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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.

Snyder makes good on promise to sign Great Lakes pipeline legislation

By: - December 12, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday vowed he would sign legislation that will keep Enbridge’s petroleum operation under the Straits of Mackinac up and running. And today, he made good on that promise. The Republican governor announced via press release this morning that he had signed Senate Bill 1197 sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba). The bill […]

Updated: Enbridge tunnel bill awaits Gov. Snyder’s signature

By: - December 11, 2018

Updated: 2:08 p.m. Both houses of the Legislature today wasted no time acting on legislation that could ensure that oil and natural gas continue running through the Straits of Mackinac. The bill is now on Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. This has been one of term-limited governor’s top priorities in his last few weeks in office […]

Whitmer to join governors-elect in Trump meeting this week

By: - December 10, 2018

Michigan’s next governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is slated be part of a group of governors-elect meeting on Thursday with President Trump at the White House, the Detroit Free Press reports. A Whitmer spokesperson told the Free Press that the Democrat wants to talk about “federal trade policies, access to affordable health care, protecting our Great Lakes […]

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Susan J. Demas: How we’re working to advance journalism in Michigan

By: - December 10, 2018

In our first eight days, we survived one of Michigan’s notorious November snowstorms, a reporter’s car being taken down by our terrible roads and a bomb scare across from the Capitol, just blocks from our office. It’s been quite the trial by fire for the nascent Michigan Advance. But I’d expect no less, as we […]

Michigan’s Lame Duck action makes news nationwide

By: and - December 7, 2018

Michigan’s Lame Duck session has been a popular topic around the nation. More than a dozen major news outlets, including CNN, NBC and The New York Times, have reported on state GOP lawmakers and their frantic attempt to strip authority and decision-making from incoming Democratic statewide officials. Michigan’s end-of-the-year session also has attracted the attention […]

Progressives call to end Lame Duck legislative sessions

By: - December 7, 2018

Is it time to end Lame Duck action in Michigan? Sam Inglot, Progress Michigan’s relentless deputy communications director, has a provocative op-ed in the Lansing State Journal this week slamming Republicans for “gut[ting] popular policies that help working families” in this late-year session. The GOP-controlled Legislature has taken up a number of bills giving progressives heart […]

Former El-Sayed policy director behind ‘Green New Deal’

By: - December 6, 2018

Rhiana Gunn-Wright, who served as Abdul El-Sayed's policy director for his 2018 gubernatorial campaign, has moved on to the national stage.

New bill could trash part of Milliken’s environmental legacy

By: - December 4, 2018

The “bottle bill” was a key part of GOP former Gov. William Milliken’s environmental legacy.

Michigan is one of 16 states with lower tax revenue than before the Great Recession

By: - December 4, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder is fond of bragging about Michigan’s “comeback” since the Great Recession, but one key economic indicator continues to lag.

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Susan J. Demas: Whoa, there, little ladies. GOP men will show you who’s boss.

By: - December 4, 2018

The pink wave crashed in Michigan on Nov. 6, with the female-dominated Democratic ticket sweeping every statewide office.

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Susan J. Demas: I thought I was done with journalism. I was wrong. Here’s why.

By: - December 4, 2018

Whenever I’m contemplating a big life change, I head to the mountains. I love the Rockies, Cascades and Great Dividing Range in Australia, but my heart belongs to the Sierra Nevadas — Yosemite, in particular. Whether it’s sweating and struggling to scale a peak or just wandering around a snow-streaked pass, it gives me time […]