Rich Robinson


New year, old battles and an upcoming year of more of the same (only worse)

January 30, 2015 | Rich Robinson

Barack Obama and Rick Snyder are very different politicians, but in similar positions. One has gone on the offensive. It doesn’t seem to be on the other’s agenda. That, and other early portents, suggest an upcoming political year even nastier than the last.

CON We live in the Ground Zero of dark money. Does that bother anyone?

December 22, 2014 | Rich Robinson

Transparency was supposed to keep unlimited campaign spending honest. But transparency hasn’t happened.

Political money flourishes in the dark – and the sun set with Citizens United

October 31, 2014 | Rich Robinson

Four years after Citizens United, it looks like this game-changing court case is here to stay – along with the out-of-state millionaires whose money is shaping Michigan’s policy.

Elections should be about ideas, but they’re mostly about ads

September 26, 2014 | Rich Robinson

Big contests increasingly benefit one cohort: Broadcasters, ad agencies and consultants who profit from the seemingly unceasing barrage of campaign ads. Discuss issues? Who wants to do that?

Who do you trust with your drinking water? The free market, or government?

August 15, 2014 | Rich Robinson

We are too big, too busy and too consumptive to trust an unfettered marketplace to protect vital resources like water. Ask any Toledoan.

An election cycle conjures the ghost of Curly Howard

July 18, 2014 | Rich Robinson

So-called “dark money” is pouring into Michigan’s elections, effectively nationalizing the state’s most important contests.