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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 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 […]

Trump torches McBroom, Shirkey as ‘RINOs’ for not backing so-called ‘audit’

By: - August 16, 2021

Former President Donald Trump is back to slamming Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) for not standing up for him after his 2020 election loss. Trump’s latest broadside came in a Thursday statement, as he’s been permanently banned from Twitter, torching the two GOP leaders as Republicans in Name […]

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Susan J. Demas: Whitmer could be able to ‘fix the damn roads,’ despite GOP obstruction

By: - August 15, 2021

If you were around for the before time in 2019, you know that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first year in office was dominated by GOP leaders in the Legislature doing everything they could to thwart her attempts to “fix the damn roads” — her signature 2018 campaign promise. That preceded Republicans doing everything they could […]

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U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill, with more than $8B going to Michigan

By: and - August 10, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation. Biden proposed an infrastructure plan in March that would have topped $2 trillion. A bipartisan group of senators led by Rob Portman, (R-Ohio), and Kyrsten Sinema, (D-Ariz.), worked […]

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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 […]

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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, […]