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.

10 presidential hopefuls stress civil rights bona fides at NAACP forum

By: - July 24, 2019

Ten candidates in the crowded 2020 presidential field made their case as civil rights champions Wednesday, on the closing day of the national NAACP convention in Detroit.  Each candidate, including nine of the 20-plus contending for the Democratic nomination and one Republican, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, was questioned by White House correspondent April Ryan […]

Pelosi, Abrams say women, people of color are key in 2020 election

By: - July 22, 2019

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Monday stressed the importance of women and people of color in both the 2020 presidential election and census at the national NAACP convention in Detroit. “There’s nothing more wholesome for the political process than increased participation of women. [It’s] a big […]

Slideshow: Highlights from the Mackinac Policy Conference

By: - May 31, 2019

The Mackinac Policy Conference, which was capped by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signing bipartisan auto insurance reform legislation, is almost a wrap. Here are some of the photo highlights of the four-day political extravaganza on Mackinac Island, which featured speeches from Whitmer, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and more.

Harris shakes off ‘electability’ argument during Detroit NAACP address

By: - May 6, 2019

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has made African American voters a key target early in the presidential race – she’s visited more Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) than other candidates have and frequently touts that her alma mater is an HBCU. And on Sunday, her first Michigan campaign stop was addressing 10,000 people at […]

Clintons say social media has upended campaigns, spread fake news  

By: - April 13, 2019

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decried the role that social media plays in modern politics, and in our day to day lives, while speaking in Detroit Friday night. The event at the Fox Theatre downtown was hosted by actor Ben Stiller and is part of the couple’s North American […]

Gillibrand says water is a human right, touts Green New Deal

By: - March 19, 2019

During two campaign stops in Oakland County on Monday, 2020 presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand argued that access to clean water should be a human right. The New York U.S. senator said that people affected by the Flint water crisis should have access to full health monitoring. She added that tracking the health of those affected […]

Slideshow: Gillibrand campaigns with Whitmer, Nessel in Oakland County

By: - March 19, 2019

With memories of now-President Donald Trump’s 2016 win here still strong for many, Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) accepted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s invite to campaign in the state. Gillibrand held two events in the metro Detroit area on Monday: an MSNBC town hall, which aired at 8 p.m. Monday, and a meet […]

‘Sanctuary cities,’ lobbyist ‘revolving door’ among 400+ new bills in Michigan Legislature

By: - March 2, 2019

Just two months into their term, members of the 100th Michigan Legislature have already introduced more than 400 bills, including those that seek to end the legislator-to-lobbyist “revolving door” and ban “sanctuary cities.” Almost 400 bills passed during last year’s Lame Duck action after the 2018 election — which is why it’s no surprise that […]

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Is ranked-choice voting the next election reform for Michigan?

By: - February 19, 2019

Another big change could be coming for elections in Michigan — if the measure can get on the ballot. In 2018, Michigan voters approved sweeping reforms to Michigan’s elections with two ballot questions. Proposal 2 created an independent redistricting commission and Proposal 3 reinstated straight-ticket voting, implemented same-day voter registration and added no-reason absentee voting. […]

Michigan’s newest members of Congress baptized by fire as shutdown rages

By: - January 24, 2019

Michigan’s four new members of Congress — all Democrats — have taken their place on Capitol Hill at a pivotal moment in its history, having immediately been tasked with addressing the longest government shutdown in history. “We just flipped the House of Representatives; we’ve ushered in a lot of new voices, and that was to […]

Gillibrand gives shout-out to Whitmer while talking presidential run

By: - January 16, 2019

After announcing that she is running for president in 2020, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) mentioned Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “Gretchen Whitmer just got elected to be governor of Michigan and she crushed it in the last election,” Gillibrand said. The comment came after Colbert presented her with a […]

New Lame Duck laws that you haven’t heard about

By: - December 31, 2018

With almost 400 bills making their way to the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder over the course of four weeks, plenty of Lame Duck legislation doesn’t get attention. The biggest story was probably the term-limited Republican vetoing a bill stripping power from Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel. And there have been plenty of headlines about Snyder […]