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Here’s who has endorsed Democratic candidates for Michigan governor, AG, SOS

April 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has the most endorsements so far in the Democratic field for governor, including from more than a dozen labor unions.

Old divisions, new blood: The Michigan GOP in the era of Trump

April 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The moneyed establishment and the populist grassroots are chasing the Trump wild card in 2018.

Fight for soul of Michigan GOP is waged precinct by precinct.

April 5, 2018 | Craig Mauger

In meeting rooms small and large across Michigan, the selection of Republican precinct delegates hold big repercussions for candidates and the party’s future.

Here’s who has endorsed Republican candidates for Michigan governor

April 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Attorney General Bill Schuette has the most endorsements so far in the GOP field for governor, including from President Donald Trump.

Teens raped in prison have civil rights, Michigan appeals court rules

March 27, 2018 | Ron French

A lawsuit involving more than 900 teens who say they were assaulted behind bars can proceed, after the state’s second-highest court throws out a law designed to kill such lawsuits.

Michigan lawmakers treading lightly on guns

March 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dozens of gun bills, most seeking to expand gun rights, are stuck in limbo as Lansing takes stock of the post-Parkland landscape.

The status of 39 gun bills in the Michigan Legislature

March 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dozens of gun-related bills have been introduced since Michigan's current legislative term started. Most seek to expand gun rights, but gun politics may be shifting following a deadly school shooting in Florida.

El-Sayed asks court to settle his eligibility for Michigan governor

March 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Democrat wants a judge to say he is qualified to be on the ballot

After early doubts, United Auto Workers back Gretchen Whitmer for Michigan governor

March 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Just months after a movement to woo another candidate, Democratic bigwigs are now scrambling to endorse the former Senate minority leader.

How to solve Michigan’s big problems? Be willing to talk about solutions

March 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Taxes, good government, natural resources, quality of life among the topics discussed at The Center for Michigan/Bridge Magazine’s first Solutions Summit, part of the nonpartisan groups’ 2018 Truth Tour.

Michigan’s infrastructure is in shambles. Answers aren’t easy

March 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state needs $4 billion in infrastructure fixes. But state, federal and local governments, and private sector, should be involved in a fix.

Michigan’s economy is improving. But suburbs may face next fiscal crisis.

March 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Cities are booming, but problems of unfunded liabilities such as pensions could plague smaller communities.

Pure Michigan faces troubles from climate change to drinking water

March 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Environmental experts weigh in on what the state and communities can do to protect Michigan’s natural resources and prepare for change.

Why don’t Michiganders trust government? Let’s count the ways.

March 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Government records are private. Gerrymandering is common. Dark money is omnipresent. But some say solutions will cause more problems.

Michigan voters may weigh legalizing pot, repealing prevailing wage

March 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Initiatives to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law and to legalize recreational marijuana may be on the ballot in November. Those backing and opposing each issue defend their sides.

Michigan governor candidates release tax returns, other assets

March 13, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Bridge Magazine requested financial data from 19 candidates for governor to shed light on potential conflicts of interest. Here’s a rundown of who responded, and who didn’t.

Which Michigan governor candidates gave financial info

March 13, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Bridge Magazine asked the 19 candidates for Michigan governor for tax returns and other financial details. Here’s a checklist noting who replied, and who did not.

As hacking fears mount, Michigan election security gets middling marks

March 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Good news: Michigan has new voting equipment. Bad news: No system is secure, and state procedures make it harder to catch tampering.

Michigan’s 2018 infrastructure report card: D+

March 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state earns a near-failing grade for its roads, water and other infrastructure from civil engineers, with virtually no improvement since 2009.

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