Michigan Truth Squad

For too long some Michigan politicians and their consultants have stretched the truth, broken trust with citizens, and ignored the consequences of the things they say. The result is undue mistrust in our political process, one that is ultimately controlled by citizens – ideally informed citizens like you who are taking the time to learn about the issues and the people who represent them in our representative democracy.

The Michigan Truth Squad is a reporting project of Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan. Each analysis is produced by the staff of Bridge Magazine and freelancers with deep experience in state politics and policy. Our Truth Squad team has more than 100 years of combined experience as journalists covering Michigan politics, public policy, and current events.

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Articles

Michigan Truth Squad: Fact-check No. 1 on 2018 governor candidates

January 18, 2018 | David Zeman

A revamped Truth Squad is keeping political candidates honest in 2018, and what better way to kick off our fact-checking than with some leading candidates for governor.

Michigan Truth Squad: Brian Calley’s claims on state’s economic gains

January 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lt. Gov. Calley is taking credit for some of the major tax and business policy successes of the Snyder Administration.

Michigan Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer’s role in Larry Nassar case

January 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Mike Wilkinson

Truth Squad explores Gretchen Whitmer’s mantle as an advocate for sexual assault victims after a cop accuses her of hesitating to prosecute a sexually abusive doctor.

Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s track record as attorney general

January 18, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Examining the attorney general office’s lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency and fight for lower taxes

Michigan Truth Squad: Abdul El-Sayed promises single-payer healthcare

January 18, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A closer look at a Democratic candidate for governor’s vow to achieve universal health care in Michigan, and perhaps nationally.

The best, worst and funniest U.S. political ads of this campaign season

November 1, 2016 | Bridge Staff

From a weary wife to a peeing baby, 10 political ads that are worth watching more than once. Yes, even this year.

Miller gets flagrant foul for linking opponent to homicide

October 20, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Candice Miller’s campaign has accomplished the seemingly impossible: Making a man accused of patronage and sexual harassment look like victim.

GOP spending claim in state House race earns foul

October 20, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Flyer in northern Michigan’s 101st District dishonestly claims a cost-saving bill voted for by Democrat Dan Scripps had “cost families billions.

Candice Miller’s attacks mostly hold water

October 11, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Miller, running for Macomb County drain commissioner, may be an imperfect candidate to lecture on the environment. But her attacks on incumbent Anthony Marrocco are based on years of poop found in Macomb’s lake water

Marrocco earns foul for scare tactics on Koch brothers

October 11, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Macomb Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco makes hay of Candice Miller’s ties to the Koch brothers and their history of climate-change denial. Then he goes too far.

Johnson fairly attacks Bergman’s residency and fish tale, but fouls on asset claim

September 27, 2016 | Bridge Staff

This Truth Squad inquiry begins with a one-page fact sheet, and ends with two men and their fish.

Foul on GOP for innuendo on Johnson’s home

September 27, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Does Lon Johnson live in Kalkaska County? Or a penthouse apartment in Detroit? A national Republican group implies the latter, but can’t back it up.

Walberg fouls with attack on Driskell over his trade record

September 22, 2016 | Bridge Staff

In calling his opponent a liar, the incumbent fails to take ownership of his voting record on trade deals

No foul on Driskell for attacking Walberg’s trade votes

September 22, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Whether free-trade agreements have cost Michigan jobs is a matter of debate, but Walberg’s record of supporting them is accurately represented.

Flagrant foul for campaign photo touting guns

August 1, 2016 | Bridge Staff

A mysterious nonprofit blankets Detroit with a flyer showing Senate candidate Ian Conyers and pals posing menacingly with rifles. Or are they?

Casperson overstates role in blocking EPA rule

July 26, 2016 | Bridge Staff

State Sen. Tom Casperson says in a congressional campaign that he stopped an EPA rule on wood stoves. He did not.

Allen fouls congressional opponent about car fees

July 26, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Congressional candidate Jason Allen zings primary foe Tom Casperson on his less-than-conservative record. But goes afoul over car fees and anti-veteran charge

Clinton fouls Sanders on auto bailout

March 8, 2016 | Bridge Staff

She’s guilty of oversimplifying, distorting and, yes, telling the truth.

Sanders fouls by oversimplifying roots of Flint's decline

March 8, 2016 | Bridge Staff

In a debate with time limits and little time to explain nuance, the Vermont senator wasn't very nuanced in his insistence that trade policy was the primary force behind Flint's decline.

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