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    LANSING, Mich. (CBS Detroit/ AP) – Governor Whitmer looks to boost aid for schools, child care, bridge repairs, and coronavirus-related needs in her proposed $67 billion budget. Whitmer looks to add $570 million to schools to address learning loss and K-12 enrollment declines as she looks to increase per-student spending by 2%, or $162-per-student starting in October. Better-funded districts would get 1% raise or about $82 more per student. RELATED: Detroit Opens Senior Saturday COVID-19 Vaccination Sites This Weekend More immediate coronavirus-related needs, such as vaccine distribution, would be funded with multibillion-dollar supplemental spending bills — primarily through the release of federal COVID-19 relief aid that she has been urging lawmakers to pass soon. Whitmer said she focused on three major priorities: economic re-engagement that “drives everything,” a return to in-person instruction at schools, and vaccine dissemination. Good morning, Michigan! I just want to send a BIG shoutout to all...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Detroit Police are seeking a suspect wanted in connection with a fatal hit and run incident that occurred on the city’s east side. It happened on Saturday, Aug. 22 at just before 3:30 a.m., in the area of Gratiot and Harper. Police say a 43-year-old man was riding his bicycle southbound down the center turn lane of Gratiot Avenue when he was fatally struck head-on by a gold H2 Hummer traveling north on Gratiot. The vehicle did not stop, and continued north on Gratiot, police say. The 43-year-old man was transported to a local hospital, where he was declared deceased. If anyone has seen this vehicle or has any information, please call Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s State Of The State Address? Here’s Everything You Need To Know MORE FROM CBS...
    Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer chided the state's House Republicans on Thursday after the lawmakers threatened to withhold billions in school funding over arguments regarding her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. At a news conference, Whitmer said the GOP members' actions were "cruel and reckless," noting that lives continue to hang in the balance.  Numbers in the state have dipped recently and officials reported the fewest new cases in over three months on Tuesday.  DEM GOVS WHITMER, MURPHY FLOUT OWN CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS FOR BIDEN INAUGURATION On Thursday, the state's Department of Health reported 1,872 new cases and 80 deaths. There have been almost 14,500 deaths there since March. "The executive has to be nimble and quick when lives are on the line," she said. In addition, Whitmer also addressed criticism largely regarding her handling of in-person education and sports. She said that while metrics matter in the state's response to the virus's spread,...
    (CBS DETROIT)– During Wednesdays State of the State address, Governor Whitmer focused on finding common ground in order to grow the State’s economy. “Despite all these crisis’s and the gridlock in Washington we took real bipartisan action to get things done for you and your family.” Said Governor Gretchen Whitmer during the nearly half hour address Whitmer says ending the pandemic is key to getting businesses and families back on their feet, and one step toward this is vaccinations. 800,000 vaccines have been administered in the State, making Michigan number six in the Country for vaccine distributions. Although; Whitmer says the State received less supplies than expected. “And the good news is that we do have a plan to get 50,000 shots in arms per day when the supply comes in.” The Governor is also asking the Michigan Legislature to pass the MI. COVID Recovery Plan. Which includes vaccine distribution, getting kids...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she will not cede her authority to issue certain COVID-19 restrictions, calling Republicans’ attempt to hold back federal pandemic relief funding unless she changes course “cruel and reckless.” The Democratic governor urged GOP lawmakers to “shift their perspective to looking forward” and stop “digging in” on their continued opposition to state health department orders that, while loosened, still limit capacity at restaurants to 25% and prohibit youth contact sports to slow the spread of the coronavirus. On Wednesday, before Whitmer gave a State of the State speech in which she sought “common ground” on COVID-19 spending that would help with vaccine distribution and assist schools and businesses, Senate Republicans blocked 13 of her appointees. House Republicans linked approval of $2.3 billion in federal and state K-12 funding to empowering counties — not the state — to decide about restricting sports and in-person instruction. “These...
    Chippewa County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula became the latest to call for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to reopen the state. County commissioners passed a resolution January 20 that urged Whitmer to reopen restaurants and bars “immediately,” and work with the legislature to create coronavirus-related policy: BE IT RESOLVED that the County of Chippewa sends an urgent message to the Governor of the State of Michigan; Gretchen Whitmer, that the time is NOW to allow the safe reopening of restaurants and bars. We call on Governor Whitmer to allow these businesses to open immediately. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that since the founding of our country and our state, there has always been a functional government of three co-equal branches. The checks and balances are essential as recognized by our Founding Fathers who, in 1787, wrote the greatest document of governance in history: The Constitution of the United States of America. State...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 25-year-old Michigan man has pleaded guilty to federal kidnapping conspiracy and admitted that the target of the abduction scheme was the state's governor.Ty Garbin's plea agreement filed Wednesday morning in Grand Rapids describes the violent plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) by members of a group known as "Wolverine Watchmen." In a late morning court appearance Garbin pledged to fully cooperate with the government in their continuing investigation of the outrageous scheme and ongoing prosecutions.RELATED: Disturbing new details in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen WhitmerEMBED More News Videos The 14 men charged in a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had far more violent plans than just a kidnapping according to federal and state authorities. Garbin helped run the group through commando training in Michigan and Wisconsin, federal agents said, and also planned an attack on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's lakefront vacation home according...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) Health and Human Services director “abruptly” resigned Friday and did not receive a “thank you” from the state’s chief executive. Robert Gordon, who came to Michigan from the Obama administration, announced via Twitter that he was out: Today, I am resigning from the Whitmer Administration. Its been an honor to serve alongside wonderful colleagues. I look forward to the next chapter. — Robert Gordon (@robertmgordon) January 22, 2021 “Today, I am resigning from the Whitmer Administration,” Gordon wrote Friday afternoon. “It’s been an honor to serve alongside wonderful colleagues,” he continued, without thanking or acknowledging the governor. “I look forward to the next chapter.” WDIV said Gordon “abruptly” left. Whitmer, meanwhile, announced a replacement, and acknowledged Gordon’s departure in the final paragraph: “Robert Gordon has resigned from his position, and the governor has accepted his resignation.” Likewise, she did not thank him, either. Whitmer appointed...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus.   During the press conference Friday, they will also speak about the safety surrounding the holidays and a possible lift prohibition on in-person instruction at Michigan high schools. Watch it live here at 1:30 p.m. Last week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced an extension of “Pause To Save Lives” to prevent Michigan’s hospitals from overwhelming, protect those serving on the front lines, protect small businesses and slow the spread of COVID-19. Whitmer said, “To the Michiganders and business owners who have doubled down on mask-wearing, social distancing, and limiting indoor gathering where COVID-19 thrives, thank you,” she said. On Monday, the first of Michigan’s frontline workers received the Pfizer vaccine. Three weeks ago the governor...
            by Scott McClallen  Representatives from approximately 90 bars, restaurants, and other Michigan establishments signed a letter asking Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to safely reopen dine-in service “as soon as possible” to prevent additional permanent closures. The Facebook post announcing the letter has been shared more than 1,000 times. “This is not about right or left, this is about the livelihoods of everyone in the restaurant industry and the decision to extend the ban on dine-in service from today until February 1,” the letter reads. Many of the signatory businesses are philanthropic foundations located in communities across Michigan. According to Michigan Farm News, REO Town district restaurant co-owners Matt Gillett and Travis Stoliker have distributed over 300 meals in 14 days during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their customers  donated money for 430 additional meals for those in need. Whitmer’s administration shuttered indoor dining on Nov. 17, initiating a...
