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Citizens cannot do their job of running their government if they don’t know what their public servants are doing. Bridge will take you beyond the political food fights into the policy decisions that affect everyday life.


Michigan redistricting proposal should be on November ballot, court rules

June 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin

An appeals court rejected a challenge to a Michigan ballot measure that would create an independent commission to decide how state legislative lines are drawn. State Supreme Court may make final call.

Michigan House passes Medicaid work rules. May soon go to governor.

June 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Bill would require fewer hours worked each month, and allow Medicaid recipients to count volunteering or job search toward rules

Michigan Republicans repeal prevailing wage law

June 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Citizen ballot petition is immune from Gov. Rick Snyder’s veto. Union-backed contractors decry that it will cut wages for building trades workers.

Flint Township tells the world: Please, don’t confuse us with Flint

June 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Flint Township frustrated as effort to change the name, distance itself from city of the same name is stuck in legislature

Michigan Republicans won’t pass marijuana bill. Voters to decide in November.

June 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan Republican leaders say they will not vote on a pot bill before a Tuesday deadline, which leaves the matter to voters this fall and may spur a heavier Democratic turnout.

Flint, Islam and fixing the damn roads. Your Michigan governor debate recap

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Joel Kurth

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley defends response to Flint. Attorney General Bill Schuette doesn’t like Jennifer Granholm. And religious animosity remains between Patrick Colbeck and Abdul El-Sayed.

Unemployment exemption dumped from Michigan Medicaid reforms, Snyder says

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A compromise is near on a bill to force Medicaid recipients to work or go to school, Gov. Rick Snyder tells reporters.

Democrat Shri Thanedar releases tax returns in Michigan governor race

May 30, 2018 | Joel Kurth

The entrepreneur’s returns show he made over $17 million in 2016 from the sale of his chemical testing laboratory in Michigan

Watch the 2018 Michigan gubernatorial debate from Mackinac Island

May 30, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Tune in to the Mackinac Policy Conference right here on Bridge, courtesy of Detroit Public TV.

Michigan Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel attacked by her own words

May 29, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A Republican group is using the progressive’s fiery, anti-Trump rhetoric against her in online ads. Is Nessel too extreme to win a general election? Or has she seized on a winning formula in a polarized era?

I read the memoirs of Michigan governor candidates so you don’t have to

May 29, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Three books in four days: Lessons from would-be chief executives. (You’ll never guess who worked as a ‘head potato boy’) Oh, and there will be a quiz.

Bill Schuette discloses 2017 taxes, more financial details in Michigan governor’s race

May 25, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The current state attorney general has come under criticism for not previously disclosing millions of dollars in Virgin Island real estate he inherited along with his sisters.

Confused about Michigan Medicaid reform? These maps and charts explain all.

May 23, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan wants recipients to work. Maps show who would be affected, how much changes would save and what reform would do to the job market.

See how Michigan political campaigns are targeting you on Facebook

May 23, 2018 | David Zeman

Bridge Magazine is partnering with ProPublica to crowdsource how political candidates and special interest groups target Michigan voters using Facebook advertising. But we need your help.

Abdul El-Sayed clears eligibility hurdle in bid for Michigan governor

May 22, 2018 | Joel Kurth

A cloud that has surrounded the Democrat’s campaign for governor has lifted, as a judge dismisses lawsuit challenging his eligibility for office.

Which Michigan governor candidates disclosed 2017 taxes, and which haven’t

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Only five of nine candidates for Michigan governor have shared their 2017 tax returns with Bridge, in a year when politicians are calling for greater transparency from candidates for public office.

Three of four Republicans share tax returns. Bill Schuette said he will soon.

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Schuette continues to fend off attacks about inherited property in a U.S. territory, as Republicans spar over financial holdings.

Michigan Democrats El-Sayed, Whitmer disclose taxes; Shri Thanedar does not

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

All Michigan Democratic candidates have publicly supported greater  transparency and financial disclosure among candidates for state office.

Michigan Libertarian gov candidates decline to disclose financial details

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Two Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidates will appear on the August primary ballot for the first time in state history. The candidates say their campaign finance filings are sufficient.

Watch Dem, GOP Michigan governor candidates share a stage for the first time

May 10, 2018 | Bill Emkow

Watch the fireworks when all Democratic and Republican 2018 Michigan governor race candidates gathering together for the first, and possibly only, time this election season in our exclusive video.