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Shades of Cherry Commission in Whitmer’s education and workforce agenda

Do you remember what the Cherry Commission was? If so, congratulations. Like me, you are a huge policy nerd. But in light of Gov. Gretchen...

Susan J. Demas: If we ever get single-payer health care, thank...

John Dingell Jr. touched the lives of thousands of people, both in small and monumental ways. The outpouring of grief from his colleagues, staffers...

Susan J. Demas: GOP’s 2018 pork-laden spending spree wounds Whitmer’s plans

Can we just end the myth of fiscally responsible Republicans once and for all? It’s bad enough that in 2017, President Trump and his GOP...

Rick Haglund: Whitmer’s economic strategy focuses on people over corporations

Business leaders and local economic developers have publicly urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to stay the course set by her predecessor, former Gov. Rick Snyder,...

Gilda Z. Jacobs: Michigan League for Public Policy launches people-driven agenda

Michigan needs a major tune-up. That’s why on Thursday, the Michigan League for Public Policy is announcing "The Owner’s Manual for Michigan", a clear...

Susan J. Demas: Gretchen Whitmer will be a national star, whether...

Newly inaugurated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she has no plans to land on the 2020 ticket. In fact, she was pretty emphatic that she...

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...

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...

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