Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 23-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on C-SPAN, 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, LGBTQ people, the state budget, the economy and more. 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 100 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive.

Rep. John Dingell

John Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress in history, dies at 92

By: and - February 8, 2019

Updated, 12:30 a.m. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, has died. He was 92. Dingell recently entered hospice care after being diagnosed with prostate cancer a year ago. He suffered a heart attack in September 2018. His wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), did not attend the State of the Union […]

Whitmer calls Dingell ‘one of our greatest leaders’

By: - February 8, 2019

Updated, 11:00 p.m. The passing Thursday of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn), the former Dean of the House, was marked by many political leaders in Michigan and beyond. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called him “one of our greatest leaders” and ordered Michigan’s flags to be lowered in his honor. “John Dingell will forever be remembered […]

Rep. Dan Kildee and House Democrats

Kildee embraces role as dean of Michigan House Dem delegation

By: - February 7, 2019

Updated, 2:10 p.m. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) hasn’t just ascended to leadership on Capitol Hill as chief deputy whip for the new majority Democratic caucus. He’s also the senior member of the Michigan House Democratic delegation after the Dean of the House now-former U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) stepped down amid a sexual harassment […]

Dingell misses SOTU to be with spouse, the former Dean of the House

By: - February 6, 2019

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) wasn’t at President Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday night because she was home with her husband, former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn). The congresswoman tweeted a message Wednesday morning that “we have entered a new phase.” John Dingell, who is 92, suffered a heart attack in September 2018. Debbie […]

Whitmer gets kudos from key Republican on environmental shakeup

By: - February 6, 2019

There’s been some Republican grumbling about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s move on Monday to restructure the beleaguered Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), but a key GOP official has her back. Candice Miller, a former congresswoman who now oversees environmental and water issues for Macomb County as public works commissioner, praised Whitmer for her new Department of Environment, […]

McCormack: No ‘witchcraft’ in winning over GOP colleagues on High Court

By: - February 6, 2019

It’s not easy for a Democrat to win enough votes on a GOP-dominated Supreme Court to become chief justice, but that’s exactly what Bridget McCormack did last month. And the vote was unanimous. The court is currently split 4-3 in favor of Republicans. But the once-fractured and highly partisan court has been a more collegial […]

Gerrymandering suit heads to trial after U.S. Supreme Court nixes delay

By: - February 5, 2019

Proceedings on a federal case challenging how Michigan’s legislative districts are drawn are slated to begin on Tuesday morning in Detroit after Republicans’ last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected. GOP attorneys had argued that the case would be rendered irrelevant because the High Court is set to rule on similar redistricting cases […]

Benson skips MDP convention for SOS conference

By: - February 4, 2019

While Democrats gathered on Saturday in Detroit to pick new leadership and look ahead to the 2020 election, a key member of the state’s new executive team wasn’t there. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who was elected as part of the 2018 blue wave, was at the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) 2019 […]


Susan J. Demas: GOP’s 2018 pork-laden spending spree wounds Whitmer’s plans

By: - February 4, 2019

Can we just end the myth of fiscally responsible Republicans once and for all? It’s bad enough that in 2017, President Trump and his GOP Congress passed a budget-busting tax giveaway to the rich, which has left us with a national debt of $21 trillion and counting. And the federal deficit is projected to approach […]

Attorney General Dana Nessel

Nessel says after Schuette, ‘Every day I don’t set a kitten on fire, I’m a hero’

By: - February 3, 2019

As Michigan Democrats gathered this weekend in Detroit to pick new party leadership, the 2020 election loomed large. Almost 3,000 activists filled Cobo Hall and elected Michigan Democratic Party Chief Operating Officer Lavora Barnes as chair. Leaders also talked about 2018 victories and how to defeat President Donald Trump next year. In an interview last […]

Lavora Barnes

Barnes elected MDP’s first Black female chair

By: and - February 3, 2019

Lavora Barnes made history Saturday as she became the first African-American woman to lead the Michigan Democratic Party. “It’s a huge deal,” she said. “I’m trying not to cry, because this is a big deal for me and my mother — the fact Michigan, of all places, has never had a black woman [MDP] chair. […]

All Michigan congressional Dems endorse Barnes for party chair

By: - January 30, 2019

All nine Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are swinging their support to Lavora Barnes as the next Michigan Democratic Party chair. The last time this happened in a contested MDP race was in the heated 2013 battle when Lon Johnson earned the entire Democratic congressional delegation’s support, helping him oust then-Chair Mark Brewer. Democrats […]