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.
The description of a proposal can be no longer than 100 words on November’s ballot. Those words can clarify, confuse, anger or motivate voters. The battle over Michigan’s redistricting proposal is about to start.
Michigan's high court, in a 4-3 decision, approved a proposed ballot proposal that would change how the state draws legislative lines. See how politicians and experts reacted to the news.
A high-priced battle and a wedge issue for governor. What did the Supreme Court ruling change?
Michigan’s highest court rules that voters can decide in November whether to approve a measure that would put an independent commission in charge of redrawing legislative lines in the state. Two Republicans join two Dems.
A Bridge analysis of 410 House, Senate and congressional races since 2011 shows that only 16 were competitive, with Dems crammed into limited districts as Republicans solidified state control.
A campaign treasurer for Republican-backed justices is on the board of a dark-money group that helped finance the drawing of GOP-friendly legislative districts, federal records show. The justices say they didn’t know.
State canvassers on Friday voted to certify a ballot proposal for November to require employers to offer paid sick leave, but deadlocked on another to raise the minimum wage.
Chamber president claims group had no knowledge of emails blasting Democrats. Emails reported by Bridge show a top chamber executive was involved in several emails about Dems.
Democrats have ambitious programs to fix what ails Michigan such as bad roads and rotten schools. Republicans and Libertarians say they can address the state’s challenges without tax increases.
Emails involving Republican strategists and the Michigan Chamber emerge in a federal lawsuit. The messages suggest that helping GOP candidates was the central focus in redrawing legislative boundaries back in 2011.
How a coalition of volunteers and donors from across the state are seeking public support for the Voters Not Politicians ballot drive to end gerrymandering, an effort which may be facing its final days.
A survey of Michigan residents also suggests that large majorities of voters take a dim view of money in politics and want want to make it easier for people to vote.
Build a Better Michigan had faced accusations it was a vehicle for “dark-money” contributions to the Democratic hopeful. Monday’s release showed more traditional union and progressive support.
Public outcry over proposed changes to the standards, including deletion of “democratic” from “Core democratic values” at the request of a Republican legislator, has delayed approval.
Candidates for governor met with Bridge and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative for an hour each. Watch the videos or read the transcripts for the most in-depth and substantive interviews available with those who seek to run Michigan for the next four years.
Bridge interviewed gubernatorial candidates to find their answers to crumbling roads, slumping test scores, contaminated water and other problems vexing Michigan.
One candidate doubts the value of a math major. Another likened a stronger public records laws to the Mueller probe, and not in a good way.
Five surprises from Democratic governor candidates. One wants more services for undocumented workers. Another would prepare for a recession with construction jobs. A third can’t say when it’s raining.
The lieutenant governor says he and other parents of kids with autism learned how to fight big insurance and win.