Republican bill would shield donors to ‘dark money’ groups in Michigan

Republican bill would shield donors to ‘dark money’ groups in Michigan

November 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey wants to ban state agencies from seeking the names of donors to political nonprofits. The bill comes as Dems are about to take over the offices of Attorney General and Secretary of State.

Suburban women lead charge into Michigan Legislature

November 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

From Metro Detroit to Lansing and Grand Rapids, women picked up more than a dozen legislative seats, altering the makeup of the Michigan House and Senate

Mackinac Bridge Authority in no hurry to consider Line 5 tunnel deal

November 8, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

On his way out of office, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder presents Line 5 tunnel deal to bridge authority members, drawing deep scrutiny. 

Gretchen Whitmer and Dana Nessel vowed to shut Line 5. Now’s their chance

November 8, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Halting Enbridge Energy’s oil pumping beneath the Straits of Mackinac was key promise in the Democratic campaigns of Michigan’s next governor and attorney general. Can they deliver?

Gerrymandered districts help Republicans keep control of Michigan Legislature

November 8, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Joel Kurth in Public Sector

Michigan Democrats win big in statewide balloting Tuesday. But district lines drawn in 2011 helped the GOP maintain majorities in state House and Senate.

Five takeaways from Michigan’s 2018 midterm election

November 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz in Public Sector

A blue wave (and pink), polling got it right and Michigan faces a divided Capitol in January. Experts discuss the major implications of Tuesday’s election results.

Phil Power | Reflections on a rainy Michigan Election Day

November 8, 2018 | Phil Power in Phil's Column

As political parties crouch behind competing notions of white identity politics and a celebration of diversity, how will America manage the inevitable shift in national demographics?

Opinion | My family helped build Mackinac Bridge. It shouldn’t own Line 5 tunnel.

November 8, 2018 | Barbara J. Brown in Guest Commentary

Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan for Mackinac Bridge Authority to assume ownership of tunnel is a big mistake, says a woman whose family has been involved with the operation of the Mighty Mac since 1950.

Opinion | I’m on the Mackinac Bridge Authority. We should oversee Line 5 tunnel.

November 8, 2018 | Kirk Steudle in Guest Commentary

If the Mackinac Bridge Authority doesn’t oversee a tunnel around Line 5, who should, argues the recently retired director of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Forum to seek solutions to Detroit’s problems with frequent school moves

November 7, 2018 | Bridge Staff in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

School officials and experts to gather Nov. 15 to discuss issues highlighted in joint report by Bridge Magazine and Chalkbeat. Program will be aired later on WDET-FM and Detroit Public Television.

One woman’s Facebook post leads to Michigan vote against gerrymandering

November 7, 2018 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The improbable story of how a political novice upended Michigan’s biased system for drawing legislative districts, transforming the state’s political landscape.

Map: See how Gretchen Whitmer rolled to victory in Michigan governor race

November 7, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

Nine Michigan counties that backed Republican President Donald Trump in 2016 flipped to elect Democrat Gretchen Whitmer as governor, including the biggest swing county Macomb.

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

November 7, 2018 | Ron French, Jim Malewitz, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Public Sector

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

Investors