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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Truth Squad: Calley PAC goes on attack, misfires on ‘Shady Schuette’ ad

April 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

PAC for Lt. Gov. Brian Calley lambastes GOP governor frontrunner Bill Schuette in cartoonish ad that stretches truth.

Truth Squad: Brian Calley unjustly claims credit for Michigan recovery.

April 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

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.

Truth Squad: Schuette says Calley ‘failed’ Michigan, deserted GOP and Trump

April 4, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Attorney General Bill Schuette releases ad blasting Lt. Gov. Brian Calley for his votes as the Republican race for governor heats up.

Truth Squad: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder takes high road in endorsing Calley

April 4, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Upbeat TV ad urges Republicans to vote for lieutenant governor to “continue the comeback” in Michigan.

Truth Squad: Questioning Gretchen Whitmer’s gun control record in Michigan

April 4, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Democratic frontrunner is accused of being soft on school shootings –  two days after she speaks at a rally in support of gun reform.

Truth Squad: Tonya Schuitmaker’s Common Core hypocrisy in AG race

March 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

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.

Truth Squad: Counting the flips by Michigan AG candidate Pat Miles

March 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

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?

Michigan Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer’s claims on college affordability

February 22, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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?

Michigan Truth Squad: Schuette says tax hikes put family dreams at risk

February 22, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican frontrunner for governor portrays a state where taxes are ever rising, overwhelming residents fighting for their very survival.

Michigan Truth Squad: Thanedar vows to stop for-profit charters, DeVos

February 22, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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.

Michigan Truth Squad: Patrick Colbeck ties Right to Work to 500,000 jobs

February 22, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

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?

Michigan Truth Squad: Fact-check No. 1 on 2018 governor candidates

January 18, 2018 | David Zeman

A revamped Truth Squad is keeping political candidates honest in 2018, and what better way to kick off our fact-checking than with some leading candidates for governor.

Michigan Truth Squad: Brian Calley’s claims on state’s economic gains

January 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lt. Gov. Calley is taking credit for some of the major tax and business policy successes of the Snyder Administration.

Michigan Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer’s role in Larry Nassar case

January 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Mike Wilkinson

Truth Squad explores Gretchen Whitmer’s mantle as an advocate for sexual assault victims after a cop accuses her of hesitating to prosecute a sexually abusive doctor.

Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s track record as attorney general

January 18, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Examining the attorney general office’s lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency and fight for lower taxes

Michigan Truth Squad: Abdul El-Sayed promises single-payer healthcare

January 18, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A closer look at a Democratic candidate for governor’s vow to achieve universal health care in Michigan, and perhaps nationally.

The best, worst and funniest U.S. political ads of this campaign season

November 1, 2016 | Bridge Staff

From a weary wife to a peeing baby, 10 political ads that are worth watching more than once. Yes, even this year.

Miller gets flagrant foul for linking opponent to homicide

October 20, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Candice Miller’s campaign has accomplished the seemingly impossible: Making a man accused of patronage and sexual harassment look like victim.

GOP spending claim in state House race earns foul

October 20, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Flyer in northern Michigan’s 101st District dishonestly claims a cost-saving bill voted for by Democrat Dan Scripps had “cost families billions.

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