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.


Susan J. Demas: We’ve coddled ignorance for years. Now we’re all paying the price with COVID.

By: - August 10, 2021

Sane America has had enough. After almost two years of a horrific pandemic that’s killed almost 620,000 Americans — with nearly 20,000 of them from Michigan — and deadly, faster-spreading variants emerging because selfish and ignorant people refuse to get vaccinated — those of us who have tried to do everything right have no more […]


Susan J. Demas: Don’t be fooled. Conservatives are still on a mission to destroy LGBTQ+ rights.

By: - August 5, 2021

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage six years ago, many Republicans and conservative outfits have shifted their rhetoric from gleefully declaring LGBTQ+s deserve scorn instead of basic human rights, to couching their bigotry in more genteel terms and desperately rooting out wedge issues. That’s the odd way we seem to mark progress […]

Huizenga, Wozniak win special state Senate GOP primaries

By: - August 4, 2021

State Reps. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) and Doug Wozniak (R-Shelby Twp.) won their respective special state Senate GOP primaries on Tuesday and are likely on their way to joining the upper chamber in November. Republicans currently hold a 20-16 majority. In a tight race for the 28th District in the Grand Rapids area of West Michigan, […]

Michigan legislators rally in D.C., urge Congress to act on voting rights

By: and - August 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats joined with dozens of state legislators at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon, demanding that the Senate skip August recess and pass critical voting rights legislation in reaction to Republican-led states that have adopted restrictive voting laws. Dozens of legislators from North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas, […]

16 COVID-19 cases connected with Muskegon Bike Time event

By: - August 3, 2021

COVID-19 cases tied to Muskegon Bike Time, a four-day motorcycle event held in West Michigan on July 15 to 18, are under investigation by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and local public health departments. DHHS reports that at least 16 cases of COVID-19 have been identified among this year’s attendees and […]

Nessel, 21 AGs tell congressional leaders to guard against voter suppression, possibly reform the filibuster

By: - August 2, 2021

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with 21 other attorneys general, on Monday sent a letter to bipartisan congressional leaders urging them to pass legislation protecting against both voter suppression and election subversion and possibly reform the filibuster. “Following the 2020 presidential election, we witnessed something many of us considered unthinkable: an attempt by the then-sitting President of the United States [Donald Trump], […]


Susan J. Demas: Every day since the Jan. 6 insurrection has been gaslighting

By: - July 31, 2021

If you spend enough time reading how empires fall, as I did during my younger days studying obscure accounts of European history (and being lectured that it would never be useful in the real world), it becomes clear that we are living in the jittery, pivitol period between coup attempts. And the next one is […]

Congress clears $521M to pay for National Guard costs tied to Jan. 6 attack, Tlaib votes no

By: and - July 30, 2021

Updated, 4:06 p.m., 7/30/21 with comments from Tlaib’s office WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for providing 26,000 troops to protect the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot — an unexpected expense that was poised to result in training cutbacks for Guard units across the country. The National […]

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Michigan Supreme Court rules for state on local govt. and school funding case

By: - July 29, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday primarily ruled in the state’s favor on a major case regarding how the state funds local governments and schools. The case, Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government v. Michigan, deals with the 1978 Headlee Amendment, the culmination of a conservative movement to cap taxation in the state. The case involved […]

DOJ won’t investigate Whitmer’s nursing home COVID policies

By: - July 26, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice will not investigate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, per a letter obtained by the Michigan Advance.  State and federal Republican lawmakers had called for investigations into Democratic governors’ policies, but not Republican governors. Whitmer said the requests were politically motivated. Republicans have opposed her health […]

MSU isn’t mandating COVID vaccinations — but students are mandated to do a survey on them

By: - July 22, 2021

Unlike some other colleges, Michigan State University hasn’t mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for those on campus going into the 2021-22 school year. But students on Thursday did receive a “mandatory COVID-19 vaccine survey” in their email. “To help us prepare for the fall, we are requiring all students to fill out a brief survey on whether […]

MDOT director makes case for more infrastructure spending in D.C.

By: - July 22, 2021

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Paul Ajegba was in Washington, D.C., this week to talk to federal officials about the need for more infrastructure spending and to talk up Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan five-year transportation plan. As the Advance reported, the U.S. Senate this week did not advance the bipartisan infrastructure plan championed […]