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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.

State Rep. Schroeder dies of stomach cancer

By: - October 1, 2021

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.) died Friday after battling stomach cancer since 2018, House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) has announced. She was 57. Schroeder was first elected in November 2018, a couple months after her diagnosis, and was reelected in 2020. She was a member of the Energy and Rules and Competitiveness committees. She […]

‘Their tank is empty’: Local public health officials combat staff burnout, low pay, harassment

By: and - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local public health departments that were already struggling with too few workers and too little money have been pushed to the brink — and for some, beyond the brink. “My staff is burnt out, overworked and underpaid,” Dr. Mysheika Roberts, health commissioner with the Columbus Public Health […]

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Susan J. Demas: Here’s the big thing we didn’t learn at the Mackinac GOP confab

By: - September 28, 2021

Updated, 6:47 a.m. 9/28/21 Real news is rarely made at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, an ostentatious Michigan schmoozefest where politicians beg lobbyists and multi-millionaires for cash and thirsty lesser-known candidates sometimes ditch their contempt for the media and do interviews in hopes they’ll break out of single-digits in polling. Don’t get me wrong — […]

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Susan J. Demas: The Mackinac Conference lauds civility, but Kent Co. conflicts tell another tale

By: - September 23, 2021

“Civility still lives here at the Mackinac conference,” Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Sandy Baruah declared while kicking off the (usually) annual Mackinac Policy Conference on Tuesday. But apparently, that value is waning more than 200 miles southwest of the storied island in business-friendly Grand Rapids, once the unofficial home of “Michigan Nice.” While […]

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Susan J. Demas: An overlooked goal of the rising far-right? Get good people to quit.

By: - September 19, 2021

When U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) this week announced his retirement after being one of only a handful Republicans to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, it was greeted with the usual discourse when moderates step aside. Pundits are always atwitter if this mean that Democrats are moving too far […]

Rep. Manoogian secures PPO against Rep. Marino

By: - September 18, 2021

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham), who this week accused Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.) of domestic violence, has secured a Personal Protection Order (PPO) against him. The order was issued Friday by 30th Circuit Judge Lisa McCormick. Both are on the floor for House sessions and each have offices in the House Office Building. House […]

Trump ditches former US attorney pick, endorses election conspiracist for Michigan AG instead

By: - September 17, 2021

Former President Donald Trump continues to wade into Michigan politics, this time endorsing Kalamazoo-based attorney Matthew DePerno, who has gotten national attention for pushing election fraud conspiracies in Michigan and Arizona following Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. The election was not close, with now-President Joe Biden defeating Trump by more than 7 million votes […]

Here’s the latest on COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Michigan

By: - September 14, 2021

There are more upcoming opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan. The list of upcoming local community COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing sites is from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Protect Michigan Commission. In order to reach community-wide immunity that can protect others who cannot get vaccinated, Michigan is […]

If you’re unvaccinated, you’re 11 times more likely to die of COVID: CDC study

By: - September 12, 2021

Those who didn’t get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were 11 times more likely to die of the virus than those who got their shots, according to a new study from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention People who weren’t fully immunized also were than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized from […]

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Susan J. Demas: Republicans never had a COVID plan. They just wanted us to accept mass death.

By: - September 12, 2021

When COVID-19 first paralyzed our nation last winter, many Republican leaders blasted stay-home orders, arguing they would kill businesses and inconvenience folks who had to pause going to the mall or the movies. The soaring death rate oddly seemed to be a far lesser concern. Then they railed against masks, spreading weird conspiracies that a […]

Michigan has had the equivalent of seven 9/11s in COVID-19 deaths

By: - September 11, 2021

Michiganders across the state, including many elected officials from both parties, will on Saturday attend events mourning the almost 3,000 people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The 20th anniversary of the attacks, which sparked the two-decade-long “War on Terror,” is also taking place against the […]

Trump endorses 2 Michigan Republicans for 2022

By: - September 8, 2021

Former President Donald Trump, who appears to be prepping to run in 2024, was busy this week with politics in Michigan, which is expected to again be a battleground state. Trump endorsed two Michigan Republicans for 2022: State Rep. Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers) and Kristina Karamo, who have both aligned themselves with Trump’s base and […]