As close as it gets: Looking back at Michigan’s presidential elections

BY: - February 23, 2020

Since 1997, University of Michigan football hasn’t been able to claim a national title, but the Wolverines can still claim the most wins all-time. At 962 wins, Michigan football has 38 more wins than second-place Ohio State.  As the 2020 presidential race heats up, we know that Michigan will be closely contested. What many people […]

Election security concerns Michiganders before March primary

BY: - February 13, 2020

Early voting began on Jan. 25 in Michigan. A recent survey shows 40% of Michiganders want election security to be the state’s main focus going into the March 10 primary.  According to the poll, which was conducted by Washington, D.C.-based analytics firm Lincoln Park Strategies on behalf of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), Michigan residents […]


Column: Don’t be fooled — most independents are partisans, too

BY: - February 12, 2020

Will Donald Trump win reelection in 2020? To find out, you’d think you could just look up whether more Americans are registered as Republicans than Democrats. But the truth is, it doesn’t really matter which party you register with on paper. Besides, 19 states, including Michigan, don’t even register voters by party. What really matters […]

Bills you may have missed: Clamping down on millage renewals, banning fossil fuels 

BY: - February 11, 2020

During an eventful start to the year, state lawmakers are busy introducing bills they hope to see passed in 2020.  Here is this week’s Michigan Advance roundup of recently introduced legislation you may have missed. Millage renewal restrictions State Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) introduced a bill in January that would limit the time frame […]

Wayne State to observe Election Day as a holiday

BY: - February 10, 2020

The day of the next general election will be an official holiday at Wayne State University. “I’m very pleased to announce that this year, Wayne State University has officially declared Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, a university holiday,” said Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson on Thursday. “This means there will be no classes, […]

Iowa satellite caucus in Michigan: Sanders, Warren split 4 delegates

BY: - February 3, 2020

Nine Iowans gathered in the Ann Arbor Downtown District Library Monday night — at one of 87 satellite caucuses offered for Iowans who could not make it back to their home district — to divide up four available Democratic delegates. The final count, which did not change from the initial alignment, resulted in an even […]


Susan J. Demas: Confessions of a failed pundit on Iowa caucus day

BY: - February 3, 2020

For the last dozen years or so, I’ve made the same joke about being a pundit: “I’m paid to be wrong.” I’ve used it on Michigan Public Television’s “Off the Record” several times and in countless interviews with national and international media when I’m asked to comment on Michigan elections — especially to predict results. […]

Could congressional elections to replace Cummings produce 2 different winners?

BY: - January 14, 2020

The special election to fill the remainder of the term of late-Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) congressional term is being held over the same period as the 2020 Maryland presidential primary — creating the real if long-shot possibility that different winners could emerge from the special and regular elections. The special primary election in the […]


Curtis Hertel: Virginia’s governor refuses to kill Right to Work. But governing from the ‘mushy middle’ doesn’t work.

BY: - December 21, 2019

As we turn the calendar to 2020, I am excited for the opportunities we have in the new year. In 2020, we have an incredibly important election for the future of the Democratic Party and our nation.  But we must keep in mind that with great power comes great responsibility. We have a responsibility to […]

Inman recall bounced, Republican lawmaker’s bribery trial starts Tuesday

BY: - November 29, 2019

Indicted state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) dodged a bullet the day after Thanksgiving when the state Bureau of Elections declared a recall campaign against him to be invalid. The reason? Petitions omitted a single word: “Right.” Inman is still facing a federal trial scheduled to start on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the […]

SOS taps new elections chief

BY: - November 25, 2019

Jonathan Brater is the new director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections starting Jan. 2. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Brater will replace retiring Director Sally Williams. Williams served for two years, succeeding Chris Thomas, who held the position for 36 years, and currently chairs the Department of State’s Election Modernization Advisory Committee. Brater […]

Michigan Republicans want to quash Whitmer’s power. Here’s a roundup of GOP power grabs in other states.

BY: - November 12, 2019

Updated, 10:38 a.m. 11/13/19 The state budget remains somewhat paralyzed, as the main sticking point is Republicans demanding the Democratic governor surrender certain executive powers. That’s a familiar story — and not just in Michigan for the last year, but across the country in states like Wisconsin and North Carolina. In the last couple of […]