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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.


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. 

Michigan’s governor candidates call for financial disclosure. Not all have done so.

May 10, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican and Democratic candidates for governor — 7 in all — shared a debate stage Thursday. A few failed to disclose financial data when Bridge requested it earlier this year.

Do Michigan Republican candidates support Trump? Let us count the ways

May 10, 2018 | Bridge Staff

If fidelity to President Donald Trump is the litmus test, the four Republican candidates for Michigan governor passed heartily at Tuesday’s debate.

Analysis: Michigan Republican governor candidates actually focus on substance in first full debate

May 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The first debate among all four GOP contenders featured some name-calling, but was mostly notable for moments of real discussion about the biggest issues facing Michigan.

Racial accusations embroil Michigan Medicaid reform debate

May 10, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Is exempting Michigan Medicaid recipients who live in high-unemployment counties (but not cities) from work requirements a reflection of the challenges rural citizens face in finding jobs — or a perpetuation of longtime racial and socioeconomic divisions?

Michigan Medicaid reform and race: Maps explain controversy

May 10, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Cheat work sheet on racial debate embroiling Medicaid work reform bills. Here's four maps that illustrate why some feel there's a northern bias toward exemptions.

Michigan sides with El-Sayed over eligibility question

May 9, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed should stay on the August primary ballot for governor, state officials say. The Democrat's eligibility has been questioned because he was registered to vote in New York as recently as 2015.

It’s Thanedar vs. El-Sayed, as Michigan gov hopefuls square off over eligibility

May 1, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Shri Thanedar wants the state to decide his opponent Abdul El-Sayed’s eligibility to run for governor, but Democrats may have a while to wait until the uncertainty is over. El-Sayed meanwhile is contesting Thanedar's signatures.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on Medicaid work requirements

April 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Senate recently passed a bill to add work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Gov. Rick Snyder opposes the legislation as written. Here’s where seven candidates for governor stand.

Will Michigan’s Medicaid work bill fill jobs or save money? No one knows

April 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

It’s not clear how many Michigan Medicaid enrollees would have to find a job or lose benefits under a bill that passed the Senate. Nor is it clear how much the work rules would cost the state.

Legal marijuana headed to Michigan ballot, prevailing wage repeal to court

April 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan canvassers approved a ballot proposal that would, if passed in November, allow the state to decriminalize recreational use of marijuana. The board however rejected a citizen-driven proposal to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Its supporters say they plan to take the fight to court.