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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.

Biden slated to visit Detroit GM plant on Wednesday

By: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Detroit Wednesday to visit the the General Motors Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center. At the electric vehicle assembly plant, he is slated to tout the benefits of the bipartisan infrastructure deal, which includes building electric vehicle charging stations across the country, reducing emissions to fight the climate […]

Biden taps top Whitmer lawyer, assistant U.S. attorney for Michigan posts

By: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden on Friday announced his picks to serve as Michigan’s two U.S. attorneys: Mark Totten and Dawn Ison. Nominations are subject to U.S. Senate approval. Totten, who has served as chief legal counsel for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer since 2019, is Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan. He also […]

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Susan J. Demas: Lansing is a darker place without Kelly Rossman-McKinney

By: - November 10, 2021

I’m not supposed to be working right now, but one of the things that popped into my head yesterday as I was hiking up a pass was that I should see if Kelly would want to talk for a few minutes about her amazing life.  Anyone in Lansing knows that if you’re talking about Kelly, […]

3 Mich. lawmakers sign onto national letter asking Biden to commit to zero emissions by 2050

By: - November 3, 2021

Three Michigan Democratic lawmakers have joined a letter urging President Joe Biden to “strengthen the federal government’s climate commitments under the Paris Agreement” at the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) taking place in Glasgow. “As the largest historical contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the United States has both a moral and practical responsibility […]

Striking Kellogg workers get letters of support from Stabenow, Peters and other Dem senators

By: - November 3, 2021

It’s almost been a month since the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) went on strike against Kellogg to protest benefit cuts and the two-tier wage system under which newer employees are paid for less than their colleagues. That includes 325 BCTGM workers in Battle Creek, who went on strike at […]

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Susan J. Demas: We have to want to save democracy as much as the far-right wants to destroy it

By: - October 31, 2021

I spent several years covering local school boards in small communities around Michigan, where the biggest issue was funding (it was during the Great Recession, but the need remains) and mundane matters like bids for school lunch vendors and repaving the faculty parking lot. Occasionally, there would be a citizen outburst about something wackily unrelated […]

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Susan J. Demas: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism

By: - October 24, 2021

Updated, 7:35 a.m., 10/24/21 If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long […]

Report: McBroom was on Jan. 2 call with Trump, Eastman and Giuliani

By: - October 23, 2021

Michigan Senate Oversight Committee Chair Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) was on a call with hundreds of GOP lawmakers days before the Jan. 6 insurrection with President Donald Trump and his legal advisers, the Washington Post reported Saturday. Trump was on the call along lawyers John Eastman — who wrote a memo outlining how Vice President Mike […]

House holds Bannon in contempt of Congress

By: - October 21, 2021

The House voted 229-202 Thursday on a bipartisan resolution holding former President Donald Trump adviser Stephen Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena about his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The report will be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for prosecution. BREAKING: The […]

Michigan civil rights chief says redistricting maps violate the Voting Rights Act

By: - October 21, 2021

Add the Michigan Civil Rights Department director to the growing number of voices who say that the initial redistricting maps proposed by the state’s new independent panel violate the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. Department of Civil Rights Executive Director John E. Johnson Jr. spoke Wednesday evening at the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission […]

Macomb Co. parents group demands school mask mandate amid soaring COVID cases

By: - October 20, 2021

As Macomb County leads school COVID-19 case spikes, a parents group is again calling on the Macomb County Health Department to institute a countywide mask mandate in pre-K-12 schools. Macomb County Parents for Safe In-Person Schools notes that neighboring Oakland and Wayne counties in Southeast Michigan have mask mandates in schools and are not seeing a sharp […]

CVS names Khaldun VP and chief health equity officer

By: - October 18, 2021

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, who stepped down last month from her role as chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has a new role. CVS Health on Monday announced that Khaldun is the company’s new vice president and chief health equity officer. “As a health […]