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) extended her lockdown of Michigan restaurants Wednesday as her original “three week pause” stretched into a twelfth week. Whitmer relaxed previous orders banning group exercise classes and non-contact sports, but extended the mandated closure of in-person dining at restaurants and bars until at least February 1. “The efforts we have made together to protect our families, frontline workers and small business owners are working,” Whitmer said, NBC 6 reported. The original “pause” was announced in November and the extension was the third such one. “While there has been a slight uptick in our percent positivity rate, our cases per million have plateaued and more hospital beds are becoming available. Today, we are confident that MDHHS [Michigan Department of Health and Human Services] can lift some of the protocols that were previously in place,” she said. “We are reopening cautiously because caution is working to save lives,”...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Bars and restaurants will soon be welcoming patrons back. Wednesday Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that in-door dining could resume Feb. 1. “Our restaurant owners have made considerable sacrifices over the past ten months to keep communities safe and to save lives; and it’s no question it’s been hard. For the owners, for the employees, I know that it has not been easy,” she said. Last November state health regulators banned restaurants from allowing customers to dine-in to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The order was set to expire Friday, but was extended to continue to follow COVID case trends. “The restaurant industry across the country, around the globe frankly, is struggling because we know that places where people are mixing households, taking off their mask and dinning inside is inherently where we see spreads,” she said. Governor Whitmer says if cases remain on a downward curve then...
    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked the federal government if the state can go to Pfizer Inc and directly buy 100,000 more doses more of the coronavirus vaccine. On Monday, Whitmer sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting permission to purchase doses straight from the pharmaceutical company.  'This direct purchase will fill a two week lag in supply and ensure that we can continue to ramp up our vaccination efforts across Michigan,' she wrote. 'It is also consistent with Operation Warp Speed's commitment to deliver a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to Americans as quickly as possible.' However, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still has more than 500,000 doses sitting unused on shelves.  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (left) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (right) on Monday. In the letter, Whitmer asked to buy...
            by Scott McClallen  Michigan officials announced Wednesday the state will start to vaccinate a broader group of people starting Monday. That includes Michiganders age 65 and older, frontline workers including police officers, first responders, jail and prison staff, and PreK-12 teachers and childcare providers. The state’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of residents over age 16 as soon as possible. The new phase targets those aged 65 and older, which comprises 80% of COVID-19 deaths in the state. The phases are as follows: Phase 1A: Paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who could directly or indirectly expose patients and can’t work from home and residents in long-term care facilities. Phase 1B: Persons 75 years of age or older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure. Phase 1C: Individuals 16 years of age or older at high risk of severe illness due to...
            by Bruce Walker  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced programs aimed at assisting the state’s restaurants and bars as well as families facing evictions. The announcement came as the governor is facing mounting criticism over her administration’s penalizing businesses alleged to have violated epidemic orders imposed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Among the governor’s initiatives to support restaurants and small businesses are a reboot of the liquor buyback program instituted previously this year. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s previous buyback effort put an average $5,000 back in the pockets of restaurant and bar owners. All told, the MLCC spent $3.4 million on buying back spirits from 673 establishments. Those establishments were ordered closed by MDHHS in mid-November, and the initial order was extended past its original Dec. 20 deadline to Jan. 15, 2021. Several Michigan businesses have garnered headlines after the...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Weekends” that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election “handily.” Witt said, “We have the president ramping up his campaign against election results. They have conducted an audit of ballots specifically cast in Antrim County. They have reaffirmed the 2020 election results. This is a county where a clerical error inspired some baseless conspiracies of fraud. Let me get specific in this audit, the president picked up 12 votes, nothing anywhere close to the hundreds of thousands that he claimed in that interview with Rudy Giuliani. 12, he got 11 on his own accord, and one because there was a ballot that went for Joe Biden that should not have. Okay, 12. So we have this audit. Does this finally put these theories to rest?” Whitmer said, “I think these theories were put to rest before this audit, but hopefully, this...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and MDHHS Director Robert Gordon will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus.    During the press conference Friday, they will also speak about the safety surrounding the holidays and a possible extension on Health orders expiring on December 20. Watch it live here at 1:30 p.m. Last week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced an extension of “Pause To Save Lives” to prevent Michigan’s hospitals from overwhelming, protect those serving on the front lines, protect small businesses and slow the spread of COVID-19. Whitmer said, “To the Michiganders and business owners who have doubled down on mask-wearing, social distancing, and limiting indoor gathering where COVID-19 thrives, thank you,” she said. On Monday, the first of Michigan’s frontline workers received the...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan’s National Guard continues to help out with the pandemic creating vaccination teams to help healthcare facilities. The National Guard is also still helping with testing throughout the state. The federal government and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did approve funding for the state’s National Guard through next march. Officials say they’re prepared to help with vaccines past that date if needed. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19 MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: 18-Year-Old Man In Temporary Serious Condition After Detroit Shooting MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: VIDEO: Detroit Police Seek Breaking And Entering Suspects © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    PORTAGE, Wisc. (WLS) -- A Wisconsin judge Tuesday morning decided to extradite one of the accused kidnap-plotters of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but not immediately carry it out.The good news-bad news decision was for Brian Higgins, among 14 men charged in the domestic terrorism case.Higgins will be allowed to remain in Wisconsin while his attorney appeals Tuesday's extradition approval."Mr. Higgins is not being deported to some third-world kangaroo court," Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Todd Hepler said during a Zoom hearing. "He will enjoy all of the constitutional rights guaranteed to every American citizen, including due process of law."Judge Hepler a short time later however ruled that there would be no harm to the state or public interest to keep Higgins in Wisconsin during the court appeal of his extradition approval.The effect of the stay order is that Higgins, 52, from the Wisconsin Dells, will remain in Columbia County jail...
            by Bob McEwen  Michigan’s Governor wants to make life more difficult for Ohioans and Toledo is directly in her crosshairs. On November 13th Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with her Attorney General Dana Nessel, issued a cease-and-desist order against construction of a $500 million dollar infrastructure upgrade known as the Great Lakes Tunnel. The tunnel will replace the Mackinac Straits section of the Line 5 pipeline, a 647-mile pipeline that carries 540,000 barrels a day of light crude oil, light synthetic crude, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) to the refineries of Toledo, and the Midwest. The order would not only stop this next generation infrastructure improvement, it would also force the permanent closure of the Line 5 pipeline by May of 2021, devastating the 1,200 Ohioans that work in these petrochemical facilities. Governor Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel claim they are taking these actions to protect Michigan...
    More than 400 nonpublic schools in Michigan filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extension to a coronavirus order that bans in-person instruction at high schools. “The state’s latest order inhibits the faith formation of students and violates their constitutional right to practice religion while leaving open secular businesses where transmission of COVID-19 is more likely to occur,” said Brian Broderick, executive director of the Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools. The lawsuit was filed by a group of over 400 nonpublic schools and three Catholic high schools, along with 11 parents. They have argued that they can safely provide in-person instruction to their students and are seeking an injunction to block the order from being enforced. Whitmer on Monday extended her partial lockdown order for an additional 12 days after it went into effect on Nov. 18, saying deaths had already surpassed the projected 100 people per...
    (CBS DETROIT) – If you’re a fan of the movie “Elf” then there’s some good news for you. It’s a Rochester, Michigan hotel suite decked out in all things buddy! The Royal Oak Hotel created the room, featuring Buddy The Elf and different snacks from the movie. The elf-inspired suite is available through the end of January. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Whitmer May Extend Partial Shutdown Of Schools, Businesses MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Judge Rejects To Block Ban On Michigan Indoor Dining MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19 © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    Three Republican members of Michigan’s House of Representatives introduced a bid to impeach Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, accusing her of 'corrupt conduct in office' and 'exceeding her constitutional authority' for her coronavirus restrictions. The resolution was introduced by GOP Reps. Beau LaFave, Matt Maddock and Daire Rendon. However, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield rejected the effort. 'With the current set of facts that we’re living under right now, the current impeachment resolution will not have any proceeding on the House floor,' Chatfield said Wednesday, according to The Detroit News. He called the move a 'distraction from the real things we have to get done in our state.' 'I have not signed on to any notion of impeachment proceedings,' Shirkey said Tuesday.  Whitmer’s spokesperson Tiffany Brown said on the resolution: 'Gov. Whitmer doesn’t have any time for partisan politics or people who don’t...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan’s Attorney General is pushing back against a Republican lead subpoena against the State’s Bureau of Elections. In a statement, Attorney General Dana Nessel says, “Michigan’s elections have been fair and transparent. It is time to set the politics aside.” Nessel says at least 1,100 documents by the bureau have been released amid certifying election results. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19 MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Here Is Everything Included in COVID-19 Restrictions in Michigan MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Whitmer Says She Has Authority To Order New Stay-Home Order In Michigan © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    LANSING (AP/ CBS) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining, and stopped organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb Michigan’s spiking coronavirus cases. The restrictions will begin Wednesday and last three weeks. They are not nearly as sweeping as when the governor issued a stay-at-home order last spring, but they are extensive. An order was written by the state health department also limits indoor residential gatherings to no more than two households, restricts outdoor gatherings to 25 people, and closes entertainment facilities such as theaters, bowling alleys, and indoor water parks. Gyms and pools can stay open for individual exercise but not group classes. The move came as the state faces surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. In the spring, we listened to public health experts and saved thousands...
