2018 Michigan Truth Tour
A peek at what it’s like to speak with over 8,000 people statewide in one year - all with a puppy in tow.
The Center for Michigan heard from 23,000 people across the state in 2018 on what they want from lawmakers, and what they don’t. Now, we’re talking your views to every legislator in Lansing and to the governor’s office.
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 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.
What candidates across a divided political landscape can learn from two men competing for a House seat in Kalamazoo.
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.
Picturesque views of Lake Michigan draw tourist crowds but push out the workers who make shoreside cities run.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
How the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine will engage citizens and amplify critical issues facing our state in this important election year.