Ted Roelofs

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Inspired by Parkland, a surge in young voter registration in Michigan

September 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Data obtained by Bridge show a spike in adults under 30 joining state voter rolls. But will young adults, who tend to vote Democratic, actually show up this fall? Or will they revert to form?

Wobbly but upright, Obamacare still standing in Michigan

September 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

While it’s taken some hits, the Affordable Care Act is proving resilient. Premiums in Michigan are expected to flatten next year after years of spikes.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on Obamacare, other health issues

September 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette offer Michigan voters a clear choice on healthcare issues. And nowhere are their policy differences more stark than on the Affordable Care Act.

Rural Michigan begs for workers. A few companies are getting creative.

August 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

With more than 100,000 unfilled jobs statewide, rural manufacturers often lose out in the scramble for skilled trade workers. Can added lures like company daycare, health clinics or cash bonuses turn the tide?

Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette, ideological opposites, face off for governor

August 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The Democratic and Republican frontrunners swamped their party rivals and now bring starkly different visions for curing all that ails Michigan

Eight takeaways from Michigan’s gubernatorial primary

August 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Can a Trump-centric platform win in November? Where do progressives go from here? Did Michigan pollsters redeem themselves? Bridge answers the burning questions from Tuesday’s primary races.

Michigan Truth Squad | Brian Calley misses on Bill Schuette off-duty swipe

August 2, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s official office calendar has plenty of blank spaces. Does this mean he wasn’t doing his job? Brian Calley suggests that’s exactly what it means.

As Trump pushes tariffs, Michigan farmers and businesses ‘getting clobbered’

July 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

From Michigan farmers to metal scrap recyclers to auto parts makers, trade wars on several fronts are taking a toll in a state uniquely reliant on foreign trade.

Where they stand: Michigan governor candidates on jobs and the economy

July 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Democrats have ambitious programs to fix what ails Michigan such as bad roads and rotten schools. Republicans and Libertarians say they can address the state’s challenges without tax increases.

Group tied to Michigan governor candidate Gretchen Whitmer reveals donors

July 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Build a Better Michigan had faced accusations it was a vehicle for “dark-money” contributions to the Democratic hopeful. Monday’s release showed more traditional union and progressive support.

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says she’s fought two governors on school aid

July 20, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Michigan Democratic candidate for governor has been a strong voice for a well-funded public education system in Michigan. We check her voting record.

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says school aid money only meant for K-12

July 20, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic candidate for governor has long criticized using state school aid funds for anything other than K-12 schools. Truth Squad explores the fine print.

Michigan inmates may lose college funding. That’s bad news for the rest of us.

July 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Studies show prison education more than pays for itself by making ex-cons less likely to reoffend. But funding for prison classes may well run dry by next summer. Should Lansing fill in the gap?

Ionia warden: Calvin College program is transforming my prison

July 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A college prison collaboration between Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary offers hope, leadership – and a degree - for lifers at an Ionia prison.

Rapid transit projects hit the skids in three Michigan cities

June 28, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Expensive systems in Grand Rapids and Detroit are performing below par. Another was axed in Lansing. What went wrong?

How Ann Arbor boosted its bus system, as other Michigan cities struggle

June 28, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Ann Arbor asked voters to pay for upgrades in bus service. They said yes – and ridership is up.

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer depicts Michigan teachers in poverty

June 21, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic candidate for governor echoes claims by the state’s largest teachers’ union that there are Michigan teachers on food stamps to argue for raising pay.

Truth Squad | Michigan Republican Tonya Schuitmaker attacks foe on DACA

June 7, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A DACA recipient volunteered briefly last year in House Speaker Tom Leonard’s office. Does that turn the deeply conservative Leonard into a liberal ally of former President Obama?

Michigan Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel attacked by her own words

May 29, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A Republican group is using the progressive’s fiery, anti-Trump rhetoric against her in online ads. Is Nessel too extreme to win a general election? Or has she seized on a winning formula in a polarized era?

Truth Squad: Shri Thanedar deflects blame for dire stories on lab animals

May 24, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

News reports that beagles and monkeys were left behind at a New Jersey testing lab that went bankrupt have put Democratic candidate for Michigan governor Shri Thanedar on the defensive. He blames a creditor for any problems.

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