Susan J. Demas: Your safety is being decided by leaders who believe the rules don’t apply to them

BY: - October 5, 2020

Nine days out from President Trump’s triumphant nomination of ultra-conservative Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, experts are increasingly warning that the maskless celebration was a super-spreader event. Trump is hospitalized with COVID-19, staging increasingly bizarre (and now dangerous) PR stunts, culminating with an extremely ill-advised joyride around D.C. before returning to Walter Reed […]

Secrecy around LaFave’s COVID-19 diagnosis prompts concern from journalists, lawmakers

BY: - October 1, 2020

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) announced Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. The GOP-led House hasn’t been in session this week, but officials have not answered questions about safety issues, drawing concerns from reporters and legislative officials on Wednesday.  LaFave, who has previously criticized mask wearing and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency orders, told the […]

Trump mocks masks, blasts state COVID-19 shutdowns in 1st debate

BY: - September 29, 2020

The two men vying to become the next president offered a stark contrast to voters on face mask requirements and on how soon state economies should reopen amid the pandemic, just two of many areas where they squabbled during Tuesday’s contentious and often chaotic first debate. The exchange between President Donald Trump and former Vice […]

LaFave on having COVID-19: ‘I’m not gonna have a big rally in the meantime. I’ll wait a little bit.’

BY: - September 29, 2020

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining. The lawmaker, who has been one of Gov. Gretchen Whimter’s most vocal critics about her emergency coronavirus orders, shared the news in a Facebook post.  Although LaFave has criticized mask wearing, he told the Advance in a phone interview Tuesday that […]

Whitmer, Cuomo want Congress to investigate Trump admin ‘politicizing’ its COVID-19 response

BY: - September 24, 2020

After months of governors calling out President Trump and his administration for impeding their ability to get personal protection equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic and a series of media investigations finding disorganization, negligence and political concerns dominating the administration’s response, two Democratic governors are calling for a congressional investigation. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo […]


Jeff Timmer: Welcome back to Michigan, President Trump!

BY: - September 10, 2020

Dear President Trump, It’s been a while since you’ve physically darkened our doorstep. Yet, your ample shadow has managed to darken so much here in the Mitten during your four-month absence. The last time you dropped by on May 21, you pointedly refused to wear a mask on that visit, at least when reporters could […]

8 things you should know as Michigan hits 6 months of COVID-19

BY: - September 10, 2020

It has been 184 days — and what seems like an unending number of bad news cycles — since Michigan had its first two positive tests of COVID-19 on March 10. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer first declared a state of emergency that day. Although our cases and deaths have dropped since peaking this spring, the virus […]

Michigan reports spike of 982 COVID-19 cases, on track for 13K deaths by Jan. 1

BY: - September 4, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 105,377 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,526 have died from the virus — an additional 982 cases and seven deaths since Thursday. DHHS also reports that an additional 10,918 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well […]


Susan J. Demas: We failed on COVID-19. An entire generation of kids will pay the price.

BY: - September 3, 2020

Over the last week, my two teenagers went back to school online during fairly momentous times in their educational development. My youngest is a high school junior who has a year of college boards and, in normal times, college visits ahead of him. My oldest is a freshman at Michigan State University, where she was […]

Birx stops short of backing national mask mandate during Michigan visit 

BY: - September 2, 2020

During a Wednesday visit to Michigan, Dr. Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, called on Michiganders to continue wearing masks to help reduce COVID-19 spread. But she did not advocate a national mask-wearing mandate as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have done. President Trump […]


Susan J. Demas: Deep down, we all know COVID-19 won’t disappear after there’s a vaccine

BY: - August 17, 2020

Last week, I spent several days hiking the Appalachian Trail with my family, after our pre-pandemic plans to fly cross-country and get lost in Yosemite (which my children never struggled to pronounce, even in elementary school), obviously didn’t seem like a wise idea as cases continue to spike. I’ve been hiking the trail for over […]

Whitmer, Ford CEO announce 4 million free masks for vulnerable Michiganders

BY: - August 14, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday rolled out a major new initiative to provide 4 million free protective face masks to Michigan residents. The “MI Mask Aid” effort — a partnership between the state, Ford Motor Company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — will primarily target Michigan’s most vulnerable populations, including low-income residents, seniors, […]