3.4 million, are the subject of a lawsuit by the Michigan Republican Party, which seeks to force Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) to make Whitmer give up the funds. “The governor would be required to disgorge any contributions received in excess of the MCFA (Michigan Campaign Finance Act) limits at that time — months before even the April 19, 2022 deadline for Republican gubernatorial candidates to file their nominating petitions,” Benson’s filing said, the Detroit Metro Times reported. Dubbing it Whitmer’s “$100,000 Club,” Michigan Freedom Fund said in a September complaint with...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is scrambling to contain a growing scandal after she promised to remove lead from drinking water in Benton Harbor within five years. Benton Harbor, a community of about 9,600 residents in Southwest Michigan, has been struggling to deal with the poison in the water, and after negative national media attention, Whitmer this week vowed an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to dealing with the problem. “Every Michigander deserves safe drinking water, and every community deserves lead-free pipes,” Whitmer said Thursday, WSGW reported. “We will not rest until the job is done and every parent feels confident to give their kid a glass of water knowing that it is safe.” Benton Harbor has been affected with lead issues since 2018 — the entirety of Whitmer’s term. The governor ordered bottled water to be distributed to the community, but the Detroit News reported the state did not do enough to warn residents about the present dangers: State and city officials treated Benton Harbor’s drinking water with a corrosion...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is reorganizing agencies providing services to the elderly, as an auditor general report on coronavirus-related nursing home deaths looms. The new Michigan Health and Aging Services Administration will reportedly provide better communication between agencies with the goal of increasing efficiency. ABC 12 reported: Whitmer announced the new Health and Aging Services Administration on Thursday, which combines the former Aging and Adult Services Agency and Medical Services Administration. She said the move will create more collaboration on programs targeting aging adults. “Older Michiganders deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and by dedicating resources at the state level, we can ensure they have the resources they need to have a secure retirement, access to high-quality healthcare, attainable, affordable housing, and more,” Whitmer claimed. Those 60 and older comprise 25 percent of the state’s population, according to MLive. While Whitmer claimed that elderly individuals “deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” state Auditor General Doug Ringler is investigating the number of nursing home...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has vowed to veto an election integrity bill that would require a voter casting an absentee ballot to prove their identity. Senate Bills 303 and 304, approved by the Michigan House of Representatives, would “require anyone who casts an absentee ballot or votes in person on Election Day to provide identification.” A related piece of legislation, House Bill 5007 removes the current $10 fee to obtain a state ID. “A consistent requirement for all voters to present an ID before receiving a ballot protects the voter and ensures they have a voice with their vote,” state Rep. Ann Bollin (R), one of the champions of the effort, said in a statement. “Providing free ID cards will ensure that every eligible voter can readily access a ballot and provide certainty that they can cure their ballot.” “As a former clerk, I fully understand what is involved in administering elections. I can assure you we do have checks and balances in our elections, but I...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) kept up the victim routine in her latest campaign fundraising email, claiming Betsy DeVos has it out for her. This summer, Whitmer made false claims in another email, asserting DeVos was planning a run against her, forcing DeVos to deny such a plan. “DeVos is a threat to public education and the future of our state, and we need to be ready to counter her billionaire-funded campaign,” Whitmer said in an August email to supporters. “It’s almost comical that she [Whitmer] hears an unsubstantiated rumor and hits the panic button,” DeVos, a Michigan native, told the Detroit News. “She thinks she’s in an all-out war.” Even though the former secretary of education repeatedly denied a campaign for governor, Whitmer is again using DeVos as a foil to raise money for her embattled reelection campaign. “There are already an array of extremists running to try and secure the Republican nomination for governor, and while we’re building a team that can win this tossup race,...
