LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday defended her proposal to nearly triple Michigan's per-gallon gasoline tax to make it the highest in the nation, promising no more...
AG looks to settle Flint suits; Worthy joins criminal probe
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she is hoping to settle 79 lawsuits that were filed against the state and its employees by Flint residents following the city's...
Nessel asked to review how wage, sick day laws were gutted
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel was asked Wednesday to review the constitutionality of Michigan Republicans' unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements, which are due to take effect in six weeks.
Ex-FBI agent is out in Flint water investigation
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The former head of the FBI in Detroit has been removed from the Flint water criminal investigation.
Andy Arena was part of the team assembled in 2016 by then-Attorney General Bill Schuette. He's had a distinguished career in law enforcement, especially with the FBI in New York and Detroit.
Nessel to review predecessor’s opinion on LGBT protections
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will review her predecessor's opinion that state law doesn't protect LGBT people from discrimination .
AGs in Michigan, 3 other states seek to defend health law
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the federal health care law after a judge declared it unconstitutional.
The Democrat announced Thursday her motion to intervene. Joining her were three other Democratic attorneys general — Phil Weiser of Colorado, Aaron Ford of Nevada and Thomas Miller of Iowa.
Commission poised to seek AG’s opinion on LGBT protections
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is poised to ask the new attorney general to reconsider her predecessor's opinion that state law doesn't protect LGBT people from discrimination .
The commission will decide Monday whether to make the request to Attorney General Dana Nessel at its scheduled meeting in the Detroit suburb of Warren.
Michigan drops suits challenging environmental regulations
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's new Democratic attorney general is pulling the state out of four environmental lawsuits that her Republican predecessor supported.
Attorney General Dana Nessel says she's filed motions to rescind Michigan's involvement with the suits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Former Attorney General Bill Schuette had made Michigan a participant in the cases, along with some other states.
Schneider gets Senate’s OK as US attorney in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Senate has approved Matthew Schneider as chief federal prosecutor for eastern Michigan.
Schneider's nomination as U.S. attorney was approved Wednesday night. He's already been on the job for a year.
Schneider is a former assistant U.S. attorney. He also worked for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Michigan Supreme Court. The Frankenmuth native has degrees from Michigan State University and University of Michigan law school.
New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools.
A light shade of blue: Democrat wins in conservative county
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A Democrat has won an election in one of Michigan's most Republican counties.
On his third try, Doug Zylstra made history Tuesday by winning a seat on the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners from a district in Holland. The Holland Sentinel says it's a first for a Democrat.
Women help Democrats take back key offices in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democrats seized power in state government again after a long drought and flipped two prized congressional seats thanks to a slate of female candidates who drew strong support from women voters.
Whitmer: Drinking water, roads will top legislative agenda
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cleaning up contaminated drinking water and smoothing deteriorating roads will top the agenda for Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, who said Wednesday she hopes to find bipartisan consensus with the GOP-controlled Legislature.
Whitmer, Stabenow win as Democrats take key Michigan races
DETROIT (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer won the race for Michigan governor and Debbie Stabenow won a fourth term in the Senate as the Democratic Party took aim at the Republicans' hold on most statewide offices with a slate of female candidates.
Democrat Whitmer wins Michigan governor race, beats Schuette
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was elected Michigan's next governor on Tuesday, retaking the office for her party after eight years of Republican control of a state that Donald Trump won by the slimmest of margins.
Whitmer, a former legislative leader who led a female-dominated statewide ticket, defeated GOP state Attorney General Bill Schuette. Her running mate, Garlin Gilchrist II, will be Michigan's first black lieutenant governor.
Whitmer, Stabenow win as Democrats take key Michigan races
DETROIT (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer won the race for Michigan governor on Tuesday and Debbie Stabenow won a fourth term in the Senate as the Democratic Party took aim at the Republican Party's hold on most statewide offices with a slate of female candidates.
Candidates crisscross Michigan in final campaign stops
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer crisscrossed Michigan on Monday, making their closing appeals and firing up their get-out-the-vote organizers on the eve of the election for governor.
Schuette, the state attorney general who has trailed in polls, pointed to Donald Trump's surprise 2016 victory in Michigan, when some final-week surveys showed Hillary Clinton slightly ahead while others had it as a close race.
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- The Detroit NewsSchuette deputy reappointed as U.S. attorney in DetroitJuly 2, 2018
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Fraud charges filed in investigation of autism services
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Fraud charges have been filed against a woman who worked for Centria Healthcare, the largest provider of autism therapy in Michigan.
The attorney general's office announced charges Friday against Christine Leonard of Swartz Creek, who is accused of billing Medicaid for services that weren't performed. Attorney General Bill Schuette calls it "fraud, pure and simple."
