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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 22-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQ+ people, the state budget, the economy and more. She previously served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 90 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 5,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 80 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two kids along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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Susan J. Demas: Republicans served up ‘red wave’ Kool-Aid. Pundits drank it up.

By: - November 14, 2022

The election was four weeks out. Every sign pointed to Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon careening toward an epic loss. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was, by all indications, running a smart campaign that connected with voters on kitchen-table issues, which does, as she often pointed out, include abortion rights. Her authentic bond with her running mate, […]

Michigan’s historic 2022 election in photos

By: and - November 13, 2022

Every campaign comes with the promise that it will be the most important one in history. While the history books have yet to be written on Michigan’s 2022 election, we do know that it was, indeed historic, with Democrats sweeping all top statewide offices with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney […]

Michigan GOP finger-pointing underway following Tuesday’s historic loss at the polls

By: and - November 11, 2022

A post-mortem memo on the historic losses suffered Tuesday by the Michigan Republican Party blames candidates being too closely aligned with former President Donald Trump, prompting major donors to withhold their support and leaving the party without the cash needed to compete. Not only did Democrats sweep the top statewide offices, but they won a […]

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Susan J. Demas: Why won’t the House investigate Chatfield’s corruption and sex abuse scandals?

By: - October 30, 2022

Even if you’ve been in Lansing for way too long, it was pretty stunning to see a former speaker of the House last week accused of running a “criminal enterprise” out of his Capitol office — just months after he was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a child. This isn’t a name from the distant […]

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Susan J. Demas: Adults who choose to bully LGBTQ+ children are weird — and profoundly broken

By: - October 23, 2022

Twelve years ago, the LGBTQ+ community started a powerful campaign to help young people with three simple words: “It gets better.” Growing up gay or trans is often devastatingly hard, from enduring slurs hurled by kids at school to having abusive parents who kick you out of the house just because of who you are […]

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Susan J. Demas: Tudor Dixon trashes all the single ladies

By: - October 17, 2022

In Michigan, the GOP nominee for a critical congressional seat is on record blasting women being in the workplace and having the right to vote. John Gibbs, who won his 3rd District primary thanks to an endorsement from former President Donald Trump and is facing Democrat Hillary Scholten on Nov. 8, got exactly zero backlash […]

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Susan J. Demas: Will your vote count in 2024? It depends who wins Michigan in 2022.

By: - October 11, 2022

It’s been a psychically scarring last few years between the pandemic, a full-blown insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the specter of a nuclear-charged war in Ukraine.  And we’ve all become inured to scaremongering political ads and election year hyperbole. But the truth is, democracy is on the ballot on Nov. 8. In Michigan, the […]

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Susan J. Demas: Michigan Republicans beg Whitmer to zip it on abortion rights

By: - October 4, 2022

When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave her keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference in May, it suddenly became clear how many pundits had misjudged this particular political moment. You would have expected the Democrat to earn some polite applause at the traditionally stuffy confab dominated by CEOs, lobbyists and legislators, one where her predecessor, Republican […]

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Susan J. Demas: As Trump goes full QAnon, Dixon delights in sowing Whitmer kidnapping conspiracies

By: - September 27, 2022

It’s been a rough couple months for Donald Trump, who, as you recall, has the distinction of being our only twice-impeached president. After trying to instigate a coup because he didn’t like that he (badly) lost the 2020 election, he’s still flexing his muscles over the GOP by successfully endorsing a slew of 2022 candidates, […]

Dixon spends the day ridiculing Whitmer over 2020 far-right kidnapping plot

By: and - September 24, 2022

Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon’s repeated comments mocking the foiled plot to kidnap and assassinate Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have drawn widespread condemnation. On Friday morning, the Republican appeared at a pro-Dixon superPAC event in Troy with former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and criticized Whitmer’s business record as governor. Standing in front of a sign […]

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Susan J. Demas: Dixon’s ‘parents’ rights’ message: You’re only a real mom if you vote GOP

By: - September 20, 2022

Just over 20 years ago, I gave birth to my first child early on in my journalism career. In the years that followed, I would be told by several editors, some who were trying to be helpful and others who appeared to still reside in the Stone Age, that my decision to start a family […]

Biden says Republicans ‘want a national ban on abortion’

By: and - September 14, 2022

President Joe Biden followed up his visit Wednesday to the North American International Auto Show with a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Detroit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thanked him for making the trip. “We know he’s a car guy, but he didn’t have to be here,” she said, per a White House pool report. The president […]