A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The Buffalo Reef in the Keweenaw Peninsula teems with lake trout and whitefish. But a mountain of waste from a closed mine is slowly seeping into the water, prompting a desperate search for a solution.

Opinion | Why computers alone can’t fix Michigan gerrymandering

September 12, 2018 | Eric Lupher in Guest Commentary

Why do we need a redistricting commission made up of fallible, possibly biased people to redraw Michigan’s political boundaries? Can’t a computer do that? Eric Lupher explains why you need both

Wobbly but upright, Obamacare still standing in Michigan

September 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs in Children & Families

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 in Children & Families

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.

Canada geese are as annoying as hell. In Alpena, that’s a death sentence.

September 11, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson in Quality of Life

Pooping, squawking and bullying, Canada geese are back from the brink of extinction and irritating much of Michigan. Alpena has a big surprise for them.

Opinion | Aretha Franklin eulogy was true. Single-parent homes created chaos for blacks.

September 11, 2018 | Bill Johnson in Guest Commentary

Funeral was the wrong venue for Jasper Williams’ message, but black America needs to have a dialogue about the link between poverty, crime and drugs and out-of-wedlock births.

Opinion | Reports of Obamacare’s demise are greatly exaggerated, especially in Michigan

September 11, 2018 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Megan Foster Friedman, Maggi Randolph in Guest Commentary

The health insurance market in Michigan is surprisingly robust, say experts from the Center for Health Research and Transformation.

Is lead in your Michigan school’s water? Chances are, nobody knows.

September 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Samana Sheikh in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

As state bills requiring school water tests stall, Detroit’s voluntary testing raises questions about lead in schools across Michigan.

Michigan voters to governor candidates: Fix the roads, schools, insurance

September 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Public Sector

At a recent Truth Tour stop, voters tell Bridge their concerns mostly align with top issues identified by Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer in their campaigns for governor.

Opinion | Michigan’s solar energy policy is fair. I know because I helped write it

September 7, 2018 | Aric Nesbitt in Guest Commentary

Aric Nesbitt was chair of a House committee that worked on a comprehensive state energy policy for two years, and he disagrees with those who say the law cripples solar energy in Michigan.

Opinion | Michigan continues to overcharge drivers of older vehicles

September 7, 2018 | Tom Herbon in Guest Commentary

Tom Herbon pays more in vehicle registration fees for an old, $4,500 Cadillac than his daughter pays for a $22,000 minivan. That needs to change, says the retired engineer.

Expansion of Michigan's voting access to be decided by November ballot

September 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously voted to place a ballot proposal to expand voting access on the November ballot. It would allow, among other things, same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting.

As elections loom, Bridge is changing its approach to Michigan Truth Squad

September 6, 2018 | David Zeman, Joel Kurth in Michigan Truth Squad

Truth Squad is simplifying how its rates the accuracy of political ads and rhetoric, while making it easier to alert voters to statements that may be technically factual but misleading