Susan J. Demas: If we ever get single-payer health care, thank John Dingell

BY: - February 8, 2019

John Dingell Jr. touched the lives of thousands of people, both in small and monumental ways. The outpouring of grief from his colleagues, staffers and loved ones since his passing on Thursday night is testament to both his remarkable heart and extraordinary career. To note that he was the longest-serving member of Congress in history […]


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 […]


Rick Haglund: Whitmer’s economic strategy focuses on people over corporations

BY: - February 3, 2019

Business leaders and local economic developers have publicly urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to stay the course set by her predecessor, former Gov. Rick Snyder, in building on the state’s economic momentum. It’s easy to see why. Under Snyder, Michigan’s jobless rate plunged 7 percentage points, from 11 percent in January 2011 to 4 percent in […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: Michigan League for Public Policy launches people-driven agenda

BY: - January 31, 2019

Michigan needs a major tune-up. That’s why on Thursday, the Michigan League for Public Policy is announcing “The Owner’s Manual for Michigan”, a clear and comprehensive public policy plan to help the state’s leaders on the road ahead.   It’s usually pretty obvious when our vehicles need work. The beeping alarms and blinking lights on […]


Susan J. Demas: Gretchen Whitmer will be a national star, whether you like it or not

BY: - January 28, 2019

Newly inaugurated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she has no plans to land on the 2020 ticket. In fact, she was pretty emphatic that she didn’t want to run for president or vice president when I interviewed her in December before she took office. But voters might have other ideas. Something is definitely happening here in […]


Susan J. Demas: John Engler, living embodiment of toxic masculinity

BY: - January 22, 2019

Nobody expected John Engler to go gently into that good night. And he didn’t. In an 11-page screed dripping with bitterness and a twinge of self-pity, Michigan State University’s interim president essentially told the board last week: “You can’t fire me; I quit.” The GOP former three-term governor — who has remained a larger-than-life figure […]


Poletown closing cuts deep

BY: - January 14, 2019

Southeastern Michigan residents are still reeling over General Motors’ announcement that it will lay off almost 15,000 workers and close out production at five North American plants. One of them is the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, known to many as the “Poletown Plant.” Just before the North American International Auto Show kicked off in Detroit this week, […]


Susan J. Demas: The sister act between Whitmer and Nessel bucks stereotypes about powerful women

BY: - January 13, 2019

Turn on any reality TV show or soap opera (yes, I believe those still exist) and you’ll find women as perennial rivals, frequently dissolving into hair-pulling brawls. Sexist stereotypes persist in politics, as well, with the tedious debate over whether female candidates are “likable” and Democrats fretting that a woman can’t win the White House […]

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Ron Bieber: Labor looks ahead after big wins in 2018

BY: - January 11, 2019

The 2018 midterm election was an important one for the labor movement — and not just nationally, but also at the state level here in Michigan. The last eight years in our state have been marked by a legislative agenda set on manipulating the rules to benefit the wealthy and corporations with a governor who […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: Whitmer will reconnect parties, policy and people

BY: - January 10, 2019

My body may have been cold on Jan. 1, but my heart couldn’t have been warmer as I had the honor of being one of the thousands of friends freezing at the Capitol with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as she took her oath of office. I was proud to serve in the Michigan Legislature with Whitmer […]


Tom Watkins: Whitmer needs to prepare Michigan for the AI revolution

BY: - January 9, 2019

Michigan’s new governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is smart, politically savvy and knowledgeable. She also has 10 million constituents to serve — many who want advise her about something they want or don’t want state government to accomplish. Voters expect her to address the problems that impact them today. Whitmer’s responsibility is to both anticipate these issues […]


John Knappmann: Worthy helming Flint investigation would bring fairness, transparency

BY: - January 8, 2019

In one of her first acts, Attorney General Dana Nessel asked Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to look at the Flint Water Crisis investigation and possibly take over the prosecutions. That would be a huge step to ensuring a fair and public inquiry and follow-up for what is an exasperating situation. It’s astonishing that a […]