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: Republicans attack Dana Nessel for firm’s defense on sex crimes

September 21, 2018 | Ron French

A TV ad blasts the Democratic attorney general candidate for her former law firm’s defense of accused child sex offenders, and ties her to Weinstein, Cosby and Nassar for good measure.

Truth Squad: Bill Schuette is falsely blamed for ignoring PFAS victims

September 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A Southfield Super PAC releases an irresponsible ad accusing Republican candidate for governor Bill Schuette of failing to act on the behalf of victims of water contamination. In fact, he has sued on their behalf.

Truth Squad | Bill Schuette goes low, accusing Whitmer of terror sympathy

September 12, 2018 | Ron French, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Why talk about Michigan potholes when you can attack your opponent about Middle East terrorism? Bill Schuette goes for the jugular, and earns a misleading rating from Truth Squad

As elections loom, Bridge is changing its approach to Michigan Truth Squad

September 6, 2018 | David Zeman, Joel Kurth

Truth Squad is simplifying how its rates the accuracy of political ads and rhetoric, while making it easier to alert voters to statements that may be technically factual but misleading

Truth Squad | A video attacks Michigan redistricting proposal

September 6, 2018 | Riley Beggin

An animated video by the Michigan Freedom Fund conveys a dire future of one-party Democratic rule if the Voters Not Politicians ballot proposal becomes law.

Truth Squad | Michigan Democratic Party attacks Bill Schuette on health care

September 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Schuette says he wants to preserve insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Yet as Attorney General, the gubernatorial candidate joined suits to block Obamacare, which protects those with pre-existing conditions.

Michigan Truth Squad | Brian Calley misses on Bill Schuette off-duty swipe

August 2, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s official office calendar has plenty of blank spaces. Does this mean he wasn’t doing his job? Brian Calley suggests that’s exactly what it means.

Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer says El-Sayed takes money from corporate execs

August 2, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer turned the tables on opponent Abdul El-Sayed during the candidates’ last debate. Was her claim valid?

Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s ‘push’ for 1,000 new Michigan cops

August 2, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Bill Schuette, the Michigan attorney general and Republican candidate for governor talks tough on crime. Does the public record back it up?

Truth Squad: Abdul El-Sayed says rival Gretchen Whitmer opens door to ‘dark money’

August 2, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Group buying ads featuring Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer accepted money from organizations that don’t have to disclose their donors, campaign finance experts say.

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says she’s fought two governors on school aid

July 20, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Michigan Democratic candidate for governor has been a strong voice for a well-funded public education system in Michigan. We check her voting record.

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer says school aid money only meant for K-12

July 20, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic candidate for governor has long criticized using state school aid funds for anything other than K-12 schools. Truth Squad explores the fine print.

Truth Squad | Gretchen Whitmer depicts Michigan teachers in poverty

June 21, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic candidate for governor echoes claims by the state’s largest teachers’ union that there are Michigan teachers on food stamps to argue for raising pay.

Truth Squad | Abdul El-Sayed says rival takes ‘corporate dark money’

June 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

El-Sayed, a Democratic candidate for Michigan governor, says a group linked to Gretchen Whitmer is accepting unlimited campaign cash from corporate interests. Does he have the goods?

Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette talks tough on Line 5 pipeline

June 15, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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?

Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s record on pollution under fire

June 15, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A liberal advocacy group accuses the attorney general, a Republican candidate for governor, of trying to protect polluters. What do the facts say?

Truth Squad | Michigan Republican Tonya Schuitmaker attacks foe on DACA

June 7, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

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?

Truth Squad | Bill Schuette says Michigan is ‘last’ in third-grade reading

June 7, 2018 | Ron French

Few would argue with Schuette’s point that Michigan’s public schools must vastly improve. We’re struggling, but are we the worst?

Truth Squad: Koch brothers group attacks Gretchen Whitmer’s tax votes

May 31, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

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?

Truth Squad: Shri Thanedar deflects blame for dire stories on lab animals

May 24, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

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.

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