Gretchen Whitmer

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On Tuesday night, Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State address, where she discussed such things as infrastructure, clean water, and the need for greater investment in education.  53rd District State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) joined WEMU's David Fair this morning to share his thoughts on the address. 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer set some big goals in her first State of the State Address Tuesday night.  She’s calling for major investments in infrastructure, education, and clean water, among other things.  But Republicans are skeptical about the costs of her ideas.  As Jake Neher reports, the speech represents a bold vision for Michigan that’s already sparking partisan divisions.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give her first State of the State address tonight.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plans to restructure the state Department of Environmental Quality could be over.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order to restructure the Department of Environmental Quality could be overturned before any changes are made.

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Lawmakers in Lansing are contemplating ways to help furloughed federal employees get by until the government reopens.  There are thousands of federal employees in Michigan that haven’t been paid since December.

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Protecting Michigan's drinking water has becoming even more of a priority in the past year.  However, during the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session, former Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a measure making protection more difficult. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about this legislation, and its impacts, with Bonnifer Ballard, executive director of the American Water Works Association's Michigan section.

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Michigan officially has a new governor.  Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in Tuesday on the Capitol steps. 

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will take the oath of office on Tuesday morning to Michigan's 49th Governor, while Whitmer's running mate, Garlin Gilchrist II, will be sworn-in as Lieutenant Governor. 

The MAB and MAPB present live coverage of the Michigan Gubernatorial Inauguration starting January 1, 2019 with the broadcast starting at 11 a.m. to Noon. You can watch it live here on

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Republicans in the state Legislature are trying to limit the powers of statewide offices that – come January – will flip to Democrats.  It's a strategy that's angered Democratic voters, and protestors have been flooding the state Capitol with chants like “We voted for blue, not for you.”. 

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When Thanksgiving dinner is done and eaten, family and friends go home with leftovers.  Still, it's likely you'll end up with food you have to throw away.  It's food waste, and it's a problem.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County solid waste specialist Noelle Bowman about the best ways to reduce food waste.

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Michigan’s new governor will start in January.  But Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer faces an adversarial state Legislature, which could impact what Whitmer is able to accomplish.

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Michigan’s new Governor-elect is already making plans for her administration.

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Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan’s next Governor. The Democrat and her Lt. Governor partner, Garlin Gilchrist III, out-polled Republican Bill Schuette and Lisa Lyons Posthumous, taking 57 percent of the statewide vote. A majority of Washtenaw County voters picked the Whitmer ticket in the governor’s race. 

Whitmer will take over for Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who could not run for re-election because of term-limits. The former state legislator will be sworn into office in January.   

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The second and final debate between the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor aired last night. 

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Former top-level state officials with the Snyder, Engler, and Milliken administrations are among a group of Republicans and independents publicly endorsing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor.

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Michigan Democrats finalized their portion of the November ballot this weekend.  There were few surprises yesterday at the Democratic convention.

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Former state Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons will be Bill Schuette’s running mate for the 2018 gubernatorial election. 

Race For Michigan Governor Set For November

Aug 8, 2018
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Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will battle it out for the governor’s seat in November.  Libertarians also had a choice for governor on the primary ticket for the first time in Michigan’s history.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has defeated two other candidates in the primary and will move on to the November general election. Whitmer recieved the majority of party support in defeating Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar.

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The Michigan primary is fast approaching.  Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls on August 7th to decide who they want to represent their party in the November governor’s race.  Three democratic candidates hope they’ll be chosen, and money – and the television ads it buys – has played an interesting role in the Democratic race so far.

Soapbox Summer 2018 - Gretchen Whitmer

Jul 10, 2018

Gretchen Whitmer is seeking your vote to be the next Governor of Michigan.  This is the candidate's submission to the 2018 WEMU Soapbox Summer.


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The economy, roads, education, and insurance were the issues last night at a political debate on Mackinac Island between six Republicans and Democrats running for governor.

A democratic candidate for governor in Michigan is speaking to the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti chamber luncheon tomorrow.

Gretchen Whitmer, the first major candidate to file to run for the position, is sharing her vision for the state should she be elected to replace Rick Snyder.

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Former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer filed petition signatures yesterday to get her name on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor.  

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A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year. 

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As Governor Rick Snyder prepares to deliver his seventh State of the State address, a potential candidate to replace him has called for ethics rules that would align Michigan with what the federal government requires.

Whitmer Launches Women's Health Nonprofit

Aug 28, 2014

State Senate Dem leader launches women's health nonprofit

The top Democrat in the state Senate is launching a new nonprofit group to help women gain access to health care.

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, says the new organization, called Right to Health, will hold forums, conferences, and fundraisers to promote the cause.