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 […]

Close races, new mayors and a ‘win for socialists’: A roundup of Michigan election results

BY: - November 6, 2019

Updated and corrected, 5:09 a.m. Michigan will see new faces in mayoral offices for some of the largest cities in the state. And some races in Tuesday’s off-year general election were as close as a fraction of a percent difference between candidates. One of the biggest upsets was in Flint. During the aftermath of the […]

Republicans tell Benson they’re worried rural voters will be left behind with redistricting panel

BY: - October 31, 2019

Measures adopted last year by citizens have already improved voter turnout, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.  Benson testified before the state Senate Elections Committee on Wednesday about both Proposals 2 and 3, saying that they will create greater citizen participation in government. Proposal 2 transfers the power to draw state congressional and […]


Sean McCann: Bold, bipartisan action is needed to ensure election security

BY: - October 26, 2019

As we approach the 17th anniversary of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), we have the opportunity to think about the bold bipartisan action in Congress that sought to restore faith in our democracy shaken after the 2000 election. Almost two decades later, we find ourselves with lots of work left to do to further […]

Heated mayoral race busts through East Grand Rapids ‘bubble’

BY: - October 21, 2019

Drive through the Kent County suburb of East Grand Rapids and you’ll find a mix of new and old mansions and well-kept middle-class homes. The city of about 12,000 people has a small downtown with upscale retail shops and restaurants and other services, along with Reeds Lake on the outskirts. The city boasts a median […]