2018 Michigan Truth Tour

Articles

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.

Be a part of the 2018 Michigan Truth Tour

March 6, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Book a Truth Tour stop in your community!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

April 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

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

April 26, 2018 | 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.

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)

Small-town Hastings ‘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.

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.

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.

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.