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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.

Here’s where COVID-19 vaccine clinics are across Michigan

By: - September 7, 2021

If you still need to get your COVID-19 shot, scroll through our searchable database of upcoming clinics and testing sites below. The information is collected by 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 […]

FAA: Michigan laser pointers targeted aircraft in flight 810 times over last decade

By: and - September 7, 2021

People in Michigan pointed lasers at aircraft in flight 810 times from 2010 to 2020, breaking federal law, records show. Michigan had the 22nd most incidents in the report of data from all 50 states, as well as and the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands and […]

Pence, Haley drop out of Michigan GOP conference

By: - September 5, 2021

The biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference scheduled for later this month has lost two headliners: former Vice President Mike Pence and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. Speakers who are still on the Michigan GOP event’s list include other potential 2024 presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and South […]

Michigan reports 4,448 COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - September 3, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 955,640 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,367 have died from the virus — an additional 4,448 cases and 51 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 2,224 […]

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Susan J. Demas: Why didn’t COVID make us question what the ‘pro-life’ movement is about?

By: - September 3, 2021

Updated, 10:52 a.m. 9/3/21 This week, my almost 19-year-old daughter stepped foot on her college campus to take classes for the first time (a year late thanks to the loud, selfish minority’s continual refusal to take COVID seriously). As I hugged her goodbye, it occurred to me that she now has fewer rights as a […]

U of M law professor says SCOTUS order ‘functionally ends Roe’

By: - September 2, 2021

After days of silence, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unsigned order early Thursday allowing a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, setting a precedent for other states to pass similar laws. The law, Senate Bill 8, which experts say effectively bans 90% of abortions in the second-largest state of 29 million, went into […]

Here’s where you can get your COVID shot this week

By: - August 30, 2021

If you haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19, check out this list of clinics available this week across the state 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 working to vaccinated at least 70% […]

State prepares for possible partial govt. shutdown on Oct. 1, despite ‘optimism’

By: - August 29, 2021

After a budget impasse in 2019 between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the GOP-controlled Legislature that almost resulted in a partial state government shutdown, both sides agreed to get budgets wrapped earlier in the future. Whitmer signed legislation setting a July 1 target date to present budgets to the governor — three months before the start […]

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Susan J. Demas: As COVID surges again in Michigan, Whitmer’s leadership shrinks

By: - August 28, 2021

For weeks, terrified parents, anxious teachers and weary administrators have been waiting for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to step up and be the leader she was at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sane majority is sick and tired of being pushed around by wild-eyed anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers berating and threatening health and elected officials […]

McClain co-sponsors GOP resolution censuring Biden

By: - August 27, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Bruce Twp.) has joined a handful of Republicans in co-sponsoring a concurrent resolution condemning and censuring President Joe Biden for what she calls his “horrific lack of leadership” and “catastrophic failures in Afghanistan.” The resolution is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.). Other co-sponsors are: Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN), […]

The 1/6 Commission wants to know what went down with Trump and Michigan Republicans

By: - August 25, 2021

There’s been some mystery surrounding a post-2020 election White House meeting between then-President Donald Trump and Michigan legislative leaders, including state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering). Now the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol wants to know what really went […]

Children’s rights group calls for all Michigan school boards to issue mask mandates

By: - August 25, 2021

More Michigan school districts and counties have been announcing mask mandates as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for children are rising with the spread the highly contagious Delta variant. Kids under 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. On Wednesday, Michigan’s Children, a Lansing-based nonprofit advocating for children and families, urged all of […]