Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 10/09
FBI thwarts plan to kidnap Whitmer. On Thursday, the FBI revealed a plot by a right-wing militia to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Several of the co-conspirators have been arrested and charged. The existence of this plot has also spurred widespread criticism of President Trump and Michigan GOP leaders who fed into dangerous rhetoric and cheered on armed protesters even as they threatened the governor.
Right-wing activists behind voter intimidation calls surrender themselves to authorities. Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, the right-wing activists responsible for a series of racist robocalls targeted at Black voters in Detroit, surrendered themselves to authorities on Thursday. They will face charges related to election law violations. More on them here.
Michigan Senate ties unemployment insurance extension to legal protections for businesses. The Republican-controlled Senate forced a six-week extension of state unemployment benefits, a widely supported measure, with one that was less resoundingly popular: granting legal immunity for COVID-19 exposures in businesses. Tie-barring these two deals now puts pressure on Gov. Whitmer to either veto or pass both proposals in unison. Get the full scoop here.
Trump’s calls for herd immunity put lives in danger. An op ed published in the Detroit News this week discussed the danger of Trump’s comments about reaching herd immunity to COVID-19, an approach that would likely kill millions of Americans. Read the full piece here.
GOP spent more than half a million in public funds on Whitmer suit. A records request by watchdog group Progress Michigan found that the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives have spent a combined $542,000 of taxpayer money on their lawsuits against Gov. Whitmer’s widely popular, science-based approach to the ongoing pandemic. Read their statement here.
Absentee voting is underway, but there’s still time! This year, Michigan voters have more options than ever when it comes to how, when, and where to vote. For more information about how you can vote before Election Day, check out michiganvoting.org!
Tweet of the Week
Editor in chief Susan Demas of the Michigan Advance lays out the rise of right-wing extremism in Michigan in this week’s Tweet (thread) of the Week.