Schuette cancels TV ads in all markets except Detroit
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Tuesday canceled TV ads across Michigan in the final week of the race, except in the Detroit market — another sign that his campaign was facing an uphill climb to defeat Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.
The state attorney general nixed all $445,000 worth of broadcast ads in the Grand Rapids, Flint, Lansing, Traverse City and Marquette markets. A $441,000 buy in metro Detroit, the state's largest market, was kept intact.
Redistricting group, Whitmer raise more than opponents
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a ballot drive aimed at ending partisan gerrymandering raised $13.8 million over three months — dwarfing the opposition — while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer outraised and outspent her Republican rival Bill Schuette since the primary.
Those are some key takeaways from Michigan's latest campaign-finance reports that were due Friday. Much of the money is being used for a blitz of TV, radio and online ads ahead of next week's election.
AG Schuette, ex-lawmaker Whitmer vie to be Michigan governor
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan "deserves better" from the next governor — improved schools, smoother roads, healthier drinking water — and her legislative vote to expand health coverage to low-income adults is proof that she can fix long-unaddressed problems.
Pence to campaign for James, Schuette in Grand Rapids Monday
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is coming back to Michigan to campaign for Republican candidates.
Pence, who has been in the state three times since the August primary, will headline a get-out-the-vote rally Monday in Grand Rapids with U.S. Senate candidate John James, gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette and other candidates.
The event at the DeltaPlex Arena will be hosted by the Kent County Republican Party.
Schuette, Whitmer clash in final debate before election
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer clashed often Wednesday in their final debate before the election of Michigan's next governor, as he warned against going "backward" with her "extreme" agenda and she blamed his "nasty rhetoric" for contributing to a political environment in which pipe bombs were mailed to prominent public servants.
Obama to campaign for Michigan Democrats on Friday
DETROIT (AP) — Former President Barack Obama will campaign for Democrats in Michigan.
Obama will headline a rally in Detroit Friday for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. House candidates and others 11 days before the election.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will also attend. He leads a national Democratic group that is backing Michigan's anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal to put redistricting in the hands of a commission instead of lawmakers.
Judge dismisses lawsuit against Schuette over staff
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Bill Schuette's critics who accused him of using staff at the attorney general's office to advance his political goals.
Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray dismissed the case Monday for a few reasons, some procedural. He says Schuette's foes have offered only "conclusory allegations" about why the attorney general hired certain people to be constituent relations representatives.
Democrats seek elusive full control of Michigan Legislature
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats who have long been outnumbered in Michigan's Republican-led Legislature are expected to make gains in the November election.
But winning enough seats to take control of one or both chambers? It will not be easy, even if top-of-the-ticket candidates excel and more Democratic-friendly voters turn out for the midterm than is typical.
Lt Gov candidate won’t lose blighted apartment building
DETROIT (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Michigan lieutenant governor won't lose a blighted apartment building in Detroit after convincing a local agency that the property's exterior has been cleaned up and secured, officials said Tuesday.
Garlin Gilchrist II's real estate investment has made headlines as he and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer enter the final weeks of their race against Republican nominee Bill Schuette.
Gilchrist pays overdue taxes on vacant Detroit building
DETROIT (AP) — The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor scrambled to pay overdue property taxes on a vacant Detroit apartment building that sorely needs repairs.
Garlin Gilchrist II is Gretchen Whitmer's running mate in the race for governor. Whitmer's campaign produced a receipt for $768 to show that taxes were paid Monday.
Schuette, Whitmer trade shots in testy gubernatorial debate
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette on Friday criticized his opponent for governor as an "extreme," tax-raising candidate who accomplished "nothing" as a lawmaker, while Democrat Gretchen Whitmer touted her bipartisan work to expand Medicaid and said the attorney general continually sued to take health coverage away from people.
The two also traded shots over the prosecution of sexual abuser Larry Nassar, Flint's water crisis and crumbling roads in their first head-to-head debate.
Schuette tells woman in video: ‘I will do anything you want’
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bill Schuette, the Republican candidate for governor, is responding to a video clip from 1989, saying he regrets telling a woman, "I will do anything you want."
AP FACT CHECK: Larry Nassar claims abound in governor’s race
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar is in prison, but that hasn't kept the former sports doctor from having a role in Michigan's race for governor.
Democratic former county prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette have sparred in recent weeks over their actions in the prosecution of Nassar, who molested many women and girls during a long career working for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.
Schuette rips Whitmer on Blue Cross vote; she airs new ads
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Wednesday doubled down on his criticism of Democratic rival Gretchen Whitmer for backing a bipartisan overhaul of Michigan's largest health insurer, saying it led to a spike in costs for supplemental insurance that covers Medicare recipients' coinsurance and deductibles.
