2018 Michigan Truth Tour

Articles

‘Michigan Divided’ documentary showing at DIA and U-M as election nears

October 17, 2018 | Ron French

Bridge spent a year following six families with wildly different political views after the contentious 2016 election to see if they could find common ground. You have a few chances to see the resulting documentary before your vote on Nov. 6.

Muskegon kids struggle to read. Their superintendent had the same problem.

September 17, 2018 | Ron French

Muskegon Superintendent Justin Jennings read at a third-grade level when he entered college. So he knows the challenges schools face as they prepare for Michigan’s third-grade “read or flunk” law.

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

September 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

September 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

August 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

August 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

July 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.

April 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

April 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.

How to bring the Michigan Truth Tour to your town this election year

April 17, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine tour is designed to elevate citizen engagement as the state faces critical decisions on how to lift Michigan’s fortunes going forward.

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

April 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.

The best hedge against fake news is the Michigan Truth Tour

March 13, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine are countering the pernicious effect of misleading online “news stories” by bringing rigorous, fact-based events and reporting to Michigan’s 2018 elections.

Be a part of the 2018 Michigan Truth Tour

March 6, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Book a Truth Tour stop in your community!

Announcing the 2018 Michigan Truth Tour ‒ Get the facts, get engaged.

January 22, 2018 | John Bebow

How the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine will engage citizens and amplify critical issues facing our state in this important election year.