    Critics are pouncing on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer after Ford announced it will spend $11.4billion to build electric vehicle plants in states with friendlier regulatory climates. The U.S. automobile maker is breaking away from its historic headquarters to build two 'massive' campuses in Tennessee and Kentucky. The sites are expected to generate 11,000 new jobs. While the news was celebrated by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee – who called it ‘a watershed moment for Tennesseans’ – and his Kentucky counterpart, it didn’t go fare well for Whitmer, who was chastised for failing to bid on the lucrative project. ‘It was a shock, and I’m extremely disappointed,’ Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Michigan) told Bloomberg. ‘The key question is: How did this happen on Governor Whitmer’s watch? And what is it about Governor Whitmer’s economic policies that has Ford looking out of state?’ Ford plans to spend $11.4billion building new electric vehicle plants in Tennessee (pictured in an artist's rendition) and Kentucky. The sites are expected to generate 11,000 new jobs Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is being criticized for not landing the lucrative deals...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) hinted Tuesday she may follow President Joe Biden’s lead and support a coronavirus vaccine mandate in the state. Whitmer was asked about the federal mandate for federal government employees and employers with 100 or more workers, and the Democrat incumbent did not indicate any concern. In fact, she said she would follow Biden’s lead. “We’re still waiting for the Department of Labor on the federal level to promulgate the rules, and then we will have to do the same at the state level, but we’re waiting on the feds because that’s who made the rule change. We get to see how it’s going to be applied and then we’ve got to work with all of our stakeholders here in Michigan to make sure that it’s very clear so people can get into compliance,” Whitmer told Fox 17. Whitmer’s comments seem to be an escalation from previous remarks when she refused to say if she would agree to Biden’s demand to impose a statewide...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) lashed out at fellow leftist Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after his government bypassed her to ensure an energy pipeline continues operating. Whitmer has sought to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5, which runs from Canada through Michigan to refineries in the Midwest. If Whitmer is successful, energy disruptions and price increases would be inevitable, analysts say. The Michigan governor revoked Enbridge’s easement for its pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, and now claims the pipe is trespassing on Michigan property. She has threatened to seize the company’s profits. Despite Whitmer issuing the order to shut down the pipeline, the company ignored Whitmer’s order. The dispute is currently in the court system, with U.S. District Judge for Western Michigan Janet Neff deciding if the pipeline is an issue for state or federal court. But, Trudeau’s government has supported continuing the pipe’s operation as it has for decades. On Monday, the Canadian government “formally invoked … through diplomatic channels” a treaty between it and the United States, the...
                        President Joe Biden (D) visited a union training center in Howell, Michigan on Tuesday to rally support for his “infrastructure” plan alongside Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). Whitmer posted on Twitter her support for Biden’s multi-trillion spending behemoth shortly before the president’s visit: As the fix the damn roads governor, I’m excited to work with you on this, @POTUS. Let’s get it done. https://t.co/NnFpTPFyqH — Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) October 5, 2021 “As the fix the damn roads governor, I’m excited to work with you on this, @POTUS. Let’s get it done,” Whitmer said. Biden’s infrastructure plan stalled in Congress this week, despite a promised vote from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D). Biden visited the district of U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08), a vulnerable Democrat whose political career could be in jeopardy depending on a redistricting process currently underway. “Rep. Slotkin has decided to throw her political career to Biden’s agenda instead of the needs of her constituency,” said Eric Ventimiglia, executive director for Michigan Rising Action. During...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) used her veto powers to quash four bipartisan election integrity bills over the weekend, claiming the bills “suppress the vote” or “perpetuate the ‘Big Lie.’” Whitmer vetoed House Bills 4837, 4838, 4492, and 4528, ceremoniously announcing her decision during the annual Detroit NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Whitmer claimed during the dinner that a “coordinated attack on voting rights” exists that “is designed to systematically disenfranchise black voters, communities of colors, older voters, college kids,” per local outlet Fox 2’s video of the event. The four bills passed the state’s Republican-controlled House and Senate with substantial support from House Democrats and support from one Senate Democrat. The two bills with the most Democrat support received yes votes from roughly half of the 52-member House Democrat caucus. Whitmer stated in her veto letter, “Enrolled House Bills 4837, 4838, and 4492 attempt to suppress the vote or perpetuate the ‘Big Lie’: the calculated disinformation campaign to discredit the 2020 election. I will have no part in any effort that grants an ounce of credence to this deception, so injurious to our democracy.” Rev. Wendell...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Sunday vetoed four election integrity bills the legislature passed to improve training for election clerks and increase database security. Pandering to a “captive audience,” Whitmer rejected the bills during a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People dinner in Detroit. Democrats argue election integrity legislation discriminates against black people, though recent polling found some provisions, such as requiring an ID to vote, are popular with that voting bloc. The bills, part of a 39-bill package making its way through the legislature, “would limit who can access Qualified Voter File, prohibit poll books from being connected to the internet, require specific training for poll challengers and change how municipalities decide where to hold polling locations,” Mlive reported when they passed on Thursday. Democrats opposed the integrity efforts, claiming they would “confuse voters about the security of Michigan’s elections,” according to the Detroit Free Press. Whitmer used the dinner to veto the bills and to threaten to ax the rest. “Just last Thursday,...
