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Whitmer: 'It's Got to End'

Michigan's governor responds to chants of 'lock her up' at Trump rally

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that President Trump is inciting "domestic terrorism" following "lock her up" chants at his rally in the state the night before, the AP reports. Whitmer told NBC's Meet the Press that the rhetoric is "incredibly disturbing" a little more than... More »

At Trump Rally, Cries of 'Lock Her Up' Not About Clinton

Michigan rally responds to attacks on governor

(Newser) - A crowd in Michigan provided a chorus for President Trump's attacks on the state's governor on Saturday, chanting "Lock her up!" The FBI announced earlier this month that it had uncovered a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "They said she was threatened," Trump... More »

Another Governor Was Possible Kidnapping Target

FBI agent says Virginia's Ralph Northam was discussed by paramilitary groups

(Newser) - Members of anti-government paramilitary groups discussed kidnapping Virginia’s governor during a June meeting in Ohio, an FBI agent testified Tuesday during a court hearing in Michigan. Special Agent Richard Trask was part of the investigation that led to six men being arrested and charged last week with plotting to... More »

'I Don't Know, Boys, We Gotta Do Something'

Details emerge in anti-government plot in Michigan

(Newser) - The story behind the jarring arrest on Thursday of several men who allegedly plotted to kidnap Michigan's governor may have begun with a plea made by one of the suspects in a Facebook video in June. Adam Fox complained about the judicial system and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's COVID... More »

With Plot Broken, Governor Calls Out Trump's Rhetoric

President's adviser accuses Whitmer of hating

(Newser) - After law enforcement officials announced the arrests of 13 people they said were plotting to kidnap her, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stepped to the microphone. After thanking the people who foiled the domestic terrorism conspiracy , she addressed the big picture, the Detroit Free Press reports. In a time when Americans... More »

Feds: 6 Men Plotted to Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

They have been charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping

(Newser) - "The allegations in this complaint are deeply disturbing," said the US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Here they are: that six people plotted to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at her northern Michigan vacation home with the intention of trying her for treason. The Detroit Free Press ... More »

Island Becomes Drive-Thru COVID Memorial

Families set up large photos of victims on Detroit's Belle Isle

(Newser) - A Detroit island park was transformed Monday into a drive-thru COVID-19 victims memorial, as hearses led processions around Belle Isle Park. More than 900 large photos of local coronavirus victims provided by relatives were turned into posters and staked into the ground, the AP reports. The pictures in the island... More »

Michigan to Pay Flint Residents $600M

Settlement reached over contaminated water

(Newser) - It looks like the residents of Flint, Mich., affected by the city's tainted-water catastrophe will be getting some payback: The state has agreed to a $600 million settlement. The proposed deal announced Thursday needs to be approved by US District Judge Judith Levy, who's overseeing lawsuits against the... More »

Michigan Gov. Explains Hubby's Controversial Boat Request

Gretchen Whitmer says it was a 'failed attempt at humor'

(Newser) - Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the Michigan Governor's Mansion. Gretchen Whitmer responded Tuesday to reports that her husband, Marc Mallory, dropped her name when attempting to get his boat in the water prior to Memorial Day weekend (as his wife simultaneously cautioned state residents against... More »

Gov. Whitmer's New Headache Involves Her Husband, a Boat

Marc Mallory allegedly dropped her title to try to get his boat in the water

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has garnered a slew of coronavirus-related headlines these past couple months. But this week has brought one that also includes the words "husband" and "boat." The Detroit News reports on the "purported request" from Marc Mallory that NorthShore Dock LLC get his... More »

Governor: People Will Be Held Responsible for Failed Dam

It had been the target of investigations prior to Tuesday failure

(Newser) - Thousands of Michigan residents were forced to flee their homes in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic when a dam failed Tuesday , flooding homes downstream with as much as nine feet of water. On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer promised that the state would "pursue every line of legal recourse"... More »

Trump Threatens States Over 'Illegal' Mail-in Ballots

Michigan says it sent out applications, not ballots

(Newser) - President Trump threatened to withdraw federal funds Wedneday after apparently misinterpreting a move from Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The president, who has repeatedly criticized Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, claimed the state had sent absentee ballots to 7.7 million voters. "This was done illegally and without authorization... More »

After 2 Dams Fail, Mich. Gov. Warns of 9 Feet of Water

Whitmer urges thousands in affected areas of Midland County in Michigan to evacuate

(Newser) - Two dams have failed in a Michigan county, leading the state's governor to declare a state of emergency and issue dire warnings to residents to evacuate affected areas. AccuWeather reports that the Edenville and Sanford dams in Midland County breached Tuesday night after heavy rains and flash flooding, and... More »

Michigan Protesters Meet Again at Capitol

Rally against stay-at-home order also draws supporters

(Newser) - More than 200 demonstrators, some armed, returned to Michigan's Capitol on Thursday for a rainy protest of the state's stay-at-home orders during the pandemic. Social distancing guidelines were ignored by the protesters, as well as some members of the media, the Detroit Free Press reports. Two of the... More »

Barber Who Reopened: 'I'm Not Caving In to This'

Michigan's Karl Manke, who's been cutting hair for 60 years, is fighting his license suspensions

(Newser) - Karl Manke has been cutting hair for nearly 60 of his 77 years. He plans to continue doing so, whether it's legal or not. "I'm not closing up. I’m not caving in to this," says Manke, who had his business and professional licenses temporarily suspended... More »

Michigan Gov.: Protests Were Filled With 'the Worst Racism'

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer makes her case on CNN

(Newser) - Michigan’s governor says gun-carrying protesters who demonstrated inside her state’s Capitol "depicted some of the worst racism" and "awful parts" of US history, the AP reports. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer tells CNN that the protests featured "Confederate Flags, and nooses," as well as swastikas. Members... More »

Unfazed Governor Extends Michigan's State of Emergency

GOP lawmakers had refused to do so

(Newser) - The Republican-led Michigan Legislature refused Thursday to extend the state's coronavirus emergency declaration and voted to authorize a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's authority and actions to combat the pandemic. The governor, unfazed, responded with orders stating under one law that an emergency still exists, while declaring... More »

Gretchen Whitmer Defends Her Strict Stay-Home Order

Michigan governor says she's had to make 'gut-wrenching' choices

(Newser) - Michigan's Democratic governor has come under fire for her stay-home order, one of the country's strictest . On Tuesday, Gretchen Whitmer addressed the "gut-wrenching" choices she's made amid the coronavirus pandemic. "I never imagined having to use the levers of my office this way to protect... More »

Anti-Lockdown Protesters Ignore Social Distancing

Cars clogged Lansing in 'Operation Gridlock'

(Newser) - Hundreds of people protesting strict lockdown measures in Michigan ignored state directives on social distancing—and instructions from protest organizers—and gathered in front of the Capitol building in Lansing Wednesday. They were among thousands of people who came from across the state to clog Lansing streets in what organizers... More »

Some Upset by Michigan Governor's Tough Stance

GOP blasts governor's moves

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's decision to toughen one of the nation's strictest stay-home orders in response to the coronavirus is hitting opposition in her home state, where Republicans who backed her moves initially are now ratcheting up their criticism. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey took to Facebook to... More »

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