2018 Michigan Truth Tour

We want you to be part of the “2018 Michigan Truth Tour," a year-long focus by Bridge to engage and inform Michigan residents on the most  critical issues facing the state, while fighting fake news and fake politics throughout this campaign year.  

Be on the lookout for our mobile news and citizenship van on Michigan’s highways and byways all summer! The Michigan Truth Tour plans up to 100 stops across the state from April through Election Day in November. The Center for Michigan is partnering with community leaders to hold town hall meetings and documentary screenings, discuss substantive local and state issues, distribute Michigan Facts & Issue Guides, give you an opportunity to meet our spokespuppy Truth Dog, profile communities in Bridge, and cover and fact-check prominent campaign events in your area. Contact the Center’s Public Engagement Team today to book a Truth Tour stop in your community!

Full Coverage

Two Michigan House rivals say hello, talk. In other news: Hell freezes over.

Sep 13, 2018 | Alexandra Schmidt

What candidates across a divided political landscape can learn from two men competing for a House seat in Kalamazoo.

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

Sep 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

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.

In Charlevoix and Petoskey, pricey housing leaves businesses without workers

Aug 28, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Picturesque views of Lake Michigan draw tourist crowds but push out the workers who make shoreside cities run.

Republican governor candidates make final primary push in Grand Rapids

Aug 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Greeting supporters on busy streets, touring businesses, heading for the coast, all four Michigan Republican governor candidates scrap for votes as the GOP race turns heated.

In Jackson, school choice bring new reality: students as fickle customers

Jul 31, 2018 | Ron French

Jackson loses 40 percent of school-age children to other districts and charters. How districts respond illustrates the free-market educational system for Michigan families, and the budgetary challenges districts face.

Traverse City grows as local workers search for a place to call home

May 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan towns that rely on tourism like Traverse City are flourishing. But high housing costs paired with low wages leave many local workers scrambling for a place to live.

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.

A Northern Michigan town waves as I-75 drivers barrel past

May 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

West Branch wants to become a destination for tourists and new businesses. Residents plead for more job training. And the town may even ditch its Victorian past. (With slideshow)

A blue wave in Michigan Legislature? Maybe, but don’t count on it.

Apr 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

It’s possible Democrats can make big gains into Republican control of the state House and Senate in 2018. But experts say it’s far from a sure bet.

Guns share spotlight with budget woes at Michigan school convention

Apr 19, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Amid seminars on retirement costs and finance, budget officials learn how to ward off a gunman during a school conference in Detroit. Another colorful stop on the Michigan Truth Tour.

Greetings from Mackinaw City, where Line 5 fears threaten a way of life

Apr 12, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Bridge Magazine embarks on a year-long tour of Michigan at the tip of the Mitten, and finds that jobs, tourism and schools aren’t the biggest worry. It’s fear of an Enbridge Line 5 leak in the Straits of Mackinac.

Be a part of the 2018 Michigan Truth Tour

Mar 6, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Book a Truth Tour stop in your community!