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 | 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.

Michigan Truth Squad: Brian Calley says Bill Schuette once supported abortion

May 24, 2018 | Riley Beggin

A campaign ad from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley accuses Republican rival for governor Bill Schuette of flip-flopping on abortion. Schuette calls that a lie, cites anti-abortion voting record.

Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s stand on transparent government

May 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan attorney general claimed to be the only Republican gubernatorial candidate with a plan to increase government accountability. Is he?

Michigan Truth Squad: Democrat candidates blast Nestlé’s ‘free’ water

May 8, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

In the race for Michigan governor, Democrats are widely condemning the state’s decision to allow Nestlé to pump up to 400 gallons per minute of water from one Osceola County well. Does their rhetoric match the facts?

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.

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