Here’s how democracies die

BY: - July 13, 2021

If you want to know at what point America’s democracy started to die, experts say 2016 seems like a logical point: With nearly a year to go until his term expired, President Barack Obama’s attempt at appointing a Supreme Court justice failed when the Republican-controlled Senate vowed to block any nominee. Steven Levitsky and Daniel […]

Trump announces Michigan stop in same week that Biden returns

BY: - September 8, 2020

President Donald Trump will make his first visit to Michigan this week since an Ypsilanti event in May, announcing that he will campaign in Freeland in Saginaw County. Trump’s stop is scheduled for Thursday, one day after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will stump in Michigan on Wednesday. Biden’s campaign hasn’t released details of the […]


Susan J. Demas: Trump was elected to hurt the ‘right people.’ Now he’s hurting his base.

BY: - June 24, 2020

When Donald Trump emerged disheveled and broken from Air Force One Saturday after what was supposed to be his triumphant comeback on the campaign trail in Tulsa (coronavirus — what’s that?), it was clear that the sheen of his electoral invincibility had finally started to tarnish. National journalists (even one who reported live from a […]


Jeff Timmer: The GOP succumbs to Stockholm Syndrome

BY: - June 18, 2020

Warren Zevon wrote the lyric “Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland’s Thompson gun and bought it,” in a 1978 song, referencing the kidnapping and radicalization of the heiress by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).  If Zevon were alive today he might update that lyric to read, “The GOP read the worst of Donald’s Twitter […]

Anti-Trump group calls on moderate Republicans to vote Biden 

BY: - May 26, 2020

The Lincoln Project, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-Trump group, is targeting moderate Republicans in Michigan to help vote President Donald Trump out of office in November. George Conway, a lawyer, vocal opponent to Trump and husband to top White House aide Kellyanne Conway, said during a Tuesday night virtual town hall that the group’s primary motivation […]

Betsy DeVos said her husband would halt ‘political contributions.’ He hasn’t. 

BY: - May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — In January 2017, a senior Senate Democrat grilled Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s then-nominee to lead the Education Department, on whether she planned to use her family’s vast wealth to influence politics while she was in office.  In 1997, DeVos had written of her West Michigan billionaire family’s widespread contributions to conservative causes: […]

Rural, Republican counties are Michigan’s newest COVID-19 hotspots

BY: - May 6, 2020

While Republicans in the Legislature continue to push to reopen Michigan’s economy quickly, new data suggests that relaxing restrictions too early would come at an elevated risk for a second — possibly worse — wave of COVID-19 for which the state’s hospitals would be underprepared. And many of the areas that likely would be hardest […]

Sanders stays in, challenges Biden on how he plans to win young voters

BY: - March 11, 2020

An issues-focused U.S. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will fight on in the Democratic presidential primaries, despite big losses Tuesday night. In his first public appearance since losses to former Vice President Joe Biden in most states that voted on Tuesday, including Michigan, Sanders held a Wednesday afternoon press conference from his hometown of Burlington, Vt.. He […]


Susan J. Demas: Sanders’ biggest mistake was not backing Warren in 2019

BY: - March 11, 2020

It’s a despondent time for many inspired by Bernie Sanders’ progressive vision, as he lost Michigan big Tuesday night — four years after his surprise victory here gave birth to his theory of electability. Former Vice President Joe Biden took a buzzsaw to that idea, notching a 15-point victory and pulling what we like to […]

Biden wins Michigan, says ‘together, we’re bringing the party together’

BY: and - March 10, 2020

Shortly after all polls closed at 9 p.m., former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the crucial battleground state of Michigan by multiple media outlets, which may signal the end of a hard-fought Democratic presidential primary. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew huge crowds in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Detroit rallies […]

Demonstrators in Flint, MI in 2016

New: Sanders voted against Flint water crisis funding in 2016

BY: - March 6, 2020

During a critical junction in the Flint water crisis four years ago, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a top Democratic presidential contender, voted against a measure that provided funding to help state and city officials to address the matter. In December 2016, Sanders voted against a continuing resolution that would have provided up to $170 […]

Trump attempts to woo Black voters in Detroit. Will it work this time?

BY: - March 2, 2020

As Black History Month drew to near close on Thursday, a group of about a dozen Black supporters joined President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House. In African-American church tradition, the men and women lay hands on him. They prayed for him. They vowed to reelect him. They chanted, “Four more […]