Phil's Column

Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan. 


Sander Levin and a family’s good name

December 12, 2017 | Phil Power

America's reserve of thoughtful, decent and able politicians continues its seemingly remorseless decline.

Singing Christmas carols in an age of narrow sectarianism

December 5, 2017 | Phil Power

Our national culture trumps political correctness every time.

Help Bridge Magazine deliver the facts in 2018 elections

November 28, 2017 | Phil Power

Bridge is expanding watchdog coverage of the capitol, fact-checking political ads, and adding unbiased environmental reporting. Your support is critical to our nonpartisan mission.

Michigan GOP to invasive species: Welcome to the Great Lakes

November 13, 2017 | Phil Power

The Republican-led Legislature just passed a bill that would make it easier for oceangoing vessels to dump ballast water (along with invasive species) into the Great Lakes. Will Gov. Snyder sign it?

U-M leading drive to cut opioids given after surgery

November 7, 2017 | Phil Power

The University of Michigan Medical School is teaming with public health officials and insurers to curtail doctors who overprescribe opioids for pain, leading to addiction and abuse.

With the passing of Peter Pratt, the loss of a good and great man

October 24, 2017 | Phil Power

His premature death leaves a sadly diminished group of Michigan leaders devoted to nonpartisan ideas for improving our state’s future.

The Michigan Board of Education must go

October 17, 2017 | Phil Power

The politically elected, eight-member board, however well meaning and thoughtful, makes it more difficult to establish accountability for Michigan’s sprawling public school system.

Finding a solution to gerrymandering in Michigan

October 3, 2017 | Phil Power

A U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to a profound upheaval in both political parties’ ability to act out their parochial and selfish political impulses.

Michigan’s plan for the robot invasion

September 26, 2017 | Phil Power

Job automation is remorseless and unstoppable. Those running for office in Michigan next year need to steer the agenda for our economy and education system to meet this critical challenge.

Make Michigan schools accountable. Get rid of State Board of Education.

September 19, 2017 | Phil Power

Michigan’s public education system is so disjointed that it’s impossible to know who to hold accountable. Lose the school board and make the governor responsible for turning around our state’s declining schools.   

Lansing fiddles while Michigan’s public schools go to hell

September 12, 2017 | Phil Power

Michigan is now an educational backwater, for wealthy white kids along with poor students of color. But Lansing is more focused on tax breaks than our children’s economic future.

Toasting 200 years of leadership by the University of Michigan

July 25, 2017 | Phil Power

The university’s commitment to top-flight research and activism is celebrated by an alum who bleeds maize and blue.

Rising smoke, and terror on Detroit streets during 1967 violence

July 17, 2017 | Phil Power

The memories of the burning and looting remain deeply engraved as a cautionary tale of how things can go south so quickly

The seduction and sin of fake news

July 11, 2017 | Phil Power

A social media industry that ducks its public responsibility to accuracy is an industry that is setting itself up for a devastating comeuppance

Gerrymandered political districts poison democracy

June 27, 2017 | Phil Power

Will the U.S. Supreme Court strike down a Wisconsin system that heavily favors one political party over another? If so, watch for seismic changes in states like Michigan. 

Imagining what kind of candidates would be drawn to a job in a part-time Legislature

June 20, 2017 | Phil Power

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley’s initiative would only double down on the inexperience that’s already hurting the Legislature’s ability to pass good policy

A call to public service, in a land filled with discord

May 30, 2017 | Phil Power

Memorial Day reminds of our national values and shared sacrifice

Giving Michigan voters what they want

May 23, 2017 | Phil Power

Instead of buying in mindlessly to either Republican (cut) or Democratic (spend) doctrine, politicians running for state office in 2018 must think about what ordinary residents want. Creating a citizens’ agenda for Michigan.

France avoids disaster, but tremors of political instability remain

May 9, 2017 | Phil Power

Automation, globalization and fears raised by immigrants raise political stress that will only yield to leaders who can bring people together.

Among likely candidates for governor, who can unite our divided state?

May 2, 2017 | Phil Power

Phil Power visits three candidates, Dan Kildee, Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer, all likely to seek the governorship in 2018. All are smart and able, but each has yet to find a theme that can bring Michiganders together.