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.

Spread the word – we’re ready to blow the whistle on Michigan politics.


Claiming credit for Snyder aid plea gets Clinton a warning

January 21, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Candidate Clinton suggests her criticism of Gov. Snyder spurred the governor to seek federal emergency aid for Flint within hours. We check the clock.

Safe Roads Yes’ Proposal 1 ad gets a Truth Squad warning

April 30, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Most of the claims about the May 5 ballot question are generally based in fact. But this ad gilds the lily with its apocalyptic warning.

Pro-Proposal 1 ad’s claims go beyond facts, drawing a foul

April 30, 2015 | Bridge Staff

In a state with so many glaring examples of terrible roadways, this Safe Roads Yes ad uses vague and misleading video and claims to make its argument.

Foul for misleading ads attacking Proposal 1

April 30, 2015 | Bridge Staff

“Special interests” has come to be political-speak for “something we disapprove of,” but it’s wrong to apply the label to funding for education and local revenue sharing.

Campaign 2014: Truth Squad's 10 worst ads, No. 10

November 2, 2014 | Bridge Staff

There are plenty of informative, fair-minded political ads being delivered to Michigan residents leading up to Tuesday’s midterms. You will see none of them here.

Gators, guns and a whole lot of squealin': Political ads from around the country

November 2, 2014 | Bridge Staff

The Michigan Truth Squad doesn't look critically at out-of-state political ads. But when those lists of notable ads roll around, of course we pay attention.

Flagrant foul for questioning Totten’s service as federal prosecutor

October 29, 2014 | Bridge Staff

A bold ad by a Republican group says Attorney General candidate Mark Totten is lying when he says he worked on criminal cases as a federal prosecutor. But court records and Totten’s former boss confirm his work.

Schuette video gets warning for claim of 1,000 new cops

October 29, 2014 | Bridge Staff

A video by Attorney General Bill Schuette suggests he successfully pushed for new laws on repeat offenders and to get 1,000 more cops in Michigan. Only the first effort actually became law.

No foul for tying David Trott to “human misery” of eviction work

October 29, 2014 | Bridge Staff

Republican congressional candidate David Trott has been pilloried as “The Foreclosure King” by his primary and general election opponents. This “brutal” ad recounts the eviction of a 101-year-old Detroit woman.

Foul on Bishop for accusing opponent of tripling staff

October 23, 2014 | Bridge Staff

Truth Squad cites warning after warning for Mike Bishop’s “Fighting for Our Families” video, and then a foul in his attack on Eric Schertzing.

Truth Squad foul on ad saying Barrett is beholden to Koch group

October 22, 2014 | Bridge Staff

The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity has backed state House candidate Tom Barrett. Does that mean Barrett will put AFP’s needs first?