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Susan J. Demas: John Engler, living embodiment of toxic masculinity

Nobody expected John Engler to go gently into that good night. And he didn’t. In an 11-page screed dripping with bitterness and a twinge of...

Poletown closing cuts deep

Southeastern Michigan residents are still reeling over General Motors’ announcement that it will lay off almost 15,000 workers and close out production at five...

Susan J. Demas: The sister act between Whitmer and Nessel bucks...

Turn on any reality TV show or soap opera (yes, I believe those still exist) and you’ll find women as perennial rivals, frequently dissolving...
April gubernatorial primary debate

Ron Bieber: Labor looks ahead after big wins in 2018

The 2018 midterm election was an important one for the labor movement — and not just nationally, but also at the state level here...

Gilda Z. Jacobs: Whitmer will reconnect parties, policy and people

My body may have been cold on Jan. 1, but my heart couldn’t have been warmer as I had the honor of being one...

Tom Watkins: Whitmer needs to prepare Michigan for the AI revolution

Michigan’s new governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is smart, politically savvy and knowledgeable. She also has 10 million constituents to serve — many who want advise...

John Knappmann: Worthy helming Flint investigation would bring fairness, transparency

In one of her first acts, Attorney General Dana Nessel asked Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to look at the Flint Water Crisis investigation...

Susan J. Demas: Nice girls don’t say ‘vagina’ … or ‘motherfucker’

As exhilarating at 2018’s pink wave election was for feminists — those who believe in the radical notion that women are people  — we...

Into the Snyder-verse: The guv’s Lame Duck act doesn’t save his...

What can you say about Michigan’s manic, marathon Lame Duck session except that it could have been worse? As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to...

Angela Vasquez-Giroux: It’s time to listen to women in politics

A little over a year ago, I was the communications director tasked with submitting two video scripts to be filmed by Dana Nessel, who...

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