In this May 5, 2020 file photo, Angela Beauchamp fills out an absentee ballot at City Hall in Garden City, Mich. Michigan county and municipal clerks are finding it challenging to meet the needs of voters amid the coronavirus pandemic and following changes in 2018 when state voters approved of same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting. The Secretary of State’s office reported this week that over 1.5 million requests for absentee ballots have been made ahead of the Aug. 4 primary, more than three-and-a-half times the number than at the same time ahead of the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
EXPLAINER: How Michigan’s Voting Laws Could Change In 2022

Pat Morgan, a 65-year-old Lenawee County retiree, considers herself a fierce defender of democracy. She’s worried about the emerging efforts to restrict voting. 

One year ago this week, hundreds of violent insurrectionists attacked the US Capitol, seeking to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. Their effort failed, but not before they brutally attacked police officers, hunted lawmakers, and carried out a dangerous attack that left five people dead. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
6 Questions We Asked a Michigan Political Scientist on the Anniversary of the Jan. 6 Insurrection

“This was the most serious assault on our democracy and our democratic institutions that we have witnessed maybe since the War of 1812," said Michael Traugott, a research professor at the University of Michigan.

Insurrectionists breached the Capitol building, brutally attacked police officers, hunted lawmakers, and carried out a dangerous attack that left five people dead. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
‘Do Not Call This a Riot, It Was an Insurrection’: Michiganders Look Back on the US Capitol Attack

One year ago, armed insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol building in an attack that left five dead. Here’s how four Michiganders experienced that day.

Kris Saunders and her fiancee, who currently get by on Kris' income as a third-year apprentice carpenter
‘You’re So Marketable’: What a Michigan Carpenter Wants You to Know About Skilled Trades Right Now

President Joe Biden's infrastructure law will create thousands of new construction jobs, but the industry has struggled to recruit young workers. Kris Saunders' story highlights the benefits of the skilled trades: a debt-free path to the middle-class.

‘We Couldn’t Afford It’: Childcare Costs Are Upending Michigan Moms’ Lives. What Can Fix the Problem?

The cost of childcare is reaching a breaking point and exacting a mental toll. “I don't think that having children should only be for the wealthy and that's kind of how I feel right now,” said Julie Groce, a Grand Blanc mom. 

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‘It’s Just a Hard-to-Imagine World’: Rural Michiganders Open up About Living Without Broadband

Some 400,000 rural households lack broadband internet in Michigan, creating a digital divide that harms their educational, economic, and interpersonal lives. Here is the plan to fix that.

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Biden’s COVID Relief Plan Is a Huge Deal for Women. Here’s How.

Study after study has found that women, particularly women of color, have borne the brunt of the pandemic’s economic toll, losing jobs and leaving the workforce in alarming numbers.