Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

Todd Spangler

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Recent articles by Todd:

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan stay home order to June 12

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who announced the relaxing of parts of the coronavirus order on Thursday, said it will remain in effect until at least June 12. → Read More

Builders say Whitmer's work rules unconstitutional, ask court to throw them out

A builders group says Michigan's governor exposed them to enormous fines without going through the proper process, exceeding her authority to respond. → Read More

Whitmer asks Trump for formal emergency declaration for Midland County flooding

The governor sent a letter to the president asking for an emergency declaration to respond to flooding in Midland County, displacing thousands. → Read More

Michigan retail, showrooms, medical, dental services to reopen with rules

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer OKs retail, auto showrooms, non-emergency medical and dental services, among others, as she reopens more of Michigan's economy → Read More

With Trump threatening Michigan, lawsuit filed to expand rights of absentee voters

Right now, absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted in MIchigan, but a new lawsuit says that should be thrown out. → Read More

Trump tweets support for flood response in Midland County, chides Whitmer

The president said federal agencies were responding to the flood but suggested Gov. Whitmer must take additional steps to use their help. → Read More

Trump threatens to stop funding for Michigan if absentee ballots sent to all voters

The president said if Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sends out absentee ballots to voters he will withhold funding but that's not what she's doing, → Read More

Trump visit to Ford plant contradicts Whitmer's order — but she won't try to stop it

The president's visit to a Ford plant in Michigan contradicts a ban on nonessential tours by Whitmer's office says it will highlight its work. → Read More

Protest group says it will hold weekend market at Michigan Capitol on May 31

Michigan United for Liberty, which has protested the governor's stay-at-home order, says it will hold an open-air market at the state Capitol May 31. → Read More

Gov. Whitmer: Downtown Midland could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County after the Edenville and Sanford dams breached → Read More

Watch live at 3:20: President Trump speaks at Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti

President Donald Trump is heading to Michigan today to tour a Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti that is producing ventilators → Read More

Trump declares mid-Michigan flooding an emergency, authorizes FEMA aid

He authorized FEMA to "coordinate all disaster relief efforts" in order to "save lives and to protect property and public health and safety." → Read More

Donald Trump seen not wearing mask while touring Ford plant, despite urging

The president had been urged to wear a mask under Ford and state policy and said he did outside the view of reporters but then took it off. → Read More

Secretary of State: All Michigan voters will get absentee ballot applications at home

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she will make sure every voter in Michigan gets an absentee ballot application to vote this year. → Read More

Report: Gov. Whitmer to allow partial reopening of northern Michigan, starting Friday

Retail businesses in northern parts of Michigan, including bars and restaurants, will be able to reopen Friday → Read More

Trump talks to Whitmer about Midland flooding, plans to visit 'in the future'

The president said he spoke to the Michigan governor and that he expects to visit the flooded areas at "the appropriate time" in the future. → Read More

In Michigan visit, Trump calls for Americans to get back to work, expects "epic" comeback

The president, who did not wear a mask for much of the visit, praised Ford Motor and said workers who go back to work shouldn't be "vilified." → Read More

'Operation Haircut' about to happen on Michigan Capitol lawn: What it means

For "Operation Haircut," the Michigan Conservative Coalition says it will provide free haircuts on the Capitol lawn on May 20th. → Read More

Whitmer: Many legislators incited protest, then didn't want to be there for it

Appearing on CNN's "New Day," the Michigan governor said legislators closed the state Capitol to Thursday protests some of them helped incite. → Read More

What Whitmer promised group of Detroit school students in literacy settlement

The settlement could end a landmark case filed by Detroit students in which an appeals court found literacy to be a fundamental right. → Read More