John Engler

John Engler

Look who’s back: Engler helps start Craig PAC

BY: - August 17, 2021

Former Gov. John Engler, who resigned from his interim Michigan State University post amid scandal in 2019, isn’t done with Michigan. The Republican, who served as governor from 1991 to 2002, was tapped to helm MSU after the school was rocked by allegations that Dr. Larry Nassar sexually abused hundreds of women while being on […]


Rick Haglund: Amazon shows how the the tax break system is gamed

BY: - February 8, 2020

Just how outrageous has the tax incentives game become? Consider: Amazon chief Jeff Bezos reportedly was so jealous of the $2.4 billion in incentives that Tesla chief Elon Musk had extracted from state and local governments that he pushed his team to top that number for the company’s planned second headquarters. State and local governments […]


Susan J. Demas: Whitmer puts the GOP on notice in her State of the State speech

BY: - February 1, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s second State of the State speech this week accomplished two things she needed to do after a bumpy first year of divided government: She both acknowledged failure and projected strength. That’s a tough high-wire act for any politician, but especially for a female executive, who always has to worry about pundits sneering […]

History-making lobbyist reflects on more than 50 years in the business

BY: - December 28, 2019

It’s just before noon at Gregory’s Soul Food, the popular eatery on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Lansing. More than a dozen patrons have already arrived and are enjoying robust conversation.  As its unassuming proprietor moves around the dining area talking with staff and tucking chairs neatly at tables, his customers, one by one, […]

The feds granted millions for Michigan charter schools that never opened. Where did the money go?

BY: - December 14, 2019

A new study from the Network for Public Education shows that 72 Michigan charter schools were granted money through the federal Charter School Program (CSP), but never enrolled a single student. Despite never opening their doors, these schools received $7.7 million from 2006 to 2014.  The Network for Public Education, a New York City-based public […]

MSU Trustee Joel Ferguson disputes sports commentator’s claim he called Nassar crisis ‘overblown’

BY: - December 3, 2019

In a Nov. 7 episode of the podcast, “No Filter Sports,” nationally known sports commentator Bob Page described a conversation he said he had with Michigan State University Trustee Joel Ferguson prior to the Nov. 5 MSU men’s basketball game.  In the episode, Page said Ferguson during their Nov. 5 conversation used the term “overblown” […]

One MSU trustee is not enough: Sexual abuse advocates call on governor to step in

BY: - November 3, 2019

Updated, 12:34 p.m. with comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office. Legacy members, eight-year terms and those standing in the way of justice have to go, say members of the Michigan State University community. The MSU trustees have been in the national spotlight since early 2018 when convicted pedophile and ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced 40 […]