Ted Roelofs

Ted Roelofs of Kentwood, has been a general assignment reporter at Bridge since 2012 and has written extensively on healthcare in that time as well as prison and juvenile justice reform. Roelofs spent nearly three decades at the Grand Rapids Press where he covered politics, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rural poverty and mental illness among the homeless. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Reach Ted at ted.roelofs@gmail.com

Articles

Budget tests Gretchen Whitmer’s promise to repeal Michigan pension tax

February 5, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Gov. Whitmer faces likely Republican opposition to her campaign vow. And a repeal blows a $330 million hole in the state’s already strained budget.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rips Michigan Republican pork deals; says she can't block them

February 1, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expressed displeasure with millions of dollars spent on dozens of pet projects during lame duck, but said state will honor the bill

Gov. Whitmer seeks speedy Michigan public record response, but not (yet) for her office

February 1, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

The Michigan governor’s order is intended to make state agencies more responsive to FOIA requests. She did not make her office subject to the law, and Republicans pounced.

Whitmer administration changing tone around Michigan marijuana regulation

January 22, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic governor is signaling a less restrictive approach to pot licensing than under Gov. Rick Snyder. Critics say she will be held accountable for any downside to the state’s pot laws.

In opioid war, studies urge medication. Michigan clinics push abstinence.

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Slowly, addiction treatment centers in the state are shifting away from old-school abstinence to combining counseling with medication. But experts warn Michigan isn’t moving quickly enough

From opioid-fueled thief to grateful counselor to peers in Michigan

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Kyle Hanshaw lied, stole and tricked doctors to get painkillers. Then he found a Bay City medication treatment program that worked.

Pregnant in rural Michigan? Fill up your gas tank for delivery day.

January 10, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

As rural hospitals close their obstetrics units, many mothers and their babies will pay a price in far longer journeys for hospital care

For some rural mothers, there’s no place like home (births)

January 10, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan midwives deliver hundreds of babies a year at home, an option that may be more attractive to rural expectant mothers with no hospitals nearby

In lame duck, all eyes are on Michigan’s governor

December 14, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Republican Rick Snyder is the wild card in a full deck of GOP measures to rein in Democrats entering office, rollback environmental laws and other measures that drive progressives crazy. Will it impact his legacy?

From Arkansas, a warning to Michigan on Medicaid work rules

December 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The first state to put a Medicaid work mandate in place has purged 12,000 people from its rolls in just a few months. Would Michigan meet the same fate if its federal waiver is approved?

Hostility for the holidays: The lame history of Michigan's lame duck

December 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan is one of only eight states that put no end date on its annual legislative calendar.

Michigan Supreme Court up for grabs after 2018 election

November 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Out with a reliable conservative justice, in with a progressive, and it’s anyone’s guess which way a more closely divided high court in Michigan will swing following years of Republican advantage.

Overnight, it’s a new Michigan. Women sweep to power in change election.

November 7, 2018 | Ron French, Jim Malewitz, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt

Welcome, legalized pot. So long, gerrymandering. Democrats and women score big victories, as ballot measures all pass. Republicans hold onto Legislature, promising divided government.

Who's running for Michigan Supreme Court

November 2, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The six lawyers running for two open seats include two nominated by Democrats, two nominated by Republicans, a Libertarian and a man who poses in a straightjacket.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on jobs and the economy

November 1, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

If Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette have one thing in common in their race for governor it’s this: Both are short on details on how they would pay for their campaign promises.

Gretchen Whitmer promises fixed roads. Can she find the money to deliver?

November 1, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic candidate for Michigan governor skimps on the details in her economic and jobs plans.

Not feeling Whitmer or Schuette? Consider these Michigan governor candidates.

October 29, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Candidates from the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the Natural Law Party and U.S. Taxpayers Party would shake up the Michigan political and tax systems in unconventional ways

A cultural warrior as Attorney General, Bill Schuette softens his resume

October 26, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Republican candidate for Michigan governor has shifted from Trump acolyte and hardline enforcer of conservative values as attorney general to a healthcare and women’s advocate this fall.

Amid Michigan opioid crisis, drug centers say new rules mean layoffs

October 17, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Treatment officials argue that state regulatory changes could close detox centers and force layoffs. State officials counter that centers need full-time doctors and certified providers to ensure patient safety.

Truth Squad | Misleading attacks on Bill Schuette for Flint water crisis

October 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A Democratic Governors Association PAC says Schuette’s office “OK’d” the deal that produced lead-tainted water in Flint, and that residents were harmed as a result of his office’s inaction.

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