Susan J. Demas: It’s a new day in Michigan, boys. Try and keep up.

BY: - February 16, 2019

Just after Christmas 2011, I was sitting in a tent in Arizona’s Arrastra Mountains, enjoying the 20-degree chill and a much-needed break from covering politics 14 hours a day. Out of habit, I was scrolling through news on my Blackberry (yes, that’s what I had at the time) and stumbled on a quote from then-state Sen. […]

Rick Haglund: Biz groups fighting Whitmer’s environmental agenda fail to see big economic picture

BY: - February 15, 2019

Republican leaders in the Legislature have pledged to work cooperatively with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on solving the tough issues facing the state. But apparently that spirit of collaboration doesn’t apply when she does something they don’t like. GOP lawmakers and business lobbying groups are incensed with Whitmer over a recent executive order she issued […]

Tom Watkins: We must end mental health stigma to stop suicide

BY: - February 15, 2019

The news hit me hard. There was another apparent suicide and my heart sank. I did not know Travis Weber well; in fact, I believe I only met him once briefly. That did not stop the tears from flowing when I heard the news. Travis Weber served as former Gov. Rick Snyder’s legal counsel and […]

FOX-2 doubles down on story with explicit comments about Whitmer’s looks

BY: - February 15, 2019

FOX-2 spent the day getting dragged on social media for its bizarre story featuring random commentators leering at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appearance, often in explicit detail, during her first State of the State speech. But on Thursday evening, the station refused to apologize and instead doubled down. That was after the governor weighed in Thursday afternoon […]

Susan J. Demas: You can really just stop with your creepy fashion critiques of Whitmer

BY: - February 14, 2019

A Detroit TV station decided that an insightful story to throw together on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State address was a roundup of social media randos commenting on the dress she wore — and even explicit assessments of her body parts. The story features a dude on Facebook who lewdly congratulated the governor […]

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 […]

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 […]