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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.

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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

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 […]