Lansing Diocese suspends priest over assault allegation
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Lansing has suspended a senior priest from public ministry because of what it calls a "credible allegation" of sexual assault by an adult male from decades ago.
The diocese announced Monday it had suspended the Rev. Robert Gerl (GEHR'-el), who was not assigned to a parish since he's on senior status.
Catholic dioceses turn over documents in priest probe
DETROIT (AP) — Roman Catholic dioceses across Michigan have turned over documents in a state investigation of sexual abuse by priests.
Investigators with search warrants collected records Wednesday, about two weeks after Attorney General Bill Schuette said his office was leading a probe. The new emphasis comes after a Pennsylvania grand jury said more than 1,000 children have been molested there since the 1940s.
Schuette touts anti-trafficker work, Whitmer targets smoking
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette on Wednesday highlighted his work to combat sex trafficking while Democrat Gretchen Whitmer unveiled a health care plan that calls for increasing Michigan's smoking age from 18 to 21 and lowering costs through a state-based reinsurance program.
The gubernatorial candidates, who have been attacking each other over taxes, health coverage and other topics, each promoted parts of their records that they believe will appeal to the general electorate.
Whitmer rips Schuette on health coverage; he calls it ‘lie’
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday ramped up her criticism of Republican Bill Schuette over health care, accusing him of thinking insurers should be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Schuette's campaign called the allegation a "blatant lie" and said he has been on the record since 2012 supporting protections within former President Barack Obama's health care law for those with pre-existing conditions.
Charge in Flint water crisis dropped against state worker
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A misdemeanor charge against a state employee charged in the Flint water scandal has been dismissed.
The Flint Journal reports Genesee District Court Judge Jennifer Manley approved the dismissal of the public records charge against Adam Rosenthal on Thursday. He pleaded no contest to the charge in December.
Whitmer, Schuette both back elimination of pension tax
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday stepped up her call to end Michigan's "retirement tax," alleging in a new TV ad that her opponent, Republican Bill Schuette, supported a GOP-enacted overhaul that included a business tax cut and the elimination or reduction of exemptions from the taxation of pension income.
Schuette, who is pushing to reduce the state income tax from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent, said he also favors rescinding the "pension tax" and never supported it.
Democratic ad accuses Schuette of ignoring Flint crisis
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats launched a TV ad on Tuesday that accuses Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette of ignoring Flint residents' complaints about their water long before he opened an investigation into the city's lead contamination crisis.
Michigan AG alleges opponent lied about Nassar probe
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general alleged Monday that his opponent in the governor's race did not tell the truth about her handling of the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, accusing her of an "integrity gap" that disqualifies her for the state's top job.
Many states’ governor’s races become proxy battle over Trump
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes.
With that background and his party controlling all statewide offices, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette might be on the fast track to winning the Michigan governor's race in November. One reason he's not: President Donald Trump.
Whitmer denies GOP ad alleging refusal to prosecute Nassar
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Friday tearfully denied Republicans' allegation that she refused to prosecute disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar for sexual assaulting gymnasts and other victims before the charges were brought by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, her GOP opponent in this year's race for governor.
Michigan AG launches priest probe after Pennsylvania report
DETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Bill Schuette is investigating possible sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Michigan, joining authorities in other states that have launched similar probes since a Pennsylvania grand jury report said more than 1,000 children have been molested there since the 1940s.
Schuette charges 4 with conspiring to kidnap, kill child
COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO'-tee) says he has charged four southern Michigan people with conspiring to kidnap and kill a child.
Schuette says a Michigan State Police learned the four planned to kidnap a young child at a county fair, torture and sexually assault the child until death and then dispose of the body.
The Latest: Tearful Whitmer calls for GOP to pull Nassar ad
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan governor's race (all times local):
Michigan's Democratic candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is calling on the state Republican Party to stop running a digital ad that accuses her of not prosecuting serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar.
A tearful Whitmer held a news conference Friday with some local prosecutors and Nassar victims. She says she is a rape survivor herself and that the ad is "a lie."
Some top Republicans form group to back Whitmer for governor
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some top Republicans, including a former cabinet member in the gubernatorial administrations of Rick Snyder and John Engler, will work to elect Democrat Gretchen Whitmer as Michigan governor.
Prisoner who won Supreme Court case set to be paroled
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man convicted of murder will soon be released from prison, more than four years after winning an unusual case at the Michigan Supreme Court.
The Corrections Department says Matthew Makowski has been granted parole and is scheduled to leave prison on Oct. 2. Spokesman Chris Gautz says the release had been planned for Thursday but was changed.