Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a former reporting intern with the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.

Sen. Gary Peters

Peters was locked out of Twitter account for more than 24 hours amid hack

By: - July 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) was locked out of his Twitter campaign account after a number of prominent accounts were compromised on Wednesday. The account is now back up. His Republican opponent, John James, was not locked out of his account and has been tweeting.  Some of the biggest Twitter accounts were compromised on […]

Republican compares Whitmer mask order to Soviet-era East Germany

By: - July 14, 2020

State Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) is the latest Republican to criticize Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to wear a mask in businesses or outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. Horn compared the order to East Germany, the former Soviet Union satellite state, and the Berlin Wall in a series of Facebook comments on Friday. […]

Dan Kildee is ‘only moving up the ladder.’ So what’s next?

By: - July 6, 2020

Dan Kildee is no stranger to leading during a crisis. After all, the Flint Democrat had been in Congress for just a couple years when the Flint water crisis began. “That was one of those moments where I knew why I was there. I knew exactly why I was in Congress,” Kildee said in an […]

Gov. supports ‘the spirit’ of defunding police, investing in social services

By: - June 10, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that she supports “the spirit” of calls to defund police departments and reallocate the funds to social services as cities across the country continue to protest the alleged killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Whitmer made the remark during an interview with The Root that was broadcast […]

Amash sings familiar tune in flirting with presidential run

By: - April 14, 2020

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) again flirted with the possibility of a third party presidential campaign Monday. Amash responded to President Donald Trump telling reporters he has “total” authority as president with a tweet, saying “Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option.” After one Twitter user encouraged him to be that other […]

Slideshow: A jam-packed final 4 days before Michigan’s primary

By: - March 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) invested heavily in Michigan during the weekend before the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday. Both campaigns scheduled over a dozen events throughout the state in the four days preceding Election Day. While Sanders participated in eight events by himself over four days, Biden relied […]

Sanders pulls out all the stops in Michigan before Tuesday’s primary

By: - March 9, 2020

After the most eventful week of the 2020 election reshaped the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, both remaining major candidates have turned their attention to Michigan. A win here could rejuvenate the campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the early leader with wins in New Hampshire and Nevada. But former Vice President Joe […]

Dem prez hopefuls haven’t been in Michigan for weeks — but that’s about to change

By: - February 29, 2020

After an early influx of campaign stops, several top Democratic presidential candidates have gone months without campaigning in Michigan as they shifted their focus to early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. However, that will change next week. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) […]

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warns of fascism at forum

By: - February 20, 2020

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warned of fascism in the United States during an East Lansing appearance Wednesday. She was speaking at the former Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum at Michigan State University. Albright served under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001 and was the first woman to hold that role. She […]

Slideshow from Whitmer’s 2nd State of the State speech

By: - January 29, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave a brisk, 35-minute speech Wednesday night at Michigan’s Capitol. In her second State of the State address, Whitmer announced her bonding plan for roads and made pushes for her other priorities: health care, education and the safety net. The Advance will have more on the speech and reactions. In the meantime, […]

Voters could decide government transparency initiative that includes sweeping lobbying restrictions

By: - January 23, 2020

Updated, 12:52 p.m., 1/23/19 with comments from Voters Not Politicians A coalition of liberal groups on Thursday filed language with the Board of Canvassers for a constitutional amendment aimed at increasing transparency in government and reducing the power of lobbyists in the state. Michigan is frequently ranked as having some of the weakest ethics and […]

U.S. Rep. John Lewis won’t keynote Lansing MLK Day event

By: - January 14, 2020

Civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) has canceled a Lansing appearance scheduled for next week. The Dr. Martin Luther King Commission of Mid-Michigan had previously announced that Lewis would give the keynote address at its 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon on Monday. Lewis announced in December that he would undergo […]