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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.

The Michigan candidate filing deadline has passed. Here are the 2022 races to watch.

By: and - April 20, 2022

Updated, 10:44 a.m., 4/21/22 Several Republican candidates for governor descended on the Richard H. Austin Building in Lansing Tuesday to drop off petition signatures necessary to make it onto the August ballot before the deadline to do so. Ten Republicans who hope to face Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November filed signatures with the Bureau […]

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Susan J. Demas: Nothing radical about Whitmer fighting the GOP’s anti-abortion extremism

By: - April 19, 2022

Ten years ago, I was having a beer with a Michigan GOP consultant who informed me that liberals should stop all the fear-mongering because Republicans would never be dumb enough to outlaw abortion. “If they did that, they’d lose the next election by 20 points,” he declared. It was a simpler time during the 2012 […]

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Susan J. Demas: Republicans said KBJ was soft on pedophiles. But they have a Michigan problem.

By: - April 11, 2022

If you sat through the excruciating Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson, it was clear just how exceptional the first Black female justice in history had to be just to get there. Just compare Jackson’s composure and legal analysis in hearings to Brett Kavanagh, who was credibly accused of sexual assault (which naturally […]

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Susan J. Demas: How many LGBTQ+ kids’ lives are worth Republicans winning the 2022 election?

By: - April 4, 2022

On June 26, 2015, my family watched the U.S. Supreme Court hand down the Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage, and I may have cried. Neither of my kids were out at the time and didn’t think it was a particularly big deal — why wouldn’t you be allowed to marry who you love? […]

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Susan J. Demas: Oh, noes. The Michigan GOP tax cut you’d never have noticed just died.

By: - March 28, 2022

If you make more than $539,000 a year, well, first of all, congratulations. You can live quite well on that in a state like Michigan (USA Today recently ranked us third-best for affordability in the country). You also just missed out on an election-year GOP state tax cut averaging $4,900, which Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer […]

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Susan J. Demas: Journalism is a public service. The Advance is honored to tell Michigan’s stories.

By: - March 19, 2022

As a parent, you’re forever worrying that you’re not doing things right and your kids will pay the price (especially if you happen to be a chronic overthinker). It’s not dissimilar to how I’ve felt running two publications, first revamping Inside Michigan Politics and bringing it into the 21st century and then building the Michigan […]

New: Whitmer budget plan hikes higher ed by 5%, also boosts nursing home worker pay

By: - February 8, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new budget plan will include a 5% funding hike for Michigan’s 15 public universities and 28 community colleges — the highest increase in decades. Universities would have to cap tuition increases. She also will propose that all nursing home workers stretched thin during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a $2.35 per hour […]

Gilda Jacobs, trailblazing legislative leader, talks loss during COVID and attacks on democracy

By: - February 7, 2022

After spending four decades in public office, including leadership roles as a Democrat in the Michigan Legislature, Gilda Jacobs’ second act was helming one of the best-known economic justice groups in the state.  Building on her longstanding relationships, she was always there to make the case to lawmakers that Michigan can’t move forward without equity […]

Confused about getting reimbursed for COVID tests? The state has a new webpage.

By: - February 2, 2022

When the Biden administration announced in December that insurers will have to cover at-home COVID-19 tests, people had a lot of questions.  Now the state of Michigan has launched a new consumer webpage through the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) to help Michiganders understand the new federal rule and what to do. “Ensuring […]

Over 300K Michiganders enroll in Health Insurance Marketplace plans, the most since 2017 

By: - January 28, 2022

More than 303,000 Michiganders enrolled in a 2022 health plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace during the recent open enrollment period, the highest number since 2017. Under the Affordable Care Act signed by former President Barack Obama, Americans who are self-employed, don’t have health coverage through work or need more affordable health insurance options can […]

Whitmer: MIGOP co-chair calling 1st Black LG a ‘scary masked man’ was racist

By: - January 26, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Michigan Advance Tuesday that Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock’s tweet last week that Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist was a “scary masked man” and his video would make “babies … cry” was racist.  As the Advance first reported, Gilchrist — the state’s first African-American LG — posted a Twitter video […]

Breaking: AG to sue drugmaker Eli Lilly, Whitmer to announce plan to cap insulin costs

By: - January 26, 2022

Updated, 8:40 a.m. 1/26/22, with comments from Nessel Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will announce in her State of the State address Wednesday night she wants to sign a law chopping the cost of insulin for people with diabetes, and Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to sue an insulin manufacturer under the Consumer Protection Act. Whitmer told […]