Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan.
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.
Automation, globalization and fears raised by immigrants raise political stress that will only yield to leaders who can bring people together.
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.
The riot – or rebellion, as some call it – raised long-suppressed issues of race, poverty, joblessness and despair among African-American Detroiters. How much has truly changed?
Michiganders told us they can’t count on Lansing to handle the basics. Ending term limits and legislative gerrymandering are two ways to make politicians more responsive to all residents.
If we don’t have public confidence in our system of representative government and in our political leaders to reform and improve, our options are pretty much reduced to chaos or authoritarianism.
How you can help the state clean up the best of the worst examples of incomprehensible government forms, laws or other documents.
Lansing’s tax-cutting obsession is leading Michigan down the drain
Bridge Magazine just won its second straight “Newspaper of the Year” award. Dogged reporting like that shown in uncovering some mysterious pneumonia deaths near Flint is one reason why.
Lawmakers are floating elimination of the state’s income tax at a time when evidence shows that Michigan desperately needs more state revenues to fix crumbling roads and keep drinking water safe.
Bridge Magazine’s “Michigan Divided” project aims to walk in the shoes of, and find common values among, those who are different from us.
Living in a post-fact world, in which there is no independent standard by which to judge the accuracy of any assertion.
Drunks in snowbanks, toes chopped off with an axe, and other pleasant tales from the arctic tundra.
The Center for Michigan and Bridge are embarking on the immense task of developing fact-based, statistical measures of Michigan’s economy, education system, health and environment to help solve the state’s most vexing problems.
Even the coldest, loneliest holiday season can be warmed with Handel, a pet wolf and a caribou roast
The U.S. Education Secretary nominee should recommend that the state markedly improve oversight of charter schools and demand the release of private charter companies’ financial statements.
A heavily censored Chinese media is not conducive to a well-informed citizenry. But free speech alone won’t solve problems facing the U.S.
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There is often a direct relationship between a candidate having a compelling vision for our society and the enthusiasm of the voter