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 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.
A candidate’s proposed Life at Conception Act raises tricky questions about whether such a proposal would ban common forms of birth control.
Two state representatives explain their voting records on Medicaid expansion, and one gets a foul from the Truth Squad.
While Gov. Rick Snyder sits on his lead with gauzy character ads, challenger Mark Schauer takes aim at Snyder’s education record, in one case going too far.
Truth Squad is streamlining standards for judging accuracy of political ads.
Terri Lynn Land ad in Senate campaign accurately portrays Peters’ support for environmental legislation, but goes too far on issue of carbon taxes.
Americans for Prosperity ad says that Obamacare, which Rep. Gary Peters supports, could force 225,000 Michiganders to lose their health insurance and pay thousands of dollars more for policies. Strong charges, but they lack supporting evidence.
Terri Lynn Land has espoused strong views on banning abortion, but there is no evidence she would also ban some commonly used forms of contraception.
Terri Lynn Land blames health care law for fewer jobs and vows to cut the “red tape” for Michigan workers.
Land’s family bought the trailer park and motel where she grew up, then told the 170 families living there to leave. Is that an “eviction?”
Most of the Republican Governors’ anti-Schauer ads are fair game. But Guv group draws flagrant foul for chiding Schauer on measure Gov. Snyder also supports.
Michigan Democratic Party cites emails showing Gov. Snyder’s cousin went to Snyder’s top aides seeking help on legislation that would harm his furniture company. Within two weeks, the legislation was changed.
A sarcastic billboard mocking Gov. Snyder draws controversy.
HUD ordered the eviction of Texana Hollis, 101, from her longtime Detroit home after sending numerous notices to Hollis’s son, who kept the warnings from his mom. While Trott’s foreclosure law firm handled the eviction paperwork, it did not order the eviction.
In an otherwise fact-based ad, a Consumers Energy-backed group blames deregulation for rising energy prices in California, when the crisis there was more complex. The call: Warning.
Americans for Prosperity ad featuring leukemia patient Jule Boonstra is heartbreaking. But its central assertions, made through Boonstra, that Obamacare rendered her new plan unaffordable and jeopardized her health do not appear to hold up to scrutiny.