Candidates, mostly Republican, skip debates, bar press during midterm campaigns

BY: and - September 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — With two months left of the 2022 campaign season, a majority of Republican candidates are continuing to skirt away from not only talking to local and national media outlets about their policy issues, but their own constituents, leaving voters with little information on their policy positions. “If we are to hold our elected […]

MIGOP restricting access to Capitol lawn for rally raises 1st Amendment issues, experts say

BY: - August 31, 2022

The Michigan Republican Party held a rally on the Capitol lawn Saturday — but not everyone was welcome at the festivities on public land. That’s raised serious concerns with First Amendment lawyers, journalists and the Michigan State Capitol Commission. After a lengthy and occasionally boisterous nominating convention at the Lansing Center, to which the Advance […]


Ken Coleman: Black journalists must continue to fight for diversity, equity and inclusion

BY: - August 21, 2022

Journalism matters and so does minority representation in newsrooms. As a 54-year-old Black man who has been around the block a few times for the last 31 years, that’s been my mantra.   On Thursday, Detroit’s National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) chapter kicked off a set of events to celebrate 40 years of existence. I […]

On this day in 1992: Future President Bill Clinton talks with Black journalists in Detroit 

BY: - August 19, 2022

On Aug. 19, 1992, the National Association of Black Journalists kicked off its convention in Detroit. Titled, “On the Road to Diversity” and held in the Renaissance Center’s Westin Hotel, the five-day conference that attracted 2,000 African-American reporters, editors, columnists, anchors and executives. Among the who’s who of notables who attended included filmmaker Spike Lee, […]

On this day in 1973: Historic Black television ownership teams charts plan forward

BY: - June 14, 2022

After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to grant a permit by African Americans to operate a television station in Detroit, those who applied for the opportunity announced plans on June 14, 1973, to make history.  “There wouldn’t be any need for a station of this type if things were running as a democratic […]

GOP county conventions across the state face disruptions, but party touts ‘enthusiasm’ 

BY: - April 12, 2022

Several Republican county conventions across the state of Michigan faced disruptions and disagreements Monday night after attorney general candidate Matt DePerno, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, encouraged his supporters to “storm” the events. DePerno used the language on stage at a rally with former President Donald Trump, and his campaign set […]


Susan J. Demas: Journalism is a public service. The Advance is honored to tell Michigan’s stories.

BY: - March 19, 2022

As a parent, you’re forever worrying that you’re not doing things right and your kids will pay the price (especially if you happen to be a chronic overthinker). It’s not dissimilar to how I’ve felt running two publications, first revamping Inside Michigan Politics and bringing it into the 21st century and then building the Michigan […]

Michigan Advance wins 2021 Public Service Award, 18 total Michigan Press Association honors

BY: - March 17, 2022

The Michigan Advance has won 18 Michigan Press Association (MPA) awards in its 2021 “News Media Publication of the Year”contest, including placing first in the Public Service Award for “How Michiganders are coping with the COVID crisis.” Ken Coleman, Susan J. Demas, Allison R. Donahue and Anna Gustafson contributed to the Advance‘s winning Public Service […]


Column: Canadian trucker protests show how the loudest voices in the room distort democracy

BY: and - February 20, 2022

After Canadian truckers upset with vaccination mandates made their way to Ottawa, they parked their vehicles near Parliament and started making noise – lots of it – blasting their air horns day and night, disturbing the repose of citizens at home, work and in school. The local reaction was swift. Hundreds of noise complaints prompted […]

Here’s what was discussed in the closed redistricting panel session that sparked a lawsuit

BY: - December 21, 2021

After weeks of pressure from voting rights advocates and journalists and a ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting had to finally release seven memos and an audio recording from a closed session in late October.  The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Bridge Michigan and the Michigan Press Association filed a […]

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Supreme Court rules redistricting commission needs to release recordings, memos from closed session

BY: - December 20, 2021

Updated, 3:53 p.m., 12/20/21, with comment from MICRC spokesperson The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) has to release all recordings of its closed sessions and seven legal memos after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the private meeting was unconstitutional.  The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Bridge Michigan and the Michigan Press Association filed a […]

State Supreme Court hears arguments in media orgs. suit against redistricting panel

BY: - December 15, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by several media organizations that allege the state’s redistricting commission has violated the constitutional requirement of transparency. The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Bridge Michigan and the Michigan Press Association filed the lawsuit against the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) on Dec. […]