Purple States

It’s not just Michigan: A state-by-state look at abortion laws across the country 

BY: - February 19, 2020

Two anti-abortion groups have been pushing ballot initiatives since last summer in Michigan, part of a trend of new abortion limits and bans all across the country.  The Michigan Values Life petition, proposed by Right to Life of Michigan, would ban the dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedure, which it calls “dismemberment abortion.”  The Michigan […]

Flint water crisis flagged in Dem presidential infrastructure forum

BY: - February 17, 2020

LAS VEGAS — America is falling apart.  No, not metaphorically speaking — though several Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail would point to the actions of President Trump to argue differently.  With thousands of bridges classified structurally deficient, roads in desperate need of repair, gaps in transportation systems and cities that aren’t equipped to […]

Study: Michigan counties lag in postsecondary education

BY: - February 17, 2020

Only four of Michigan’s 83 counties have a population where the majority of the residents between ages 25 to 64 have an associate’s degree or higher, according to a new study.  The report, done by Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based organization that advocates for postsecondary education opportunities, shows that Michigan has seen a slight increase in […]


Susan J. Demas: Nobody likes a smarty pants: Why Warren and Obama irk pundits so much

BY: - February 16, 2020

Elizabeth Warren has never succeeded in charming the pundit class, which tends to describe her in oh-so-flattering terms like professorial, scold, elitist, lecturing, strident and schoolmarmish (she was a Harvard professor before being elected as a senator, in case you couldn’t tell by these pejoratives). After covering this primary for the last approximately 12,000 years […]

Peters outraises James in 2019 for U.S. Senate battle

BY: - February 15, 2020

Updated, 7:15 a.m., 2/16/20 Michigan will host some of the most closely watched down-ballot races in November, including a U.S. Senate contest and some House races that could be tight.  Overall, freshman U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) raised $11.7 million through the end of December and ended the year with $8 million in the […]

Sanders pulls into the lead among Michigan Dem donors

BY: - February 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders was No. 1 among the Democratic presidential hopefuls when it came to raising cash from Michigan donors last year.  The Vermont U.S. senator raised about $821,000 from Michiganders in 2019, according to the latest campaign finance reports, leading his rivals and reflecting his status as the top national fundraiser among the […]


Purple States: What Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania can tell us about 2020

BY: - February 11, 2020

As the 2020 election is in full swing, the Michigan Advance and our sister publications in Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania bring you “Purple States,” an ongoing series on issues that matter to our states. On Monday, the Advance ran a column to kick off the project from Editor Susan J. Demas, “What the national media […]


Susan J. Demas: What the national media keep missing about Michigan in 2020

BY: - February 10, 2020

“So I should go to Macomb County, right?” That’s the blue-collar metro Detroit area many analysts credit for Donald Trump’s surprise 2016 Michigan win. Ever since then, it’s been the subject of endless diner safari stories from folks whose only previous time in Michigan was a 90-minute layover at Detroit Metro airport. As the 2020 […]