                        The Michigan Senate passed a series of election integrity bills on Thursday, sending them to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) desk for a predicted veto. The bills, part of a 39-bill package making its way through the legislature, “would limit who can access Qualified Voter File, prohibit poll books from being connected to the internet, require specific training for poll challengers and change how municipalities decide where to hold polling locations,” Mlive reported. The bills passed mostly on a party-line vote, with a lone Democrat in favor. State Rep. Ann Bollin (R-Brighton), chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee and former township clerk, said the bills “make common-sense changes that have broad, bipartisan support.” “I’m committed to strengthening our elections by making meaningful reforms that protect the vote, advance democracy and instill voter confidence in the elections,” Bollin said in a news release. “The changes we’ve put forward will help provide continuity and additional support for clerks to ensure future elections run more smoothly.” Democrats opposed the integrity...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Wednesday vetoed over $16 million in funds in the new state budget allocated to programs promoting adoption over abortion. Whitmer, a staunch abortion proponent, nixed spending “that either prohibits pregnancy service programs from providing referrals for abortions or would be allocated to programs aimed at steering pregnant people toward abortion alternatives,” according to Mlive. The Democrat axed “a $10 million appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Services for encouraging adoptions as an alternative to abortion, as well as $3 million for a maternal navigator program for referrals and pregnancy services in geographically diverse areas, $1.5 million for grants to pregnancy resource centers and $50,000 tied to language prohibiting use of state dollars to fund elective abortions.” Whitmer also canceled $1 million allotted to helping pregnant students at Michigan colleges and universities. The measures are contained in a state budget approved by the Republican Legislature and Whitmer, but the governor has the power to strike individual expenditures through a line-item veto....
