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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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.
Lt. Gov. Calley is taking credit for some of the major tax and business policy successes of the Snyder Administration.
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.
Examining the attorney general office’s lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency and fight for lower taxes
A closer look at a Democratic candidate for governor’s vow to achieve universal health care in Michigan, and perhaps nationally.
From a weary wife to a peeing baby, 10 political ads that are worth watching more than once. Yes, even this year.
Candice Miller’s campaign has accomplished the seemingly impossible: Making a man accused of patronage and sexual harassment look like victim.
Flyer in northern Michigan’s 101st District dishonestly claims a cost-saving bill voted for by Democrat Dan Scripps had “cost families billions.
Miller, running for Macomb County drain commissioner, may be an imperfect candidate to lecture on the environment. But her attacks on incumbent Anthony Marrocco are based on years of poop found in Macomb’s lake water
Macomb Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco makes hay of Candice Miller’s ties to the Koch brothers and their history of climate-change denial. Then he goes too far.
This Truth Squad inquiry begins with a one-page fact sheet, and ends with two men and their fish.
Does Lon Johnson live in Kalkaska County? Or a penthouse apartment in Detroit? A national Republican group implies the latter, but can’t back it up.
In calling his opponent a liar, the incumbent fails to take ownership of his voting record on trade deals
Whether free-trade agreements have cost Michigan jobs is a matter of debate, but Walberg’s record of supporting them is accurately represented.
A mysterious nonprofit blankets Detroit with a flyer showing Senate candidate Ian Conyers and pals posing menacingly with rifles. Or are they?
State Sen. Tom Casperson says in a congressional campaign that he stopped an EPA rule on wood stoves. He did not.
Congressional candidate Jason Allen zings primary foe Tom Casperson on his less-than-conservative record. But goes afoul over car fees and anti-veteran charge
She’s guilty of oversimplifying, distorting and, yes, telling the truth.
In a debate with time limits and little time to explain nuance, the Vermont senator wasn't very nuanced in his insistence that trade policy was the primary force behind Flint's decline.