    A Michigan restaurant owner issued an ad pleading for people to apply for jobs while lamenting that state lawmakers “make it easy to stay home and collect unemployment” amid the coronavirus. "Hello, Tony Ruggiero, when Covid impacted our lives months ago, my family and staff promised to do our part to feed the community," Tony Ruggiero said in the ad. "Today, we face another challenge, as many restaurants close their doors never to open again, we are faced with the problems of finding help. Our lawmakers continue to make it easy to stay home and collect unemployment rather than go to work. At Antonio's and Roman Village, we believe a loyal workforce creates a strong family and strong community — which we are blessed to have. Please join our family." Ruggiero said the 30-second ad isn’t meant to be political but “intended to bring attention to a problem that...
    DETROIT, Mich. (AP) — Take me out to the ballpark — for a flu shot. Flu shots will be available Monday and Tuesday at Comerica Park, home to the Detroit Tigers. The doses will be provided by the state of Michigan and administered by Meijer pharmacy teams. The clinics are for everyone, including people who are uninsured or have limited health insurance. “Although it’s always important to get your flu shot, we know people are being extra vigilant this year about maintaining good health,” Meijer president Rick Keyes said. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. “Michigan is seeing a record number of COVID-19 cases. That is why it’s more important than ever for Michiganders everywhere to get your flu vaccine,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: John James’ Campaign Alleges Cheating, Calls For Investigation MORE FROM CBS...
    One of six men facing federal charges over an alleged plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan is asking a judge to reconsider her decision to keep him in jail, because he fears he might catch COVID-19. Kaleb Franks, 26, from Waterford, a township on the outskirts of Detroit, was arrested three weeks ago after undercover FBI agents and an informant told of their scheme.  Franks was allegedly part of the surveillance operation outside Whitmer's cottage and was one of five suspects who drove to a meeting hoping to buy explosives and tactical gear, only to get arrested in what turned out to be a setup by the FBI.   A recovering heroin addict, Franks was sent to prison for cocaine and for home invasion, but insists he has turned his life around. Kaleb Franks, 26, is arguing that he should be released from jail due to COVID concerns ...
    A man charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan's governor also reportedly wanted to harm President Donald Trump, according to the FBI. The allegations would seem to disprove the accusations made by several Democrats that the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) was inspired by President Trump's rhetoric. Barry Croft, a Delaware resident, is one of six men charged in federal court with conspiracy to kidnap. The men are reportedly members of an extremist paramilitary group that was allegedly planning to kidnap Whitmer because of her restrictive lockdown orders in Michigan. According to posts on social media, Croft threatened to hurt and hang Democrats, as well as Republicans. Croft made threats against present and former elected leaders in private Facebook posts, special agent Kristopher Long said. Croft posted a hit list on Facebook, which included Trump and former presidents, according to the Detroit News. ...
    An arrest affidavit from the FBI states how Barry Croft, 44, of Bear, Delaware, targeted the various governors A man charged in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan's governor also made threatening online comments about President Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and other prominent political figures, an FBI agent said in a federal court filing. Barry Croft, a Delaware resident, railed against numerous present and former elected leaders in private Facebook posts, special agent Kristopher Long said. Croft is one of six purported members of an extremist paramilitary group accused of scheming to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because of her shutdown orders to control the coronavirus. Long described the posts in an affidavit supporting a request for a warrant to search an account that Croft allegedly created Sept. 2 and closed Sept. 26. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the document Wednesday...
            by Scott McClallen  Seven days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump visited Lansing — the capital of a major battleground state and the home turf of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Hundreds of Michiganders lined up at the Capital Region International Airport starting about 8 a.m. Tuesday waiting in 32-degree weather and rain for seven hours until Trump started talking about 3 p.m. In 2016, Trump won the state by a mere 10,704 votes. Former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won eight out of 83 counties: Genesee, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Muskegon, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne. A Trump campaign official estimated a crowd of 10,000 in and outside the event. Before Trump took the stage, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James touted himself over incumbent opponent Sen. Gary Peters. “In seven days, Michigan will choose a combat veteran instead of a...
    Bombs and along with parts used to create explosive devices have been found by federal agents gathering evidence into an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. So much evidence has been uncovered that fderal prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to give them an extra 40 days until mid-December to seek a grand jury indictment against six men in the alleged scheme. The recently recovered components and firearms must now be analyzed to determine whether additional charges will be pursued, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler said in a court filing. 'Firearms and explosive device components were recently recovered, and must be analyzed to determine whether charges under the National Firearms Act, explosives or anti-terrorism statutes are warranted,' said Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler.  Federal agents found 'explosive device components' while investigating six men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (above) Windows are boarded...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE in an interview with "60 Minutes" clarified that he does not actually want to lock up former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home' Quinnipiac poll reports Biden leading Trump by 8 points in Pennsylvania MORE, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE or Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Rally crowd chants 'lock him...
    CNN's Jake Tapper scolded Lara Trump during an interview on Sunday after the daughter-in-law of the president claimed Joe Biden is in ‘cognitive decline’ and appeared to mock his stutter. Lara Trump also dismissed chants of 'lock her up' leveled at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a Trump rally in the state on Saturday as a bit of 'fun', despite the Democrat recently being the target of an alleged kidnapping plot hatched by far-right extremists. The tense exchange began when the State of the Union host aired a clip of Lara saying she feels ‘bad’ for Biden when he comes out on stage and ‘can’t get the worlds out’. ‘I'm like “Joe, can ya get it out, let's get the words out, Joe.” You kinda feel bad for him,’ Lara is heard saying in the clip. When Tapper asked her, ‘How do you think it makes little kids with stutters feel...
    By Ted Hesson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday said U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of her at a rally was "incredibly disturbing" after he called her "dishonest" and drew shouts of "lock her up" from the crowd. Whitmer, the target an alleged kidnapping plot that was uncovered by the FBI earlier this month, accused Trump of inciting domestic terrorism with his rhetoric. She was speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Trump at a rally in Michigan on Saturday slammed her support for restrictions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has surged in parts of the United States in recent weeks. Trump's remarks targeting Whitmer led to chants of "lock her up" at the rally on Saturday, a phrase Trump supporters often directed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016. "It’s got to end," Whitmer said....
    Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) accused President Donald Trump of inciting domestic terrorism on Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Saturday at a rally while talking about Whitmer, Trump said, “Then I guess they said she was threatened, right? She was threatened. And she blamed me. She blamed me. And our people were the ones that worked with her people so let’s see what happens. Let’s see what happens.” When the audience to chanted “lock her up,” Trump responded, “Lock them all up.” “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd said, “You became a target of the president, personally — a lock her up chant targeting you started and seemed to be almost encouraged at times by the president there. You’ve already come under threat once. What does something like this do to you personally? I know how you’re acting professionally here. I’m wondering how this impacts your family personally. That’s...
