Craig Mauger

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Michigan Republicans push ‘popular vote’ bills after trip to Hawaii

October 1, 2018 | Craig Mauger, Joel Kurth

A California group sponsored oceanfront trips to Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Weeks later came GOP bills to change how Michigan awards presidential votes. Lawmakers did not have to disclose the travel.

Who’s funding Michigan governor primary winners, Schuette and Whitmer

August 8, 2018 | Craig Mauger

Michigan’s major party candidates are raising millions of dollars, including from “dark-money” sources.

Emails cast doubt about Michigan’s ties to Enbridge in Line 5 debate

July 11, 2018 | Craig Mauger, Jim Malewitz

As a deadline looms for Gov. Snyder to decide the future of a pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, he has touted efforts to weigh the issue transparently and independently. But his administration has given Enbridge Energy plenty of avenues to influence the debate.

‘History of failure’ highlights Line 5 risks outside Straits of Mackinac

July 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz, Craig Mauger

Last year, the controversial pipeline sprung two small leaks, illustrating lingering questions about a pipeline that crosses nearly 400 bodies of water in Michigan and the state’s power to oversee it. But Enbridge Energy says it’s significantly improved safety.

He told Flint to ‘relax.’ Now, Michigan is paying him to lead media training.

July 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz, Craig Mauger

A former Michigan spokesman who resigned because of “callous” statements about Flint was paid by a state contract to train government employees on how to communicate with media, records show.

Michigan justices backed by opponents of redistricting proposal may decide its fate

June 8, 2018 | Craig Mauger

Michigan’s Supreme Court has a rich history of expensive judicial races and partisan pressure when it comes to redistricting. A 2018 ballot measure may hang in the balance.

With Michigan Dems gathering Sunday, activists compete to pack convention

April 12, 2018 | Craig Mauger

The Michigan Democratic Party convention in Detroit promises unusual levels of drama and a possible challenge to the labor-dominated politics of years past. Here’s how the voting works.

Fight for soul of Michigan GOP is waged precinct by precinct.

April 5, 2018 | Craig Mauger

In meeting rooms small and large across Michigan, the selection of Republican precinct delegates hold big repercussions for candidates and the party’s future.

Tracking dark money in Michigan politics just got harder

September 26, 2017 | Craig Mauger

A new law signed by Gov. Snyder makes it easier to get around how much can be spent on candidates’ campaigns in Michigan, and harder to determine who is behind the money.

From lawmaker to lobbyist. Should the state slow down the revolving door?

January 18, 2017 | Craig Mauger, Ted Roelofs

Most states have a “cooling-off” period before a departing lawmaker can become a lobbyist. Not so in Michigan, where most who take the leap are lobbying their former colleagues within six months.

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

How secret donors tried to shape Michigan’s next House GOP caucus

August 9, 2016 | Craig Mauger

Mystery groups funded attacks against at least 7 GOP candidates for the state House before the recent primary. State campaign finance law makes it difficult to know who is funding these attacks.

Michigan earns ‘F’ for transparency, while legislature helps it stay there

January 22, 2016 | Craig Mauger

Among the tsunami of unwelcome attention swamping the state, now this: Dark money swamps our elections, and even its defenders won’t speak up