Derek Robertson

Derek Robertson

Derek Robertson is a former reporter for the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Shri Thanedar settles business fraud suit

By: - August 6, 2019

Updated, 4:30 p.m., 8/26/19 Shri Thanedar, who finished last in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary, agreed on Friday to settle a lawsuit that alleged he committed fraud in the sale of his former business. The settlement came before a trial would have started in Detroit on Tuesday. Thanedar recently moved to the city amid rumors […]

Report: Statewide PACs break fundraising records

By: - August 6, 2019

A report from the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN) shows that the political action committees raising funds for the 2020 elections have already broken last cycle’s record, raising almost $14 million from January to July of this year. That’s a 14% increase from this time period in 2017, when races for governor, attorney general […]

Trump administration food stamp rule could kick millions off program

By: - August 6, 2019

A new rule proposed by the President Trump administration could kick roughly 3 million people off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as “food stamps” — and critics say that could hurt residents in Michigan, where more than 1 million residents rely on that federal assistance. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […]

Peters and motorcycle riders

Up for reelection in 2020, Peters declares he’s a ‘workhorse, not a show horse’ during motorcycle tour

By: - August 5, 2019

Freshman U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) may be relatively unknown to the casual Michigan news consumer, especially compared to some of his peers from the state who have been near-ubiquitous on cable news as of late. As he kicked off his fourth annual motorcycle tour across the state Monday, however, it was apparent he […]

With Biden at center of 2nd Detroit Dem debate, the conflict wasn’t right vs. left, but past vs. future

By: - August 1, 2019

The Democratic Party brought its two night of debates in downtown Detroit to a close Wednesday, as frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden fended off challengers trying to gain a foothold in what has so far been a mostly static primary since his entrance in April. Tuesday’s debate with the 10 other qualifying candidates in […]

Every time Michigan was mentioned in the 1st Democratic debate in Detroit

By: - July 31, 2019

Given the Democratic Party’s fall from grace in the Upper Midwest in 2016, when they lost the crucial electoral votes of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, you’d imagine there would have been plenty of talk about policies affecting the region during the first night of this week’s debates in Detroit. And you’d be right. The contenders […]

State recommends shrinking Caro mental health facility 

By: - July 31, 2019

After months of debate and uncertainty over the future of a mental health facility in rural Caro, the state has officially recommended that it shrink its number of beds and move some residents to other state facilities. The Caro facility, which currently has roughly 150 beds, will have 84 under the plan recommended by the […]

Moderators try to pit Warren, Sanders against moderates in 1st Detroit Dem debate

By: - July 30, 2019

Ten candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination argued Tuesday night that they represent the best chance to deny President Donald Trump re-election, with their approaches spanning the ideological spectrum as the party moves forward from its 2016 surprise defeat. CNN moderators Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, and Dana Bash attempted to draw out sharp contrasts between […]

Voting station

GOP sues to block redistricting commission

By: - July 30, 2019

A group of Republicans sued the Michigan Secretary of State Tuesday in an attempt to block the independent redistricting commission mandated by last year’s Proposal 2. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 15 Michiganders who would be barred from the commission under its rules against members’ involvement in partisan politics, says the eligibility standards violate […]

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee and DNC Chair Tom Perez

Dems, GOP offer contrast on trade ahead of debates

By: - July 30, 2019

Both the Democratic and Republican parties held sparring press conferences just hours apart in Detroit Tuesday morning ahead of the Democratic primary debates, offering a stark contrast on the economic issues they both believe will be crucial to winning the 2020 presidential election. At the Michigan Carpenters Union Hall in Warren, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee […]

Researchers find 3rd grade reading law could lead to thousands of kids held back

By: - July 30, 2019

A study by a group of researchers at Michigan State University has found that if the new state reading law expected to take effect next year were in place today, it could lead to almost 5,000 Michigan students repeating the third grade. Under the Read by Grade Three law passed in 2016 and signed by […]

Whitmer signs directive on government contract bids

By: - July 29, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive on Monday that will force Michigan to evaluate the economic impact on the state that any potential contract with the government could bring, among other considerations. The directive, Whitmer’s 15th since taking office in January, will expand the list of factors that the state can take into account […]