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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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?
December 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs
Michigan is one of only eight states that put no end date on its annual legislative calendar.
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.
Welcome, legalized pot. So long, gerrymandering. Democrats and women score big victories, as ballot measures all pass. Republicans hold onto Legislature, promising divided government.
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.
November 1, 2018 | Ted Roelofs
The Democratic candidate for Michigan governor skimps on the details in her economic and jobs plans.
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
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.
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.
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.
September 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs
Michigan lacks ER treatment with an opioid substitute that is saving lives in other states
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?
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.
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.
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?
The Democratic and Republican frontrunners swamped their party rivals and now bring starkly different visions for curing all that ails Michigan
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.