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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.

Environmental justice advocates look to historic $3.5T spending bill for bold action

By: and - August 25, 2021

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration want to use their massive $3.5 trillion spending plan to help communities that have been devastated by environmental pollution and degradation. For years, activists have been pushing for government recognition of what’s known as environmental justice, the broad movement to provide restitution to communities that have suffered disproportionate harm. […]

BREAKING: FCC proposes $5M fine for Wohl, Burkman over Michigan election robocall

By: - August 24, 2021

Updated, 7:56 p.m. 8/24/21, with comments from AG Nessel The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday proposed a $5.13 million fine against Jack Burkman, Jacob Wohl and J.M. Burkman & Associates LLC over a robocall targeting Black Michigan voters before the 2020 election. Burkman and Wohl allegedly concocted and paid for a robocall that targeted […]

Want to get your COVID shot? Here’s where to go in Michigan.

By: - August 24, 2021

If you want to get your COVID-19 vaccination, you have a lot of options this week in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Protect Michigan Commission have released a list of clinics available across the state. Michigan’s goal is to vaccinate at least 70% of residents 16 and older. More […]

FDA grants full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot, now known as ‘Comirnaty’

By: and - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has its first fully approved vaccine against COVID-19, with federal health officials announcing Monday the approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine. The green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move Pfizer’s vaccine from emergency use to full approval is a milestone in the national pandemic response, and one that comes […]

Clarkston man to Whitmer: ‘We have been watching and know your every step’

By: - August 23, 2021

Kevin Dawe, 31, of Clarkston is facing jail time for allegedly sending threatening messages directed at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday. Dawe has been charged with two counts of malicious use of telecommunications services, misdemeanors each punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. “There […]

2/3 of Michigan U.S. House members have voted by proxy during pandemic

By: and - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON —Data from roll call votes shows that 171 U.S. House Democrats and 89 Republicans have voted by proxy at least once since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  authorized the pandemic-era practice beginning last year. Pelosi has now announced the extension of proxy voting until Oct. 1 as the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: If schools can send girls home for short skirts, they can enforce mask mandates

By: - August 21, 2021

We’ve tried all sorts of things to make masks palatable for the extremely loud minority of parents and GOP politicians who keep taking over school board meetings across the country, throwing Nazi salutes and nonsensically screaming that safety measures are “child abuse.” Let’s be clear. The majority of our country is vaccinated against COVID-19 and […]

Biden faces down GOP governors on school mask bans

By: and - August 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — With eight states so far prohibiting schools from levying mask requirements, President Joe Biden is pledging that his administration will use all of its oversight and legal authority to stick up for local officials trying to keep their schools safe. What remains to be seen is how far the federal government can or will […]

Former Trump U.S. attorney Schneider takes a pass on ’22 AG race

By: - August 19, 2021

Updated, 10:04 a.m., 8/19/21 Matthew Schneider, who former President Donald Trump tapped as the U.S. attorney for Michigan’s eastern district, announced Wednesday evening that he would not run as a Republican candidate for attorney general in 2022. “I’m successfully, busily, and happily fulfilling my commitment to build and grow the investigations and white collar defense […]

Biden mandates vaccines in nursing homes, admonishes GOP govs on school masks

By: and - August 19, 2021

Updated, 6:50 a.m., 12:12 p.m. 8/19/21, with comments from SEIU Healthcare Michigan, DHHS WASHINGTON — Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the delta variant sweeps many states. President […]

Biden taps former DHHS Director Gordon for federal health post

By: - August 18, 2021

Former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon has been nominated by President Joe Biden for a key federal health post. The White House on Wednesday evening announced his nomination for assistant secretary for financial resources at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). After being elected in November, Biden […]

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Look who’s back: Engler helps start Craig PAC

By: - August 17, 2021

Former Gov. John Engler, who resigned from his interim Michigan State University post amid scandal in 2019, isn’t done with Michigan. The Republican, who served as governor from 1991 to 2002, was tapped to helm MSU after the school was rocked by allegations that Dr. Larry Nassar sexually abused hundreds of women while being on […]