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

Flint and Genesee County residents get a second chance at expungement fair

Flint, MI—Around 1,000 Genesee County residents had the chance to drop previous criminal charges from their record during an expungement fair in Flint on Wednesday. The fair was the first of several planned for across the state after Michigan’s “Clean Slate” laws took effect beginning April 11, providing a process to expunge misdemeanor marijuana offenses […]

Flint to redistricting commission: ‘Toss those babies out’ and draw districts from scratch

Flint, MI—About 30 Flint-area residents spoke to Michigan’s independent redistricting commission Tuesday, with one common theme emerging among their comments: residents want the commission to start from scratch when drawing new congressional and state legislative district boundaries. “You must start the maps over from scratch,” said Michelle Gushen, a retired Flint Community Schools teacher. “We […]

Flint residents can weigh in on how the state should redraw district lines

Flint, Mich—Michigan’s independent redistricting commission will take public comments from Flint-area residents during a hearing Tuesday as they prepare to draw new district lines for Michigan’s congressional and state legislative districts. The hearing will take place June 1 at 6 p.m. at the Dort Financial Center. Doors open an hour prior to the start of […]

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 […]

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