    GRETCHEN Whitmer’s would be kidnappers planned to use an 800,000 volt taser to subdue to Gretchen Whitmer, newly released evidence shows. Member of the anti-government extremist Wolverine Watchmen militia also intended to blow up a bridge to halt any attempts by the cops to capture them once they had seized Michigan governor Whitmer. 6Adam Fox smiling as he tests the taser to be used on Whitmer 6Members of the militia carrying out drills Credit: Fox News 6Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer was the target of the alleged plotCredit: The Mega Agency Chilling video released by the US attorney’s office show the alleged leader, Adam Fox, 37, smiling as he tests the taser they intended to use on Whitmer. The footage also shows several of the men facing federal charges carrying out what appeared to be a tactical training exercise, involving PT Cruiser and shooting at an unseen target. Prosecutors say a...
    Among the evidence that the US Attorney's Office has compiled against the people suspected of plotting to kidnap and kill Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are chilling training videos and text messages sent between the alleged conspirators.  The Western District of Michigan US Attorney's Office released a wealth of photos, videos, phone calls and encrypted messages that they are planning to use as evidence against the six men who have been charged by the federal government in the Whitmer kidnapping plot.   On Friday, a federal judge ruled that five Michigan men would stand trial on conspiracy to kidnap charges.    The US Attorney's Office released video and text message evidence in their case against six men who face federal conspiracy to kidnap charges against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Men were seen carrying out supposed tactical training exercise after exiting a PT Cruiser The alleged conspirators were also seen...
    Gretchen Whitmer has criticized Michigan's MAGA fans and President Trump for a chorus of 'lock her up' chants, saying that rhetoric has endangered her family.  The Michigan governor unleashed her critcisms on Saturday evening, while Trump spoke before a large crowd at a campaign rally in Muskegon.  At the rally, Trump hammered Whitmer for keeping the state locked down amid the coronavirus pandemic.  'You got to get your governor to open up your state, okay?' he told the crowd of mainly maskless supporters. 'And get your schools open.' Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (left) criticized President Trump (right) and his supporters after they chanted 'lock her up' during a campaign rally
    President Donald Trump held a large outdoor rally in Florida Friday where supporters chanted 'Lock him up!' when he tore into rival Joe Biden, who himself blasted the 'refusal to condemn' a plot to kidnap the Democratic governor of Michigan. The crowd chants, at Trump's outdoor rally in Ocala, came as the president campaigned in the southeast in a push to try to turn back his rivals expansive polling lead. Trump teed off on a report based on information gleaned from Hunter Biden's laptop, claiming it showed the Biden family is 'corrupt.'  'It’s the biggest story worldwide. It’s a corrupt family. And these people didn’t ask him one single question about it,' Trump said, complaining about a Thursday night town hall meeting on ABC where voters did not bring up the story with Biden during his prime time appearance. President Donald Trump called Joe Biden's family a 'corrupt family'...
    Brian Higgins, 51, from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, was charged with material support of an act of terrorism The fourteenth man to be charged over a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and 'overthrow' the government has been named and pictured.  Brian Higgins, 51, from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, was charged with material support of an act of terrorism which carries a 20 year prison sentence.  He is among 14 men who have been charged in two separate indictments - one by the FBI and one by Michigan's Attorney General - over their plot to kidnap Whitmer and generally overthrow governments.  The men are being described by prosecutors as part of a 'boogaloo' movement - an organization of agitators who are predominantly right-wing. Six men have been charged with conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer. They are Ty Garbin, Adam Fox, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta and Barry Croft.  Higgins was charged...
    The five men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer planned to snatch her from her vacation home then put her on a boat, alone, and cast it out to the middle of a lake but 'not throw her overboard', an FBI agent claimed in court on Tuesday.  Adam Fox, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta and 24-year-old Ty Garbin all appeared before a judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Tuesday. The men were all arrested last week in an early-morning raid.  On Tuesday, an FBI agent who investigated the group testified at a detention hearing. He revealed how they'd discussed shooting Whitmer in the head and even snatching a pizza delivery person, stealing their shirt, then having one of their group dress up in it to deceive her.  They have since been charged with conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer. Seven others have been charged by the state with other...
    No matter how loudly or how clearly President Trump condemns racists and extremists, his critics obnoxiously insist that he is somehow encouraging them. The latest example came just hours after the FBI foiled an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who took advantage of the attention she received to accuse the President of being “complicit” in stoking violence. “Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacist and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups,” Whitmer lied. “Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action.” Of course, anyone who paid attention to the president’s actual remarks knows that there is not an ounce of truth in Whitmer’s statement. The only “rallying cry” for extremists has come from the left, in the form of Democrat...
    Pete Musico, left, is one of the founding members of the Wolverine Watchmen, as is Joseph Morrison, right. Both were charged in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office via AP) Jackson County Sheriff’s Office via AP The U.S. militia movement has long been steeped in a peculiar – and unquestionably mistaken – interpretation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and civil liberties. This is true of an armed militia group that calls itself the Wolverine Watchmen, who were involved in the recently revealed plot to overthrow Michigan’s government and kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. As I wrote in “Fracturing the Founding: How the Alt-Right Corrupts the Constitution,” published in 2019, the crux of the militia movement’s devotion to what I have called the “alt-right constitution” is a toxic mix of constitutional falsehoods and half-truths. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressing the state. Private militias...
            by Scott McClallen  Thousands of Michiganders are wondering if criminal charges and fines levied against them are still valid after the Michigan Supreme Court last Friday ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders issued after April 30 are illegal. Some don’t have answers – yet. Owosso barber Karl Manke’s attorney David Kallman told The Center Square he’s expecting Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to drop criminal charges against Manke, who operated his barbershop in violation of Whitmer’s orders. The administrative charges through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs are unclear. “We’ve got criminal cases all over the state for gym owners,” Kallman said. “I’m expecting all of those to be dismissed shortly.” Owosso barber Karl MankeOver 2,500 Detroiters were ticketed by the Detroit Police Department (DPD) from April 14 through May 18, according to Michigan Capitol Confidential. DPD hasn’t answered a Freedom of Information Act...
    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer doubled down on Sunday by calling out rhetoric from the White House and the Republican Party following the foiled kidnapping plot that was being concocted against her. Whitmer gave an interview to Face The Nation, where CBS’ Margaret Brennan immediately focused on the FBI’s arrest of anti-government militia members charged with planning to abduct the governor. When asked if she thinks the security threat is over, Whitmer praised the Michigan State Police but slammed the GOP as she expressed her remaining concerns. I do believe that there are still serious threats that groups like this group, these domestic terrorists, are finding comfort and support in the rhetoric coming out of Republican leadership from the White House to our state House. And so I remain concerned about safety and integrity going up to this election. Whitmer’s comments come days after she seemed to blame Donald Trump...
    Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was giving “comfort and support” to “domestic terrorists” after the FBI thwarted a plot to violently overthrow the state government by kidnaping her. Partial transcript as follows: MARGARET BRENNAN: Governor, do you know if this security threat is over? Do you feel safe? WHITMER: Good morning. I have always felt safe, I am protected by the Michigan State Police, and they are an incredibly professional organization. But, I do believe that there are still serious threats that groups like this group, these domestic terrorists, are finding comfort and support in the rhetoric coming out of Republican leadership from the White House to our state House. And so I remain concerned about safety and integrity going up to this election. BRENNAN: I want to get into integrity in a- in a moment. But just to button this...
    One of the men accused of hatching a plot to abduct Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attended a Black Lives Matter rally this summer. “One of alleged plotters, 23-year-old Daniel Harris, attended a Black Lives Matter protest in June, telling the Oakland County Times he was upset about the killing of George Floyd and police violence,” the Washington Post reported. Harris told the Oakland County Times that Floyd’s death was a “shame” and made comments critical of law enforcement officials. “It is a shame what happened with George Floyd and instances where law enforcement officers murder an unarmed man/woman who isn’t resisting arrest, was complying with the orders is wrong and need to be stopped. You look at photos and videos of news teams and protesters being beaten by riot police when they are there peacefully, you see people losing their eyes because of an officer shoots them...
