Phil's Column

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


Phil Power | Michigan will miss John Dingell’s leadership

February 8, 2019 | Phil Power

Imposing, funny, sometimes scary, John Dingell was a legend who left his mark on the state and the nation. We may never see his likes again

Phil Power | Please help Bridge expand its nonpartisan journalism in Michigan

November 28, 2018 | Phil Power

Reader donations are the lifeblood of our work and powers our improvement and growth.

Phil Power | Reflections on a rainy Michigan Election Day

November 8, 2018 | Phil Power

As political parties crouch behind competing notions of white identity politics and a celebration of diversity, how will America manage the inevitable shift in national demographics?

Phil Power | Michigan’s elections are rigged. Is redistricting proposal the answer?

October 10, 2018 | Phil Power

Proposal 2 would take the drawing of legislative lines out of the hands of politicians. But it could also exclude people of good will who want to participate.

Phil Power | Noting the passing of Homer Neal, who worked to change the face of physics

June 12, 2018 | Phil Power

The longtime U-M professor transformed how college physics is taught, making his mark in a field where African Americans remain a rarity

Phil Power | The leader Robert Kennedy might have become

June 6, 2018 | Phil Power

Kennedy’s shooting, 50 years ago, ended the life of a presidential candidate who had established a remarkable emotional bond with an extraordinary range of Americans

Phil Power | The case for ending Michigan’s system for term limits

May 22, 2018 | Phil Power

A quarter century after Michigan adopted some of the most restrictive term-limit legislation in the nation, a new report reveals the law’s failures

Facebook is hardly the only threat to our online privacy

May 8, 2018 | Phil Power

We are living in a daunting new world in which technology companies can grab anybody’s personal data and and sell it for profit.

Barbara Bush spelled class. These 4 Michiganders also merit the term

April 24, 2018 | Phil Power

Former Gov. William Milliken, lawmaker Paul Hillegonds, educator Marilyn Schlack and Judge Damon Keith bring civility and respect to the hard work of making Michigan better.

How to bring the Michigan Truth Tour to your town this election year

April 17, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine tour is designed to elevate citizen engagement as the state faces critical decisions on how to lift Michigan’s fortunes going forward.

Lawmakers fiddle as Michigan burns

April 10, 2018 | Phil Power

The public wants Lansing to fix the roads, improve education and keep our water safe and clean. In response: Nothing.

Michigan’s #1 election issue is education

March 27, 2018 | Phil Power

Tolerating continued deterioration of our schools contributes to the long-term abuse of our children. Don’t vote for any candidate who lacks a detailed, long-term turnaround plan.

The best hedge against fake news is the Michigan Truth Tour

March 13, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine are countering the pernicious effect of misleading online “news stories” by bringing rigorous, fact-based events and reporting to Michigan’s 2018 elections.

Why Michigan schools fail, and what to do about it

March 6, 2018 | Phil Power

Absent changes to the state constitution, the pressure is on lawmakers to rescue our schools from the abyss

Will Florida shootings shift Republican dogma on guns?

February 27, 2018 | Phil Power

High school students around the country seem to be executing the transformation from observers of repeated classroom shootings, to survivors, and finally to drivers of political protest.

Allowing governor to name college boards is a quick fix. But is it wise?

February 13, 2018 | Phil Power

There are risks in any sudden and hasty attempts to radically impose change on a system that has served Michigan pretty well over the years.

As Gov. Snyder fades, searching for bipartisan solutions in Lansing

January 30, 2018 | Phil Power

Public revulsion at the nakedly partisan nonsense in Lansing and Washington has grown so strongly that it's possible there might emerge an opening for a bipartisan effort to undo our deadlocked democracy.

Amazon to Michigan: Fix your schools!

January 23, 2018 | Phil Power

The link between struggling schools and a paucity of job talent has been clear for years. Those running for state office in 2018 need to make education gains job one.

Feel ignored in Lansing? Let us help you find your voice.

January 22, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine are devoting 2018 to making Michigan residents the best informed, most factually grounded electorate in our history. Check out what we’re doing.

Forget the gossip, focus on the character of our elected leaders

January 9, 2018 | Phil Power

If we focus solely on candidates’ backgrounds and policy positions, we won’t learn enough about how they are likely to behave in office.