Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 8:49 PM EDT Mar 28, 2019 Grand Rapids — President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Democrats of “defrauding the public with ridiculous bull—” and challenged them to work with his administration after a nearly two-year federal investigation into his 2016 campaign. The first-term Republican opened his re-election rally in Michigan with a celebration of what he called “an incredible couple of weeks in America" and backed off budget plans to slash Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding. “After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead,” Trump told fans packed into the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids, referencing the recently concluded probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “The collusion delusion is over.” Donald Trump Jr. opened up for his dad, also celebrating what he also called a “very good … [Read more...] about Trump in Michigan: ‘The collusion delusion is over’
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Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 11:46 AM EST Jan 7, 2019 Novi businessman Paul Whelan waits for mercy in a Moscow prison, trapped in a web of espionage. For six days after his Dec. 28th arrest, he was held alone in a cell in Moscow's Lefortovo detention facility without access to toilet paper or soap. Though he speaks a bit of Russian, he couldn't string together enough Russian words to ask the prison guards for his glasses, his twin brother, David Whelan, told the Free Press. It wasn't until Jan. 2, when he was granted a visit from U.S. State Department employees, that Paul Whelan could ask for those basic necessities and also for intervention from the U.S. government to negotiate his release. Whelan, 48, was arrested at Moscow's swanky Metropol hotel after allegedly receiving a USB drive loaded with the names of employees of a Russian agency, according to Russia's Rosbalt news service. The news service is … [Read more...] about Paul Whelan in Lefortovo prison: No toilet paper for days
opinion Nancy Kaffer Detroit Free Press Published 7:01 AM EST Jan 6, 2019 For Michigan women, the 2018 midterm elections were an unparalleled triumph. Women ran for office in record numbers. Organized, campaigned and voted in record numbers. And won, in record numbers. Michiganders elected women to the offices of governor, attorney general and secretary of state, and sent six women to the U.S. Congress. Michiganders elected a whopping 53 women to the state Legislature, enough to propel Michigan from the middle ranks of female representation to 12th in the nation, per the Center for American Women and Politics. These are remarkable victories, and after years of stagnation, it's real growth. And it's depressing. More: Election was slam dunk for women in MichiganKaffer: How they lost: What went wrong for Michigan GOP candidates in the 2018 midterm election Women are 51 percent of the state's population. Even after a … [Read more...] about 53 women in Michigan’s Legislature is alarming. Here’s why.
Associated Press Published 1:48 PM EDT Nov 1, 2018 Grand Rapids – A western Michigan man has agreed to a plea deal for collecting disability benefits despite being capable of working in construction and serving on a governor’s committee. The Grand Rapids Press reports that Michael Alan Fehler Sr. has agreed to plead guilty to conversion of public money. Prosecutors say Fehler received Social Security Administration disability benefits from 2009 to 2017. Prosecutors say surveillance video from 2015 shows Fehler conducting multiple physical activities, such as loading a lumber cart and carrying a bag of golf clubs. Defense attorney Matthew Borgula declined to comment to the newspaper. The prosecution and defense have agreed to recommend one year of in-house detention while on probation. A judge will review the plea agreement and determine restitution. No court date has been set. … [Read more...] about Michigan man pleads guilty to disability benefits fraud
Christina Hall Detroit Free Press Published 6:09 AM EDT Oct 10, 2018 Karen Spranger may be off the Macomb County payroll, but the ousted clerk is still on the county's dime. The county continues to pay an attorney to represent her in a federal lawsuit filed against her last year by her former deputies, who she fired. And it will continue to cover the cost of in-house attorneys to represent the county in a Michigan Court of Appeals case Spranger filed in September appealing her ouster from office in March. That is, if Spranger pays the $375 filing fee. Spranger, who earned nearly $109,000 in her first full year as the county clerk/register of deeds and about three months’ worth of salary this year before she was removed from office, asked the appellate court to waive the filing fees because she can’t afford to pay. A judge denied her request, adding in a Sept. 18 order that if she doesn’t pay the $375 entry fee within 21 days, her appeal … [Read more...] about Macomb Co. still paying attorney costs for Karen Spranger