    Barry Croft (picturred in musghot) was pardoned last year of several criminal offenses by Democratic Gov. John Carney One of the militiamen who targeted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a now-botched kidnapping plot was pardoned just last year on several charges, including a gun offense and assault. The 13 men involved are right-wing extremists who plotted to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home in Michigan. They wanted to put her on trial for 'treason' in a safe house in Wisconsin, but had their plot foiled by the FBI.   It's been revealed that Barry G. Croft, one of the masterminds in the scheme, had a concerning criminal history that was dismissed by Democratic Gov. John Carney in 2019. 'Needless to say, nobody — neither the DOJ nor the bipartisan Board of Pardons — would have endorsed a pardon had they known what the future held,' said Mat Marshall, a spokeswoman for Democratic Attorney...
    A sheriff in Michigan has proposed that the alleged militiamen charged with plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer may have been planning to make a legal citizen's arrest. Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf in May took the stage at an anti-lockdown rally with William Null, who with his twin brother Michael Null is among the 13 charged in the kidnapping plot. 'It's just a charge, and they say a 'plot to kidnap' and you got to remember that. Are they trying to kidnap?' Leaf told WXMI-TV on Thursday. 'Because a lot of people are angry with the governor, and they want her arrested. So are they trying to arrest or was it a kidnap attempt? Because you can still in Michigan if it's a felony, make a felony arrest,' Leaf said.  Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf has proposed that the alleged militiamen charged with plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer may...
    THESE are the chilling photographs that show Governor Gretchen Whitmer's kidnap and assassination plot suspects heavily armed at the Michigan Capitol building. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has reportedly confirmed identical twin brothers, William and Michael Null, to be in one of the photos. 7The brothers are the first and third men when looking at the picture from left to right, according to reportsCredit: Twitter 7William Null has been arrestedCredit: Michigan Attorney General's Office 7Michael Null was arrested along with 13 others this weekCredit: Michigan Attorney General's Office Both were among the thirteen men arrested this week. The Null brothers, both 38, are seen in the image which was taken at a gun rally on April 30, 2020, according to the Fox News. Michigan state Senator Dayna Polehanki shared the photo to Twitter on the day of the anti-Whitmer protest and wrote: "Directly above me, men with rifles yelling...
    An anarchist who allegedly plotted to kidnap and potentially kill Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) previously referred to President Donald Trump as an “enemy” and a “tyrant,” according to old recordings reportedly posted to YouTube. “Trump is not your friend, dude. And it amazes me that people actually believe that when he’s shown over and over and over again that he’s a tyrant,” the man, Brandon Caserta, said in a video. “Every single person that works for government is your enemy, dude. ” The video was first shared on social media by Robby Starbuck. The Justice Department announced Thursday it had arrested Caserta and five other men on a litany of federal charges related to domestic terrorism for plotting to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home. Seven others were arrested on state charges. Wow! This is big. Brandon Caserta, one of the ringleaders of the group of men arrested...
    (CNN)Over the summer, as racial justice demonstrations swept through American cities, President Donald Trump warned he would wield the powers of government to suppress violence. Embracing a "law and order" mantle, Trump himself announced from the East Room a surge of federal agents and castigated groups such as Black Lives Matter as cultivating "hate.""My first duty as President is to protect the American people, and today I'm taking action to fulfill that sacred obligation," he declared.A few months later, Trump's only acknowledgment of his government taking down an alleged domestic terrorism plot to kidnap the Democratic governor of Michigan was to wonder why he hadn't been thanked.How Trump chooses to promote his administration's efforts to enforce "law and order" follow a clear pattern of political calculation; in instances when the Justice Department finds cases that bolster his claims of fraudulent voting, rampant urban crime or deep state corruption, Trump is...
    One of the 13 militiamen involved in the plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer also called President Trump a 'tyrant' and described all government workers as 'enemies'.  The men are all right-wing fanatics who plotted to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home in Michigan. They wanted to put her on trial for 'treason' in a safe house in Wisconsin, but had their plot foiled by the FBI.  Another part of their plan was to 'instigate a civil war', according to charging documents filed on Thursday.  In one of the many videos posted on social media by the men, Brandon Caserta, one of the men charged, fumes: 'Trump is not your friend, dude.  'It amazes me that people actually, like, believe that when he’s shown over and over and over again that he’s a tyrant.  'Every single person that works for government is your enemy, dude.'  It has also been revealed that...
    DONALD Trump has slammed Gretchen Whitmer for not thanking him for foiling the plot to kidnap her. The president also accused her of calling him a “white supremacist” after she said his words had become a rallying cry for extremists. 12The FBI carrying out a a raid on a property of one of the men accused in the kidnap plot 12Donald Trump said Whitmer has done a 'terrible job' Credit: AFP or licensors 12Whitmer had accused Trump of fanning the flames of extremismCredit: C-Span Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities. The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan. My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020 ...today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan. Rather than say thank you, she...
    THE far-right militia group who planned to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer were planning for a civil war, the FBI have said. The Wolverine Watchmen have been preparing for the "boogaloo", a term used in the militia movement for an uprising against the government or impending civil war, say prosecutors. 8Whitmer accused Donald Trump of fanning the flames of extremismCredit: C-Span 8One of those charged Pete Musico was part of a group that occupied Michigan's state capitol in AprilCredit: Reuters 8One of the properties that was raided by the FBICredit: WDIV TV Whitmer has become the focus of anger for her strict enforcement of Michigan’s stay at home and lockdown measures. Thirteen men – including seven associated with the militia – have now been arrested on charges of conspiring to kidnap the Michigan governor. Social media accounts belonging to several them incite a “civil war” were a hive of pro-Trump, pro-gun, anti-government...
    Joe Biden accused Donald Trump on Thursday of fanning the flames of “bigotry and hate” after a plot to kidnap the Democratic governor of Michigan was thwarted by law enforcement. The Democratic presidential nominee, writing on Twitter, suggested Trump’s prior call to “liberate Michigan” during a state-wide pandemic lockdown partly inspired the plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “When Governor Whitmer worked to protect her state from a deadly pandemic, President Trump issued a call to ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN’!” Biden wrote in the tweet. “That call was heard. He’s giving oxygen to the bigotry and hate we see on the march in our country — and we have to stop it,” he added. Authorities said Thursday that they arrested a number of men linked to two militia groups in Michigan who were plotting to kidnap the Gov. Whitmer. After the plot was discovered, Whitmer blasted Trump for what...
    Joe Biden accused Donald Trump on Thursday of fanning the flames of “bigotry and hate” after a plot to kidnap the Democratic governor of Michigan was thwarted by law enforcement. The Democratic presidential nominee, writing on Twitter, suggested Trump’s prior call to “liberate Michigan” during a state-wide pandemic lockdown partly inspired the plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “When Governor Whitmer worked to protect her state from a deadly pandemic, President Trump issued a call to ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN’!” Biden wrote in the tweet. “That call was heard. He’s giving oxygen to the bigotry and hate we see on the march in our country — and we have to stop it,” he added. Authorities said Thursday that they arrested a number of men linked to two militia groups in Michigan who were plotting to kidnap the Gov. Whitmer. After the plot was discovered, Whitmer blasted Trump for what she...
    MICHIGAN Gov Gretchen Whitmer has blamed President Trump for the kidnapping and murder plot against her - which was hatched by far-right militia after the FBI arrested six men. The Democrat Governor blasted the president after a group plotted to assassinate her and five others – in a bid to start a "civil war." 16Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivers remarks on Thursday after finding out of apparent 'assassination plot' to kill herCredit: AP:Associated Press 16Whitmer, a Democrat, is seen here at a Biden-Harris 2020 eventCredit: AFP or licensors Six men were arrested after they planned to meet on Wednesday to “make a payment on explosives and exchange tactical gear,” the FBI said in a court filing on Thursday. In total, 13 men were charged in connection with the plan to kidnap the governor. Six were arrested charged with federal crimes, while another seven were picked up on state charges, officials...
