Republicans want highway named for Brooks Patterson, after objections to honoring Dem rep, Aretha Franklin

BY: - April 29, 2020

Naming highways for notable Michiganders has traditionally been one of those easy bipartisan votes in the Legislature, akin to members of Congress naming post offices. On Tuesday, a new bill was introduced that would honor former Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who died last year of cancer, by putting his name on a section […]


Samuel R. Bagenstos: From jobs to health care, COVID-19 reveals the moral bankruptcy of conservative politics

BY: - April 1, 2020

Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, much of the industrialized world has committed itself an individualistic, everyone-for-themselves worldview.   In the United States, the avatar for that worldview was President Ronald Reagan. But perhaps the clearest expression came from Reagan’s ideological soulmate on the other side of the Atlantic, U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  In 1987, […]


Susan J. Demas: From ‘fix the damn roads’ to give us the damn masks: Whitmer’s governorship takes an unexpected national turn

BY: - March 31, 2020

As COVID-19 rips through Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spends her days tracking down ventilators and N95 masks for jammed, desperate hospitals, working to secure as much federal help as possible, and trying to reassure anxious and terrified residents. This wasn’t the year that Whitmer — or any of us, of course — envisioned at the […]

Flint water crisis flagged in Dem presidential infrastructure forum

BY: - February 17, 2020

LAS VEGAS — America is falling apart.  No, not metaphorically speaking — though several Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail would point to the actions of President Trump to argue differently.  With thousands of bridges classified structurally deficient, roads in desperate need of repair, gaps in transportation systems and cities that aren’t equipped to […]

Whitmer: Trump said he’d heard she did a ‘nice job’ in her SOTU response

BY: - February 10, 2020

Last year, President Donald Trump made sure he sat next to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the annual Governors Ball. But the event Sunday night in the East Room of the White House was different, Whitmer told the Advance in an exclusive phone interview while in Washington, D.C. The president opted to give a speech in […]

Whitmer unveils $62B budget with boosts for education, environment, safety net

BY: - February 6, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed a $61.9 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year starting Oct. 1, with significant boosts for K-12 education, environmental protection and safety net programs. Among her notable initiatives, Whitmer proposes to wipe out school lunch debt for Michigan students, offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave for state employees […]


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 […]

Whitmer: Road bonding is like ‘taking out a mortgage to build a new roof’

BY: - January 31, 2020

Roads have been now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature issue since the 2018 campaign — and after a year of tangling with the GOP-led Legislature, she’s found a short-term solution. Her $3.5 billion road bonding plan unanimously passed the state Transportation Commission in a meeting Thursday morning — one week before she’s slated to announce her plan […]

GOP leaders: Whitmer’s road bonding plan is ‘hypocritical’

BY: - January 30, 2020

The day after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her bonding plan to fix the roads, state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) were still fired up against it.   Shirkey says the plan unveiled during Whitmer’s State of the State address, which will increase the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) […]

Transportation panel OK’s Whitmer plan for $3.5B in road bonds

BY: - January 30, 2020

Well, that was fast. The morning after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her road bonding plan to help fix the roads, it was unanimously approved by the State Transportation Commission in a meeting Thursday morning. Over the course of five years, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will now increase its budget by $3.5 billion thanks […]

From Milliken to fashion mania: Top lines of Whitmer’s 2nd State of the State

BY: - January 30, 2020

After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State address last year, FOX-2 decided to play fashion critic — and national media, including journalists at the Washington Post and CNN — weren’t having it. The metro Detroit TV station ran a story with anonymous commenters critiquing Whitmer’s blue dress and body, something the governor appeared […]

‘I’d be embarrassed if I were her’: Republicans keep slamming Whitmer’s old gas tax plan

BY: - January 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her State of the State address would be “shorter than usual” — and it did clock in at about 35 minutes.  But in that time, she announced several big plans for the state and took a few swings at Republicans who control the Legislature. Focusing on roads, education, jobs and health […]