2020 ELECTIONS

4 years of a Trump White House leaves Flint’s Latinx voters with ‘non-negotiable’ decision

Flint, MI–Alondra Rosas Ornelas, a 19-year-old UM-Flint engineering student and first-time voter, said voting became “non-negotiable” for her after witnessing this year’s Black Lives Matter protests. For Ornelas, the past four years has been a time when she said she’s watched racism become more commonplace, something she blames on the rhetoric of the Trump administration. […]

Flint Schools to have an all-female board of ed.

Flint, MI— Twelve candidates competed for three open spots on the Flint Schools Board of Education, and according to unofficial polling results, Joyce Ellis-McNeal, Anita M. Moore and Laura Gillespie MacIntyre will serve as next year’s newest members.  With President Casey Lester, Trustee Blake Strozier and Secretary Betty Ramsdell stepping down in December, the new […]

Why the eyes of the world are on Flint this election

Flint, MI– Kamala Harris, Mike Pence, Joe Biden and Barack Obama have visited Flint in recent months to campaign for the presidential election.  Journalists from Brazil, France, Norway and Australia have come to Flint to do election coverage.  Robocalls targeted Flint residents specifically urging them not to vote on election day and spreading misinformation. So […]

Genesee County Elections Live Updates

Flint Beat will be updating Genesee County election results in real time. Check back here for the latest on the polls. Updated as of: 10:18 a.m. Electors of President and Vice-President of the United States Total Votes Percentage Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris, DEM 120082 53.63% Donald Trump and Michael Pence, REP 99199 44.30% Genesee […]

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Local Politics

Former Flint mayor Karen Weaver named interim executive director of the African American Mayors Association

Washington, D.C.—Flint’s first female mayor Dr. Karen Weaver was recently appointed interim executive director of the African American Mayors Association, an organization that exclusively represents Black mayors in the United States.   “It’s an honor and a privilege to be with the association. They embrace, not just me, but Flint,” Weaver said.  AAMA represents 500 Black […]

Michigan eases capacity limits on restaurants, other businesses

Lansing, MI–Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel announced Tuesday that restaurants and bars will be allowed to double their capacity starting Friday. The increase to 50% capacity for indoor dining, up from 25%, is one of several regulations that have been eased in the latest emergency order, which takes effect at […]

Michigan re-opens schools, entertainment venues; restaurant dining rooms remain closed

Lansing, MI–Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Nov. 18 the re-opening of high schools and indoor entertainment venues that had been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and businesses like movie theaters, casinos and bowling alleys will be allowed to re-open starting Dec. 21. Businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 20% of limits set […]

Michigan extends business, school restrictions, details re-opening metrics

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon announced Monday that the state is extending by 12 days an emergency order limiting some businesses and school activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions, initially intended to last three weeks, through Dec. 8, stop in-person instruction at high schools and colleges, halt high […]

Michigan closes dining rooms, movie theaters, high schools, colleges

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Sunday that Michigan is reinstating some restrictions intended to fight the spread of COVID-19 as the state faces record high rates of the virus. The orders temporarily stop in-person instruction at high schools and colleges, halt high school athletics, and close bar and restaurant dining rooms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and […]

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