    Thousands of Michiganders are wondering if criminal charges and fines levied against them are still valid after the Michigan Supreme Court last Friday ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders issued after April 30 are illegal. Some don’t have answers – yet. Owosso barber Karl Manke’s attorney David Kallman told The Center Square he's expecting Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office to drop criminal charges against Manke, who operated his barbershop in violation of Whitmer's orders. The administrative charges through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs are unclear. “We’ve got criminal cases all over the state for gym owners,” Kallman said. “I’m expecting all of those to be dismissed shortly.” Over 2,500 Detroiters were ticketed by the Detroit Police Department (DPD) from April 14 through May 18, according to Michigan Capitol Confidential. DPD hasn’t answered a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday she and her family were “extremely grateful” authorities disrupted a kidnap plot against her, calling the militia members allegedly involved as “sick and depraved men.” “Hatred, bigotry and violence have no place in the great state of Michigan,” Whitmer said, the Washington Times reported. Thirteen men allegedly conspired to kidnap and kill Whitmer because, in part, of her strict coronavirus lockdown measure that sparked protests across the state. Federal prosecutors have charged six men, who were members of an unidentified militia, with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer. If convicted, all six could face life in prison. Separately, Michigan State Attorney General Dana Nessel lodged state charges against seven additional defendants in the plot. Those seven face 19 state felony charges, including state terrorism counts, that could land each in prison for more than 20 years. The FBI quoted one of the accused saying Whitmer “has no...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden said he believed that President Donald Trump encouragement to 'LIBERATE MICHIGAN' led to a plot to kidnap Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and incite a 'civil war.'  'Yes I do,' Biden answered when asked about Trump's April tweet, which was in protest of the governor's coronavirus lockdown restrictions. 'Why can't the president just say, "Stop. Stop, stop, stop, and we will pursue you if you don't. So, stop."'   As he was arriving in Arizona for a campaign stop with Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Sen. John McCain, Biden said he and running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, had both spoken with Whitmer Tuesday, hours after news of the plot broke.      Biden said Whitmer was 'feeling secure and good.' And he credited the FBI for the role the agency played.   'The words of a president matter,' Biden told reporters. 'They can cause a nation to have...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she and her family were “extremely grateful” that authorities disrupted a kidnap plot against her — and blasted the militia members allegedly involved as “sick and depraved men.” She also took a shot at President Trump. “Our head of state has spent the past seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking distrust, fomenting anger and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division,” she said. She then took aim at his “stand back and stand by” remarks to the Proud Boys during a debate with former Vice President Joe Biden last week. “Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, a call to action,” she said. Whitmer said members of two militia groups had plotted against her. She didn’t name either, but state Attorney General Dana Nessel earlier Thursday identified...
    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. ET Thursday after it was revealed that a militia planned to kidnap and kill her. It was reported on Thursday that an anti-government militia had planned to kidnap Whitmer and make her stand “trial.” According to the New York Times, six men were charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping after plotting “to carry out the kidnapping before the presidential election.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also held a Thursday press conference on the plot. An FBI agent reportedly wrote that “Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” and that the militia “decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.” Watch live above, via the Washington Post. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) held a news conference on Thursday to reveal the stunning details of a plot by militia group Wolverine Watchment to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, instigate a civil war, and “target” law enforcement officials. The announcement comes after news broke that the FBI thwarted the militia plot and arrested those involved. Nessel began by reporting that all seven individuals, who are either in the Wolverine Watchmen or associates of the militia group, are now in custody for their involvement in the terrorist act. “The individuals in custody are suspected to have attempted to identify home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them, made threats of violence intended to instigate a civil war, and engaged in planning and training for an operation to attack the capitol building of Michigan, and to kidnap government officials, including the governor of Michigan,” Nessel revealed. The...
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Six men have been charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at her vacation home, and to try her for “treason” before the Nov. 3 election. Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, all of Michigan; and Barry Croft of Delaware all face a federal charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. They are accused of reaching out to a militia group to assist with their plot, purchasing weapons, conducting surveillance, and holding training drills. The FBI said it was already investigating the militia group and was able to thwart the plot through the use of confidential informants and undercover agents. Federal authorities were scheduled to discuss the case at a Thursday afternoon press conference. According to court documents, Fox and several other people met in Dublin, Ohio, on June 3 to talk about “creating a society that followed the U.S. Bill of...
    The FBI made a shocking announcement on Thursday, saying they’d disrupted a violent plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. From The Detroit News: "Several members talked about murdering 'tyrants' or 'taking' a sitting governor," an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit. "The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message." The FBI affidavit named six men who were involved in the plot: Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbing, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta. FBI agents raided Ty Garbing’s home on Wednesday night.  The group wasn’t just planning to kidnap Whitmer; they also discussed killing police officers, which prompted one of the militia members they contacted to do the right thing and reach out to law enforcement. Like a lot of extremists, Fox and the other men named in the affidavit were openly plotting and operating on Facebook. In...
    Five people have been arrested in an FBI raid in Michigan over plots to kidnap and assassinate political figures including the state's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer who they believe 'violated' the US Constitution this year with tough pandemic lockdown laws. The five men were taken into custody in a raid on a house in Detroit on Thursday morning. They have been named as Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta and 24-year-old Ty Garbin. None of the other suspects' ages have yet been released.  In their arrest affidavit, the FBI wrote: 'Several members talked about murdering "tyrants" or "taking' a sitting governor".   The Detroit News first shared details of the FBI operation. It claims that in June, some of the men held a meeting with 13 other people where they discussed forming their own 'self-sufficient' society.  The FBI were seen raiding the property in Detroit on Thursday morning. FBI agents filed...
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    Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerSunday shows preview: Trump COVID-19 diagnosis rocks Washington, 2020 election Michigan Supreme Court strikes down governor's continued state of emergency The best medicine for a COVID-19 economy? More education and training MORE (D) on Tuesday signed a bill that will give clerks in the state’s larger cities 10 additional hours to open and sort absentee ballots. Both Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) had repeatedly lobbied the legislature’s GOP majority to pass such a measure, saying it was necessary to prevent major delays in reporting results, according to the Detroit Free Press. The measure will also allow clerks to use an extra shift to process and count ballots and reach out to voters in the event of any problems with their signatures. It would not, however, apply the extra 10 hours to count the ballots in question. Benson said the law signed by Whitmer would be a “step in...
    Despite the battering incurred by COVID-19 on the state’s economy, the Michigan legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed on a fiscal year 2021 budget that includes significant spending increases as well as continuing funding of education, economic development, public health and safety, and environmental initiatives at current levels. The agreement on the 2021 omnibus and School Aid Fund budgets was announced late Wednesday afternoon by the governor’s office. Neither budget will include an increase in taxes. The budget increases came the same week the government watchdog group Truth in Accounting ranked Michigan 39 th in a state-by-state report. Only 11 states placed worse, with Michigan graded “D” along with 15 other states for its fiscal health prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. The state is projected to report a revenue loss of $9 billion, partially as a result of the pandemic. According to the report, the state would...
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called on Michiganders to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. “It’s crucial that all Michiganders know how to safely exercise their right to vote and make a plan ahead of the November election. Right now, Michigan citizens can register to vote and request an absentee ballot online at Michigan.gov/Vote,” Whitmer said in a statement. “They also have a number of options to vote safely and securely, including from home, early at their clerk’s office, and in person at the polls, and I encourage them to make their voting plan now.” Whitmer encouraged those who choose to vote from home to mail their ballots back as soon as possible or deliver to a local election ballot dropbox. “Already we’ve had three successful elections this year which saw record turnout, record numbers of citizens voting by mail, and...
