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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.

6th Michigan hospital gets federal staffing help during COVID surge

By: - January 24, 2022

A sixth Michigan hospital will see an infusion of staff from the federal government to assist with the months-long COVID-19 surge. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Monday that the feds granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for additional staffing at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Under the agreement, the federal government will […]

MIGOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock calls 1st Black lieutenant governor a ‘scary masked man’

By: - January 23, 2022

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist has been in office for over three years, making history as Michigan’s first African-American lieutenant governor. The Democratic father of three, who contracted COVID-19 earlier this month after his daughter tested positive, posted a Twitter video Thursday afternoon in which he was masked up and announced that he was back to […]

State issues order requiring Michigan nursing homes to offer COVID shots to residents

By: - January 20, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Thursday issued an epidemic order that nursing homes must offer COVID-19 vaccines for residents onsite. The vaccine is free. “With the omicron variant rapidly spreading across our state and cases of COVID-19 continuing to remain high, we want to make sure our most vulnerable Michiganders […]

New: Former AG Schuette won’t challenge Rep. Kildee in new congressional district

By: - January 18, 2022

Updated with additional comments, 10:20 a.m., 11:09 a.m., 1/18/22 GOP former Attorney General Bill Schuette, who lost his 2018 gubernatorial bid, will not challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) in the newly created 8th Congressional District. Schuette made the announcement Tuesday morning on “The Art Lewis Show” on WSGW. He told Lewis he wanted to […]

Will false Trump electors’ attempt to hijack the Michigan vote be punished?

By: , and - January 18, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office had referred the investigation into the fraudulent 2020 Electoral College certificate submitted by state Republicans to federal prosecutors.  During a Thursday appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” the Democrat said her office had referred the case to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Michigan, […]

Why U of M fired President Mark Schlissel on Saturday night

By: - January 16, 2022

The University of Michigan Board of Regents on Saturday night made a surprise announcement that it had fired President Mark Schlissel and replaced him in the interim with former President Mary Sue Coleman, noting in a statement that it had “full confidence that she will provide the leadership our University community needs during this critical […]

Bridge funding in infrastructure law on the way to states

By: and - January 14, 2022

The federal government will begin releasing more than $5 billion for distressed bridges in the first year of funding under the recent infrastructure law, President Joe Biden said in a Friday video message. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state of Michigan is expected to receive $563.1 million over five years to build, repair or replace bridges. […]

They may disagree on abortion, but this political odd couple agrees on preserving democracy

By: - January 11, 2022

On Dec. 22, an email went out from Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s campaign that surprised at least some Michigan politicos. The fundraising pitch for the state’s most powerful progressive official was from former Michigan Republican Party Executive Director Jeff Timmer, who told supporters, “We could quibble and quarrel about policy differences between candidates in […]

AG Dana Nessel’s 2nd COVID test comes back negative

By: - January 10, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel has tested negative for COVID-19 for a second time, her office confirmed to the Advance Monday afternoon. The attorney general was quarantining while awaiting the results of the PCR test that came back Monday. She tested negative last week, but was experiencing symptoms. The omicron variant has been sweeping through Michigan […]

Whitmer’s State of the State address will be virtual on Jan. 26

By: - January 10, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) announced Monday morning that the 2022 State of the State address again will be virtual and broadcast live on Jan. 26.  “The State of the State address is a tradition rooted in history. It is an opportunity for Michiganders to hear about the work of […]

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Susan J. Demas: The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better.

By: - January 10, 2022

Less than an hour after my youngest left for high school Friday, I got the text. Less than a third of the kids in his class were there for first period. There was another substitute. And there were 10 more reported COVID cases in the school (on top of many more earlier that week). He’s […]

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Susan J. Demas: If the Jan. 6 coup succeeded, what would Michigan Republicans have done?

By: - January 6, 2022

Today is the most inauspicious of anniversaries, as we came closer to losing our democracy on Jan. 6, 2021, than anyone ever dared to imagine at the time. As a European history major who’s spent time studying coups, along with more than two decades of reporting on an increasingly fragile democratic system at home, it […]