Managing Editor Joel Kurth has spent more than two decades in journalism in Michigan. He worked 17 years as an editor and reporter at The Detroit News, the last five of which he served as editor of investigations and projects. He’s overseen projects that prompted a reassessment of property taxes in Detroit, changed laws about tax foreclosure sales, prompted reforms at the Detroit Medical Center and led numerous investigations into municipal corruption. Kurth also worked at The Saginaw News and in the Upper Pensinsula and has won more than 30 national and state journalism awards, including being co-winner of The Michigan Press Association’s “Journalist of the Year” award in 2016. You can reach Joel via email at email@example.com, or call him at 586-306-4708.
October 13, 2018 | Joel Kurth
Some Republicans were ‘beyond pissed’ and ‘just hated’ proposed political districts that threatened their power, prompting wheeling and dealing to ensure favorable districts in 2011, new emails in federal gerrymandering suit claim.
October 10, 2018 | Joel Kurth
Author David Daley has studied Michigan political districts and says expected Democratic gains only prove the power of gerrymandering in the state.
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.
September 25, 2018 | Joel Kurth
Led by Michigan Chamber executives, the Michigan Redistricting Resource Institute paid $1 million to bolster GOP control of Lansing and the state’s congressional delegation even as state Democrats won just as many votes.
Truth Squad is simplifying how its rates the accuracy of political ads and rhetoric, while making it easier to alert voters to statements that may be technically factual but misleading
August 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth
Garlin Gilchrist, 35, is not well known outside Detroit so it’s unclear how many votes he can inspire as candidate for Michigan's lt. governor under Gretchen Whitmer. He does bring smarts, national organizing skills and diversity.
The mayor got behind Gretchen Whitmer and targeted lawmakers who fought auto insurance reforms. But Duggan candidates had some big misses, too.
August 2, 2018 | Joel Kurth
Bill Schuette, the Michigan attorney general and Republican candidate for governor talks tough on crime. Does the public record back it up?
A campaign treasurer for Republican-backed justices is on the board of a dark-money group that helped finance the drawing of GOP-friendly legislative districts, federal records show. The justices say they didn’t know.
July 27, 2018 | Joel Kurth
Chamber president claims group had no knowledge of emails blasting Democrats. Emails reported by Bridge show a top chamber executive was involved in several emails about Dems.
Emails involving Republican strategists and the Michigan Chamber emerge in a federal lawsuit. The messages suggest that helping GOP candidates was the central focus in redrawing legislative boundaries back in 2011.
June 26, 2018 | Joel Kurth
Monique Baker McCormick’s 10-year campaign for Wayne County Commission is a primer on dirty political tricks. She’s learned well, but at what cost?
June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth
In a new book, scholar Alan Mallach argues Detroit should welcome newcomers and spend more money training workers and less money building stadiums.
June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth
Nearly 10,000 blocks of Detroit have been studied to determine whether home values are likely to surge, or are too far gone. How does yours fare?
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley defends response to Flint. Attorney General Bill Schuette doesn’t like Jennifer Granholm. And religious animosity remains between Patrick Colbeck and Abdul El-Sayed.
May 30, 2018 | Joel Kurth
The entrepreneur’s returns show he made over $17 million in 2016 from the sale of his chemical testing laboratory in Michigan
May 29, 2018 | Joel Kurth
Three books in four days: Lessons from would-be chief executives. (You’ll never guess who worked as a ‘head potato boy’) Oh, and there will be a quiz.
May 22, 2018 | Joel Kurth
A cloud that has surrounded the Democrat’s campaign for governor has lifted, as a judge dismisses lawsuit challenging his eligibility for office.
May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth
A movement is afoot to grant protected status to Historic Fort Wayne in time for the opening of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Detroit.