    As more than 6 million individuals are now known to be infected with COVID-19 in the United States, this pandemic has divided our nation into states that have enacted strong responses with mask mandates and shelter-in-place orders, and other states going about business as usual while the numbers of infected individuals grow exponentially. [ READ: Model Predicts 410K Virus Deaths by January ]While news of COVID-19 has largely focused on the control of spread in coastal states like New York and California, and the uncontrolled rise in cases in Sun Belt states such as Alabama and Florida, it is important to also examine the interventions that have proven to be exceedingly successful in America’s heartland. Photos: States Pause ReopeningView All 18 ImagesWhile a recent political rally in honor of President Donald Trump in Michigan quickly drew attention for pictures of thousands of maskless attendees who were not socially distancing, the real story...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that gyms across the state can reopen next week after over five months of closures. “Throughout this pandemic, we have followed the best science and data available to make decisions that will keep Michiganders safe, and our hard work is paying off,” Whitmer said Thursday. Whitmer, a Democrat, said that indoor fitness centers will be allowed to reopen starting Wednesday, Sept. 9, with safety precautions such as mandatory masks at all times and capacity capped at 25%. “I urge everyone who plans to hit the gym after these orders go into effect to take these precautions seriously and do everything in their power to protect themselves and their families. Be smart and stay safe,” she added. Gyms in Michigan were ordered to shut down over five months ago as the rates of coronavirus cases climbed across the state. Whitmer's aggressive...
            by Scott McClallen  Four business groups sent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a letter asking to reopen industries that have been closed for five months, although they’re open in certain parts of Michigan and surrounding states. After five months with no revenue and continued fixed costs, some gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys are on the brink of bankruptcy. Leaders of the Small Business Association of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Chamber, The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and the Detroit Regional Chamber urged Whitmer to meet with those groups to find a way to reopen safely. “Michigan is one of a handful of states that has not allowed these sectors to open in any capacity,” the letter reads. “These businesses have been completely closed after months of the public health emergency, while still facing property tax bills, rent, payroll and other expenses.” The groups said the restrictions have resulted in...
    (CBS Detroit ) – Governor Whitmer is considering reopening several businesses in Michigan including bowling alleys, fitness centers, and movie theaters. Due to Whitmer’s executive orders those businesses were considered non-essential. This forced them to close their doors for the last five months. Whitmer is expected to amend those restrictions by next week. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan High School Athletic Association cleared low-risk sports on Wednesday, allowing golf, tennis and cross country to complete, but is holding off on allowing football, volleyball and soccer games to start. MHSAA said they would decide by August 20 for those contact sports depending on how the spread of COVID-19 is going in the state of Michigan. Practice can start on August 12 for all sports except football, which must wait until August 17. ???? BREAKING: MHSAA Representative Council Approves Phased-In Practice & Competition for Fall Sports >> https://t.co/EwY6h6FoXd — MHSAA (@MHSAA) July 29, 2020 The council voted to cancel scrimmages in all fall sports and limited the number of teams that can compete in regular-season tournaments, invitationals, and other multi-team events. Indoor sports like girls, volleyball, swimming, and diving will depend on Governor Whitmer’s ban on indoor sports facilities. Practices can begin...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday tightened pandemic restrictions in northern Michigan while letting Detroit’s three casinos reopen at limited capacity after four-plus months of being closed to curb the coronavirus. The new limits covering 32 northern counties match ones already in place in the rest of the state. Indoor gatherings in the Traverse City and Upper Peninsula regions — where the rate of new COVID-19 cases is lower — will be capped at ten starting Friday at 12:01 a.m., down from 50. Bars must close for indoor service if more than 70% of their gross receipts are from alcohol sales. The three casinos in Detroit can open Aug. 5. They will have to ban smoking and limit capacity to 15%. Tribal casinos, which are not regulated by the state, have already reopened and have been operating safely, Whitmer said. “After seeing a resurgence in cases connected...
    Pulitzer Prize-winning Michigan journalist Charlie LeDuff told "The Story" Thursday that Detroit is "in for a slog" as gun violence continues to surge at troubling rates in the city. "I think we are in for a slog here," LeDuff told host Martha McCallum. "I think you know it and the country knows it, the police do their jobs, [but] there's not enough police to do it and some are afraid to do it but just last week they pulled 106 guns off of 117 arrestees. Guns are everywhere." OPERATION LEGEND: IS IT CONSTITUTIONAL?  LeDuff's comments come a day after President Trump vowed to deploy federal troops to several U.S. cities -- including Detroit --  to combat rising crime. The "surge" of agents to struggling American cities is part of Operation Legend -- named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was fatally shot while sleeping in a Kansas City apartment late last month -- and comes as federal law enforcement officers have already descended on Portland, Ore., and Kansas...
              Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released a proposal for additional police reform policies on Monday after nearly a month of protests against police brutality and racial inequality across the nation. The four-pronged plan features policies such as a ban on chokeholds, retention of disciplinary records and a requirement of “duty to intervene” policies. “All Michiganders, no matter their community or the color of their skin, deserve equal treatment under the law,” Whitmer said in a statement. “This proposal will help us ensure that law enforcement officials treat all Michiganders with humanity and respect, and will help us keep our communities safe.” The proposal focuses on four areas: policy, personnel, partnership and community engagement, and prevention and accountability. New proposed policies include a ban on chokeholds, limited use of no-knock warrants, required “duty to intervene” policies, and classifying false and racially-motivated emergency calls as a hate crime, among...
    MICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer proposed additional police reform policies on Monday to help strengthen police-community relations and ensure that all Michiganders are treated with dignity and respect under the law. The four-pronged plan, which was developed in partnership with community leaders and law enforcement organizations, will make significant reforms in policy, personnel, participation and community engagement, and prevention and accountability to address racial disparities in how law enforcement is applied toward communities of color.    “All Michiganders, no matter their community or the color of their skin, deserve equal treatment under the law,” Whitmer said. “This proposal will help us ensure that law enforcement officials treat all Michiganders with humanity and respect, and will help us keep our communities safe. I will continue working with leaders in law enforcement to make public safety more just and equitable in Michigan.”   Whitmer proposed the following reforms:   POLICY: The Whitmer...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took to Twitter last week in response to a recent comment from President Donald Trump on the city of Detroit and other cities. Trump was on Fox News discussing liberal cities in crisis and said cities like Detroit, Oakland, Baltimore and Chicago are like “living in hell.” “We have cities that are worse and some are far worse. Take a look at Detroit. Take a look at what’s happening in Oakland. Take a look at what’s happening in Baltimore, and everyone gets upset with me when I say it. They say, ‘Oh is that a racist statement.’ It’s not a racist statement. Frankly, Black people come up to me saying, ‘Thank you, thank you sir for saying it.’ They want to help. These cities, it’s like living in hell,” said Trump. Detroit, Oakland, Baltimore and Chicago, “it’s like living in hell.” pic.twitter.com/4LDbEijykV — Christopher...
    Congressional Republicans intensified their questioning of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate the impact of Whitmer’s executive orders that placed COVID-19 patients into the same buildings, but different units, as elderly nursing home residents. They also sought investigations into four other state governors who set similar policies. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., had previously requested similar information from Whitmer, which the governor declined. The inquiries come amid accusations that her policies may have contributed to thousands of elderly deaths. “Grieving families of those who died as a result of these orders deserve answers about why they were put in place and the full extent of their impact, and there is no amount of stonewalling, name-calling, or blame-shifting that will...
    A cluster of 85 new coronavirus cases have been linked back to Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub in Michigan, the Ingham County Health Department said Saturday. The Health Department said Wednesday on Twitter that the total number of cases linked back to Harper’s was 34, and said Friday that the number had risen to 76, CBS News reported. As of Saturday, a total of 85 cases have been connected to the bar. (RELATED: Gov. Whitmer: ‘I’m Never Going To Apologize’ For Shutting Down Michigan) There are some misleading news reports today. Only people who went to Harper’s June 12-20 have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days since their visit. Cases linked to Harper’s are currently at 85 total. — Ingham Health Dept. (@InghamHealth) June 27, 2020 “Given the number of cases in this outbreak, we consider this a higher risk exposure than a typical visit to a restaurant or...
