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 “South Michigan Update” nails the spending record of Democrat Pam Byrnes. But it turns out this “publication” is fake, and so is the journalism.
If voters don’t like Congress members’ pay and perks, should they vote out the incumbent? That’s the message of an attack ad on Tim Walberg.
The Democratic gubernatorial nominee played a part in raising taxes under Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but he did not cast deciding vote. And hanging the state’s economic recession on the pair is not supported by the evidence.
The governor is facing heat for giving huge raises to treasury executives and government contracts to his cousin’s company. But this ad goes overboard in suggesting those payments shortchanged the state’s public schools.
The MEA attacks governor for education cuts that it says led to slashed programs and big bonuses for CEOs.
Gov. Snyder gives himself a low-key pat on the back for economic improvements he says he has made as governor, and we run the numbers.
There is no question that many Michigan seniors are taking a tax hit on pensions and property taxes under the governor’s tax reforms. Dems attack this vulnerability but go too far.
GOP guvs offer grim portrait of state’s financial decline under Granholm, when Mark Schauer was in the Senate. But ad ignores auto crisis in assigning blame.
Democratic challenger Mark Totten takes the gloves off and sets them on fire in painting Bill Schuette as a right-wing zealot.
An ad attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer would have been fine had it stuck to its tax-and-spend critique. But one image changed all that.
If the economy is only working for the wealthy, Schauer should provide some evidence.
The governor argues that sometimes a tax isn’t a tax - a claim that few seem to buy.
A 30-second TV ad and web post reprising Peters support for foreign firms is true, but incomplete.
The Republican candidate's Wall Street commercial walks the line between hyperbole and truth.
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash and challenger Brian Ellis are trading blows in the 3rd District GOP primary. Both are fouling.
Democratic rivals are trading charges over legislation for a bridge to Canada in the 4th District State Senate primary race.
The race between Tom McMillin and Mike Bishop has led to some hard punches, but examination of the claims find them mostly OK.
As two conservatives try to out-renounce Obamacare, their contentions about one another veer into foul territory.
The proposal to repeal Michigan’s personal property tax and replace it with a different tax may be confusing, but the measure’s supporters are playing fair in their advertising.
His ad says U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio “failed to stand up for conservatives” by missing a vote, but goes further and claims he’s MIA at town hall meetings.