Berrien County Michigan's Progressive Voice
November 2020 Election Endorsements

 

Latest News



Governor Whitmer Extends Protections for Nursing Home Residents and Staff, Grocery Store Workers

Lansing, MI (Blossomland News) - The governor continued to protect Michigan’s frontline workers in grocery stores, pharmacies and long-term care facilities by signing Executive Orders 2020-168 and 2020-169. The governor’s orders extend existing safety measures, including 2 hours a week of reserved shopping time for vulnerable populations, to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies. “For the past five months, Michiganders have stepped up and done their part to fight COVID-19, and frontline workers in our hospitals, ...

Black Lives Matter Mural Painted by Volunteers in Berrien County

Blossomland News (Benton Harbor, MI) - Over 100 volunteers including the mayor and city council members helped install a "Black Lives Matter" mural on the street in front of Benton Harbor High School on Saturday."We made it clear that Black Lives Matter in Berrien County," said community organizer Trenton Bowens.A similar proposal was up for review again at the Saint Joesph City Commission meeting held on Monday. If approved the Black Lives Mural would be painted in front of Saint ...

VandenHeede nearly quadrupled Paquette in fundraising this past quarter

Dan VandenHeede, a retired teacher, Niles City Councilman, and Democratic candidate for State Representative in Michigan’s 78th State House District, nearly quadrupled his Republican opponent in fundraising this past quarter. “This campaign has always been about bringing together a coalition of people from all sides of the political spectrum who believe that change can happen and are sick of politics as usual. This fundraising quarter, in which 70 percent of my donors contributed $50 or under, proved that we have ...

Approaching Derecho Leaves 500,000 Without Power

Berrien County, Michigan (Blossomland News) - According to the National Weather Service, a DESTRUCTIVE LINE OF STORMS ARRIVING LATE THIS AFTERNOON... A line of storms with a history of producing wind gusts between 70 and 100 mph is tracking through northwest Illinois. This line will move into northwest Indiana and southwest Lower Michigan near 5 PM EDT.The complex of storms headed this way have knocked out power and caused tree damage from around Omaha, Nebraska, to central Iowa. Winds gusted ...

Berrien County COVID-19 Weekly Update: Infection Rate Dips - Now At Low Risk

Berrien County, MI (Blossomland News) - Berrien County is now at low risk as the infection rate has dipped to 0.73 On average, each person in Berrien County, Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.73 other people. Because each person is infecting less than one other person, the total number of current cases in Berrien County, Michigan is shrinking. According to covidactnow.org.*Over the last week, Berrien County, Michigan has averaged 5.8 new confirmed cases per day for every 100,000 residents. As ...

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive Recognizing and Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis, Creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council

Lansing, MI (Blossomland News) - Today Governor Gretchen took action to elevate Black voices in state government, signing Executive Order 2020-163, which creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council. The governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-9, recognizing racism as a public health crisis and taking initial steps to address it within state government. Under the Executive Directive, the governor asked MDHHS to make health equity a major goal, as well as required implicit bias training for all state employees. “Since ...

Chokwe Pitchford more than triples last democratic candidate's fundraising record.

Benton Harbor, MI (Blossomland News) - At this point in 2018, the Joey Andrews for 79th district campaign had raised $11,000. Chokwe Pitchford released a Campaign Finance Report (CFR) on Friday, July 24, showing over $37,000 in campaign contributions to date, from more than 875 unique donors.“My brother􏰇s campaign in 2018 was groundbreaking at the time,􏰉 says Pitchford􏰇s campaign manager, Nealie Andrews. “Joey excels at field organizing, which is why he was hired to do it for the Michigan Democratic ...

Governor Whitmer: President Trump Should Focus on Saving American Lives, Not Threatening to Delay the 2020 Election

Lansing, Michigan (Blossomland News) - Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after President Trump published a tweet suggesting America should postpone the 2020 election: “It’s clear that the president is more focused on his chances in the 2020 election than on protecting families from a virus that has killed more than 150,000 Americans," said Governor Whitmer. "The truth is that mail-in absentee voting is safe, simple, and patriotic – so much so that the president and more than ...

Berrien County COVID-19 Weekly Update (Medium Risk), Statewide, bars are closed for indoor service and indoor gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people.

Infection RateOn average, each person in Berrien County, Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.97 other people. Because this number is around 1.0, it means that COVID continues to spread, but in a slow and controlled fashion. On average, each person in Michigan with COVID is infecting 1.06 other people. Because this number is around 1.0, it means that COVID continues to spread, but in a slow and controlled fashion. (Source: covidactnow.org 7/29/2020 update) Daily new cases per 100k populationOver the ...

Black Lives Matter Mural Proposal To Be Mulled Over By Saint Joseph City Commission

Saint Joseph, MI (Blossomland News) - The Saint Joseph City Commission is reviewing a proposal by community activist Trenton Bowens to paint a Black Lives Matter mural on Stadium Drive near Saint Joseph High School. The proposal was submitted at a special social justice meeting held on July 20th. At the regular meeting of the Saint Joseph City Commission of July 27th, commissioners agreed the idea deserves a review.The mural idea will be discussed at the next regular meeting scheduled ...