2020 ELECTIONS

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 […]

Voting by flashlight: Election Day power outage doesn’t stop Flint voters

Flint, MI— The power went out at Freeman Elementary, a Flint polling location, for about three hours during the middle of Election Day. But poll workers said it did not deter the voting process.  Around 2 p.m., Freeman Elementary and the surrounding neighborhood lost power. Poll workers were able to secure a generator for the […]

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Local Politics

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 […]

Whitmer: Thanksgiving will ‘look different this year’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that Thanksgiving needs to look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging Michigan residents to host virtual celebrations in place of traditional family gatherings. “Thanksgiving is going to look different this year. It just has to,” Whitmer said. “Medical experts across the country strongly recommend that we do […]

Three Flint city council members block water settlement meeting–again

Flint, MI–For the second meeting in a row, three Flint city council members voted not to go into a closed executive session to discuss the status of the state’s $600 million water lawsuit settlement that was announced in August. At Monday night’s meeting, Councilwoman Monica Galloway, Councilwoman Jerri Winfrey-Carter and Councilman Eric Mays voted not […]

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