Michigan Truth Squad
For too long some Michigan politicians and their consultants have stretched the truth, broken trust with citizens, and ignored the consequences of the things they say. The result is undue mistrust in our political process, one that is ultimately controlled by citizens – ideally informed citizens like you who are taking the time to learn about the issues and the people who represent them in our representative democracy.
The Michigan Truth Squad is a reporting project of Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan. Each analysis is produced by the staff of Bridge Magazine and freelancers with deep experience in state politics and policy. Our Truth Squad team has more than 100 years of combined experience as journalists covering Michigan politics, public policy, and current events.
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The Michigan League of Conservation voters suggests Bill Schuette’s publicly stated concern about Enbridge Energy’s controversial 645-mile pipeline doesn’t match his actions as attorney general. Are the facts behind that argument correct?
A liberal advocacy group accuses the attorney general, a Republican candidate for governor, of trying to protect polluters. What do the facts say?
A DACA recipient volunteered briefly last year in House Speaker Tom Leonard’s office. Does that turn the deeply conservative Leonard into a liberal ally of former President Obama?
Few would argue with Schuette’s point that Michigan’s public schools must vastly improve. We’re struggling, but are we the worst?
Gretchen Whitmer voted for tax increases in the Michigan Senate. Did they help drive the state economy into the ground and result in 500,000 job losses?
News reports that beagles and monkeys were left behind at a New Jersey testing lab that went bankrupt have put Democratic candidate for Michigan governor Shri Thanedar on the defensive. He blames a creditor for any problems.
A campaign ad from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley accuses Republican rival for governor Bill Schuette of flip-flopping on abortion. Schuette calls that a lie, cites anti-abortion voting record.
The Michigan attorney general claimed to be the only Republican gubernatorial candidate with a plan to increase government accountability. Is he?
In the race for Michigan governor, Democrats are widely condemning the state’s decision to allow Nestlé to pump up to 400 gallons per minute of water from one Osceola County well. Does their rhetoric match the facts?
PAC for Lt. Gov. Brian Calley lambastes GOP governor frontrunner Bill Schuette in cartoonish ad that stretches truth.
Michigan lieutenant governor points to tax cuts that he says grew the economy, but his latest ad omits large swaths of his legislative history on taxes.
Attorney General Bill Schuette releases ad blasting Lt. Gov. Brian Calley for his votes as the Republican race for governor heats up.
Upbeat TV ad urges Republicans to vote for lieutenant governor to “continue the comeback” in Michigan.
Democratic frontrunner is accused of being soft on school shootings – two days after she speaks at a rally in support of gun reform.
Michigan attorney general candidate Tonya Schuitmaker is attacking Republican rival Tom Leonard for not sufficiently opposing the Common Core education standards. A classic pot/kettle moment.
The former U.S. Attorney comes under fire from a left-leaning publication for his apparent transformation from a centrist Democrat to a progressive this election cycle. Hit job or truth telling?
Whitmer, a former state senator and current Democratic candidate for governor, said the state used to shoulder a much higher burden of college costs than it does now. Are her numbers accurate?
The Republican frontrunner for governor portrays a state where taxes are ever rising, overwhelming residents fighting for their very survival.
Shri Thanedar, a Democratic candidate for governor, says he will transform the charter school industry, and stop people like Betsy DeVos from making money off Michigan public schools.
The candidate for governor and tea party favorite tries to connect his early support for RTW to Michigan’s post-recession economic recovery. Did he go too far?