Noah Arbit: Why I founded the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus

BY: - September 15, 2019

American Jews have always excelled in community organizing. Some of the most prominent movement leaders of the past century have been Jewish: Saul Alinsky, Gloria Steinam, Harvey Milk and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Jews have become so skilled at organizing to fight the “big man,” because far too often in our history, the “big man” has […]

Castro, Booker only candidates to bring up Michigan at 3rd Dem presidential debate

BY: - September 13, 2019

Michigan was a big topic at the last round of Democratic debates in July — just as you’d expect for events held in Detroit. During the third debate in Houston on Thursday night, however, our state’s stock definitely fell, with only former U.S. House and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker […]


Susan J. Demas: From Steve Bannon to Diamond & Silk, Trump ‘celeb’ surrogates traipse around Michigan

BY: - September 13, 2019

President Donald Trump may have only done one 2020 campaign stop in must-win Michigan, but a slew of D-List minions have descended upon the state in his stead. Sure, Vice President Mike Pence is busy charming the high-rolling donor class with a speech at the Detroit Economic Club and a closed-door Romulus event. And the […]

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 […]