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Michigan Undercounted COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths by 30 Percent, Auditor Finds

By Steven Kovac The administration of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer underreported the number of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19 by 30 percent, according to a report by the state’s auditor general. Auditor General Doug Ringler has been haggling with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for months over the numbers and how to count them. […]

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Court Fight Over Dead People on Voter Lists Heats Up in Michigan

By Steven Kovac How many dead people should remain on Michigan voter rolls? The answer may be determined by a federal judge. The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) on Nov. 3 sued Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, for allegedly failing to remove from the state’s voter rolls the names of 26,000 registered voters who have either died […]

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GM Venture Picks Michigan for 3rd US-based EV Battery Plant

By The Associated Press DETROIT—General Motors and a joint-venture partner plan to build an electric vehicle battery factory in Lansing, Michigan, their third such factory in the United States. The companies’ plans were revealed on Friday in documents posted on the city’s website. They say the plant would cost up to $2.5 billion and employ as many as 1,700 workers. […]

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Court Sides With Unvaccinated Michigan Athletes in Mandate Case

By Steven Kovac Sixteen unvaccinated athletes won another round in their legal battle to play sports, despite Western Michigan University’s mandate that all of its inter-collegiate athletes get the COVID-19 vaccination shot. In a unanimous published decision issued Oct. 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio, held that the university violated the athletes’ First Amendment rights. All 16 […]

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400 Workers Quit Large Michigan Hospital System Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

By Zachary Stieber Approximately 400 healthcare workers at one of Michigan’s largest hospital systems have resigned over the system’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The roughly 33,000 workers at Henry Ford Health System, which includes five hospitals, were required to get a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 10. Those who didn’t receive an exemption or comply with the mandate […]

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Michigan Hospital System Says Workers With COVID-19 Natural Immunity Don’t Need Vaccine

By Jack Phillips Workers at Michigan-based Spectrum Health can avoid the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate if they can prove they have natural immunity to the virus. “While we still recommend vaccination for people with prior COVID-19 infection, according to this new research, there is increasing evidence that natural infection affords protection from COVID-19 reinfection and severe symptoms for […]

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Michigan Health System Employees Sue Over Vaccine Mandate

By Ivan Pentchoukov A group of 51 employees of a Detroit health care organization filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging their employer’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The lawsuit argues that the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) violated the plaintiffs’ right to bodily autonomy and right to reject medical treatment under interpretations of the 14th Amendment. The lawsuit […]

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Healthcare Workers Pack Hearing to Support Bill to Ban Vaccine Mandates in Michigan

By Steven Kovac LANSING, Mich.—A public hearing on a proposed new law to ban employers from requiring workers to be vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus drew hundreds of people, many dressed in hospital scrubs, to the state capital on Thursday morning. The overwhelmingly supportive crowd jammed into a hearing on the bill conducted by […]

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Michigan Senate Passes Legislation to Add Voter ID Requirements: ‘Overwhelmingly Popular’

By Jack Phillips Michigan’s GOP-led Senate on Wednesday passed several bills that, if signed into law, would implement more voter identification requirements for in-person voters and absentee voters, adding Michigan to a growing list of states pursuing more stringient election measures. All Senate Republicans voted in favor of the three bills, while every Senate Democrat […]

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Court Rules Efforts to Recall Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Can Proceed

By Jack Phillips A Michigan court ruled that several recall efforts against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can proceed after the governor had argued that they were not appropriate. The Michigan Court of Appeals on May 27 ruled (pdf) that the state’s “Board of State Canvassers correctly approved” several petitions that were “at issue.” Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, both Democrats, had challenged […]

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Michigan Woman Died of ‘Complications’ After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine: Family

By Jack Phillips A Michigan family claims that their loved one died of complications after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating. The family of Anne VanGeest, 35, said she died on April 19 at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids. “It is with profound sadness that […]

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Michigan Rep. Upton Unanimously Censured by County GOP for Impeachment Vote

By Jack Phillips A Michigan county’s Republican Party voted to censure Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this month. During the Allegan County Republican Convention, members voted Jan. 21 “censure and condemn” Upton in a unanimous vote, according to a statement, adding that Upton “ignored the voice of his voters […]