Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a regular contributor to 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.

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 […]

Here’s the moment when Trump read aloud the impeachment vote results at his Battle Creek rally

By: - December 19, 2019

Michigan has had an outsized role in Donald Trump’s political career, as it was the last place he held a rally before his shocking 2016 victory. And this is where he chose to be Wednesday night, when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach him. Trump held a rally in Battle Creek attended by […]

Your interactive guide to every presidential campaign stop in Michigan in 2019

By: - November 15, 2019

With 30 presidential candidates doing more than 80 events across Michigan so far in 2019, it’s easy to fall behind on the race. Michigan has taken on a greater importance in 2020 as a bona fide swing state, and already has been home to a number of forums, including an official Democratic National Committee debate […]

GOP presidential candidates debate climate change, impeachment in Detroit

By: - October 28, 2019

Three Republican presidential candidates on Monday debated topics ranging from climate change to impeachment in Detroit. While President Donald Trump did not participate, his opponents in the Republican presidential primary – former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and former U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) – were there. The event was […]

Sanders endorsed by Tlaib at Detroit rally knocking corporate greed

By: - October 28, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.t.) and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) railed against corporate greed both in Detroit and across the country during a Sunday rally at Cass Technical High School. “We live in a district where billionaires get hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks, while our schools close and […]

Detroit presidential candidate forum canceled

By: - October 14, 2019

A presidential candidate forum scheduled to be held in Detroit this weekend has been canceled. Only candidates who consistently polled at 5% or higher were to be invited to the forum, which was announced  in May by Michigan United and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed. This rule would be the death of the forum, […]

Clinton on impeachment: ‘It’s a solemn, sad moment for our country’

By: - October 10, 2019

Former first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton had a dark message on Thursday about the state of domestic and international affairs for students at the University of Michigan. Clinton said she supports the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, who she faced in the last presidential […]

Warren, Klobuchar on same page on unions, impeachment at Michigan UFCW forum

By: - September 29, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) touted unions as a key part of their strategy to win the White House and implement economic policies beneficial to working class people during a forum with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) in Madison Heights. “We got lost in […]

Sanders in Detroit: GM treats ‘workers like crap’

By: - September 25, 2019

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.t.), a Democratic presidential candidate, came to General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant with a message of support for striking United Auto Workers (UAW) members. “I’m here today to thank you for having the courage to stand up to corporate greed,” Sanders said. “All over this country, working people are sick and […]