Jonathan Oosting, Bridge Magazine

Jonathan Oosting

Bridge Magazine

Lansing, MI, United States

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Recent:
  • Bridge Magazine
Past:
  • The Detroit News
  • Monroe News
  • MLive

Recent articles by Jonathan:

Poll: Slim majority opposes drive to limit Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s power.

Fifty-two percent of Michigan voters oppose a petition drive that would repeal a 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to continue an emergency declaration during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new statewide poll. But that may not stop the GOP-led Legislature from enacting the initiative anyway. → Read More

GOP’s advantage wanes in last year of Michigan ‘historical’ gerrymander

Michigan’s political districts are some of the nation’s most notorious gerrymanders. But the maps drawn to give the GOP an advantage are facing their final election, complicating the party’s effort to reclaim a majority in Congress and maintain its edge in the state Legislature. → Read More

Absentee ballots favor Democrats in Michigan, causing worry among GOP

In an election with record numbers of absentee votes, Democrats were far likelier to remotely cast ballots than Republicans, who say they need to change or face trouble come November. → Read More

Michigan primary results: Rashida Tlaib cruises, Peter Meijer wins big

An absentee ballot surge that broke records during the coronavirus pandemic delayed some counting, but Michigan’s congressional delegation was taking shape by Wednesday morning. → Read More

Whitmer governs by ‘fiat,’ GOP argues in suit over Michigan pandemic powers

The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a high-stakes case challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican-led Legislature sued the governor and is expected to take the fight to the Michigan Supreme Court if necessary. → Read More

With ‘school policy in chaos,’ coronavirus delays debate in Michigan Senate

A Michigan senator’s positive test for COVID-19 has shut down debate this week for school reopening measures. Republicans want to require all districts to offer in-person classes. → Read More

Whitmer lets Detroit casinos open but limits northern Michigan indoor bars

Detroit casinos can reopen at limited capacity next week but some northern Michigan bars will have to end indoor service again under an executive order signed late Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. → Read More

Michigan gym owners: Keeping us closed amid COVID harms public health

Michigan was fat to begin with. And gym owners argue continued closures will only exacerbate underlying conditions like obesity that can make COVID-19 more deadly. → Read More

Supreme Court: Flint residents can seek damages from state in lead crisis

Michigan’s highest court ruled that residents can proceed with a case seeking financial damages from the state and emergency managers for their role in the Flint water crisis. → Read More

Michigan superintendent: Don’t force schools to resume in-person classes

Michigan districts are up against it to decide fall plans, and officials are worried that some will poach neighboring students. Superintendent Mike Rice wants to avoid that by freezing enrollment counts that are used to determine funding. → Read More

A third of Michigan’s COVID deaths are in nursing homes. Who is to blame?

Michigan Republicans claim Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies are partially to blame for 2,000 nursing home deaths. But new data show the state is far from alone in failing to protect its most vulnerable from the virus, as states like Florida once heralded for its policies are seeing dramatic spikes. → Read More

Anatomy of a super spreader: Harper’s outbreak a caution for college bars

As Michigan State University students return to campus this fall, a popular East Lansing bar hopes to reopen after closing last month in the wake of a COVID-19 outbreak linked to 188 infections. But under a new deal, Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub must make a host of changes. → Read More

Fact Squad: No, Michigan Gov. Whitmer did not ‘defund the police’

Conservative “news” outlets, activists and a Republican super PAC this week falsely accused Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of “defunding the police” by executive order. Fact Squad sets the record straight. → Read More

Michigan closes budget gap with cuts to roads, PFAS cleanups and layoffs

Lawmakers agreed to cut spending and use up federal dollars to bridge a hefty budget gap caused by the coronavirus. The next budget is due at the end of September. → Read More

Michigan’s GOP-led Legislature considers rare veto override against Whitmer

Republican legislators are pushing for rare veto override votes this week at the Michigan Capitol after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed bills to strengthen whistleblower protections for state workers and delay summer tax bills for property owners. The proposals previously passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support. → Read More

Michigan unemployment system designed to slow payments working all too well

Michigan overhauled its unemployment insurance system nearly a decade ago to save money, root out fraud and make it harder for jobless workers to qualify for benefits. Now, with more than one million workers jobless, the state has flagged 1 in 3 claimants for fraud amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Feds charge Michigan contractor in $2M unemployment fraud scheme

Authorities say a contract employee used "insider access" to approve hundreds of illegitimate claims beginning in April, during a historic wave of layoffs promoted by the virus and economic shutdown orders. → Read More

Whitmer tightens Michigan’s mask order but makes it optional when voting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tightened her COVID-19 mask mandate on Friday in an attempt to coax compliance by reluctant businesses, saying they cannot “assume” someone without a mask is exempt because of a medical condition. → Read More

Violence erupts in Michigan over state mask mandate ‘powder keg’

Tensions are boiling over as confrontations increase over Gov. Gretchen Whitmers’ mask rule designed to contain COVID-19 becomes “the number one anxiety-producing pain point for retailers right now.” → Read More

As coronavirus cases rise, Whitmer halts plans to further reopen Michigan

Public health experts say they expected coronavirus cases to rise as Michigan's businesses reopened but say they worry about COVID fatigue leading to more cases. → Read More