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Six ways Tuesday’s election may change Michigan

November 10, 2016 | Ron French, Nancy Derringer

From health insurance costs to road repairs to Rick Snyder losing the last of his mojo, Tuesday’s election is likely to have a huge impact on the Michigan Legislatur

Dewey defeats Truman 2.0, and why so many pollsters were blindsided by Trump

November 10, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Polling is scientific – really. But its accuracy depends on skillful practices, which can be constrained by outside pressures like time and money.

State House bill takes partisanship out of some primaries

November 10, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Why do we require local sheriffs, prosecutors and clerks to declare a party affiliation in the primaries? One U.P. representative lobbies to end this practice in a Bridge Q-and-A.

Rural Michigan thumbs nose at Clinton, backs Trump

November 9, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Donald Trump steamrolled Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in midsize to smaller counties across the state, flipping many that voted for President Obama in previous campaigns.

Got polling fever? Five points for surviving until the election results tonight

November 8, 2016 | Ron French

Anxiety-inducing polls are driving Americans to the edge. One expert explains how today’s polls work – and don’t work – and how best to read them

How accurately have polls predicted the presidential race

November 8, 2016 | Ron French

Individual polls can vary to a maddening degree, but the average of final national polls tallied at the RealClearPolitics.com website has been fairly accurate in the past three presidential elections

Trump or Clinton in Mitten? What past elections tell us

November 8, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

How Michigan may play a pivotal role in presidential election: It could be firewall for Clinton or the fulcrum of a Trump shocker

Promised water infrastructure investment comes only in drips

November 3, 2016 | Chad Selweski

Remember when Flint’s crisis had everybody calling for upgrades to pipes and mains? That’ll be very expensive, and the new Great Lakes Water Authority has lots of other problems to address

In Lansing, where potentially self-serving votes run ‘rampant’

October 27, 2016 | Craig Mauger, Ron French

Michigan’s failure to pass a conflict-of-interest law allows legislators to cast votes even when they appear to have a financial interest.

15 lawmakers and their potential conflicts of interest

October 27, 2016 | Craig Mauger

What’s a conflict of interest, and what isn’t? You decide

Strangest. Election. Ever. Or how choosing a president sank from civics to reality TV

October 25, 2016 | Ron French

Demonic possession and lesbian farmers. Pickle jars and Tic Tacs. Bridge takes a walk of shame through the 2016 presidential campaign.

Why Flint’s lead pipe replacement costs so much, and moves so slowly

October 20, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

How do you replace an entire city’s aging underground infrastructure? One house at a time.

Among rural Trump supporters, an America that has lost its way

October 18, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Voters in rural areas of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula say they have found their blunt savior in Donald Trump. Some are bracing for a fight if he loses

Will metro Detroit voters approve mass transit that most will not use?

October 13, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Metro Detroit’s miserable public transit picture has a potential solution, requiring buy-in from those who use it and the businesses and communities that benefit from it. Whether voters will get on board remains an open question

McPhail continues to lead Detroit charter school, faces more fines

September 29, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit Community Schools, run by former Detroit city attorney Sharon McPhail, faces $21k in monthly fines for continuing to employ her and another administrator who the state say lack proper certification as administrators. She has appealed.

How long will Flint’s water chief remain unpaid?

August 30, 2016 | Ron French

Flint hired a former brigadier general to oversee replacement of its lead pipes. The Mott Foundation gave Flint money for his salary. So why hasn’t Michael McDaniel been paid? The answer tells you all you need to know about the slow pace of Flint’s recovery.

Mott president on Flint: ‘You hit rock bottom multiple times’

August 30, 2016 | Ron French

Ridgway White says he is buoyed by the amount of philanthropic money flowing in to address Flint’s water crisis. But the Mott president tells Bridge he sees graver challenges in improving the city’s longer-term economic trajectory

Michigan prosecutors defying U.S. Supreme Court on ‘juvenile lifers’

August 25, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

The U.S. Supreme Court has instructed states that only “rare” circumstances should keep juvenile offenders in prison for life. Despite this ruling, prosecutors across Michigan have filed petitions seeking to hold most juvenile lifers behind bars until they die

In prison for decades, one juvenile lifer’s quest for redemption

August 25, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Convicted of a Macomb County murder in 1992, Bosie Smith, now 41, has earned consistent praise for his leadership from prison staff and even a former warden

Amid opioid crisis, few doctors use Michigan’s outdated drug monitoring tool

August 18, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan’s online system is supposed to detect physicians and patients who abuse prescription painkillers. But the current version is so slow most doctors don’t even bother. And a bill to update the system hardly seems a cure-all.

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