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Gongwer's Elections App – Now Free – Returns

Posted: May 21, 2024 1:45 PM

Gongwer News Service's exclusive elections app is again available to provide subscribers and the public with Michigan's most powerful tool for monitoring state and federal elections – with exciting new upgrades and now as a free download.

The Michigan Elections app, available for download on iOS and Android devices, has undergone the most significant upgrade and overhaul since its debut in the 2014 cycle. It remains the state's only native elections app available in the App Store and Play Store.

Gongwer has made the app a free service.

New features include:

A Favorites function. Build your own curated list of the races you're watching by marking any race as a favorite. Review your favorites using the new Favorites button in the menu bar.

The new app is now the permanent app platform. This means no more having to download a new version each election cycle. As part of this change, we've incorporated an archives menu to let users review the previous three election cycles in addition to the current one. Quickly find previous candidates and election results by changing the year.

With the app now the permanent platform, Gongwer will begin updates for the 2026 cycle in early 2025, meaning the app won't go quiet after the election, making Michigan Elections an ongoing resource.

This is all on top of the previous features that have made Michigan Elections the unanimous choice for professionals and political junkies to track state and federal elections:

  • Candidate biographical information (updates are ongoing);
  • Gongwer analysis of all state and federal races – all 13 U.S. House races and 110 Michigan House races are sorted on a color-coded chart on their competitiveness;
  • Regular updates;
  • Push notifications when new information is posted;
  • Separate lists of Primary and General Election races Gongwer considers ones to watch;
  • Key resources like district maps.
  • Interactive, chock-full of information available nowhere else and now free – it's the must have app for Michigan politics.

    Download for iOS

    Download for Android

    Advertising opportunities are available on the app. For more information, contact Executive Editor and Publisher Zach Gorchow at

    Gongwer, WDET Partner On Enhanced 'MichMash' Podcast

    Posted: January 8, 2024 11:18 PM

    Gongwer News Service announced today it has formed a groundbreaking partnership with WDET Detroit Public Radio with Gongwer becoming co-host of WDET's long-running weekly state politics podcast, "MichMash."

    Starting on Friday, January 12, 2024, Zach Gorchow and Alethia Kasben of Gongwer will join award-winning podcaster and journalist Cheyna Roth as co-hosts of "MichMash," marking an exciting new chapter for the podcast. This partnership signifies a union of WDET's commitment to providing accurate, accessible news with Gongwer's unparalleled Capitol reporting and expertise.

    "MichMash" has a reputation for unraveling the intricacies of the state's political landscape. Since its inception in 2017, "MichMash" has become an essential source of information for engaged citizens across Michigan, from Detroit to Marquette.

    "MichMash" has garnered its well-deserved reputation by offering a unique blend of casual, informative and timely discussions on Michigan's political developments and democratic processes. The podcast boasts a wide range of interviews with elected officials, policymakers, and fellow journalists, providing listeners with an insider's view of the state's political landscape.

    Zach Gorchow, Gongwer Michigan executive editor and publisher, said the new partnership is a natural fit for Gongwer's focus on state policy and politics.

    "We're excited to join forces with WDET and Cheyna Roth on 'MichMash,'" he said. "Michigan politics is rich and dynamic, and we look forward to contributing our expertise to this outstanding podcast that will serve our subscribers and all of Michigan well."

    WDET General Manager Mary Zatina said the station is thrilled to embark on the new partnership with Gongwer.

    "We believe this collaboration will bring even more depth and insight to 'MichMash,' making it an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the complexities of Michigan's political arena," she said.

    Gongwer has set up a new podcast studio in its downtown Lansing offices at 101 S. Washington Sq, Suite 540, to allow for in-person interviews with people working on key state policy matters.

    "MichMash" is available on all major podcast platforms and is also broadcast on several public radio stations throughout Michigan, including WDET. The podcast is published every Friday, making it a go-to resource for staying informed about the latest developments in Michigan politics.

    Listen to the promo episode now at Gongwer will alert its subscribers on Friday mornings via email once the new podcast is available. This will link to the new podcast page with a podcast player containing the latest episode though anyone can access the podcast through any major platform.

    Listeners can look forward to a fresh and enriched MichMash experience as Cheyna Roth, Zach Gorchow, and Alethia Kasben combine their talents to explore the intricacies of Michigan politics in the coming episodes. Together, they aim to provide in-depth analysis, engaging discussions, and unique insights into the state's ever-evolving political landscape.

    About Gongwer News Service:

    Gongwer News Service is a renowned and respected source of political news and analysis in Michigan. With a team of experienced journalists, Gongwer has been delivering comprehensive coverage of Michigan politics, policy and government since 1961.

    About WDET Detroit Public Radio:

    WDET Detroit Public Radio, an NPR affiliate station, is dedicated to providing reliable news and engaging content to the people of Detroit and the surrounding areas. With a focus on promoting informed citizenship and civic engagement, WDET has been a trusted source of news and information for over 70 years.

    MichMash is produced by WDET, Detroit Public Radio, in collaboration with Gongwer News Service.

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