    The Detroit Lions are doing what they can to play in front of fans in 2020. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed an executive order to bring sports back without fans in the state during the coronavirus pandemic, and the Lions are now working on getting on the field with people in the seats. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Following her order, the Lions tweeted that the organization is “working closely with her office to evaluate when and how we can safely play in front of our fans.” ???????? pic.twitter.com/9pEvGKBmlK — Detroit Lions (@Lions) June 26, 2020 I’m not sure how you can even have the NFL season without fans in the stands. It’d look incredibly bizarre, and it wouldn’t be normal at all. Football is not meant to be played in empty stadiums. It’s just not. It’s meant to be played in...
            by Scott McClallen  Congressional Republicans intensified their questioning of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter asking Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate the impact of Whitmer’s executive orders that placed COVID-19 patients into the same buildings, but different units, as elderly nursing home residents. They also sought investigations into four other state governors who set similar policies. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-01) had previously requested similar information from Whitmer, which the governor declined. The inquiries come amid accusations that her policies may have contributed  to thousands of elderly deaths. “Grieving families of those who died as a result of these orders deserve answers about why they were put in place and the full extent of their impact, and there is no amount of stonewalling, name-calling, or...
            by Scott McClallen  Hours before Michigan’s indoor fitness centers were allowed to open for the first time in months, a Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel told the gyms to keep their doors shut. A three-judge panel issued an emergency stay sought by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, freezing the preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney that would have allowed gyms to open at 12:01 am Thursday. “We sympathize deeply with the business owners and their patrons affected by the governor’s order,” the order said. “Crises like COVID-19 can call for quick, decisive measures to save lives. Yet those measures can have extreme costs – costs that often are not borne evenly.” A group of fitness centers sued Whitmer in May, alleging her orders violated their constitutional rights. Judges Julia Smith Gibbons, Deborah Cook and Chad Readler wrote that, although the plaintiffs risk losing their businesses,...
            by Scott McCallen  Congressional Republicans intensified their questioning of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate the impact of Whitmer’s executive orders that placed COVID-19 patients into the same buildings, but different units, as elderly nursing home residents. They also sought investigations into four other state governors who set similar policies. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., had previously requested similar information from Whitmer, which the governor declined. The inquiries come amid accusations that her policies may have contributed  to thousands of elderly deaths. “Grieving families of those who died as a result of these orders deserve answers about why they were put in place and the full extent of their impact, and there is no amount of stonewalling, name-calling, or blame-shifting that will...
    Grand Rapids (CBS Detroit) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer brought her “Work With Whitmer” tour to Grand Rapids. Whitmer visited two businesses that opened under the “MI Safe Start Program.” (Credit: State of Michigan) The governor first stoped at Reflections Hair Salon where she cleaned equipment and leader how to work at the salon. Whitmer got to hear first hand how their businesses were affected by COVID-19. (Credit: State of Michigan) “This was a great opportunity to see firsthand how Michigan’s small businesses are getting back to work safely and responsibly,” said Governor Whitmer. “I had a fun time learning from the stylists at Reflections about the precautions they are taking to keep their staff and customers safe, and they made sure to put me to work. We’re not out of the woods yet, but if we all keep doing our part, I know we can build a Michigan...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that a monthslong moratorium on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic will end in mid-July, when landlords can start applying for $50 million in government assistance if they let people stay in their homes. The initiative will be financed as part of an $880 million spending bill the Democratic governor will soon sign — funding the federal government sent to Michigan to address the COVID-19 crisis. If landlords do not evict their tenants for debt related to the pandemic, they can receive a lump-sum payment. They must waive late fees or penalties and forgive a certain amount. If a landlord is owed $1,000 and gets $900 through the eviction diversion program, for example, the remaining $100 must be forgiven. If a landlord who is owed $1,000 receives $450, $50 must be forgiven. The tenant would have to...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday extending the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15. Whitmer also created the Eviction Diversion Program, which outlines a process for renters to get fast rental assistance or establish a manageable payment plan to keep Michiganders in their homes. Rental assistance under the Eviction Diversion Program will be available beginning July 16. “No Michigander should have to worry about losing their home during a global health pandemic and, at the same time, landlords and management companies need rent from their tenants to sustain their businesses,” Whitmer said. “This innovative new program will save lives, save money, and save businesses by keeping families in their homes and providing immediate financial relief to landlords for back rent they’re due.” Under the executive order, $50 million of rental assistance will be made available in the form of lump sum payments to landlords in...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday allowed for the return of pro sports in Michigan as long as fans aren’t in attendance. The move followed Major League Baseball’s decision this week to set a 60-game schedule to start July 23 or July 24 in empty ballparks. The governor said pro teams can resume operations notwithstanding capacity limits and restrictions on gatherings and events to curb the coronavirus. Games must be played without a live audience for the “time being.” Only staff of the facility and media can attend. “While this is an encouraging step in the reopening of our economy, it is critical for athletes to continue social distancing and taking precautions to stay safe,” Whitmer said in a statement. Participants must stay 6 feet apart “ to the extent compatible with the sporting activity,” according to the order. It does not address college sports. Outdoor social gatherings and events...
    A federal appeals court in Michigan has worked out that gym customers won’t be returning to their indoor sweat sessions just yet. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer scored a victory late Wednesday night when the panel stayed a lower court ruling that would have lifted her coronavirus shutdowns of gyms in the southern part of the state. “Today three Republican-appointed judges got it right: In the fight against a global pandemic, courts must give governors broad latitude to make quick, difficult decisions,” said Tiffany Brown, the Democratic governor’s press secretary. “The governor will continue to take the actions necessary to save lives.” MICHIGAN DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST BARBER WHO REOPENED IN DEFIANCE OF WHITMER'S CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN Two of the three judges were appointed to the court by former President George W. Bush, and the third was appointed by President Trump. “Enjoining the actions of elected state officials, especially in a situation where an...
    The Michigan Senate passed a bill Wednesday that some lawmakers say would better protect nursing home residents from COVID-19. The Republican-led chamber approved Senate Bill 0956, which challenges Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s current policy harnessing 21 regional hubs to care for COVID-19 patients who are meant to be separated from elderly nursing home patients. Other lawmakers decried the governor's move because the novel coronavirus has ravaged the elderly, as many have pre-existing conditions that compromise their immune system. U.S. Congressional Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, said the decision “likely contributed to the thousands of elderly deaths in Michigan,” he wrote in a letter to Whitmer, who declined to cooperate with his inquiry. Under the bill passed Wednesday, each of the eight health care regions would be required to dedicate facilities only for COVID-19 nursing home patients by Sept. 15. The measure also would require the Department...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic or dam flooding could wait to pay their summer property taxes until 2021 without being penalized under legislation sent to Michigan's governor. A related bill would require the state to provide short-term financing to local governments facing revenue shortfalls due to the later tax payments. The measures were among several approved in the Legislature Wednesday and Thursday, as lawmakers moved bills to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer or took initial action on others before breaking until later in the summer. It is not clear if Whitmer will sign the tax deferral bills. The state Department of Treasury opposes the “unworkable” bonding proposal and said conversations will continue. The sponsor, Republican Rep. James Lower of Greenville, said the goal is to give people whose livelihoods have been upended a “little peace of mind.” Further work will...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court late Wednesday halted a lower judge’s ruling and kept closed gyms and fitness centers that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered shut months ago to curb the coronavirus. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 3-0 decision, granted an emergency stay sought by the governor. After a lawsuit was filed by indoor fitness facilities, District Judge Paul Maloney in Kalamazoo said last week that gyms could reopen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Whitmer’s order, “even if imperfect,” passes muster under a “rational basis” test used to weigh its constitutionality, said Judges Julia Smith Gibbons, Deborah Cook and Chad Readler. “Shaping the precise contours of public health measures entails some difficult line-drawing. Our Constitution wisely leaves that task to officials directly accountable to the people,” they wrote. The judges said while the gym owners who sued bear the very real risk of losing their businesses, the...
    LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday, which extends a previous executive order temporarily allowing e-signatures on official documents and remote notarizations to avoid unnecessary in-person contact during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This executive order expires on July 31, 2020. “As we continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19 and make every effort to prevent a second wave, it’s crucial that we take all measures to avoid unnecessary in-person contact while ensuring documents can be signed or notarized,” Whitmer said. “Encouraging the use of e-signatures and alternative means of notarization will protect more people during this ongoing public health crisis.” Under this executive order, requirements for in-person notarizations are temporarily suspended and transactions that require a notary to be completed via two-way, real-time audiovisual technology are allowed. The order also extends the validity of notary commissions until July 31, 2020. It also permits the...
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