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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-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, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she 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 80 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 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

New: Whitmer says May CDC mask guidance was ‘infuriating’ and a mistake

By: - November 24, 2021

Shortly after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her “Vacc to Normal” plan in late April rolling back pandemic restrictions as the state moved closer to meeting its goal of 70% of residents 16 and up getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the feds stepped in with new health guidance. In mid-May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

More than 10% of Michigan kids ages 5 to 11 have gotten their 1st COVID shot

By: - November 23, 2021

More than 87,000 (10.5%) of Michigan children ages 5 to 11 have received their first dose of the safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports as of Friday. DHHS is urging parents and caregivers to get their children vaccinated before the holidays. “We know these vaccines […]

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Susan J. Demas: Blurring lines between shiny objects and serious problems has an agonizing cost

By: - November 18, 2021

The greatest moment in trash TV history is, without question, when Kim Kardashian hysterically cries over losing her diamond earring in the ocean. With her baby velcroed to her hip, older and wiser sister Kourtney dryly declares, “Kim, there’s people that are dying.” I think of this fairly often, as we’re on Day 489,764 of […]

70% of Michiganders 16 and up have gotten at least one COVID shot

By: - November 16, 2021

Roughly 11 months after the first doses of the free COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Michigan, the state says it has reached its goal of 70% of residents 16 and older receiving at least one shot. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Monday announced that nearly 5.7 million Michiganders have received at […]

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

By: , , and - November 15, 2021

Updated, 6:43 p.m. 11/15/21, 7:34 a.m., 11/16/21 WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. “The signing of the Infrastructure Investment […]

Biden slated to visit Detroit GM plant on Wednesday

By: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Detroit Wednesday to visit the the General Motors Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center. At the electric vehicle assembly plant, he is slated to tout the benefits of the bipartisan infrastructure deal, which includes building electric vehicle charging stations across the country, reducing emissions to fight the climate […]

Biden taps top Whitmer lawyer, assistant U.S. attorney for Michigan posts

By: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden on Friday announced his picks to serve as Michigan’s two U.S. attorneys: Mark Totten and Dawn Ison. Nominations are subject to U.S. Senate approval. Totten, who has served as chief legal counsel for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer since 2019, is Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan. He also […]

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Susan J. Demas: Lansing is a darker place without Kelly Rossman-McKinney

By: - November 10, 2021

I’m not supposed to be working right now, but one of the things that popped into my head yesterday as I was hiking up a pass was that I should see if Kelly would want to talk for a few minutes about her amazing life.  Anyone in Lansing knows that if you’re talking about Kelly, […]

3 Mich. lawmakers sign onto national letter asking Biden to commit to zero emissions by 2050

By: - November 3, 2021

Three Michigan Democratic lawmakers have joined a letter urging President Joe Biden to “strengthen the federal government’s climate commitments under the Paris Agreement” at the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) taking place in Glasgow. “As the largest historical contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the United States has both a moral and practical responsibility […]

Striking Kellogg workers get letters of support from Stabenow, Peters and other Dem senators

By: - November 3, 2021

It’s almost been a month since the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) went on strike against Kellogg to protest benefit cuts and the two-tier wage system under which newer employees are paid for less than their colleagues. That includes 325 BCTGM workers in Battle Creek, who went on strike at […]

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Susan J. Demas: We have to want to save democracy as much as the far-right wants to destroy it

By: - October 31, 2021

I spent several years covering local school boards in small communities around Michigan, where the biggest issue was funding (it was during the Great Recession, but the need remains) and mundane matters like bids for school lunch vendors and repaving the faculty parking lot. Occasionally, there would be a citizen outburst about something wackily unrelated […]

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Susan J. Demas: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism

By: - October 24, 2021

Updated, 7:35 a.m., 10/24/21 If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long […]