Ted Roelofs

Ted Roelofs of Kentwood, has been a general assignment reporter at Bridge since 2012 and has written extensively on health care 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

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.

Michigan Roulette: The rise of a deadly street opioid

May 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A street version of fentanyl is now responsible for more overdose deaths in Michigan than prescription medications. And white, working-class communities surrounding Detroit have been hit hardest of all.

For opioid addicts in Michigan, online help when no doctor is near

May 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A clinic in Ann Arbor tackles opioid addiction with the help of the Internet

Despite opioid problems, small-town Hastings, Michigan ‘a good place to be from’

May 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Southeast of Grand Rapids, Hastings is battling opioid addiction and other challenges as it maintains its easy-going character. Bridge pays a visit during its 2018 Truth Tour.

Low-income Grand Rapids preschoolers are catching up. Will Lansing notice?

April 24, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A pre-K program supported by the Kellogg Foundation is getting 3- and 4-year-olds ready to start kindergarten. Expansion across Michigan would have a steep price tag, but high returns.

Pre-K for all in Oklahoma: Sooner is Better

April 24, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The state is a pioneer in state-funded early education for 4-year-olds. It’s now reaping the benefits.

Truth Squad: Calley PAC goes on attack, misfires on ‘Shady Schuette’ ad

April 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

PAC for Lt. Gov. Brian Calley lambastes GOP governor frontrunner Bill Schuette in cartoonish ad that stretches truth.

Truth Squad: Brian Calley unjustly claims credit for Michigan recovery.

April 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan lieutenant governor points to tax cuts that he says grew the economy, but his latest ad omits large swaths of his legislative history on taxes.

Truth Squad: Schuette says Calley ‘failed’ Michigan, deserted GOP and Trump

April 4, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Attorney General Bill Schuette releases ad blasting Lt. Gov. Brian Calley for his votes as the Republican race for governor heats up.

Truth Squad: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder takes high road in endorsing Calley

April 4, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Upbeat TV ad urges Republicans to vote for lieutenant governor to “continue the comeback” in Michigan.

Truth Squad: Tonya Schuitmaker’s Common Core hypocrisy in AG race

March 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan attorney general candidate Tonya Schuitmaker is attacking Republican rival Tom Leonard for not sufficiently opposing the Common Core education standards. A classic pot/kettle moment.

Truth Squad: Counting the flips by Michigan AG candidate Pat Miles

March 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The former U.S. Attorney comes under fire from a left-leaning publication for his apparent transformation from a centrist Democrat to a  progressive this election cycle. Hit job or truth telling?

West Michigan leaders join chorus for state education reform

March 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Experts in Grand Rapids offer potential answers for a troubled public school system at the "Michigan Solutions Summit: An Educated Michigan," put on by The Center For Michigan/Bridge Magazine and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Michigan falls short in frontline treatment for opioid crisis

March 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The state, hard hit by opioid deaths, has a shortage of doctors trained to prescribe medication that’s critical to recovery.

Lansing provides sluggish response to Michigan’s rising drug prices

February 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Expected bills aimed at skyrocketing drug costs face an uncertain fate in the Michigan Legislature

How other states are fighting prescription drug costs

February 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

From pressuring drug manufacturers to offer bigger discounts to seeking bulk sales from Canada, other states are taking aggressive steps to help consumers.

Michigan Truth Squad: Patrick Colbeck ties Right to Work to 500,000 jobs

February 22, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The candidate for governor and tea party favorite tries to connect his early support for RTW to Michigan’s post-recession economic recovery. Did he go too far?

Aging area near Traverse City joins “village movement” to stay at home

February 15, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Graying populations in regions across Michigan can benefit from grassroots membership networks that help with rides, nursing visits, and other challenges for older residents who want to remain independent.

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