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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 could see tax windfall from marijuana, betting and online shopping

June 27, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan officials may find a plethora of riches soon. Will they spend it on roads, schools or tax breaks?

Bill Schuette asks Michigan Supreme Court to reject redistricting proposal

June 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Schuette, the attorney general and Republican frontrunner for governor, wants Michigan redistricting question off the November ballot. His office argues the proposal creates “a fourth branch of government.”

Business groups split over Michigan Republican governor candidates

June 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Attorney General Bill Schuette are splitting chamber of commerce endorsements, which bring clout and funding. Is the business community divided?

Michigan Democrats running for governor strike similar policy goals

June 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

With the exception of healthcare, there were no major disagreements at first official Democratic governor’s debate in 2018

Redistricting proposal to appear on Michigan ballot, only Supreme Court in way

June 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The petition to create an independent citizens redistricting commission was approved to appear on the general election ballot Wednesday. The Michigan Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to consider a challenge to the proposal.

A Supreme Court challenge could be next for Michigan redistricting proposal

June 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan redistricting measure may well be approved Wednesday for the November ballot. But the Michigan Supreme Court could still decide to reject the proposed constitutional amendment later this summer.

Two Michigan Libertarian governor candidates walk into a bar…

June 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan will have its first Libertarian gubernatorial primary in its history this August. From Ayn Rand to civil rights, Bridge talks philosophy and politics over a beer with the candidates.

Michigan Sen. Patrick Colbeck attacks ‘inaccurate’ reporting on social studies role

June 13, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Sen. Colbeck accuses Bridge Magazine of overstating his role in revising state social studies standards. Bridge responds.

Feds: Oakland County’s ‘discriminatory’ housing policies fuel segregation

June 12, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

County officials say they’re blindsided by blistering letter from HUD accusing their housing policies of perpetuating worst regional segregation in nation.

Michigan justices backed by opponents of redistricting proposal may decide its fate

June 8, 2018 | Craig Mauger

Michigan’s Supreme Court has a rich history of expensive judicial races and partisan pressure when it comes to redistricting. A 2018 ballot measure may hang in the balance.

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?