West Michigan


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 […]

Michigan in national news: Biden buoyed Upton in 2018

BY: - January 27, 2019

With 10 million people, a full-time Legislature and our status as a 2020 swing state, Michigan is frequently in the glare of the national spotlight. Here’s a roundup of some national coverage of the Mitten State that you may have missed over the last week: There’s been a flurry of stories former Vice President Joe […]

Whitmer tells D.C. leaders to strike permanent deal post-shutdown

BY: - January 26, 2019

The partial federal government shutdown may have come to a close on Friday — for at least three weeks — but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging leaders in Washington, D.C., to strike a permanent deal. “I’m glad to see that they’ve got a reprieve, but they’ve got to get [a deal] done,” Whitmer told reporters […]

Michigan Republicans adjust to life under Speaker Pelosi

BY: and - January 20, 2019

Not long ago, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton ran the powerful U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, whose sweeping jurisdiction has been famously described as “everything that moves, burns or is sold.” Things have changed dramatically since then for the St. Joseph Republican, who’s entering his 17th term on Capitol Hill in the minority. Upton, who […]

Democrats stand ready to grill DeVos

BY: - January 18, 2019

Betsy DeVos could have a tough year ahead. President Trump’s education secretary, who also is a Michigan billionaire, has been a prime target of Democrats and liberal groups since she was nominated for the post in late 2016. DeVos has been under fire for her high-profile policy moves on issues like campus sexual assault, civil […]

Bliss seeks to expand racial equity as she nears re-election campaign

BY: - January 12, 2019

As the mayor of Michigan’s second-largest city prepares to run for a second term in office, she’s focused on continuing to make Grand Rapids a business-friendly city for enterprises of all sizes.   Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, a long time city commissioner who was elected as Grand Rapids’ first female mayor in 2016, has prioritized trying […]

Amash and Trump

Amash: ‘Huge mistake’ for Trump to declare national emergency

BY: - January 10, 2019

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.) sees an increasing likelihood that President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to secure funding for a wall at the Mexican border. Speaking with the Advance on Thursday afternoon, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District said that based on his recent conversations with legislative leaders, it […]

‘Nobody convinced anybody’: Michigan leaders react to Trump shutdown speech

BY: - January 9, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a nationally televised address Tuesday night centering on a stalemate over his border wall proposal and the partial federal government shutdown. “This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice,” Trump said. “This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve.”   […]

DEQ staffers tell Snyder to veto weaker enviro cleanup standards

BY: - December 21, 2018

In a rare show of opposition, 82 state employees working for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have urged Gov. Rick Snyder to veto legislation they say would present “unacceptable risks” to the public. The employees wrote that proposed changes “are based solely on the cost of cleanups” for responsible companies and “have no basis […]

GM closures cause concern, but Michigan economy still looks strong for 2019

BY: - December 14, 2018

Uncertainty over the closure of multiple General Motors plants aside, economists continue to have a favorable view of the West Michigan, state and national economies going into 2019. Speaking last week during an economic forecast event at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, economist Jim Robey said that while the GM plant closures have […]

Updated: Economic development leaders urge Whitmer to stay the course

BY: - December 12, 2018

Updated: 12/12 at 11:15 a.m. As Michigan’s next governor prepares to take office next month, Gretchen Whitmer has met with leaders about keeping the economy moving in areas across the state. Birgit Klohs is the president and CEO of The Right Place Inc., a West Michigan business and economic development organization. She told reporters in […]

DeVos family gave to Mississippi U.S. Sen. Hyde-Smith

BY: - December 4, 2018

Members of West Michigan’s DeVos family, longtime stalwarts of state and national GOP causes and candidates, were among those financially supporting U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.).