                        Homicides in Michigan rose a dramatic 31 percent in 2020, above the national average, amid Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) coronavirus lockdowns that forced residents out of work and children out of schools. The numbers posted both statewide and in Detroit are above national averages. “Nationally, homicides were up nearly 30 percent compared to 2019, and up 31 percent in Michigan, marking the largest annual increase in over 3 decades,” WXYZ reported. According to the FBI, 44 percent of the murders occurred in Detroit, which also saw a 10.25 percent increase in violent crimes in 2020, the Detroit News said. “The rise in violent crime is real and it’s troubling,” Detroit Police Chief James White told WXYZ. White recently took over for James Craig, who is using his police record as a launching pad to run for governor. “There’s an uptick in violent crime around the country as well as the City of Detroit. There’s a number of factors that contribute to that uptick.” “I think anytime the homicide...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) chief medical advisor is hitting the exit amid the latest coronavirus surge in the state. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, a deputy director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Whitmer’s point person in the virus, is leaving for a job in the private sector, the Iron Mountain Daily News reported. Khaldun will be replaced by a bureaucrat who temporarily left her state job to work for the World Health Organization. Via the paper: She will be replaced at least temporarily by Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, an infectious diseases expert at the state Department of Health and Human Services who oversaw COVID-19 testing strategy. Bagdasarian, who will take over on Oct. 1, most recently has been on sabbatical to work with the World Health Organization on coronavirus planning. “At the height of COVID-19, we stood side by side to keep our state safe through one of the most difficult periods in our lives,” Whitmer said. Khaldun’s exit comes as cases are rising in...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) refused to say if she would agree to President Joe Biden’s (D) demand to impose a statewide coronavirus vaccine mandate. Whitmer, facing slumping polls showing her reelection prospects threatened by multiple Republican opponents, including James Craig and Tudor Dixon, sidestepped a question by Fox 2 about if Biden would “like that to be the case in Michigan.” “The president would love to see more people get vaccinated. We’re all on the same page when it comes to that. But the fact of the matter is, there are different tools that the federal government has than those which we have at the state level,” she said. Whitmer’s sidestep is not in line with previous statements made by the governor. When asked about broad mandates in August, Whitmer explicitly stated that there were no plans to implement the measure. “There are no plans to do any broad mandates. Those who were uneasy because of the early use authorization status of the vaccine maybe now will...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is refusing to challenge President Joe Biden (D) about the surge of illegal aliens at the southern border, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) claimed Monday. The group, which views the Michigan governor’s race as one of its top priorities in 2022, noted 26 Republican governors have requested a meeting with Biden “to demand the end to the crisis at the border” and added Whitmer “refuses to acknowledge the crisis.” “The negative impacts of an unenforced border policy on the American people can no longer be ignored,” the governors wrote in their request. “Border apprehensions are up almost 500% compared to last year, totaling more than 1.3 million — more people than the populations of nine U.S. states.” “While governors are doing what we can, our Constitution requires that the President must faithfully execute the immigration laws passed by Congress. Not only has the federal government created a crisis, it has left our states to deal with challenges that only the federal government has...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is running neck-and-neck with relatively unknown Republican opponents, according to a poll released Monday. Strategic National — a firm working for Republican James Craig — found its client trailing the incumbent by less than one point among likely voters, 46.6 percent to 46 percent, Breitbart News reported. Meanwhile, Whitmer was 4.6 points ahead of another challenger, former steel foundry sales executive and television news host Tudor Dixon, 45.9 percent to 41.3 percent. Craig is seemingly the frontrunner in the GOP primary contest, according to the poll. Almost 40 percent of respondents detailed that they would support the former Detroit police chief, while the next closest challenger only gathered 9.9 percent of the support. “The Michigan Governor’s race is now a tossup between Governor Whitmer and Republican conservative Chief James Craig as the Republicans prepare to gather on Mackinac Island this weekend,” said Strategic National CEO John Yob. Independents in Michigan turned sharply against Whitmer and President Joe Biden, according to another poll released...
