Statewide study: 10% of Michigan public water systems have PFAS

BY: - August 19, 2019

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) published the results of the first statewide study of toxic PFAS (or per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water last week, after testing more than 1,700 water supplies across the state. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” and are found in food packaging, cookware, firefighting foam and more. […]

In Detroit, Pence touts Trump admin. economic gains as recession fears rise

BY: - August 19, 2019

Updated, 6:23 p.m. 8/19/19 with comments from Rep. Levin Vice President Mike Pence on Monday urged a group of Southeast Michigan business leaders to “reject the siren song of socialism” and reelect his boss, President Donald Trump, to a second term.  In a 25-minute speech to the Detroit Economic Club — his third appearance before […]


Rick Haglund: What’s behind Patterson’s economic legacy in Oakland County

BY: - August 19, 2019

Within hours of his death on Aug. 3, journalists served up two stark portraits of controversial Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Some condemned Patterson for his long history of racially charged comments about Detroit and its majority-black population. Others praised him for his deft leadership of wealthy Oakland County. If you haven’t already done […]

Inside Michigan Government: All our video interviews with Michigan department heads

BY: - August 18, 2019

Last year was a sea change election in Michigan, electing new leaders for top statewide offices, starting with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Changes may have started at the top, but they’ve rippled through state government, as Whitmer has appointed new directors for most departments. For the last several months, the Michigan Advance sat down with seven […]


Alex Rossman: Public charge rule attacks immigrants and American values

BY: - August 17, 2019

In my 20-year career, I thought I had seen all of the tricks, maneuvers and strategies in the political procedure book.  But President Donald Trump has found something new and has been using it ad nauseam. Exploiting complex and technical rules and regulations, his administration has turned government bureaucracy into a nearly untouchable partisan tool […]

Former Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard nominated for U.S. attorney, raising questions on Inman case

BY: - August 15, 2019

Updated 11:26 p.m. with comment from Sen. Debbie Stabenow President Donald Trump has nominated former state House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) to serve as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan. That nomination raises questions about whether Leonard will recuse himself from one of the district’s most high-profile cases — its prosecution of state […]

Michigan Democratic Party teaming up with Stacey Abrams on voting rights

BY: - August 15, 2019

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said this week that she won’t be running for president next year, and instead will concentrate on protecting voting rights in 20 states, including Michigan. Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Chair Lavora Barnes told the Advance on Wednesday that it’s critical for the party to partner with Abrams’ new effort, Fair Fight […]