Biden snags 4 more Michigan endorsements

BY: - September 12, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden has landed four more Michigan endorsements ahead of the third Democratic presidential debate that kicks off Thursday night in Houston. Biden, who leads in the polls, rolled out the four Michigan lawmakers as part of a list of 59 African American officials endorsing his campaign. They are state Sen. Marshall […]

Ex-NYT labor reporter: Trump has ‘not made America great again’ for workers

BY: - September 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has “not made America great again for American workers,” a former longtime New York Times labor reporter told an audience here on Monday.  Steven Greenhouse, who covered the labor movement for the Times for almost two decades, recently released a book titled, “Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and […]


Michigan Trump Republicans endorse Amash challenger Langlois

BY: - September 9, 2019

Businessman and Grand Rapids-area congressional candidate Joel Langlois has received the endorsement of a leading group of supporters of President Donald Trump.  Langlois is running for the state’s 3rd Congressional District, currently held by newly independent U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.), a district based around Grand Rapids and Battle Creek. Before becoming an independent […]


Susan J. Demas: Dear Michigan Republicans: Your party never wins government shutdowns

BY: - September 9, 2019

Michigan is a mere 22 days away from a government shutdown (but who’s counting?) and you might be confused as to why. It’s actually pretty simple. From a policy standpoint, Michigan has chronically underinvested for decades — but most egregiously under the GOP in the last decade of relative economic prosperity — in core areas […]

Why Is Gogebic County an island of blue in a sea of red in the U.P.?

BY: - September 8, 2019

Gogebic County is a small, rural county of 15,342 people located in the southwestern corner of the Upper Peninsula.  Among the things you’ll find there is Copper Peak in Ironwood — the only ski flying hill in the Western Hemisphere — vestiges of Michigan’s iron industry, and, perhaps, a cougar, as the Michigan Department of […]


Told you so: Columnist floats Whitmer as Biden VP

BY: - September 6, 2019

I hate to say I told you so (OK, I so don’t), but an Insider NJ columnist this week is out with a column that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would make a fine running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020. Yes, it’s early. And sure, no one know who the Democratic nominee […]

Pence added as speaker at Michigan Republican confab

BY: - September 4, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence will return to Michigan later this month.  The Michigan Republican Party announced on Wednesday that Pence has been added to the list of guest speakers for the party’s biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, held at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  Pence joins U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and fellow member […]

Michigan in national news: Focus on rural voters, 1 of just 4 swing states?

BY: - September 4, 2019

Is it 2020 yet? No, but it might feel like it, as Michigan remains the subject of intense national focus for next year’s presidential election. Reuters puts the spotlight on rural voters, particularly those in the Upper Midwest who are hurting from President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Meanwhile, Washington Post columnist Dan Balz believes Michigan […]

DisArt drag show finds new Grand Rapids venue

BY: - September 3, 2019

Updated, 11:40 a.m., with announcement of filing a civil rights complaint DisArt, a Grand Rapids-based Disability Arts organization, announced it will hold the Disability Drag Show on Saturday at the Wealthy Theatre in the city. Drag Syndrome, an acclaimed United Kingdom-based group of people with Down Syndrome who perform in drag, was banned from performing […]


Susan J. Demas: Trump’s crazy 2 weeks underscore just how much we’ll lose if he wins in 2020

BY: - August 29, 2019

President Donald Trump is diverting disaster funds during hurricane season to his precious border wall. Migrant children are being raped, falling ill and dying in border concentration camps. His administration is planning to stop regulating the greenhouse gas methane as the Amazon is literally on fire. Trump has managed to unleash even more mad-king rantings […]

Julián Castro does Michigan Dems fundraising pitch

BY: - August 28, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro encouraged voters to donate to the Michigan Democratic Party in an email Tuesday night.  “Having this support is helpful for us to have our national voices pointing to the work we are doing in Michigan,” said MDP spokesman Paul Kanan. “The people in our state need to know that our […]

Sen. Gary Peters

Peters endorsed by campaign finance reform group

BY: - August 27, 2019

Updated, 8/30/19, with a quote from Peters U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has been endorsed by End Citizens United, a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee that supports Democrats fighting for campaign finance reform. The group’s name is derived from the landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case, Citizens United, in which the court held that […]