    A Tuesday poll revealed that former Detroit Police Chief and Michigan gubernatorial candidate James Craig holds a six point lead over Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the upcoming 2022 election. The Trafalgar Group’s poll showed that Craig holds 50.2% of favorability among potential Michigan general election voters, while Whitmer stands at 44.4%. A smaller percentage of voters, 5.2%, were undecided. Over half of the voters surveyed, 53.45%, were affiliated with the Democratic Party, 35% with the Republican Party and the other 11% as Independent, according to the poll. An overwhelming majority, 81.6%, were white and over one-third fell between the ages of 45-64. Approximately a quarter of participants were 65 years or older, 14.2% 25-32 years, 13.8% ranging from 35-44 years and only 7.6% ranging from 18-24 years of age. The poll surveyed 1,097 respondents between Sept. 13-15 with a 2.96% margin of error and 1.46% response rate. The Trafalgar Group surveyed the participants through live calls, integrated voice responses, text messages, emails and two other public digital methods not shared publicly, according to their site. #MIGovernor race – Possible...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is trailing Republican challenger James Craig in the governor’s race, a Trafalgar Group survey released Tuesday found. “If Gretchen Whitmer and James Craig were the candidates for Governor in the 2022 general election, for whom would you vote?” the survey asked, showing the former Detroit police chief leading the radically left governor by six percentage points, 50.4 percent to 44.4 percent: #MIGovernor race – Possible ‘22 matchup has Craig leading Whitmer – according to @trafalgar_group #poll of likely ‘22 MI statewide general election voters (conducted 9/13-15).@ChiefJECraigDPD 50.4%,@GovWhitmer 44.4%,Undecided 5.2%, See Report: https://t.co/xfr2pubmIg pic.twitter.com/OOkO4GBaKK — The Trafalgar Group (@trafalgar_group) September 21, 2021 Notably, Democrats comprise a greater portion of the respondents — 53.4 percent. Republicans make up 35 percent of respondents, and independents comprise 11.6 percent. The survey, taken September 13-15, 2021, among 1,097 likely general election voters, has a margin of error of +/- 2.96 percent. The findings coincide with a pair of internal polls showing Whitmer and Craig neck-and-neck in the Michigan governor’s race. As Breitbart News reported: The polls, both conducted by...
                        Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and President Joe Biden’s approval numbers continue to decline throughout the state, according to a poll commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber. After analyzing 600 registered voters, the results of the poll conducted by the Glengariff Group detail that Michiganders are split on Whitmer’s job performance, but the majority of voters believe the economy is on the wrong track. By a margin of 47.9 percent to 46.3 percent, Michigan voters very narrowly approve of the performance of Governor Whitmer, a sharp decline of the numbers Whitmer held earlier this year. Specifically, the governor’s performance with “independent” voters has heavily dropped. With the majority of independents disapproving of Whitmer, her odds at an additional term could face an uphill battle. “Michigan elections are decided by independent voters and how she does with these independent voters moving forward will really dictate her performance in the 2022 election,” said Richard Czuba, a pollster with the Glengariff Group. In a previous poll, Whitmer trailed a potential Republican...
    Former Detroit police chief James Craig, a Republican running for governor of Michigan, is neck-and-neck tied with Democrat incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the general election and dominant in the primary with a solid double-digit lead over his next closest rival, according to a pair of internal polls his campaign provided exclusively to Breitbart News. The polls, both conducted by the firm Strategic National whose CEO John Yob is advising the Craig campaign, seem to indicate Craig is in the driver’s seat heading into next year’s governor’s race in both the primary and the general election. They also signal support for Craig surged after his campaign announcement earlier this month, when leftist agitators attempted to interrupt the event, forcing the former police chief to move locations to get away from the disrupters mid-event. “Chief Craig has built a massive lead in primary polling as we head into the critical Mackinac Island Straw Poll this weekend,” Yob told Breitbart News. “The General Election is now tied as the violent actions of the leftist radicals pulled the Chief even with Governor Whitmer. The...
    The Michigan Freedom Fund filed a campaign finance complaint against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday with the Bureau of Elections regarding ten donors from her “$100,000 Club,” according to a report. The complaint being filed was due to ten of her donors that allegedly violated the state law for donating $100,000 or more to Whitmer’s campaign since Michigan’s campaign contribution limit is $7,150, the Center Square reported Michigan Freedom Fund obtained her donor’s names and dollar amount from the governors’ campaign finance statement from July that was filed with the Secretary of State. The Michigan Freedom Fund on Tuesday filed a formal campaign finance complaint, saying a series of political donations to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer far exceeded the states $7,150 limit. https://t.co/5MvJNY7QDl — The Center Square (@thecentersquare) September 14, 2021 The report notes the state law for officeholders facing a recall effort is allowed to collect donations with no limit. However, Whitmer is not facing a recall. For those not facing a recall, there is a $7,150 campaign contribution limit. The group’s executive director Tori Sachs reportedly filed the complaint with the Bureau of Elections under the Secretary of State’s office. Center Square explained...